Monday, 24 April 2017

It's Official.

I can now confirm that the May is out, so officially we may cast our first clouts.

Personally I began casting clouts a wee while ago, but since the weather has once again become quite cool, my shorts have only made an appearance in the afternoons.

It'll be OK again quite soon; have no fear.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Yawn...French Elections Round 1.

It's election day here (first round), so, in order to take one's mind off such tedium, here is a spot of light relief.

Saturday, 22 April 2017


Two of my grandsons; Aussie brothers, Finn and George.

Not quite sure what they're up to in the photo; looks like some sort of electronic paint-balling.

When we have our own children we expect them to look like us; when we have grandchildren, not quite so much.

I find it quite strange looking at George (right), because he reminds me of me. He could almost be me at that age.

On the down side, if he looks at me today he will probably see something of the terrible physical fate that awaits him. I apologise in advance.

Friday, 21 April 2017


Cloudless skies, a few Swallows about, and the distant Chestnut canopies beginning to turn green.

It's what I've been waiting for. I can feel my annual depression lifting, warm blood once again rushing merrily through my veins, and my regular smile broadening by the minute.

I try not to moan too much about Winter, especially on these pages; but jeeze how I hate it. 

A July baby needs July weather, and at last I can anticipate its return; slowly, yes, but I can feel it.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Not a pretty sight, or site.

With a couple of night-time temperatures falling close to zero, I'm taking no chances.

It may not look pretty, but these old pots protect my more tender plants from being nipped by frost.

Above are half a dozen Supersteak Tomatoes, and below are all my Aubergines, Peppers, Chillies, and a few Calabrese.

There's nothing worse than losing plants due to lack of diligence.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Stanley Unwin

One of my early comedy heroes has to be the wonderful Prof Stanley Unwin.

Here he is in 1983 at Speaker's Corner, explaining the introduction of the UK's new decimal currency (I think).

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Thinking of moving?


Property prices in the UK have gone bananas. It is almost impossible now for any young-ish person (with a reasonable job) to even contemplate buying their own home.

So, let me propose an alternative.

The house above (which has just been SOLD) is an example of what can be bought around here, in S W France.

It was on the market for €194,000 (£164,000 or $205,000), but what it was sold for I don't know; presumably quite a bit less.

As you can see, it is quite large. It needs a reasonable amount of work, but is habitable. It has 4 bedrooms and oil-fired heating. It comes with 2 huge stone barns, 3 garages, a vaulted stone cellar, and a Pigeon tower. It is surrounded by 7,000 sq ms of land; but knowing the state of local agriculture, I expect more could easily be bought.

A similar amount of money back in the UK would probably buy you a beach hut! On the other hand, can you imagine what you'd have to pay for such a house in England?

Anyone who runs a business from home, or does not need to be tied to the UK (or even the US, or Oz) would be crazy not to consider this option. I did over 40 years ago, and have never regretted it.

The above house had been on offer through Charles Loftie's agency here:-


Just click on the 'up to €200,000' heading and you'll see what I mean.

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