Another Former Hobby

Traditionally, at New Year, I crack open some wine. I used to go over to France a lot and collected a lot of really good wines. I never drank them as quickly as I bought them, so I have several bottles of fine wine just sitting out in the garage.

Now, I’m even less likely to drink – almost every drink is just a really good way of putting sugar in your body. So wine only gets opened a few times per year.

I chose this one because I thought my wife might like it. She’s not a fan of reds, I find whites a little lightweight, so I picked a delicious 2002 rosé from the Chateau Grand Moulin in the Corbières region (Lézignan-Corbières). Over the years, we probably got to know France as well as the UK, but this area was always my favourite. It’s an area we kept going back to and we spent our honeymoon down there.

One of the reasons I like French wine in particular is that it holds so many memories of personal visits, and I picked this one up direct from the producer, in the very building shown in the photo.

The Corbières region is not known as one of the best regions, but this guy has won awards, and this wine was well worth the wait. If you’re ever looking for a good wine…

Tart (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.

This one made me laugh. This is my daughter, aged almost two. And that is orange tart!


This is my first post since the New Year, so I’d like to start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year. I hope, if you did anything, that you had a good time. I had a quiet time last night. I don’t go much past 9pm these days, I managed until about 10pm last night … Continue reading “Tart!”


Just a conversation I imagined. I try to avoid politics but some things are just dumb.


We could use some widgets…


We make widgets. We could trade with you, if you like.


Ah, but you make square widgets. Our market needs round widgets. Can’t you make round ones instead?


No, sorry.


Why not?


Because we can’t have you deciding what shape widgets we’ll make. We demand sovreignty on this – we’ll make the widgets we decide.

So, do you still want those widgets, then?


Er, no, it’s okay. We can get round ones from Ceeland instead

Eye Candy

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 1 January 2021, adorn.

A woman who yearned something new,
Went and covered herself in tattoos,
Adorned head to toe,
She then put on a show,
Lines of customers paid just to view.