Cheer yourself up

I laughed a lot over the past couple of days watching these gems. Click on the links to watch. Abigail’s Party It’s 43 years old but still brilliantly funny Motherland The mothers go away for the weekend Taskmaster Comedians play silly games. I’m a big fan of Greg Davies.

A walk along the river

It wasn’t as sunny as I’d hoped on this 8 mile walk to and through Nonsuch Park and along the Hogsmill River in Ewell.

Navigating with a phone

A walk (8.5 miles) through 3 commons was not quite a disaster but wasn’t without problems. I’ve come to rely on my mobile phone and the OS Maps app for navigation. On long walks I always take a battery pack to recharge the phone if necessary, but today I forget the charging cable. Half wayContinue reading Navigating with a phone

A walk on Epsom Common

It’s some time since I last walked on Epsom Common so on a fairly sunny day this is where I walked today. On a pleasant enough 5.6 mile walk, mainly through woods, there are a couple of attractive ponds. There’s also a small pond next to The Cricketers Inn (first image).

More books

A selection of books from a couple of charity shops, all for the grand sum of £6.50.

John D MacDonald

In my twenties (or was it thirties?) I read many of the American crime/ thriller novels of Ross Macdonald and John D MacDonald. Both authors are highly regarded and I remember much enjoying the books. Decades later, on one of my occasional clear-outs, I disposed of their books and those of other authors. I remember thinking twiceContinue reading John D MacDonald

Getting books during covid

In these difficult times I’ve been getting my reading material from different sources: Re-reading books from my shelves ebooks downloaded from my local library Blackwell’s online bookshop Today I ventured into our local Waterstones and came away with three books. I can’t say that wearing a mask for the length of time it takes meContinue reading Getting books during covid

A woodland walk

This morning started out cloudy and cool, but quickly turned into a scorcher. Walking around the back of the prison walls I sometimes hear the prisoners out exercising, but not today. What they would give to be in my walking boots! This must be the third time I’ve done this 11-mile, circular walk, and onContinue reading A woodland walk

Farthing Downs

A local walk on the beautiful Farthing Downs…


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