Bob: One year on

Posted on 16/08/2023 By

One year on Today is a sad day and a special day. Sad because it’s been a year since we lost Bobby. Special because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we were to have the crazy big man in our lives. I love my new family and life by the sea,…

A Special Day for Pondering

Posted on 26/01/2023 By

Pondering Today would have been Bobby’s 79th birthday. I’ve been pondering on this day for quite a while, from my new favourite pondering spot on the beach near my new house. I wondered how I might feel when the day arrived. A little sad and rather befuddled, if I’m honest, as I miss Bobby’s chatter…

Happy New Year

Posted on 01/01/2023 By

Happy New Year from Bertie! I was going to write a few words from the beach near my new home, where I often pop for a spot of pondering – perhaps my favourite thing. But it’s too wet and windy today, so I’m chilled out at home with one of my new housemates, Pebbles.

Merry Christmas from Bertie

Posted on 24/12/2022 By

Merry Christmas I am settling well into my new home by the sea. Bobby left strict instructions that I should be looked after by his granddaughter, Giselle, who is ably assisted by her two inquisitive cats, Pebbles and Bo (short for Mr Bojangles).

Farewell Bobby

Posted on 23/10/2022 By

Chief Mourner On Monday 10 October we said Farewell Bobby – Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad, Uncle and a friend to so many. It was a wonderful send off that he would have wholly approved of, full of tears, but also of warmth, smiles and laughter too. Andrew (Bobby’s son) made sure that it was a…

Another Perfect Day

Posted on 28/08/2022 By

Perfect Day Today is a “Perfect Day” announced the presenter on Classic FM. It seems that nowadays every day is a special day. From Winnie the Pooh Day to National Cream Tea Day, the list is endless. But on Tuesday the 28 June 2022 it was a “Perfect Day”. Because 28 and 6 are “perfect…

Solly Sunflower

Posted on 20/08/2022 By

Solly Sunflower grew up in the Cotswolds. She came to live in Surrey and had many friends in the beautiful village of Brockham. Times changed and she moved away. Eventually meeting and marrying Bobby Ballcock. “Solly” was consigned to history and she became “Diddley” in a wonderful new life.


Posted on 08/08/2022 By

Ellen Ellen: “I am only a little bear. I have only written one story. And then only the middle story of three in this blog.

A Summer Collection

Posted on 06/08/2022 By

A Summer Collection – Virginia’s Poem: The GA’s Walk: The Stick: From the Train Window Virginia’s Poem Virginia: “I thought a silly poem might bring the hint of a smile. I wrote it to try to cheer people up as the news continues to be so downbeat and generally depressing.” Bertie: “Cheered us up, Virginia!”

Grandma’s House

Posted on 31/07/2022 By

They loved that day at Spitalfields Open Gardens. Sitting in the beautiful garden of the Rectory of Christ Church was indeed heavenly, with the church towering above them. Friendly chatter with the little band playing in the corner. A perfect English country garden party in the middle of London’s East End.