Pressing Reset?

In recent years I have rarely commented on British politics. Indeed, there have been times of late when I had to avoid the news. Watching too much news brought concerns for my well-being. We had gotten to a point when I was ashamed of or deeply embarrassed by our Prime Ministers. Neither Prime Minister Johnston… Continue reading Pressing Reset?

Happy Birthday Thorns

Our Thorn Raven Sport Tours are now twelve years old. We love them as much today as we ever did. Better still, we look forward to riding them over the next decade or so. Pictured here soon after we bought them in 2010.

I am told…

… that there is no fool like an old fool and that I ought to be old enough to know better, but I guess I am a slow learner. Perhaps I just have a bad case of the P.P.S. P.P.S? Peter Pan Syndrome of course. I have been a runner all of my life. Correction:… Continue reading I am told…

George William Fox Kinnaird

We spent a couple of days in Dundee this week, celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. We enjoyed an interesting morning exploring Dundee’s excellent McManus Galleries. This bust of the 9th Lord Kinnaird caught my eye. I confess he rather confounded my expectations. I assumed he would be just another member of the landed gentry, but it… Continue reading George William Fox Kinnaird

Dundee on a special day

We happened to be in Dundee when Liz Truss resigned. Either of these two would have made a better fist of being Prime Minister – and might have lasted longer in the job.

Edible Perennials

I’m keen to move my veggie gardening away from just annuals and more towards perennial plants, but I am finding it quite tricky. These suggested plants all look quite promising. Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia Struthiopteris) Gardeners World has this to say about it: The shuttlecock fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, is a particularly attractive fern, bearing large, pale green,… Continue reading Edible Perennials


I have come to be a real fan of Rudbeckia. There is something very special about the way they cling on, flowering late into the autumn. They linger on deep into the closing summer and autumn, long after other annuals have given up the struggle and have gone to the compost heap. Now, I wonder… Continue reading Rudbeckia

Are you dancing?

As a boy I enjoyed better than average hand-eye coordination. I was naturally good at cricket and table tennis. I also enjoyed running and rugby and took great pleasure in movement. In later life running took over as my main form of exercise. Through regular running I learned to listen to my body and understand… Continue reading Are you dancing?