The Vase

Yesterday's blog showed the top of the vase; here it is in its entirety. So beautiful. I'm not sure that I could ever put a flower into...

Tiffany

Yesterday I went to the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass in Europe. This is the...

Ivy

I'm in a writing phase at the moment, a poem about a woman who went to Italy in her youth but who has decided in her sixties to return to...

Finire in bellezza

Rather late in the day but … the gym, the dentist (called Phil Moore!) and a quick visit to the men's clothes shop in Ilkley. Time just...

Thomas Killigrew

This painting of Thomas Killigrew hangs in the Long Gallery at Gawthorpe Hall. There is some debate as to whether he looks happy because...

Boyle's Law

The Long Gallery at Gawthorpe Hall displays a number of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Amongst them is a painting...

Gawthorpe Hall's Long Gallery

In an earlier post, I mentioned that on Sundays I work as a volunteer room guide for the National Trust at Gawthorpe Hall. Most...

Limericks

Molly has already been profiled so here is a picture of Tigger. The girls next door were both very fond of the cats so I wrote a limerick...

The Day the Knight Danced

The older child next door was more conventional in her tastes, with a liking for stories about princesses, ballerinas, castles in the...

Bessie Bee's Big Blunder

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I used to write for the children next door and that the younger one was particularly interested in...

Italy

There are some days when I speak (and read) more Italian than I do English. Yesterday was one of them. I spent the morning writing up the...

The Marrow

This is me (on the left) with my brother, Rob, who has been staying with me for a few days. We have another brother, Paul, and a sister,...

You rang, mallard?

Early mornings are fairly routine for me. Molly, my faithful cat, wakes me at about 6:00 a.m., demands her food, ignores it and goes out...

The Empty Waistcoat

The years are passing; my sixty-ninth birthday is on the horizon. Of course, the same thing is happening to my friends and my expectation...

Ant Tapestry

Having pored over images of leafcutter ant foragers on the march, it struck me that they looked a little like the soldiers in the Bayeux...

Antastic!

When I started doing my research for Leafcutter, I was intrigued; by the time I had finished, I was utterly absorbed by what I had...

More than Rabbits and Chocolate!

Belize and the Maya are wonderful to study - fascinating, colourful, impressive. The jaguar, of course, is irresistible but an image of...

Maya Culture

One of the most exciting aspects of the Primary Curriculum is the study of Other Cultures and Traditions. While researching for...

Leafcutter

"You've got a quirky mind, haven't you?" was Clive Farrell's opening gambit when asking if I would write a story for him based on the...

David Coates

Before moving on from my reflections on The Magic Makers, I want to mention David Coates. The name of his house is, in fact, 'Janvin' but...

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