Not quite a holiday

Right now I am in the middle of what has turned out to be a very challenging ‘holiday’. I used the inverted commas, because although I am in another country, and not at work, I don’t feel at all relaxed. Almost a year ago, my sister moved to Germany. We’ve kept in touch on Skype,…

A much needed break

On Friday I had a heavy overdose of family. My sister was visiting from Germany with her fiancé who I hadn’t yet met. We headed down to the coast to take my grandma out for the day as an overdue celebration of her 80th birthday. Given that in the past week I have struggled more…

I’m going off grid

For the next five days I will be away from internet, electricity, traffic and hot running water. My wife and I are taking a long overdue camping trip and it can’t come soon enough. We’ll be walking, swimming and surfing. But there’s also going to be plenty of time to sit still. To read my…

Holiday ups and downs

I’ve been on holiday. My wife and I spent all day Monday cycling through the beautiful English countryside. We literally did a great deal of ups and downs. And it was nearly sunny. We covered 48 miles in a day (that’s 77 km for you non-metric types). Our destination was the sea, and it was…

Easter paintings

I’m not religious, so the Easter weekend is just lots of empty time for me. I’m trying to keep myself busy, so I’ve been playing with mixed media again.

Merry misery

It’s suicide season again. Contrived images of impossibly happy families are shoved down our throats in films, TV, advertising. At every opportunity we’re pushed to spend money on things we and our loved ones are unlikely to want or need. The waste at this time of year is such a disgrace. I can’t stand it…