It certainly feels like holiday, though quite unlike the usual kind of Northern Ireland family holiday. First, it’s the first time I’ve been anywhere for ages. Second it is hot and sunny. I’ve just had a couple of days with my sister, went to swim at Helen’s Bay and have walked a lovely dog that … More Holiday

Quiet Walking

The Edinburgh Festival is going to take place this year somehow or other. I have not looked up the details of how social distance etc etc will be maintained and suspect I might just stay home most of the time. But it is having its effect already – see the photos of one of my … More Quiet Walking

Tech… again

During lockdown my iPad stopped charging, and then died. I have a phone and a computer, so I shoved it in a drawer, and forgot about it. I usually used it as a sort of extra, easy to carry, sometimes could travel without bringing the computer. Then, a couple of days ago, as I’m going … More Tech… again


My triffid has grown a flower. About two days ago I noticed a red plume on the window sill and this morning it has opened wide, about 6/7 inches across. I don’t know why I call it the triffid, probably because it is spiny and ugly most of the time but the original small cactus … More Emergence