Bob: One year on

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,…

Farewell Bobby

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…

Bob Ball

Bob sadly and unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday 16 August 2022, aged 78. He was a much loved Great Grandad, Grandad and Dad.

Her Majesty the Queen

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Her Majesty the Queen this week. No doubt a day that will remain etched in everybody’s memory. We couldn’t let this momentous occasion go without our own tribute. So, thank you Ma’am for your 70 years of loyal service. You will be missed. There…

Another Perfect Day

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…


Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that our lovely Dad, Father-in-law and Grandad, Bob Ball (Bobby Ballcock), passed away on Tuesday, 16 August 2022. It was unexpected. as he had been so full of life to the end, and we are all in shock.

Dennis the Menace or Dan Dare

Dennis the Menace or Dan Dare Bobby has been both, in other people’s imagination. I am only telling you this because his own imagination went AWOL at Somerset House the other week. Suddenly he was twelve again. Living in the comic world of the 1950s. A time of rivalry between numerous publications and who read…

78 and All That

Bertie: “Did you have a nice birthday, Bobby?” Bobby: “Bonnet de douche, Bertie.” (Excellent)

The Bench at Diddley’s View

The Bench Five years ago, 17 January 2017, we welcomed something very special into our lives. The Bench. Since then it has become central to our lives. A place of pilgrimage to remember Diddley. Becoming in effect ‘Diddley’s Bench’ at ‘Diddley’s View’.

Merry Christmas from Laurel Cottage 2021

Merry Christmas “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” Bertie: “Bobby … Can you tell us a story?”