Can it Kill You?

Posted on 24/07/2022 By

“Can it kill you?” asked granddaughter Daisy. “Totally harmless, Daisy.” said grandad Bobby. “I picked it up and put it in the undergrowth to stop it being trodden on. It’s a BFG. Like me!”

Finding Serenity at Kingston upon Thames (Again)

Posted on 17/07/2022 By

Kingston upon Thames Bertie: “NO! NO! NO! I’m not going. You must be bleedin mad!” Bobby: “You aren’t invited, Bertie. I am taking Trevor, to introduce him to Al-Anon and the Angel.”


Posted on 10/07/2022 By

Back in 1985. The happy couple, as it was then, had an opportunity to borrow a motor caravan for a holiday. Modestly priced, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. And it was friends of ‘er indoors’ making the offer. Something the happy couple had never done before. North Wales. The Llyn Peninsular. What…

Spitalfields Secret Gardens with Eamonn

Posted on 03/07/2022 By

Secret Gardens Bertie: “What a lovely garden, Eamonn.” Eamonn: “Ah! To be sure it was, Bertie. Tank you for suggesting I go to the open gardens. ‘Twas marvellous to be sure.”


Posted on 26/06/2022 By

Sometimes we go on walking tours with Bob. Not that Bob. Another Bob.

Can’t be Easy

Posted on 12/06/2022 By

Bertie: “It can’t be easy being you, Bobby. It’s hard enough just being your friend. A day of wonderful joy became a following day of huge muddle in your bonce.”

The Platinum Jubilee Thursday

Posted on 12/06/2022 By

Platinum Thursday When Eliza Doolittle sat at the corner of the stage in a scene of old London and sang “Wouldn’t it be luvverly” Bobby knew it would be a wonderful show. That he had booked the cheapest ticket in the back row of the “gods”, not even knowing it was a very special day…

The Elizabeth Line

Posted on 05/06/2022 By

You never took me Bertie: “You never took me!” Bobby: “Now look Bertie, I had no idea I was going to see the opening of the Elizabeth Line. I go to London every Tuesday for an Al-Anon meeting in Islington. This week I had arranged to meet Technical Director Tim on his canal boat. Hoping…

The Darling Buds of May at Laurel Cottage

Posted on 29/05/2022 By

The man is the book; the book is the man. This incontestable truth, which I often repeat to myself, I claim to be as true of gardens as it is of authors and their books. As a man is, so is his garden. He is a reflection of it. And it of him. For this…

Lily of the Valley

Posted on 22/05/2022 By

When Estelle (a mindfulness teacher friend of Bobby’s) gave Bobby that single stem of Lily of the Valley, she could never have imagined what memories she would unlock from his far off young days.

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