It is a cliché that our childhoods are filled with memories of warm summer days, rarely marred by bad weather. The summer of 1947 epitomises that notion for me and is one reason why I set my novel Summer Day in that particular summer. In England the year began with heavy snow and bitter cold. I had turned five the previous November and should have started school at the end of the Christmas break. Snow drifts had piled up against the ground floor windows of our cottage. Travelling the 3 miles to the village school was impossible. The thaw did … Continue reading Remembering 1947
Experts seem to be divided about whether earwigs really are responsible for damage often seen on Bramley apples Continue reading Early Autumn in my Garden: 27th September 2020
Here is a warning from someone in a position of inside knowledge. I am fortunate in having been born with a fast metabolism which ensures that I have rarely been above 60kg/9stone (125lbs). I do like sigar in tea and in coffee, though I don’t drink huge quantities of either. I also like my wife’s baking, puddings and home made jams. However, if you or your loved ones are less fortunate, do please heed Stevie’s warnings and reject the blandishments of advertisers. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/sugar-and-covid Continue reading Sugar and Covid.
The authors are all award winners, hand-picked by USA Today best selling author Dan Allatorre. Continue reading A New Batch of Scary Stories is on the Way.
The rose I thought I had killed is alive and well Continue reading A News Update From my Garden: 30 August 2020
Look out for my next post about Strongbow as the 850th anniversary of his arrival in Ireland approaches. Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #19: 9th Auguit 2020
In the greenhouse the tomatoes are ripening. The picture is misleading, however: they are not as large as they seem! Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #18 – 2nd August 2020
July is finishing up as it began – the weather is extremely variable. There is grain ready for harvest but with barely two consecutive days of dry weather I’m guessing the farmers are becoming frustrated. In my garden the dahlias … Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #17 – 26th July 2020
By sending the Irish party there – it was, after all, on their route back to Ireland – he could kill two birds with one stone. There were men there who would welcome a foreign expedition. They could report back on the likelihood of such a venture achieving success. Continue reading Men With Grievances.
The sweet peas have not climbed much. The few flowers they have produced are pretty, nonetheless. They smell nice, too. Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #16 – 19th July 2020