reasons to be cheerful

Inevitably, this section will grow and grow. I have so much to be grateful for, and writing about it is excellent therapy. (It also seems to interest my readers!) As I add new sections the collection of buttons here is going to grow. So if you’re visiting this page why not bookmark it? Currently I’m adding one or two new posts here every day… 

One perfect day…

One perfect day…

Rosemary and I have passed any number of memorable (and - mostly - happy) days as participants in Kentwell Hall’s Tudor Re-creations. But one day, in particular, stands out. The year - on this occasion - was 1600: a gift to gentry, like me, who enjoy performing music....

The piper in the loft

The piper in the loft

Long before our loft was converted for the sole use of the son of the household, strange noises could frequently be heard coming from (usually) the front room. The sounds I was making as I learned the fingering for my recorder. The idea came from my mother, who had...

Out of phase is good

Out of phase is good

What makes for a good marriage? Here’s one suggestion: it helps if the partners don’t both panic at the same time. And Rosemary and I got to test that very early on. Almost at the beginning, in fact. We’d already developed something a little more than simple...

Getting the measure

Getting the measure

 There’s a saying among re-enactors that we don’t wear costumes. We wear clothes. Because a good re-enactor does more than act out a role. They actively take on a persona. And - ironically - that persona is often closer to the real ‘them’ than the face they would...

Music opens the gate…

Music opens the gate…

While I was still living in Watford I had the very great pleasure of meeting a man called Colin Prior, who shared my passion for early music. And who, unwittingly, would change the whole course of my life… Colin had started a recorder consort - the Gade Consort -...

An evening at the circus

An evening at the circus

My father’s job as a sub-editor on the Sporting Life came with a few rather curious fringe benefits. But the one I particularly remember is his annual invitation to the first performance at Bertram Mills Circus. Because we didn’t just see the performance. We also went...

A memorable experience

A memorable experience

After our memorable evening at The Globe - and my subsequent physical collapse - we faced the new day with some trepidation. I'd mustered enough energy to climb over Rosemary early in the morning for the now inevitable early morning pee, but I was still in poor shape....

…and paying the price

…and paying the price

  It was the day of Rosemary's birthday treat. And in my book a 75th birthday was a milestone worth celebrating as energetically as possible. I'd planned everything - except, of course, my own physical condition. Normally - in previous cycles - this would have...

Stretching the limits…

Stretching the limits…

 With Colin Tapscott at the Mid-Suffolk Business Exhibition (picture courtesy of Kate Kelly) So how far can I push myself when I don't feel like doing anything? I had a chance to find out yesterday, at the Mid-Suffolk Business Exhibition organised by Stowmarket &...

A delightful day with Dali

A delightful day with Dali

A 'Dali experience'? What would that be like, I wondered? Pretty surreal, for sure - but probably no more surreal than the life and death struggle I'm currently involved in, and a welcome break from it, too. As we were already going to London (for the Abba concert) it...