Born in 1956, I’m the youngest of 4 and closest to a brother who lives on the other side of the world.

I play the piano and love to write, be it letters, poetry or short stories. I like to cook and some of our favourite recipes have come about by accident. Reading is another pastime and despite the terrible miscasting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, Lee Child still has my vote.

We have a dog and she is the best excuse to get out of the house and go for walks in the woods. She’s getting on a bit now, but still likes to chase the occasional rabbit or lift a pheasant or partridge.

I would describe my working life as a number cruncher though in contrast, I had a couple of quirky jobs in a museum and dog kennels!

Welcome to my world.

Oct 2013:

Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in my writings. It’s been such a pleasurable surprise and though I’m still finding my feet with formats etc, I’m enjoying myself immensely.

Please, don’t hold back from posting a comment on anything I’ve written.

Jan 2014

I’ve been at this for a few months now, and trying to post an entry every day. Sometimes I lack inspiration and then I’ll see something (or someone) out on our walks which either triggers a memory or makes me think. More often than not I’ll go off on a tangent and the end result isn’t exactly what I had in mind when I started!

Thanks too are due to those writers who pop up in my Reader.  Some of what they have written has made me see things differently, count my blessings, laugh, or inspire me to share a past event, some happy, some sad. My musings may appear disjointed at times, but I hope some are of interest to some of you.

Thank you for following me through this Blog.


Jan 2015
A lot has happened in the last twelve months, and for those who are new to my blog, we are now living on a narrowboat, so a lot of my entries are ‘diary-like’ as we find our feet, face new challenges and hopefully later explore the rivers and canals. Come along for the ride!

June 2017
With the boat now sold, we are officially house hunting again.

Jan 2018
We celebrated Christmas 2017 in our new home, a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire Coast. It’s a bit windy here (you think??), but we are close to the beach and fit in well with the neighbourhood.
In a way it was like coming home as we were in Lincolnshire before we bought the boat, but not so far north as we are now.  Both of us admit though we miss the simplicity of boat living, but know we’ve made the right decision.
Onward with the Veg Plot!


207 Responses to About

  1. Carol Anne says:

    Lovely to meet you! I am very glad to be a new follower to your blog! Its a fine blog! ❤

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  4. msnyder1970 says:

    I lie that you keep updating your about but were you 55 when you started or younger when you started ?

  5. gaillovesgod says:

    Hi! Love you humor and honesty, and how they blend.
    Your updating is pretty cool too.
    Wouldn’t surprise me if you set off a new trend. 😉
    Glad you found a home! God loves you!

  6. Claudia says:

    Hello there,

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Congratulations!! If you like to participate, please follow the link below to find all the information needed.
    If you maintain an award-free blog and I am unintentionally unaware of the fact, please don’t feel that I’ve ignored your wishes or disrespected you. If you don’t want to take part, that’s perfectly fine, of course. In this case, please regard this nomination as a recognition and thank you from me for frequenting my blog, for following me, liking my posts and for sharing your thoughts with me.
    Thank you, for being a part of my blogging journey!
    Be well and happy writing,

    • Hi Claudia.
      Thank you for the nomination, you are very kind.
      I’m a sort of half and half blog, as I love to answer the questions for these awards, but not very good at nominating others as most of them have already been nominated in the past.
      I’m happy to meet you half way sotospeak and will do a post accordingly. Thanks again.

      • Claudia says:

        Hi 🙂
        I absolutely understand and respect your thoughts in relation to the awards. If you don’t want to do this at all, that’s perfectly okay of course. I just wanted to let you know, that I appreciate your blog and the daily prompts you share with us. With this Liebster Award recognition, I wanted to acknowledge and thank you. If you wanted to meet me half way, I’b be thrilled to read your answers, but again, only if you truly want to. Have a very good evening, Claudia

      • Thanks Claudia. Have just posted my response.
        Thank you again for the nomination. I really appreciate it and so glad to know you enjoy my prompts.

