I do not usually post personal details, but as no one else reads this (no comments ever!), it is ok. Tomorrow my children and grandchildren are coming to visit – basically a treat for my 71st birthday last Tuesday. Last year we all went for a meal in Bruton which was nice and they offered to pay but I could not let them do that. This year I think Tams wanted to book a restaurant in Bristol on the harbour which I am sure would be nice. Nice is not a nice word! When Maz and Erin and Ads came up recently we went to the Railway Inn, in Sandford owned by Thatchers, but I was not impressed. So I suggested to Martin that I would rather give them £50 each for the,m to bring some food together. I am not particularly mean or tight, but the thought of £300 on a mediocre meal was not entertaining.

However my idea, which they have adopted, is fraught with difficulties. Firstly I am not tidy! So I have spent time clearing the patio (where the table and surrounds was covered in plants with weeds between the paving slabs! The kitchen is cluttered – I am going to have to empty the cupboards so I can hide things (I should have said ‘put things away’ but that is as likely as me voting for for one of the right wing clowns (Is Coulrophobia a result of fear of people like Farage and Johnson who both look and behave like evil clowns!). And then there is the table which is a horizontal book shelf! With candles, scissors, fruit and jars of nuts (edible) for some reason. I have had a clear out of the fridge – well a half hearted one – the mouldy lettuce at the back and the liquid cucumber have been deposed of! But jars of homemade jam and pickles and chutney were reprieved! So it will just loook untidy and I will laim that I forgot to tidy up – despite having spent a few hours attempting to! Oh well – It is my birthday celebration!

I also went to Waitrose to get some burgers and sausages (for 10 people)- big mistake – £180+ later I have to find space to put stuff away! Why so much? Well there were vegan sausages and burgers and vegan ice cream, and fruit and olives and lemonade and wine! Ah wine. And Holly cannot have sausages or burgers so I got some chicken and lamb. I stopped all alcohol 9 months ago, but what with giving up smoking 4 years ago, it seems like a bit too boring! So I will have a practice bottle today and a glass or two tomorrow – to be sociable. What else was there to add up to £180? BBQ tongs as last ones were a bit! rusty, then ice creams for the muggles, some cheese – I guess it all adds up – still it will be a lot better than paying out for a mediocre meal. And it gives me more time with them all!

I have also been told by Kate in the shop to ensure that we have a group photo of the family – we are not that sort of family but I guess it would be nice. If they ever need a control model of a human who has had no physical contact with another human – I am the man. I mentioned this to Holly a couple of years ago and Tams last year, and they both gave me a hug, but otherwise they are the only people to have touched me this decade.

I just hope they all get here before mid-day – I want to spend some time with them as I feel like a shitty granddad most of the time. And the grandchildren are all amazing.

Enough of that – I am a bit bored of the election. Can we fast forward 5 weeks? Basically there is fuck all happening with all sides hoping for the other to blunder – fortunately the bonsai PM is happy to oblige. In fact he is really pissing me off more than usual. Flitting around in his fucking helicopter when not posing for photoshoots by a train. Does he have relatives in Delhi? The team there is above 50C and people are dying – time to get the climate change agenda into the frontal of peoples brains. This is an issue that is not sexy, and is dismissed by many as being less important than the cost of living crisis, but I believe that the majority of peole do give a shit about it! Only those who should not be allowed scissors still deny it.

The garden is begining to look good – rose bushes growing and the mints thriving. Tomato plant with one tomato now has 2 but still green!. Wild strawberries for the forage effort are good and raspberries will be ripe in about a week I think. Flame lily now head height, no flowers on mulberry again though. Actually there are loads of roses and I hope the kids pick some to take home.

I will make a poulis tonight but will save cake making for tomorrow – something to do whilst waiting! It will be a lemon drizzle and maybe a date cookie with nuts.


Interesting debate expanded by the media trying to undermine Labour. Personally I believe that she should be allowed to stand – she has a proven record as a fine MP. maybe Starmer is taking the purge of the left too far – but that should be a debate for after we have got rid of the nasty motherfuckers in power.

However the arguments being bandied about are interesting. Is there enough diversity in candidates on each side? Basicaly here we have an argument for proportional representation. Should aconstituency with 80% white have a black or Asian candidate? That is interesting for debate as it would be necessary if all races are to be equally represented. It is easier to promote 50% women as they are above 50% of the electorate. Should there be an age aspect? Also it would/should depend on people of ability to come forward – are there representatives of calibre who are involved in politics in an area?

All of which raises interesting points for a future discussion. Proportional representation with lists for parties would seem a way forward, but then there needs to be the local aspect too – or in the age of the internet is this necessary?


This election is getting seriously weird. Announced by a multi-millionaire in a rainstorm without and umbrella when there was an empty and very expensive media room metres away. The a PM who was unaware that wales did not qualify for the Euro’s and then todays announcement. £2.5 billion for a national service scheme. Initially I put this in the same category and the 40 new hospitals, smoking ban, Rwanda and many other illusions that masquarade as government policy.

But why this and why now? Firstly who will be attracted by it? Will it really cause people to switch voting intentions from Labour/Lib Dem to Cons? It seems highly unlikely! Is it a last ditch to hang on to the remaining hardcore delusionists who have managed to survive for 80 years despite being dangerous to self harm with a pair of scissors. Where does this policy come from after 14years of rule, and 4 1/2 years with a whopping majority?

