Sunday, 27 September 2020

Wood Knowledge

Oaken logs, if dry and old, keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke and fills your eyes will make you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mold, even the very flames are cold;
The Irish, we are told, have said, "hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread",
Apple-wood will scent the room and pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry, a King may warm his slippers by.

Monday, 7 September 2020


Today September 7th it will be exactly 14 years since I first set foot on the Milly M. This is the longest I have ever lived in one home as an adult, since I got married at 19. Being a military person I have lived in about 20 places I have called home in the last 50 years.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

And so the winter comes

Being a military type one would think I was used to such things as cold weather and the like, but you would be wrong. I worked on Vulcans, Harriers, Hunters, JPs, I even did one job on a Spitfire and one on a Javelin. But all this was mainly either in the confines of a centrally heated hanger in the UK or in the hot jungles of Central America. I say this so you wont be to hard on me for saying 'I put my fire in yesterday'.

Number 5

The fifth battery turned up at Tooleys today. I will be picking it up later to fit this am and then off to the Thames. LET THE HOLIDAY BEGIN!