Monday, 17 December 2018

A Festive Postbox

Little people and big people love this Christmas post box in Liverpool's Lime Street.

With especial thanks to the kind parents who lent me their little person to help my postcards on their way. 

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Fun with fours

Fun with Fours

Four names I go by:
1. John
2. Clive
3. CJ
4. Mr Edwards

Four places I've lived:
1. Broadgreen, Liverpool
2. Headingly, Leeds
3. Formby, Sefton
4. Pensby, Wirral

Four things I love to watch..
1. Strictly Come Dancing
2. Pointless
3. Formula One
4. Richard Osman's House of Games

Four places I have visited:
1. The Western Isles
2. Great Gable, Cumbria
3. Land's End
4. Lleyn Peninsula

Four things I love to eat:
1. Lemon meringue pie
2. Roast dinner
3. Lentil soup
4. Cheese

Four favourite drinks:
1. Breakfast tea (milk, two sugars)
2. Cappuccino
3. Bitter Lemon
4. Amaretto

Four smells I like
1. Furniture polish (Mr Sheen)
2. Roses
3. Lavender
4. Bacon

Why don't you have some fun with fours...

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

It's Christmas! (Well almost)

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will already have seen these but I appreciate some folk only look at my blog so I'm posting them here as well.

First job - clear the window-ledges and floor.

Start putting up Christmas cards.

Put out decorations on the window ledges.

Then the tree goes up.

Sorting the tree lights out takes hours - only to discover they weren't working.

Off to the shops for some new lights.

Then the tinsel and baubles go on.

A few early presents go under the tree.

An, of course, the mistletoe finds a place,

And when it goes dark (sorry about quality of photo) we have this -

Monday, 10 December 2018


December 10th was Dad's birthday.  He was born in 1907.

This is a sketch I did last year from a photo I took in 1964.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Crime novels

I'm currently reading the Logan series of crime novels set in Aberdeen and written by Stuart MacBride.  They are excellent.  The best crime novels throw in a bit of romance, some philosophy and plenty of dashes of humour.  Here are a couple of quotes from recent ones I've been reading.

“The Regents Arms was a dingy little place, the windows covered with a thick layer of black paint, shrouding the drinkers in dim, artificial light.  After the brightness of a sunny morning it was like stepping into a tomb.  A collection of apostrophes hung behind the bar – postcards, photographs, plastic ones stolen from shop signs, all there to make up for the missing one in the pub’s name”.   Stuart MacBride   ‘Blind Eye’

“Do you really still believe the popular press and prurient public care about the truth, constable?  How sweet.  And where do you stand on the topics of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?”    Stuart MacBride “A Dark so Deadly”

“With the toe of one shoe, she nudged an open pizza carton on the floor.  The remaining slice had grown enough mould to qualify as a houseplant.”
Carol O’Connell –‘The Jury Must Die’

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