All Posts Tagged with "Dad"

Apr 14

Ted the Shed

A blog post from 2010 in memory of my Dad:  Dad rings one morning. ‘We need somewhere to keep our tools,’ he announces. ‘Stop ’em getting pinched. Somewhere for when it rains, so we can sit and watch all the other buggers get soaked.’ His robust view startles me but a quick search on the […]


Apr 7

Do not cut down this tree

An excerpt from my blog about the highs and lows of sharing an allotment with my Dad… I am away for a night. When I leave, there are two trees on the allotment. When I come back, there are one and a half. It’s no surprise. Last week, in every gap in conversation (and even […]


Feb 26


Dad has died. Aged 96, peacefully at the care home from old age, as we said in his obituary. I held his hand as his breaths grew farther and farther apart, like midnight waves in a lazy summer sea. He gave a surprised gasp. Then he was still. Kerfuffle followed, carers elbowing me aside to […]


Aug 9

Dad’s Shed

Dad’s shed has a new roof. He would turn in his grave to think I’d paid someone £75 to work on a shed that only cost him £99 in the first place and which he erected alone, ignoring Mr MS’s nervous offers of help. Not that Dad is in his grave. He has just celebrated/endured […]


Sep 20

Top Plot

I like Autumn. I look forward to a long brutal winter that freezes the ground and makes gardening impossible. But the season also reminds me of a strange happening five years ago. Dad and I won first prize in our town’s In Bloom competition for best allotment. I didn’t fess up at the time and […]


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