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!

168 Responses to About

  1. Uncle Spike says:

    So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


  2. Great to meet you! Like you, I enjoy writing and playing the piano 🙂

  3. colinandray says:

    Your are our latest Follower so welcome! I hope you get as much fun out of reading our (?) Posts as we get out of writing them although, between you and I, Ray is very good at giving me material to write about ….. but is pretty hopeless at the keyboard (big feet!) so I actually do the writing! 🙂

  4. Thank you for the invitation, I only view public access blogs.

    • I am one who reads the comments too (miss having a “like” button on comments, btw – easily added in settings if you decide) – and this one had me scratching my head.

      What is a NON public access blog? Does that mean you only visit on WordPress.com or that you don’t view the ones you have to join to read – or something else? (I don’t read many of the blogs that make you join first myself, btw.)
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

      • So long ago, I had to access the comment. I’ve had a couple of instances in my reader when I couldn’t access posts because I didn’t sign up and the message said ‘Private’. I’ve just clicked on you and don’t seem to have a problem. Sorry if I appear a bit vague!

      • You’re not vague at all – I just thought that you were referring to something I hadn’t yet encountered.
        Thanks for replying and letting me know (especially for popping over to ADDandSoMuchMore.com to see if my site had an access problem).

        I only follow one mental health blogger who had to resort to “private” when she got swarmed by hateful trolls, poor thing. She emailed an invitation link to all of her legitimate followers to make it as easy for us as possible.

        I am also frustrated when folks haven’t linked their site to their gravitar profile – I really can’t spare the time to search the web to find them so I can read their stuff and leave a comment (which I try to do any time anyone comments on my site).

      • My blog is a mishmash of loads of things, so nothing really special.
        Health issues are the main topic at the moment.

      • They are most likely ALL “special” – just not topic-targeted.

        I sprinkle a few posts on assorted “non-related” topics here and there, and try to inject a bit of humor. My dog Tink just started blogging, and his latest is the Halloween post this year [“THIS will REALLY Scare you!”] – check the right sidebar to locate most recent posts on my site – or use the search at the top right.

        Most of my articles are informational in nature – sharing my efforts from the past 25+ years with those who lack the resources to hire my services privately.

        I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the many who visit who are far below any mental health diagnostic line. That was my goal, actually, since none of us live a struggle-free life, and we can all use a bit of help understanding the source of at least some of our challenges – and are happy to learn of a few things to try that help to work around or overcome them.

        I am IN LOVE with the writers – THE most supportive folks in the blogging community. I also enjoy adding a bit of fiction reading to my neuroscience-dominated book collection.

  5. The Chosen One says:

    I love to play piano and write stories too!

  6. Lee Child is one of my favorites, and I could not agree more about the miscasting! I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  7. Gibber says:

    Thanks so much for dropping by the craziness that is my blog. 🙂

  8. Rellick says:

    You have a beautiful blog. Now I have to get out the door and go to work and stop reading these blogs. lol

  9. loricarlson66 says:

    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! https://therattlingbones.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  10. JC says:

    Thanks for liking, ‘A Magic Window’. It is very much appreciated! I like your about page and the dog…

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  12. Ady says:

    Hello 😀 I loved the warm welcome to your readers in your about page 🙂 Looking forward to read your musings 🙂

  13. You had me from the puppy pics! Glad I found your blog world.

  14. Dogs, boats and wandering. Looks like a good blog to visit. Off to look around a bit here

  15. oneanna65 says:

    Thank you for posting! Nice to read you. 🙂 !

  16. Thanks again for stopping by my blog. I thought I’d return the favor.

    Your dog is cute. We have a sweet furry friend, too, who just turned 12 last month. She can’t resist chasing squirrels.

    • Thanks. Maggie (almost 11 now) rolled a squirrel when she was a puppy and has since given them a wide berth as she got a little nip. Pigeons and gulls are fair game but she leaves the ducks, geese and rabbits here on the marina alone.

  17. Ann Koplow says:

    I’m so glad our paths have crossed! I’m on the same side of 50 as you are and I look forward to being here for as long as possible.

  18. I am happy to have found your blog today. My husband Andy and I lived aboard our motor yacht for eleven years before selling it and moving into a motorhome, which we have been cruising for five years now. We cruised the boat (mostly) up and down the east coast of the U.S. Now we spend the winters in the Florida Keys (a string of islands reaching into the Caribbean) and traveling about the country in the summer. I’ll enjoy reliving the boating life with you.

    • Hello Dinata! Welcome aboard.
      We are about to celebrate 2 years of being liveaboards, and it has turned out to be a good move for us. I hope you enjoy sharing our life here in the marina and some of my other posts. Pleased to meet you!

  19. Shadeau says:

    I love that you use the phrase “Finding our feet”–I first heard it in the movie, “Babe” (the pig newly separated from his mom) and find it such a gentle turn of speech 🙂

  20. foguth says:

    The Red Claw ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OYAXK6I\ ) has 9 reviews on Amazon – 10 is my current goal, but I’d love 100 😉 I know you said you like to read, so if you are interested in doing a review, I give free ebooks in return for honest reviews posted at Amazon. Contact me a jeannefoguth.author@gmail.com

    Have a meowser of a day!

  21. joyroses13 says:

    HI! Glad I found your blog, has been interesting to read your different posts. Living on a narrowboat does sound adventurous. I am sure you have your days where you love it and days where you don’t quite as much 🙂 Looking forward to reading more.