      • Claudia says:

        You are most welcome, my pleasure. And yes, the prompts you post are great for me because they have me focus on other topics besides the love of my life 🙂

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  9. gdutta17 says:

    I am Goutam and I am from the eastern coast of India. 🙂

    I happened to read your poem on Sue’s prompt related to serenity and then about your love for dogs.Loved both of them and so have followed you. A real pleasure to have met you. Look forward to reading other entries in your blog at my leisure. I like the way you have modified the “about” page of your blog.

    • Hello Goutam! Thank you so much for the follow. Welcome to my blog! I hope you dig around and find other things you like. There are lots of posts about dogs and Maggie. I hope you comment too, as I love the interaction!

  10. Marsha says:

    I like the way you catalogued your blogging journey here. Great idea. Would you be interested in an interview about your writing challenge on my blog? After working on an ongoing series about blogging challenges and their hosts, I was invited to host one. #Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. I’d love if you wanted to participate. https://tchistorygal.net/writers-quotes-wednesday-writers-challenge/

  11. Marsha says:

    I can email you a list of questions or we can chat on the phone, Zoom, or some other social media.

  12. Thanks for following mylittlefarmintown. I’m going to try to write more this year. I’ve been away too long. Happy New Year!

  13. Barbara S says:

    Hi Pens, following your comment, I looked up your blog and find you may not be far – I am in rural west Nottinghamshire. I hope your husband’s appointment went ok. and you are keeping well.

  14. peNdantry says:

    Hi! I just dropped by at Twittering Tales #154 – 17 September 2019 (via a ?random link) and wanted to say how much I appreciated the very clever short-short story there, but comments are disabled on that post.

    … and, as a dutiful member of the ?Random Raiders!, I also wanted to point out that the link on that post of yours is, sadly, now a dud.

    • Thanks for commenting……….. I close comments on posts over 30 days old which is why you couldn’t leave one on the post in question. The originator has probably taken their link down now, but thank you for letting me know.

  15. utahan15 says:

    i got into reacher last year. cruise sucks!

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  18. Only a certain actor can be Reacher and Tom Cruise wasn’t it……..I love Lee Child

    • TC killed it for me. The TV Reacher is a pretty good choice for the role (only seen pictures, we have no TV) , but there were so many better choices than TC.

      • I have never seen any of the films/TV . I’m not a film person but I heard all about the TC kerfuffle. What were they thinking?

        I am an avid LC reader and golly gosh! 18 read to date.

        Reacher is a tough, don’t-mess-with-me, kind-hearted character. And always beds the girls. A mix which holds my attention. Esp when confronting creeps LC does a good job.

        Nice to meet you. I’m in Australia but lived in England a number of years, Nice to visit but not to live. Too many people all living on top of each other. But I am biased. Australia is a lucky country…..

      • I had the first 18 books but haven’t read anything since TC took the role, and LC turned the writing over to his brother.
        I believe they now write together. There’s a new one on the shelf but I haven’t picked it up.
        I liked Bad Luck and Trouble, and thought Tripwire (third book) was excellent.

      • You know more about it than me. Didn’t realise his brother now involved. read Tripwire but not Bad Luck….

        Read a lot of Michael Connelly…..

      • I did for a while, and Harlan Coben. I like David Baldacci too, and Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow stories.

      • I enjoy all crime fiction. I know those you mentioned.

        Problem is Di too much out there and too little time Sigh……

      • True Don. Even though I;m retired, I don’t have to have as much time as I’d anticipated!
        Have a good evening.

      • Thanks Di. There’s never enough time. Sigh……

  19. “More often than not I’ll go off on a tangent and the end result isn’t exactly what I had in mind when I started!”

    One of the joys of writing. I let my imagination fly free and wait to see what it brings back. Wot’s this ? cheese?

    Look what I brought back for you?
    Cheese for you to chew
    Full of good (and ness I’m told)

    Toilet in a choo choo train


    We holidayed in a long boat once. Happy memories……

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