Thursday, 30 May 2019


In high winds, if no-one notices, these points get blown over and all the trains end up in West Bromwich.

No, really

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


Once upon a time a popular music combo called the Beatles had some success. Much of it was built on heaps of iron like this VOX AC50 that I am refurbishing. After decades of quiet retirement it is being coaxed back in to life.

It is hot and dangerous work. Sometimes I feel like a coal miner.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Victorian care

Victorian hospitals were stark and dreary places. Your symptoms were displayed outside your ward on a large red banner. 

Serious diseases merited warning cones and lights.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


Don't know about you, but I find this very moorish.

PS. Disadvantage of being Queen of everything and Empress of India. One gets all sorts of stuff given to one.  One's poor cupboards!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019


Our new house build is going slowly.

The builders turned up in the afternoon, lit a fire and made a cup of tea. Then it was time to go home.

Monday, 20 May 2019


We are sorry to report that Igor has escaped again.

If you see him, don't make eye contact, comment on his general appearance or call him a monster.