Ignore The Chills, Get Ready For Spring With My Top Five Spring Tunes

Yes. Spring is really just around the corner. Well, it is according to Dick and Drew who, it must be said, have never been wrong before (fake news) and are always on the money with the seasons and the weather (more fake news) and are far more green fingered than I will ever be (now … Continued

Wintery Chills and Home Fires – Hot Stews Are a Must – But My Luxury Shepherds Pie is the Best

For some reason, about this time of year, the picture editor and I have a falling out. Last year it was about an image he published, that I didn’t think was at all flattering and didn’t’t look like me at all. In fact, it turnd out not to be me at all so I was … Continued

Make Your Mind Up Winter. We’re Trying to Prune Here

So yet again another Winter rolls around like a hog in a mud bath and as I look from my condensation soaked window I see no cheery scenes as from a Dickensian Christmas card, no jolly toboggans, no cheerful snowmen, no happy snowball fights…but then why would I? There’s no snow! It’s a funny old … Continued

Brrrrrr. Chills Are All Around But Spring Will Soon Be Here. What Can We Do?

Winter chills are definitely upon us. All across the land, grumpy middle-aged fathers are having to abandon their Dickensian miser-character impulses and having to turn up the central heating as small children, shivering even though they are already wearing two fleecy sweaters as well as the ridiculous rabbit-eared onesie their aunty bought them for Christmas, … Continued

Twas The Day After Christmas – Our Pre-Season Day Sale

Boxing Day? It can be a bit dull I think. So in a jolly attempt to cheer it all up an bit, I’ve decided to promote our SALE. It’s more stuffed with bargains than your turkey was stuffed with…er…stuffing, and as glittery and exciting as the showiest Christmas tree ever. And how do I tell … Continued

Silent Night? Not a Chance! Take It Easy At Your Christmas Do

What is it about Christmas that brings out the party animal in even the most polite, sedate and timorous of people? I recently went to a Christmas party for a publishing company for which I occasionally write. The party was located in a lovely ‘Ye Olde Hotel’ in the middle of rural Sussex, with matching … Continued

Batteries Included – From the Largest to the Most Compact – The Future is Cordless

Well. I saw Drew’s recent blog and, while it is true that I welcomed the chance to swap slots so I could do some more Christmas shopping, it is not true that I was using it as an excuse to lunch at a ‘new little Italian place on the corner’ It was French! So there … Continued

The 12 MowDirect Days of Christmas

Now the current chap The chap I am seeing at the moment, well not seeing enough of to be honest, is a bit of a gardening fanatic, which makes a change from the usual blokes who are into classic cars, martinis and your best friend. Subsequently, I have a feeling he is going to try … Continued

Black Friday. Blue Monday. Pink Wednesday? What Is It All About?

Hi there. We all know Black Friday is now a major part of the shopping based lead up to Christmas, with great deals flying around like benevolent pigeons in Trafalgar Square. But where does the whole thing come from? There is evidence to suggest that it started in Philadelphia, where it described the heavy traffic … Continued

How Many More Shopping Days? Cripes! Here’s My Early Bird Top Three Present Ideas Under £200

Anyone who is a looking out of the window at the moment could be forgiven for thinking this is the most golden autumn of all time. I see leaves still hanging around on the pavement (though not on my newly cleared patio and lawn thanks to Brody and his AMAZING, powerful, lightweight and reasonably priced … Continued