A portal to the Dance December 13, 2023 Posted in: Uncategorized I've coveted an Adrian Daintrey sketch for years, and at an auction not long ago I finally got hold of… read more
Two years of the gentleman poacher November 15, 2023 Posted in: Dogs Last Saturday marked two years since Porridge the lurcher came to live at Sunnyside Cottage. By now he has become… read more
The green ink brigade November 1, 2023 Posted in: Lifestyle Green ink. Hue of choice for complainers and poison-pen writers, the famous 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells'. Also senior officers, artists… read more
Pontack sauce September 25, 2023 Posted in: Food, Food and booze Autumn foraging season is upon us, and there are some good-sized elders along the old green lane where I often… read more
The Tin Face Parade is out in the world September 1, 2023 Posted in: Novel writing Today is publication day for my first novel. The Tin Face Parade is 320 pages of rakish and bloody Edwardian… read more
African jazz from a Land Rover July 18, 2023 Posted in: Travel tales In 1964, not long before his 19th birthday, my father set off for Bechuanaland – or Botswana as it would… read more
The pleasure of the pocket cartoon February 16, 2023 Posted in: Drawings Don't get me wrong, I love spending ages on a drawing – playing with textures and trying to improve my… read more
Wild camping and open-air life December 9, 2022 Posted in: Walking In some ways we've come a long way since the 1930s, and in others we really haven't. In case you… read more
After hours at the museum October 18, 2022 Posted in: Drawings Among my various ambitions for this year, one is to get better with my pens and paints. I love drawing… read more
A return to travel writing September 10, 2022 Posted in: The world of work, Travel tales When the plague hit, I was in Øvre Dividal National Park in northern Norway, tramping between mountain huts in the… read more
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