The First Casualty is Truth


Have been having the same thoughts, as each day the news brings stories of Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Israel. For the war to end all wars, how quickly we forget.

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This, you may have noticed, is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. I think generally, so far, it has been handled quite well. After fifty years of denigrating those who wanted to celebrate the fallen in two world wars, even the BBC decided to get on message.

I have always had an especial interest in the wars. The day on which the dead and injured are supposed to be remembered happens to be my birthday. From a very early age I was aware of and studied warfare, particularly the Great War. Not from any ghoulishness, but because I felt very strongly, and still do, that it was such an important forge of English and British nationhood.

Britain and France stood alone in the Great War for so long. If it were not for the British Navy preventing the Germans from leaving port, it is quite likely that the…

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Ruby at 14 Weeks

Ruby is just 14 weeks old, and I thought it was about time for a little photo update. In case you’ve forgotten here she is at about 6 weeks:


And here at about 8 weeks:


And 14 weeks:


And with Wilson, at 7 weeks:


And 14 weeks:


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Looking Back One Year


Fruit and peas were about two weeks earlier this year

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Allotment Video Update 12th July 2014

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Introducing Ruby

2014-07-05 11.00.39I’m pleased to be able to introduce Ruby (for those of you new here, she’s the one on the left). Since we lost Sparky some months ago, our pack had been feeling a little too small, but the time didn’t feel right to introduce a new dog. In the last few weeks however, we started to look tentatively. Not sure whether we wanted another puppy or to go for a rescue dog. Ultimately we went for a puppy, not for any particular reason, just one of those right place, right time situations.

Ruby (that’s the name we settled on after running through about a hundred different names), is half springer spaniel (her mum) and half border collie (her dad). I can see more of the spaniel in her at the moment, but it will be interesting to see how she changes over the coming weeks and months.

Wilson is doing a grand job. We were a little concerned with how he might behave when we introduced a new member to the household pack, but he’s been teaching her and playing with her and overall they seem to be getting on really well. She’s got him wrapped around her little paws I think, but I’m really pleased that they are getting along so well.

It’ll be a few more weeks before she can go out in to the wide world, we’ll have to wait for her to have her second set of inoculations. In the meantime, there’s plenty to be getting on with. Back into the training programme! First step, house training.

I suspect that there will be more “pupdates” over the next few weeks and months.

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Simple Things – Portchester Castle


The older I get, the more I seen to enjoy simple things. A walk with the dog, time spent on the allotment.

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Allotment Video Update 7th June 2014

With some fairly unsettled weather forecast for today, I thought I’d snag a quick video at the allotment. You can find my previous update here.

And about 40 minutes after recording the video above, this happened!

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