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I am sat here on a nice comfy sofa with my legs stretched out in front of me. I am looking at a lovely open fire that is radiating warmth and I feel that slightly numb affect of a couple of glasses of wine. Music is playing in the background and the cat is asleep on the piano stool. A Saturday evening couldn’t really get much more relaxing. Read the rest of this entry »


So, my 2nd Christmas as a father, what an experience. I can certainly tell you that it changes your perspective and outlook to the period of celebration. You see the whole time through different eyes. Sebastian can now identify Father Christmas but obviously cannot work out that he is the one delivering presents yet. He can now open presents by himself (and can open other peoples presents in the process!) which is a joy to see and it will be interesting next year to see whether he can work it all out from this years experiences (he did go to see Father Christmas three times this year!) Read the rest of this entry »

I am sitting here at my study looking out of the window to an amazing view of the fields and just looking at a  fa

My new visitor for 2009

nstastic Mistle thrush just sitting on top of my garden wall. She seems to have decided this year is the year to show an appearance in my garden and it is all the better for it. They are a beautiful bird but she is not the only new visitor this year. I have also seen lots of pied wagtails which don’t usually venture into the garden. I am also convinced that I saw a sparrowhawk this morning wizzing through my garden chasing after some poor little sparrows and blue tits. I have never seen one before but its flight was majestic. Read the rest of this entry »

So here we all are looking forward to Christmas. Presents seem to be arriving most days now (especially for Sebastian, our 15 month old son). I am now home from work for Christmas, which I have to say, is fantastic. It is nice to now only have to think about Friday and nothing else. I am also getting time with Seb which is simply wonderful. However, I am also able to get myself in lots of trouble with regard the Christmas presents….. Read the rest of this entry »