Friday, 24 February 2012


I was recently helping the lovely lady Veronica (Lingo client of More Than Good Manners) to organise her home office (just one of the many types of unusual activities I end up doing) and while riffling through a cupboard she unearthed this beautiful example of her 'high society' life... I had to snap it...
Here she is pictured in a glossy mag in the 80's in a beautiful yellow frock while attending a wedding of aristocracy... I have completely forgotton who and in which magazine. But I wanted to comment and capture so that it didn't end up back in the cupboard without some small recognision!

Monday, 20 February 2012


Sometimes you need to lift your head up, get out and open your eyes against the bright lights and strong winds in order to see further.

The stunning views of piercing blue sky and the earthy horizons that I found waiting for me when I did just that early on Sunday morning, as I ventured along the river near Downham, made me think further ahead than I had for a while.

This photo (a stitch by a Pano app on the iPhone 4) doesn't really do it justice; and I hadn't noticed that one section is completely wonky...but it was close to freezing with almost gale force winds that made it more like -4, so I had to keep running to keep warm!

Sunday, 12 February 2012


The garden is starting to show small patches of green between the mounds of melting mounds of ice and snow. Between them, short spikes show where bulbs are still doing their best in spite of the harsh conditions. Thoughts are turning towards plans for the garden for next year. At last a fence at the end of the plot, building the long overdue fire-pit and benches. Planting flower beds and the vegetable patch. Starting to look forward to it.

February needs to be a 'buckle down' month for me. There's plenty to get through, I've had my holiday break, my get away, my rest, my batteries feel recharged, and lets face it, fence panels don't grow on trees. (Though a few strategically planted bushes might not be a bad idea both economically and environmentally). So I need to work hard to afford anything and everything that needs doing. I think the snow melting signals something for me. I feel a change is a comin'!

Apart from going to the cinema on Saturday to watch the Muppets (you don't need me to tell you this is great) I've had a weekend mostly at home alone. For once my laptop has managed to work for long enough to answer some emails while listening to bbc6 music or watching TV as an added bonus 'Muppets from Space' was on too, and, I'll be honest, I've just been simply enjoying the time to myself. I've been reminded of the poster at the Shining Tree - "Don't just do something - sit there!". It's not bad for you once in a while.

A photo competition is running on downhamweb for 'Snowy pics'. The day after it's closure, the folks will be visiting, and once again, will be roped in for their photographic duties to judge the entries, as well as quite rightfully inspecting progress on the house and Lingo. Steve varnished the stairs while Jenn and I were away, as well as painting walls and fire doors and generally improving the set up. It looks great. I'm just going to have to clean like a maniac between now and then.

Now excuse me please while I just enjoy this rare opportunity and melt into the sofa and enjoy the rest of my Sunday. For once, a day of rest.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

And breathe...

Updated bio time.

...and breathe!  

It's healthy to feel you should update your blog often, (what good is a neglected news feed) and I go on at my clients often enough about it; but it's probably not healthy to stress about it. 

It be done now, and I can rest easy for a short while. 

In other news - just had a top holiday in Bansko, Bulgaria with great friends (from Left to right) Pedro, Lewis (me) Jenn and Caroline. It snowed more than I ever thought it could, there were some new experiences with Black runs and powder, there were Bulgarian shouty bar-promo guys called Bruno, there was an obscene consumption of cocktails and there were no major injuries. All in all, as Jenn would say "Epic!"