Autumn leaves

Mists and mellow fruitfulness It’s November, and we are gradually saying goodbye to autumn, as we prepare ourselves for winter and nature’s lockdown, at the beginning of December. We all know Keats’s sonnet To Autumn – at least the first verse: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with… Read More Autumn leaves


More festival treats

Feature image: cellist, Lorna Davies I enjoy looking back at the Calne Music & Arts Festival events, looking at photos I’ve taken which, I hope, capture the moment. It’s difficult taking pictures during a talk or a concert as it can annoy others, and darkness or  too much light can spoil the image. Best photos… Read More More festival treats


A feast of a festival

Marden House has been the main venue for Calne Music & Arts Festival events for many years, and its annual art exhibition provides a wonderful backdrop for the recitals, readings, talks and dramatic productions.  The Festival committee led by the President, Carole Browne have excelled themselves – the Festival rising like a phoenix from the… Read More A feast of a festival


No phishing here

What’s in your INBOX? What is SPAM? chopped pork and ham, unasked for bargains from Rotterdam. What is a SCAM? an email sham of dodgy stuff of lies and bluff, tales of woe, of prizes to go. Trying to befriend you, in hope that you send your mother’s maiden name all part of the game.… Read More No phishing here

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Roll on Ravilious!

Eric Ravilious, 1903-1942, artist, designer, book illustrator, and one of the first official war artists appointed by the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) in 1939. This long-awaited exhibition –  postponed due to Covid,  will be a treat for fans of the artist, and a great introduction  to those who do not know Ravilious and the… Read More Roll on Ravilious!



I have hundreds of copies of my father’s poems in boxes and folders. He wrote a poem or two most days of his adult life, and many more in retirement, and sent me carbon copies of his latest ones every week after I left home.