Category Archives: Countryside

Unexpected visitors

One of the things rats do is appear when you least expect them. A prime example was the one in Wetherspoons pub in Trowbridge recently. A bloke was out with his girl when he felt something bump into his leg … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – belated.

Happy New Year to anyone who happens to read this. I’ve been flatlining on readers by the looks of things, probably because my last blog was in October and even the most persistent of readers will probably not keep popping … Continue reading

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Waving not drowning

The usual thing, when visiting a friend, is to settle down with a chat and a cup or something or even better, a glass of something. Visiting my pal Sabina in tropical Zummerzet those things are secondary to going down … Continue reading

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Hei Hei Hay!

It’s Hay Festival again. I won’t go droning on and on with the usual bountiful enthusiams. Suffice to say that it’s worth an annual pilgrimage even if you’re only slightly interested in books, book people, films, culture, hedonism and breathtakingly … Continue reading

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Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep those cheeses rollin’

  Bonkers dare-devils chased Double Gloucester cheeses down the 1 in 4 slope of Cooper’s Hill continuing the ancient Spring Bank Holiday tradition at Brockworth, Gloucestershire on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. Police closed one of the major roads close to … Continue reading

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May Hill

It had been a bit of a bad-shit week, which was why, on a sunny evening straight after work, hardly passing go, last week, I felt like a stroll on May Hill. The first thing I saw was a red … Continue reading

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Kew Gardens

Popped into Kew Gardens on a whim recently. Just happened to be saying goodbye to #2 son at Heathrow, needed petrol at Heston Services and before heading West with a heavy heart, checked to see what was going on at … Continue reading

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A frosty morning

You know how it is. You open the bedroom curtains, not expecting much beyond a rain-spattered windowpane and hey presto, it’s all happening! This particular morning, when blissfully I was not expected into work until 10.30am, there was a widespread … Continue reading

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When walking is better than cycling…

I will almost always prefer to cycle but there’s a lot to be said for walking. Only by walking do you stumble across interesting bits and pieces hidden away. I’m not talking about the likes of the beautiful piece of … Continue reading

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A busy day in the Forest of Dean

Busiest day in the Forest of Dean of 2015, according to the lady in the Round Tuit at Mallards Pike as she handed me a hot bacon roll and a polystyrene cup of tea. There were about ten people visible … Continue reading

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