Staying Alive

Posted on 16/08/2020 By

Staying Alive: It’s seven o’clock on August 12 2019 on Dream Island. Richard tells Bobby the boat will be coming at 09.30. It’s time to pack and leave the island. A few more days in Solva, with Rosemary to pick me up. Dinner at Something’s Cooking that evening. He loves his fish and chips after…

Waving at Trains.

Posted on 12/08/2020 By

And here is the last of of our trilogy of poems read by Bill Hicks. Roger McGough is first and foremost a poet but was surprisingly popular in the sixties being a Liverpudlian in the Beatles era within his comedy group The Scaffold. Lily the Pink… The Scaffold: John Gorman, Mike McGear (brother of Paul…

Another Sedentary Session.

Posted on 05/08/2020 By

“Cotswold Choice” by Frank Mansell. It seems we are having a short season of poetry. All from the dulcet tones of Bill Hicks. It’s not surprising given that the Strolling Chums all live near to where Diddley came from in the Cotswolds. You will remember that we have often told stories about her friendship with…

GAD Revisited

Posted on 01/08/2020 By

Bertie: “Bobby? Are you feeling OK, mate? You seem in a bit of a muddle.” Bobby: “I think a lot of people are, Bertie, in these troubled times. Especially older people, who feel isolated while the world talks about all the things they want to reopen while we old grunters are just interested in staying…

A Sedentary Session.

Posted on 29/07/2020 By

A Sedentary Session. You will remember when we stayed with Chris and Angie in the Cotswolds.

Bobby’s Books.

Posted on 26/07/2020 By

Bertie: “Bobby? How are you mate? We have told everyone about Jody’s Beans and Layla’s Library. You have told everyone how much you have loved books all your life. Do you still have any books from when you were a kid?”

Layla’s Library

Posted on 22/07/2020 By

Layla followed in Jasmine’s footsteps a few years later. Loving staying at Laurel Cottage, just as her sister had done. In such a small cottage they rarely stayed together, but argued as to whose turn it was to stay. Layla thought the same about her granny. Bobby took her on adventures and, of course, read…

Jody’s Beans.

Posted on 19/07/2020 By

Jody’s Beans. Jasmine has always loved staying at Laurel Cottage. When very young, she was the only grandchild to Diddley and Bobby. Staying most weekends and later, during school holidays, she had a very close bond with her granny. Loving being with her and now years later never forgetting what a wonderful granny she was.

Cornflower Blue.

Posted on 15/07/2020 By

Cornflower Blue. Once upon a time there was another Brompton in a box under the bench in the workshop. It didn’t move for nine years! In fact, it was only ever ridden twice. Back in 2010 Bobby had retired, but Diddley was still at work. And she was entitled to buy a bike under the…

Brompton Revival.

Posted on 12/07/2020 By

Brompton Revival. We live in extraordinary times. The last time Bobby’s life was in such a turmoil was in 2015, when he lost Diddley. The weeks and months that followed that were very difficult. But they had one certainty. She wasn’t coming back.

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