Better than beer?

Spread number 5 from my book: “We love you more than…” All proceeds from the sale of this little book will go to Longfield, click on the link to see what they do to help people who are at the other end of life.

The book is meant to be read to young children to tell them exactly how much you love them. Copies of will some available from the Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud for £5-00 per copy, please give more if you can. If you are further afield then why not buy it from here for £6-50:

Or get it both of my books from here.

We love you more…

A book to be read to young children by immature adults illustrating exactly how much you love them.This small book is 28 pages including the cover and is in full colour throughout, you can buy the book from here or direct from Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud. If bought from here I will send copies to you via mail. Limited edition, only 100 copies printed. Get yours now.

£6.50

Weren’t they a band?

Actually I like my chocolate cool, and I think the band were quite ‘cool’ at the time. Anyhow this is spread number 4 of my book: “We love you more than…”

It’s a children’s book and meant for young people, or large people with grandchildren that they miss. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to charity, and there are only 100 copies of the book being published. You can get your copy here, or they will be available in the Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud. Click on the red link to find out what great work they do there.

We love you more than…

A book to be read to small children by immature adults illustrating exactly how much you love them.This small book is 28 pages including the cover and is in full colour throughout, you can buy the book from here or direct from Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud. If bought from here I will send copies to you via mail. Limited edition, only 100 copies printed. £5-00 from the shops or £6-50 from here please to cover potage and packing. All proceeds go to Longfield. Get yours now.

£6.50

We love you more than cheese.

The book is intended for small children and this is spread number 3, or perhaps we could call it cheese spread. Here in Gloucestershire they have been known to roll a cheese down and extermely steep hill. I’ve seen this hill and to chase a cheese down it is verging on the suicidal. The cheeses chosen for the event are, I think, Double Gloucester, made by Mrs Smart out at Churcham on the road to Ross on Wye. Why chase a cheese down a hill? Well. why not.

We love you more than…

A book to be read to young children by immature adults illustrating exactly how much you love them.This small book is 28 pages including the cover and is in full colour throughout, you can buy the book from here or direct from Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud. If bought from here I will send copies to you via mail. Limited edition, only 100 copies printed.£5-00 in the shops £6-50 if bought from here to cover postage and packing. All proceeds go to Longfield. Get yours now.

£6.50

Buy this book and all the proceeds go to Longfield. click on the link and see what wonderful work they do for people at the other end of life to the target audience of this little book.

If you’d like both books best to go to here to find out more about them and order them together.

We love you more than…

I suppose the preoccupation with food might have been inevitable in lockdown. This is the second pie in the book. I was asked what my favourite meal was the other day and part of it would have been apple pie and custard, but not the fancy home made stuff with actual eggs in it, I like the original Bird’s custard that was yellow powder in a tin that made up into a yellow liquid gold addition to any pie. Sweet pie that is, not pork.

This is the second spread of my book…buy it from here or from the Longfield charity shops in Cheltenham or Stroud. It’s designed to be read to young children by immature adults.

You can buy both books together on line from my other website.

We love you more…

A book to be read to young children by immature adults illustrating exactly how much you love them.This small book is 28 pages including the cover and is in full colour throughout, you can buy the book from here or direct from Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud. Buy from the shops for £5-00 or £6-50 from here to cover postage and packing.Feel free to donate more, it all goes to Longfield.

£6.50

We love you more than pork pies…

I’m a sucker for pork pies, though sucking them is not recommended. This is the first spread of my book: “We love you more than…” I hope you enjoy them in the coming days.

We love you more than…

A book to be read to young children by immature adults illustrating exactly how much you love them.This small book is 28 pages including the cover and is in full colour throughout, you can buy the book from here or direct from Longfield shops in Cheltenham and Stroud.They are £6-50 per book from here to cover post and packing and £5-00 in the shops, but feel free to donate more

£6.50

All proceeds from the book go to Longfield which helps people at the other end of life.

We love you more than…

In lockdown I’ve had no excuse but to get on with a couple of children’s books that I promised myself I’d do for my grandchildren. The first one is called “We love you more than…”

The book was inspired by my own experiences when my family were young, when I’d tell my daughter that I loved her more than….then you choose what it is you really like.

This book, like the other, is quite small: the size of a standard cd. 120 x 120mm. All the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charity, and my own preferred charity is local one to me here in Cheltenham: Longfield. Take a look at what they do there.

They have a shop in Cheltenham and another one in Stroud where they are going to stock the books in due course.

As a taster I will be publishing the spreads of the book here over the next few days. I’m having a hundred copies of each book printed so they are a limited edition. I hope you enjoy.

You can also see more about the books on my other website here.

