Early Days

Howard the Artist

While sorting out my Mum's stuff last week, I discovered some drawings that she'd removed from my bedroom wall in Whitley Bay. I had left home and so they redecorated my bedroom. My dark red walls were now pattered blue wallpaper. Oh dear. I am so glad they kept my...


Walking with Charlie and James

I enjoyed a grand walk on the Ridgeway with Charlie and James. Chris was meant to come too, but after confirming, he later found out he hadn't checked his diary properly and could no longer come. We started our walk at Scutchamer Knob, walked South to the road,...

Ridgeway walk

Three Birthdays!!

This week three of my lovely lads had birthdays - Rob 30, Harry 3 and Reuben 3. We went to Savernake Forest to explore and enjoy a picnic. What a wonderful day - the sun shone and the rain held off until we were ready to leave. There was much excitement when Summer...


Harry’s birthday May 2021

May turned out to be wetter than expected, so rather than going to the pub, as originally planned, Harry came round to our house, and brought his little family with him. He came in wearing his Hi Vis vest and proceeded to fix everything with his new toolset. His...

Birthday boy

Farmoor Reservoir May 2021

I really enjoyed my trip to Farmoor Reservoir and a walk there, and the thing is that it's the first time I've visited. I have passed it countless times to and from gigs. I'll be going again soon. It's fantastic. I was surprised at how big the place is. Walking...

Whitley Bay

An old puzzle

Yesterday, I did a clear out of some of the stuff that came from my the house I grew up in, in Whitley Bay. Hidden amongst the piles of many interesting letters was a bag containing one of the 1950s jigsaws I used to do as a young boy. I thought I’d have a go at...

Howard and AnnieWalks

Besselsleigh Woods April 2021

I wanted to see some more bluebells before the season was over, so Annie and I headed off for Appleton and walked to Besselsleigh Wood (just off the A420). I had a tough time of it. Carrying my camera, stool, backpack and walkie takies, I managed to drop stuff,...

Besselsleigh Woods

Folk Weekend Oxford (FWO) April 2021

This weekend was Folk Weekend Oxford 2021 (the event previously know as the Oxford Folk Festival). The whole shebang was put together virtually, using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook. What a mammoth task, but thankfully, no mammoths were hurt during the weekend. Well,...

Howard playing with Rose Hips

My Bands

It’s Bank Holiday Monday in May 2021 so thought I’d while away a few hours tweaking my websites. This post is about my bands and I will elaborating on them during the next … well, who knows?     I play for several different bands and dance groups in and...


Snelsmore Common May 2021

I got an early morning text from Rob asking if I'd like to go for a walk with him, Summer and Reuben. Yes please!! We met at Snelsmore Common at 10am and had an absolutely lovely walk for an hour or more. Reuben was very funny as he kept seeing Gruffalos and...

Reuben Hill