If I post a pic on Instagram of one of my DIY projects , I often get nice comments along the lines of "I'll have one of those please" or "can I borrow you for a job?". It's pretty cool to think other people like one of my woodwork projects, or something I've up-cycled into something that's … Continue reading Just do it (yourself)
Being an island in the north Atlantic Ocean, it's not surprising that us Brits have an affinity with the water. But growing up in the Pennines, about 40 miles as the crow flies from the nearest bit of coast and 70 miles from the mandatory seaside trip to Whitby, there wasn't a great deal of … Continue reading Get wet
Slowing to little more than a crawl, any pedal rhythm long since lost, each sluggish turn of the cranks seemed to inch me forward by rapidly shrinking amounts. My thin tyres seemed to carve further down into the sandy ground than they were moving me ahead, and what forward motion I had was slurred with twitching sideways slides. In the … Continue reading Exploring my bit of Kent
Being of the North, I tend to feel most at home in bleak, open stretches of moorland and dale.
Turns out that living by the sea on the south coast (sort of) has its advantages. Came home from work, and while sat having tea, we somehow decided to go to the beach. Not just a stroll to the beach down the road, which is nice enough, but a quick pootle around the bay to … Continue reading Those summer nights…
We'll say that me being ill was the main contributing factor to my dozing off during England's latest draw against Slovakia - nothing to do with the performance, or the ITV coverage... Whilst we're in the knock out stage, further progress depends on a number of factors - injuries, tactics, player selection and performance on … Continue reading Remedial maths (and football)
"Northerners are better than southerners," is how I chose to hear what my Kentish wife said. "Stating the blimmin' obvious..." replied my inner monologue. Whilst this wasn't about the North's most obvious superior qualities - cuisine, weather*, manners - it did get me thinking a bit about my life at the bottom of the country. … Continue reading Butties, brews and bairns
It’s Springwatch time again – which in casa del Frolics is a great excuse to sit around the telly and find out a bit more about the wonderful wildlife we take for granted. Another reason I enjoy it links back to my study days, and a module on the history of political thought. Obviously. For … Continue reading Going wild
(Then) four year-old boy’s homework: Make or draw a rocket for this term’s topic on space. Cue big grin on daddy’s face. Me: Do you want to make one, or draw one? Boy: Make one! Me: Do you want to make a model, or one that flies. Boy: One that flies! Me: Excellent... I love space. … Continue reading Rocket fun for the family
Planning a child's birthday celebration isn't as appealing as it sounds.