Do you see the concentration on that little face? The hands resting on the keys that, at first glance, look like the effortless hand-over-hand movement of a concert pianist? The beginning of family lessons in music, because we’re from Yorkshire and there was no point throwing good money away on an actual teacher. Learning mostly… Continue reading Making Music
Our Table Topics theme at Toastmasters last week was based around the advice that we’d give to our 10-year-old selves, given the opportunity to go back and have a word. Table Topics are normally given quickly, moments before having to stand up and speak with no preparation. They’re about as ‘life on the edge’ as… Continue reading Most Important Advice
I don’t have one particular quiet place any more. I have a little office at home, but it’s become messy and in need of a good tidy and I’ve lost the ability to concentrate in there any more. Most of my other places are places that I share with Mike. I sometimes crave… Continue reading My Quiet Place
Kate’s Listography for this week challenges us to nominate our five most important gadgets… My Phone About twenty years ago, Jon who’s now over at The Deliberation Station predicted that there would be a time when none of us would have home telephones any more and that we’d each have our… Continue reading Listography Gadgets
A potato. Kicked into the little bonfire and pulled out an hour or so later with a bit of green stick that happened to be left on the ground. Burned potato skin pulled open with a rusty fork. The same fork that had stirred the curried beans warmed up as a side dish. Beans curried… Continue reading Potato
We all have them, don’t we? Those little things that we love to have in our lives – even though we know that they’re not really cool (I guess by that definition, most of my life would be a guilty pleasure)… Salad Cream I’m not sure whether this is even widely known any more, or… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures
Anonymity and the internet used to be perfect partners. Or at least we felt that way. This used to be the place that we’d come to hide, to express things that would previously have been confined to a secret diary. We used pseudonyms, and every so often there’d be a bit of a rumble through… Continue reading Blogging and Anonymity
We’ve had a terrific day out at Chester Zoo today. The Weekly Photo Challenge on WordPress.com called for a picture of an Entrance. Here’s the entrance to the butterfly house. And a couple of favourites from the butterfly pictures I took today.