Ballad of Reading Gaol

Inside of Reading Gaol

When I told people that I was going to take a tour around the Reading Prison the general question was “why?” My response is that other than Porridge and on news reports I haven’t been into a prison – not having the pleasure of being at Her Majesty’s pleasure and all that!… Read the rest

A Wild Weekend in Manchester

It can’t be a coincidence that on both the occasions I have visited Manchester a fight has broken out. I suppose some might see me as the catalyst but in both cases I was an innocent bystander.

We had chosen a weekend in Manchester solely because it is equidistant between the homes of ourselves in Reading and our friends in Newcastle.… Read the rest

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Like many people I have a bucket list of things that I want to do and this week I managed to tick another one off the list with a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.

I’m sure that if I could go back to my younger self and tell me that one day I’d have a hankering to go to a flower show I would have laughed so hard it would have hurt.… Read the rest

A Weekend in Northumberland

I don’t think that there is any landscape that isn’t improved by a dusting of snow and when it is already a great vista the snow makes it magical (until it melts and becomes a slushy mess obviously!).

This last weekend we were with friends in Northumberland and the snow allowed for some great landscape pictures featured here.… Read the rest