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Coronavirus Diary 53 – A nice neighbour calls

I was rather in a state of undress when it happened which is rather typical.  For the first time in 5 months in my new home, the door bell rang unexpectedly… ie not a delivery of any sort and I … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 52 -Social Distancing the back garden

Progress on doing up my new but ancient house continues but at a pace even snails would surpass.  It’s all down to this virus and I’ve even been thinking of bringing my new front garden bench into the house so … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 48 – A bit of this, a bit of that.

I’m continuing my self-isolation which is probably a good thing as typically for my luck, the streets and neighbouring villages around where I live have the highest Covid mortality rate in the whole-country per head of population. With the electrician … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 46 – Hiding in the garden with lemonade and a new friend

One of the things about having an Electrician in your house for 4 days when you’re not allowed to be in the same building as anyone is that you can’t be in the same building with anyone.   And when there … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 45 – Paint me like one of your French girls

Every day since I took delivery of my little front garden bench, I have had an early morning cup of tea there.  The road is always quiet and I share my time between watching the sun rising higher in the … Continue reading

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A grisly end for a brave Liddell at St. Botolph’s… Aldgate (Whitechapel).

Whilst doing some research on my new book I got distracted as is so easy to do when you’re into history.  Whilst looking up a new garden in the old City of London I came across a dreadful tale with … Continue reading

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I’m going to write a new book!

This is a dangerous thing to say in public but I’m going to write a new book. It’s dangerous because I already have a 60% completed novel and a 20% completed non-fiction book on the go.  Sadly due to my … Continue reading

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My first trip up Londons newest roof garden @ 120

As roof gardens go, The Garden at 120 is spectacularly high at only 15 storeys but aside from traditional old buildings which happen to have a few pots on the roof (my most memorable being the Windsor Hotel in Cairo), … Continue reading

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The evocative gardens of Arundel Castle

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful little Sussex town of Arundel whose centrepiece is one of the most imposing castles in southern Britain. The castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Norfolk … Continue reading

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Visiting the Trsteno Arboretum

After visiting both Mostar and Montenegro in successive 12 hour trips and many days of hiking up mountains, climbing city walls and the excitement of long car rides and boat trips I felt like I needed an easy day.  I’d … Continue reading

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