Vineyard and Cellar

Guilt, Cabbages and Kings

I have just spent 2 weeks ‘overseas’. Back in the UK to be precise: 9 days in Cumbria and 6 days in Devon/Cornwall. I was on a self-induced guilt trip to see ‘the-grandchildren’. Those of you with grandchildren will know that feeling. Kids and grandkids do not do guilt. I think it’s only my generation – I neglected my parents …


Swallow Tales – July 2012

Go on… says my supervisor.. write something interesting this month for the Sentinel. Instead of your usual drivel [nice word? – drivel]. Carol also wants you to write something about what we do out here on the farm [does she? – I sometimes wonder what we are doing out here too]. My supervisor continues her motivational address…oh, and don’t be …


Oh Won’t you write me .. a letter from Aspatria: A

Oh Won’t you write me .. a letter from Aspatria. The first thing to learn is the pronunciation: ASPEYTREEUH. It is the only place I know in the world with 3 A’s and all pronounced differently. The first A is pronounced as in Bath (the short guttural Northern version please). … The second A is like the A in Cake. …


22 Nov 2008 – a title to conjure with

Holly Lodge News: Joanne tells us that the upgrade to the tool room is progressing well. The tiles have all been removed and ‘it looks a lot better already’ We had a trojan virus on the PC in the office butSwanny/Owen sorted it. Otherwise no news. Al n Valerie back in the UK and no doubt trying to catch up …


Office of Unfair Trading wakens dragon

first posted Friday, April 18, 2008 I haven’t ranted for a while – but there was an item on the news yesterday about contractors and the Office of Unfair Trading that wakened the dragon. I am not fond of some of the ‘big’ contracting outfits in the UK and thus am loathe to think well of them whilst they undergo …


Crosby Stills and Nash – Edinburgh Playhouse 23 June 2005

Mrs R and I had a great night in Edinburgh – CSN in concert. Three heroes, a tight band and nearly three hours of pure musical nostalgia. The theatre was extremely hot but I can’t say that I noticed that much. Stephen Still’s voice is now one of THE blues voices. He could double for Ray Charles… voice only. He …


I came to Barrow-in-Furness not to praise it

Tuesday June 21 2005: I go to Barrow In Furness   Yesterday I went to Barrow In Furness (BIF). Technically in Cumbria, but with an LA postcode. Is there something they haven’t told us. Joy of Joy they are moving it to America!! Anyway- yesterday I went to BIF. I went via Keswick, Ambleside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston and came back …


Ben Comes Home

Ben Comes Home or the odyssey of an erstewhile Trail Hound..     Ben loved his mam – and his sisters and brothers (nine in all). He especially loved the way his mam licked his face with her sticky warm tongue and the way he could sleep in a pile with his brothers and sisters feeling their warm breath and …






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