Is it another case of “They have found Michael Gove’s stash) !? I am sure Nick Ferrari and the Daily mail and Telegraph will love it.


Spring is earlier this year – I picked elderflowers. Last years post is below from 31 May 2023

I put the flame lily tubers in 20 days ago and they have sprouted and are 10cm high! I hope they will form a bright welcome to my porch! It is cold today – still got the N-E wind which brings the felt temperature down from 12C at present although 20C predicted later.Elderflowers might be ready for picking on the next hot sunny day!

It is cup final day – to reminisce it used to be such a BIG day. As a kid I would watch it from mid morning when the coaches arrived at Wembley. The first year I remember was the Blackburn Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanders final of 1960 aged 6! The only one missed when younger was the ManU vs Leics final when my cousin got married (what a heathen!) my bro’ and me took it in turns to leave the church service to listen on the radio!

Prawns, pasta and homemade avocado mayo for lunch. All the plants have been watered in and out!


Why now? Rishi yesterday called the general election for 4 July. James O’Brien has suggested that he has just had enough- a multi-millionaire who is unloved by country, party, colleagues. The other more plausable reason is that his plans will not work and everything can only get worse. Rwanda will not happen and was never going to be a practical answer, it is not a deterent, boat crossings are at a record level this year. Inflation is still making things more expensive. A further possibility was that if he delayed until the end of the term he was possibly going to be deposed by the party. The last possibilty is that there is some bad news in the pipeline for the 2nd half of the year (possibly inflation? War in Europe?).

A reverse psychology is that calculations all point to the electoral situation not getting any better after July (i.e. the economy, law and order, environment). So they will fight the election now as everything is looking worse in the future.

So what will be the arguments put forward by the Conservatives/. It cannot be evidence from the last 14 years! Sunak has spent the last few months intigating various “resets” anyway. Starmer has steered Labour into the centre so reference to the past and Corbyn is unlikely to resonate with the public. So the main thrust is likely to be the culture war and mud slinging. The Conservative Party is already seen as the party of sleaze so they will attempt to do the same to their opponents. However their best attempts to undermine Angela Rayner has been spectacularly unsuccessful, only the rabid right seems to care, will they attempt similar tactics? It is impossible to identify a positive message for the continuation of the Tory misrule of the UK.


Just made the above and an asparagus soup. Just avoiding cleaning and tidying really! Garden watered and the 70 house plants. First tomato growing in GH. I am hoping the 70 hanging basket plants are ready for putting out next week – some more sunny weather will do it.


It is hard to find anything that this government has not broken. Here we are not talking just about the NHS, education, social care, mental health, migration, legal system, police, to name just some areas, oh, and water (that is a real shitshow!), but also the very fabric of society. Words like empathy have been replaced with wokism. Not content with breaking our whole society they are determined to smash it into ever smaller pieces. All this is aided by the trash press -this must be a definite target for the next government. An example today – Gary Lineker was being interviewed with the founder of River Cottage about diet and he mentioned the need to educate children in school on how to cook. The Mail stated that he blamed the government – a blatent lie – in an attempt to undermine him. I do hope his lawyers are examiningbthe article carefully.

In some ways I wonder if Trump’s phrase “we need to drain the swamp” might be appropriate when refering to Whitehall and the civil service? To what extent are the civil service complict in the degradation of standards of public service? Stories emiting from the dip and Home Office seem.to indicate that the rot is not just the head of the fish, but permeates through the whole body of Government. It is not the colour of the lanyards that is the problem but the lack of humanity that is the problem. The lack of empathy is a trait of fascism and seems to be a requirement of government (and perhaps the public school system). It is certainly becoming a common element of the white middle class society which runs not only politics and business but the media and entertainemnt industries (todays report emphasises this.


Amongst just about everything this government does – I do not get it! Apparently the determined migrants who get in the small boats to cross the Channel are paying large sums to the people smugglers. Surely we should welcome people with the ability to raise these sums of money amd have the determination to get to this country. They certainly are not risking their lives for the meagre handouts that the welfare state provides. Many are highly educated and would be a welcome addition to our ageing work force.

So there must be another problem. Firstly we know that the Tories love to identify groups of people that are weak and powerless to divert attention from the rapacious jaws of their brand of capitalism. Secondly these people are often fleeing persecution in their home countries, often because they will not buckle and conform to cruel and corrupt governments – of course our government does not welcome those who are not willing to brown nose their way.


At last we have spring weather – with the grim news about Climate Change I am not sure I should be so pleased! But anyway – I plated out the tomatoes left over, the sunflowers too. Coriander and basil doing ok and most of the mints are thriving. Hanging basket of thyme is doing well and the 3 flower ones should be planted tomorrow .

I just made baguettes with some chilli flakes – I should up the chilli next time. The baguettes with garlic, sun dried tomatoes, thyme and oregano and olives were very popular. I also just made a lemon drizzle cake – more ideas for tomorrow?


Why don’t the ignorant stupid motherfuckers just fuck off. The public has clearly indicated their wish at the polls. And that was without many young people voting. And still the lame unelected Prime Minister deludes himself that there will be a hung Parliament. His only hope would be to purge the party of the lunatic right wing which has dominated it, and led to its destruction. Could be be witnessing the demise of the Conservative Party?