Hit the road

Hit the road Two hours before the sun would don his hat or even break the Eastern horizon I was motoring... Read more »
January 8, 2017

Strike one!

Strike one! Don’t be fooled by the title, this has absolutely nothing to do with baseball, or sports in general for that matter. With some of my colleagues on holiday this week I have enjoyed a return to peacefully reading while I slowly drink my morning coffee. This was my gentle routine... Read more »
October 13, 2016

Celebrate the small

Celebrate the small For most of you 4:56am B.S.T will have passed by without any fuss. The majority of non shift workers will still have been soundly sleeping in this time zone. Travelling East around the globe the world of business and commerce will increasingly have been in full flow. As my day... Read more »
June 30, 2016

Caramel machiato

Caramel machiato Every so often there comes together a combination of things that are very near perfect. I wrote last week about my search for a new chair that culminated in a successful acquisition. On that same shopping trip and in that self same store my daughter made an outstanding discovery. I... Read more »
June 2, 2016

The cup matters

The cup matters   A simple morning brew was all it took to get the wheels in motion once more. My coffee drinking in the morning is a considered affair, I don’t go to the disgusting vending machine because it produces something that conjures up a flavour akin to a substance from a... Read more »
March 2, 2016

Snow in summer

Snow in summer   It’s not here, but it is summer somewhere. Seven weeks ago the odds against a white Christmas in the UK were huge, it just doesn’t happen very often. This was most frustrating for the junior members of our family but not so much for us, our Christmas eve trip... Read more »
February 17, 2016


Smile Just because the créma matched the window sill. This little thing brought a smile to my heart today. It wasn’t just that the sun was shining or that it was my first coffee of the day, because it wasn’t. The first coffee had accompanied our Sunday pancakes nearly an hour... Read more »
February 14, 2016

It’s beginning to….

It’s beginning to…. Global warming is really starting to take it’s toll. Personally I blame Bing Crosby, it wasn’t really his fault that his White Christmas song has been so enduringly popular. That however doesn’t help as it has been playing along with all of the other favourites espousing the wonders of the... Read more »
December 21, 2015

Christmas Elf

Christmas Elf I am grateful that our kids were too old to get involved with the little red spy that has crept into the homes of so many in recent years. I find it strangely ironic in a culture which is obsessed with privacy and almost neurotic about being spied upon by... Read more »
December 16, 2015

Teeth rattled.

Teeth rattled. Today was a two cup morning! Usually Sunday a night sleep isn’t a good one, but I had been so deeply asleep the house could have collapsed around me. I would be coming to surrounded by piles of rubble and a 100 years of coal fire dust from the attic... Read more »
December 7, 2015


Dunamis Within each of us is the seed of potential to produce something vastly greater than ourselves. The tree on which these acorns were growing was laden with the seeds of a hundred new oak trees. Aristotle spoke of potentiality in his philosophical musings; he believed that within everything in nature... Read more »
October 25, 2015

Early bird.

Early bird.   I am sorry if my morning exuberance and activity offends you…….who am I kidding, I am not in the least bit sorry! Having surfaced slowly from the deepest of sleeps this morning with the words of Johnny Mercer in Bing Crosby’s voice swimming around my head; I knew that... Read more »
October 15, 2015

When empty is good.

When empty is good. So many of us (particularly me) have a terribly skewed view of the situations within which we find ourselves. Over the last year and at various points of my existence I have declared to my wife that: “I just feel completely empty.” This has usually been after extended periods of... Read more »
October 12, 2015