Spaghetti on Sunday

I am of Irish and German heritage. Calling Dr. Freud as they say. My concept of a seven course meal is 6 Stouts and a potato. My unrefined palate is...

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 05)

“I know I’ll move the seat” she said to herself and carefully reached down and grabbed the handle, yanking it up as she tried to push the seat but she could apply enough force against it

The Perfect Love Story

It is as I had feared it to be. The unwanted guest had once again arrived to spoil the party like it had on so many previous occasions. I tried to...

On Platform Two of Basingstoke Station One Night in October

Trains, on a Saturday night. They thunder in. Pause for a while. They thunder out. They carry the lost and the loveless. Through the black dark to a...

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 04)

Jordan Donaldson came good and a mechanic, Darren, duly arrived in the allotted time and after 20 minutes said that he would have to get it back to the workshop and he’d have her up and running by midday on Saturday.

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 03)

After a very pleasant lunch at the Phoenix Restaurant good byes were said and as there were only legal formalities to be dealt with it was left to the lawyers to draft the contract, which would be signed and sealed later in the day, so Annette said to Christine. “Do you need me for the next bit?”

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 02)

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 02) Shallowfield’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it only barely survived, and the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse.

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 01)

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see, from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the North but it’s in leafy Shallowfield where our story begins but the main characters originate from the busy town of Purplemere on the other side of the Finchbottom Vale, which nestles comfortably between the Ancient Dancingdean Forest to the south and the rolling Pepperstock Hills in the north, those who are lucky enough to live there think of it as the rose between two thorns..

Mornington-By-Mere – (50) Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It (Part 05)

David and Victoria walked in silence from the river to the Close, save for the squelching of their saturated footwear.

Mornington-By-Mere – (50) Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It (Part 04)

David and Victoria left the Woodman’s Axe pushing their bikes and walked in the direction of the River Brooke.