My car

My car is in limping mode and the garage says it might cost a lot of money to get it fully back up to speed (literally). But after 254,000 miles, the last 190,000 of them in our care, it certainly doesn’t owe anyone anything. Given that we last put fuel in the car over two…

A few things

I’m trying to write something for this blog about Curlew, but each time I try, I get in a mess. It’s because there is too much to write for one blog post and I can’t get it straight in my mind as to how to structure it. So you’ll have to wait – although until…

After…things I would like to be different (5)

The Westminster Petitions System I’m a keen supporter of the idea that an ordinary citizen can initiate a petition to parliament which, if supported by enough fellow citizens, then receives a response from government. This seems to me to be a modern manifestation of an ancient right which goes back to and beyond Magna Carta….

After…things I would like to be different (4)

A move away from meat eating. I’m nowhere near vegetarian, and even further away from being vegan, but my meat consumption is very low these days. Particularly these days because it’s summer – and I love salads – and because it tends to be when eating out that I am tempted into eating more meat…

Paul Leyland – Large Narcissus Fly

Social Distancing Week 10. Large Narcissus Fly. Paul writes: I’ve started seeing this distinctive fly around the village in the last week. It will be a regular visitor to a lot of gardens at this time of year. The Large Narcissus Fly (Meredon equestris) is a hoverfly which is so named because its larvae develop…