You can buy a copy from the through PayPal right here:

We love you more than…

A 28 page full colour illustrated children's book where all proceeds will go to charity. Book is 120 x 120mm and in full colour with a limited print run of 100 copies. Copies are £6-50 per book and this covers the postage in the UK. The books are also available at the Longfield Charity chops in the Bath Road Cheltenham and in Stroud, where they are £5-00. Give more if you can please

£6.50

Two books for children, both for charity

Here’s my lockdown project brought to fruition at last. I’ll be banging on about these for several days from now. Hopefully a post per days and a page per day. You can buy the books from this site from each posting via PayPal. All the proceeds from the books will go to Longfield who look after people at the other end of life to my target audience. You can also buy the books from my other website. Again using PayPal. Or you will shortly be able to buy them from the Longfield Charity shops in the Bath Road, Cheltenham or their branch in King Street, Stroud.

They cost £6-50 through PayPal as I need to cover postage and packing and they are a mere £5-00 and all that fiver goes to Longfield, I have paid for print and production. So please buy it, for Longfield and for me.

Schwarzenegger Big Spud

We’ve had a heatwave, but I have never watered my potatoes, they take their chances. I grow on some wonderful black soil conditioner from Evesham on top of clay like a hard cheese. It seems to suit the spuds. They grew enormous amounts of green above ground, and I thought the resulting spuds would be small and perfectly formed. They are schwarzenegger big. This is just one of a group from one plant, this is probably the biggest but the others are pretty big too, in fact half the crop from this one plant weighs over 5 pounds. The bonus is that they taste pretty good too. I just wish I could remember what they were called. If you are good at spud recognition and you’ve seen this beast somewhere before, then let me know.

This one was dug out last night and together with its brother spuds, and some pretty big beetroot, I put them in a shopping bag to bring home. I could hardy lift the bag, so I put half of them back to return today to get them.

Spud I like.

Umpire of the Sun

I used to be keen on cricket until struck on the head by a ball when just a callow youth. The result of some fearsome fast bowling by one of my sports teachers, who insisted that I keep wicket in the very small area behind the wicket in the cricket nets. The resulting blow put what looked like an egg on my forehead and I suppose these days would be classed as concussion. All he did was get cross with me for failing to catch his fearsome delivery.

On a day when the sun has been at its hottest I came across this blog and thought it worth sending out there again.

For anyone not familiar with cricket, there are two umpires who oversee the game, one at the bowler’s end and one at mid-on, there you are, you’re lost already. It’s no use going any further explaining to anyone who has no knowledge of the game. I have very little myself, suffice to say that in the old days, the umpires also used to serve as a handy clothes peg, wrapped around with the player’s spare hats and jumpers on what was normally a roasting hot day.

Their job is to adjudicate if a batsman is in, or out, if he was judged out then he had to go off and someone else would come in , until they were judged to be out. If they were judged to be not out then they would stay in. In this particular case the umpire is indicating the result of an appeal and the batsmen is out. Another batsman may now come on and will be in until he is out, unless he succeeds in being not out. Owzat?

Cultured visit with dental highlight.

We needed a spot of culture as well as a day out so booked a trip to Compton Verney, a large house and garden in Warwickshire which the satnav lied about when we queried how far and how long it would take. Or perhaps I drive a tad slower than the average. The drive took us along conventional roads across the Cotswolds and to the edge of Warwickshire.

They have it well worked out at Compton Verney to cope with Covid. How long before there are books coming out with “Coping with Covid” as the title. You heard it first here.

We were there with pre-booked tickets to see the exhibition of Crannach. I’m not versed in early German painting, in fact I’m not that well versed in any sort of painting, but as the philistines say ” I know what I like”. These were stunning paintings and to think they were painted over 500 years ago seems quite humbling. How they have lasted. Or should that be “How have they lasted?” I suppose they have been national treasures of some sort for all these years.

This one took my fancy particularly, he seemed able to capture the real characters of these people. I thought that the young person on the right had a particularly enigmatic look.

This one too…

She has that look of a woman of a certain age that is confident but has that rather disparaging look. It reminds me of my niece when my brother has told a particular joke that she’s heard more than once before.

Cranach’s influence has been far and wide and in the exhibition are works by contemporary artists inspired by his talents. This one by Picasso is a lino cut print that he apparently did after being sent a postcard of one of Cranach’s paintings of a lady. I wonder what Cranach would have made of it, I bet he’d have loved it. I did too.

Then there’s this large sculpture of a woman ripping out one of her own teeth. There’s a pedal next to the sculpture and everyone can see what happens when you don’t floss. Barmy, but really quite interesting.

Whispering to a bee

Out and about on walkabout with my friend Robin, this little bee took to a teasel and this is a series of photos taken on an iPhone that one can convert into a mini movie. If you take live photos on an iPhone you can then convert that series of photos into a short movie, this one turned out ok. Soundtrack is me whispering directions to the star of the film.