The theme of the 15th Emirates Literary Festival, which we attended a couple of weeks ago, was ‘Old Friends’. It was, of course, great to be back and to meet up with some of the authors we have got to … [Read more...] about Old friends, and memories
When Mr and Mrs Sheldrake named their son Merlin they must have known he would weave a little magic into the world, which he did with his fascinating book Entangled life: how fungi make our worlds, … [Read more...] about Thoughts on trees
This morning I was writing about Africa and wanted some background information about an advisor to Jomo Kenyatta whom I had met a couple of times when I lived in Nairobi back in the 1970s. I popped … [Read more...] about Musings on the magical rabbit warren that is Wikipedia.
We’ve just driven down through France to the lovely house in Gascony where we were marooned for 3 months last year, staying for a couple of nights on the way with friends near Poitiers. We spent an … [Read more...] about Thoughts on travelling in France, then and now
Today marks the end of the 10th week since we arrived at Le Plan in Gascony for our usual three-week summer visit. Due to circumstances outside our control we have been unable to return home and for … [Read more...] about Involuntary confinement