A fair wind in the Willows

As I gradually get stronger and more able to do mundane things like gardening, cooking and housework, I’m finding that the toughest physical challenge of all is, perhaps surprisingly, writing. …

Dic is unwell

My partner Dic Mortimer has been seriously ill in hospital during the last month. Thankfully this week he was allowed home to start the process of convalescence and recovery. Therefore …

Winterminable

On a frosty early morning, with dawn just breaking, I was fetching the food caddy from the shed to put out for the bin-men when I heard a loud, rhythmic …

Last card

After Christmas dinner was over and everything was cleared away, he wanted to play cards. He wanted to play a game of hearts. ♣ The accumulated memories of his 94 …

Shock therapy

I was so shocked to hear that a monk on Caldey Island sexually assaulted girls for decades and the Cistercian monastery tried to hush it up, only paid derisory compensation …

Summer puzzle

Usual prize for first solution received. Answers in August. Give it a try! ACROSS 9 Try to allocate fair shares in rota (6,3) 10 Try empty Welsh home (5) 11 Try, …