    • Hello there! Thanks so much for the comment and follow! Welcome aboard! Have just got back from a mini trip, so photos are being prepped and posts ready to tweak. Even the bad weather didn’t phase us and the tan (read red blotches) is coming along nicely!

  22. vinnieh says:

    You got an amazing blog.

  23. Your introduction is charming 🙂

  24. Coach Hami says:

    Hi there didn’t find a contact section so I will post here and you can maybe delete it afterwards. I was wondering if you’d like to do a guest article on eachothers blog? I have 200+ daily unique visitors. My demographic are mostly americans and females. I can send screenshots from stats if you’d like to. My top catecory is weight loss so I think our adience match.

    I have 9 years of experence and research in my field and the content I write is written with quality. Looking forward to hear from you!

  25. willowdot21 says:

    Hi I have nominated you for Song Challenge (Music That Means Something)
    The rules are:
    Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
    Post what the lyrics mean to you. (Optional)
    Post the name of the song and video.
    Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge.
    willow xx

  26. Jael Sook says:

    Hello! I hope this won’t sound terribly silly and trivial, but my fave part of your About is the phrase, “find, (finding) my feet”–wonderful 🙂 I, too, love cooking–often “therapeutic” cooking, to keep hands and mind busy when I’m not writing; lots of my dishes are “experiments”–some fail, some work out amazingly well. Wishing you the best today–God bless 🙂

  27. Hello, I found you through Steve Tanham’s re-blog of your ‘If I could’ post. I am glad I did. 🙂

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  33. colinandray says:

    Hey ……… given that you play piano, do you read music, or do you play from memory? 🙂

  34. Aweni says:

    I think I will have a lot of fun here. Enjoyed reading about you. And I like the way you write…..with a lot of humour.

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  36. GP Cox says:

    Very pleased to meet you.

  37. Hello again Di.. Happy to have the time now to browse a little more of your blog and get to know you.. I have visited Lincolnshire coast many times.. Skegness, and Mablethorpe one of the earliest holidays I remember as a child and the first holidays to the coast we took our children too, living just about a hundred miles away..
    You life on the narrow boat I bet was a calming no hurry existence.. I am pleased you are now settled in your bungalow.. And I am very pleased our paths crossed.
    Look forward to browsing more.. 🙂

    • Hello back Sue, thanks for the follow and welcome. You will probably be familiar with several of the places I write about as we are pretty well placed here for variety! We like Skegness, preferrably in the winter months as it’s quieter, and nearly bought a house there last year. It was on the main Roman Bank on a bus stop so any visitors would have nowhere to park. Prior to buying the boat we nearly purchased a lovely little bungalow, but it was above our maximum price and our outgoings would have been more than we could afford, so we had to walk away.
      We loved our life on the boat though, but circumstances change as did our health, so we gave it up on our terms and had a fantastic 8 day trip up to Stratford and on the canals when we took her up for brokerage. The pace of life was so’ hectic’, a snail passed the finishing post before us! Great memories. Looking forward to more conversations. 😀

  38. Congratulations on your move. It’s so important to follow your heart, even when a part of you wants to do it differently. I love your About page and your updates. Sending love to you and your husband (and dog!). Thanks for visiting my blog. Blessings, Debbie

    ps – I play the piano too. Such a beautiful musical instrument. 🙂

  39. mjlstories says:

    A writer and a gardener! I can relate to that. How is the veg plot?

    • I dabble in both I guess.
      The veg plots have been put to bed for the year, but we are still eating our onions, runner beans (in the freezer) and the last of our tomatoes. Next year we intend to grow them in pots as the soil is so damn hard here, we had a casualty with our fork and spade, taking them back for a full refund.

  40. My husband is a Jack Reacher fan as well and said the same thing about Tom Cruise playing the character . . . . just saying, Claudia

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  42. Susan says:

    Hi Pen (hope it is OK to shorten). Thought it was time to visit your About Page and find out more about you. We have some things in common, beyond Flash Fiction. I am also on the wrong side of 55, but i hope to make the best of it. I like Lee Childs and have a dog (pup) that is my best excuse for walking (it tires us both out). I don’t play the piano but wish I did. My career is analysis, so like you, lots of brain power required. Thank you for being a Sunday Photo Fiction contributor to cheat a bit, your photo is up this week.

    Happy Writing


    • Thanks Susan. I’m the wrong side of 60 now but life is generally good.
      What kind of dog have you got?
      I haven’t touched a Lee Child book since Tom Cruise was given the role.
      Love to do your challenges. Having a problem with the Blue Frog at the moment so might well have to rely on a pingback. My browser seems to be blocking me so Hubby is going to look into it for me.
      Don’t mind being called Pen, or Pens, or Di which is my name. My email is different as originally I thought my blog would be about budgets!

      • Susan says:

        I’ve got a black lab. About 15 months old now. Now that the weather has improved we try to walk every day. I’m sorry about Froggy. I hate the way they changed it but I don’t have time to figure out anything better. I actually count more on people tagging Sunday Photo Fiction. That way I can find them in the Reader. Hopefully the switch hasn’t deterred anyone. And I’m on the wrong side of 60 as well, meaning not quite to retirement. Wish I was there.

      • Oh likewise. Have to wait until 2022 for my state pension.
        Black lab eh? Hope he isnt too much of a chewer! Lovely dogs, Have fond memories of about 10 labs greeting me in the car park for biscuits and I knew all but one so they had to wait until I could check with the owner!
        Looking forward to tomorrow. Don’t worry about Froggy. I can pingback if it doesn’t work and I won’t be put off contributing!

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