Cats always win in the end

I sometimes decide that enough is enough. No more cats (I have three) sleeping on my bed at night – nor during the day, for that matter. I was fed up with putting my bed linens in the washing machine every week, and pulling not just clean laundry out of the machine when done, but … Read moreCats always win in the end

Poem // If God

I have a hole where faith should be. The ruthlessness of God, it leaves me cold and unimpressed. I tick on empty. In the darkness I still say my prayers. Angels may hear, act in love as agents. I hedge my bets for the blameless, friends and family. The beauty I see. My ears are … Read morePoem // If God

Supermarkets: here to help us not look after ourselves 

Tracking your exercise, food and drink intake using an app with the aim of losing or maintaining weight is a good idea (I’m using Lifesum on my iPhone) but it presents you with one stark fact when you eat a cookie and learn it’s taken you way over your daily calorific intake. Namely, if you … Read moreSupermarkets: here to help us not look after ourselves 

That guy in the coffee shop? Not posing – working! Honest!

Whenever you walk into a high street coffee shop these days, you’re bound to see them: those men and women, usually on the more active side of fifty going down all the way to the early twenties, hunched over laptops; or, less frequently, attempting to type at speed on tablets, be they Android or iOS … Read moreThat guy in the coffee shop? Not posing – working! Honest!

Tales of the Bird Man: The ‘No Hope’ Vet

The vet was impressive. She clearly knew her stuff about chickens, having not only many letters after her name but also being an author of books about them as well. I was at a meeting of my local poultry club, where she was giving a presentation about keeping your chickens healthy. I’d already written my … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: The ‘No Hope’ Vet

Tales of the Bird Man: Aloysius

Aloysius

Roxy was my first-ever disabled chick. They can hatch in a worse state than she did. In fact, you couldn’t tell anything was wrong with her at all, not at first, not for several weeks. But, eventually, I noticed there was this one chick, gender still unknown, that was looking obviously smaller than his or … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: Aloysius

Tales of the Bird Man: An epileptic chick sees sky

Holly the Silkie hen and her Poland chicks

The first thing I remember well is staring up at the sky, although I didn’t know then that it was called sky. It was very blue. There were these big, white, fluffy things moving slowly across it. I later found out these were called clouds. I could hear all my sisters and brothers, making noises … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: An epileptic chick sees sky

Tales of the Bird Man: Roxy

Roxy (no, she does NOT drink wine!)

It’s part of her life. It has always been part of her life. At least, as far back as she can remember, and she can certainly remember, because she knows who I am. When the earthquake comes, it is nearly always followed in quick succession by another, and another, sometimes more, before calm returns and … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: Roxy

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