Thursday saw the arrival of The Giants in our city (Liverpool) along with over 1.3 million visitors to see them.  Liverpool is quite a wonderland, and we have many odd and wonderful things to see here.  This is the third time The Giants have visited, alas, it will be the last.  The city was littered with the giant’s possessions, including likes of clothes drying, a dropped butter knife that sliced through a… Read More

Today I decided to make Pumpkin & Bacon Soup, and what a triumph, so here it is for you all to enjoy. IngredientsOlive Oil50g Butter1 Onion – diced fine150g Dry-cured bacon chopped – I used oak smoked dry curedSmall pumpkin, you will need about 800g of flesh, peeled and de-seeded.1-litre chicken stock100ml double cream3 tablespoons of pumpkin seedsMaple syrup InstructionsIn a large pan heat about a tablespoon of oil with half the… Read More

I wrote this many years ago about my experience of being an unwanted child.  Not by my mother, but by my father.  Needless to say, I have not seen him for well over half my life. My Dad & I “I never wanted you, I didn’t want boys”The words spoken by a grown man to his eight-year-old son.A callous off the cuff remark?No, it was a cruel and calculated remark.His son could… Read More

So, with that I give you two fun poems… Electric ChairThe Volts,The Jolts,The End. Dog LoveI saw you in the park,I wanted to be your friend,So I tunnelled my nose,Up your non-barking end.

A review. I read on average 40 to 60 books a year, some I enjoy, some I find mediocre, some, I park a bookmark in and put on the shelf until I feel I can “get into it”, but the one thing I need in order to get from the front cover to the last page is fluid writing, something that seems to be lacking in a lot of books, however, not… Read More

Yesterday was one of those bloody days. Through the night Mazikeen could not settle and all in all was moping about and generally restless through the night, making funny noises and the odd whimper.  We thought, this is it, she is going to have her first season (in-heat), as some dogs react that way, but alas no.  In the morning after a shocking night of sleeplessness, I discovered that her tail was… Read More