Five Ways to Give Back this Christmas

Christmas is the season of giving, right?  It can, however, also be the season where everything becomes a little too hectic and you lose sight of what's important.  The Brainy One and I have given to charity all year round for all of our married life, but for the last few years we have stepped … Continue reading Five Ways to Give Back this Christmas

Month in Numbers | November 2018

I probably write this every early December; how can we be heading towards Christmas?  But what about November?  Let's take a look at the numbers: 100 years since the Armistice ended the First World War.  Lest we forget. 20,633 was my highest daily step count total. 15 Christmas presents bought and wrapped ... some of … Continue reading Month in Numbers | November 2018

Remembrance Art Trail

From 29 October to 11 November, artist Mark Humphrey set up the Remembrance Art Trail in Canary Wharf to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1.Eleven pieces of art were on display around London's financial district, creating an extended trail around the beautiful open spaces of Canary Wharf.    Viewed as a … Continue reading Remembrance Art Trail

Remembrance and Beyond the Deepening Shadow

Sunday, 11th November 2018 marked the Centenary of the ending of the First World War.  We attended the service at our local war memorial and The Boy Child wore my old RAF beret.We planted two crosses of remembrance this year - one for Flying Officer Roy Stewart Wilson and one for my four of my … Continue reading Remembrance and Beyond the Deepening Shadow

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2018

October was a good month for the blockbuster! Lethal White by Robert Galbraith:  This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series. I enjoyed the mystery aspect, which begins when a mentally ill man bursts into Cormoran's office raving about a murder he witnessed as a child, but my real interest in this fourth … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2018

Pollock’s Toy Museum

Pollock's Toy Museum is a museum and small toy shop housed in two atmospheric historic buildings in London's Fitzrovia. It is a collection of mainly Victorian toys. On display in six small rooms and two winding staircases are dolls, teddy bears, tin toys, dolls' houses, puppets, toy theatres, toy soldiers and more besides. Benjamin Pollock … Continue reading Pollock’s Toy Museum

Weekday Walk | Fitzrovia to Bloomsbury

Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury are Central London neighbours, straddling the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden. Leaving Tottenham Court Road to the shoppers and the traffic, turn right onto Warren Street and then left onto Fitzroy Street.Fitzroy Street becomes Charlotte Street and here you'll find cafés and restaurants a plenty.  Linger here if you … Continue reading Weekday Walk | Fitzrovia to Bloomsbury

Learn Something New Every Day | Days 21-25

September meant that the Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness was approaching. It also meant that Shimelle was running her annual class, Learn Something New Every Day. Like last year, I’m recording what I’ve learned throughout September here. Day 21: Vacuum cleaners always break down at the most inopportune moment.  T'was ever thus. Day 22: … Continue reading Learn Something New Every Day | Days 21-25