Hope Trumps Despair!


I'm glad to see the back of 2019 for a great many reasons, all of which contributed to make it the second worst year of my life! The general "atmosphere" of this great country of ours was polluted by the political machinations over Brexit, particularly the failure of the "losers" to accept a democratic referendum. … Continue reading Hope Trumps Despair!

Dry December: The best EVER wine festival?


Fete de L’Escargot, (Dordogne), Fete de La Moule (Boulogne), Fete de L’Huitre (Arachon) are all annual festivals in France symbolic of their culture and gastronomy involving snails, mussels and oysters respectively. There are many others across the summer months "honouring" French cheese and ..... strangely ...... paella in the Languedoc. Then of course there are … Continue reading Dry December: The best EVER wine festival?

No Wine November: #Savennieres


Being diagnosed with cancer, any form ...... but in my case Prostate Cancer, definitely focuses the mind onto the most important things in life. Family is definitely top of my list and the relationship with my wife, my daughter and son in law, all three of whom have been "with me" every step of the … Continue reading No Wine November: #Savennieres

No Wine November #Chablis!


  This is my third month of not drinking any alcohol due to my prostate cancer and prostatectomy, entirely self imposed when the general advice is to "cut down" on things like caffeine, fizzy drinks and alcohol. But I have never been one for half measures in my career, life in general, or my hobbies. … Continue reading No Wine November #Chablis!