Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vanity, insanity, profanity…

Not in that specific order. Beginning with profanity, which is provoked by the cathartic experience of watching ‘The Thick of It’, which we have now viewed twice. Malcolm Tucker’s rants are infectious, not to be enacted outside the house, but … Continue reading

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Beware; be very aware of the potential perils of…

Hitchhiking. We never pick anyone up whom we don’t know. As we say to each other, ‘you never know when we are going to turn into axe murderers. It’s just not fair to put other people at risk.’ Green fields. … Continue reading

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More fun things to do with chickens: Hen Throwing

Now this is another of those misleading titles…sort of. Last year’s new set of hens, all seven of them haven’t been out much. They were new last year, unrelated to the other hens, as we replaced the old ones last … Continue reading

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Ladyboy cats, rowdy hens and sexy tomatoes

Our next-door neighbour’s cat had become a little senile. He was probably about fifteen years old, had the least friendly disposition, no name, various skin problems and had fathered most of the local cats. One day, I discovered him asleep … Continue reading

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Hedgehog Hunting

Firstly, an admission, I don’t actually hunt Hedgehogs. What I do hunt for are the members of the Hydnum family of fungi. They are related to Chanterelles, but are less rich in flavour, with a robust texture, which means a … Continue reading

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J.S. Bach, Trevor Pinnock and a great love affair with harpsichords and fungi

Ah, old JS and the harpsichord concertos. From April until November, I indulge myself with possibly a pretty unique pastime, fungi hunting accompanied by JS Bach. I go out on my lovely bicycle, armed with basket, folding walking stick and … Continue reading

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