Mar 23

Sir Dad

Dad has a bad leg. Perhaps that’s only to be expected when you are 94 and three quarters. In a good mood, Dad will say this himself. But struggling to walk and being dependent on others to regularly bathe and bandage ‘the rotting member’ as he calls it, hasn’t improved his incidence of good moods. […]


Jun 29

Of leeks and potatoes

As well as being excellent soup ingredients, leeks and potatoes are surprisingly versatile in the reproductive area. I don’t mean they’re an aphrodisiac: Mr Mandy Sutter rarely becomes raunchy after ploughing his way through a vast pile of mash. What I mean is that these clever veg have more than one way to ensure the survival […]


May 2

Rustic woodwork

The Reluctant Gardener has been on a woodwork course. It was great even though it turned out to be for people with mental health problems. I suppose I should have guessed when the application form asked me if the course would help me cope better with daily life. But writers are compelled to craft careful […]


Aug 24

Plum crazy

  Mr Mandy Sutter and I moved to a new plum tree last summer. The tree wasn’t the main reason for buying the house, of course – that was the greenhouse. But I digress (already). The point is, the tree has exceeded expectations and presented us with plum upon plum. My scales have registered 100lbs of […]


Mar 2

Spring is Sprung

Dad (92) is an enthusiastic custodian of old sayings and catchphrases. He inserts them into conversation with relish, no matter how irrelevant. Any mention of Spring (even the Arab Spring) prompts Ogden Nash’s ‘Spring is sprung/the grass is riz/I wonder where the boidies is?’ The word ‘infamous’ triggers Kenneth Williams’ ‘Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got […]


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