Sunday, March 20, 2022


My new website is live! I'd love it if you could come on over and have a browse around, and if you had any thoughts on how it could be better, it'd be a real help. (You know how it gets, after a while, if you stare at something too long and you can't really see it any more ...)

You can find me here!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Nearly a Real Hands-on Grandma (+ an Update) (+ another Update)

When you read this I will be a) on a plane(s) or b) in an airport(s) or c) in a quarantine hotel (a very nice quarantine hotel) in Jakarta. And not long after that, I get to meet my grandson! Which will make a), b) and c) absolutely worth it. And in the meantime, here are some gorgeous Indonesian birds.

Update: Dear Reader, I am in none of those places. My visa to enter Indonesia didn't come through in time, so I've had to change my flights etc. With luck, everything I said above will be coming true on Wednesday 23 March.

Here's hoping! 

Another Update: Visas no longer available to Jakarta so now I'm flying 26 1/2 hours to Bali, with a 5:00 am start from here on Tuesday 22 March. So it goes ... I hope!

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Ensemble I Gemelli - A Room of Mirrors


La vecchia innamorata by Biagio Marini (1594-1663), from Ensemble I Gemelli's album A Room of Mirrors.

Came across this, liked the sound of it, then went searching for what the words mean ... No luck beyond getting Google Translate to tell me that la vecchia innamorata means the old woman in love.

So what have I posted up here? No idea, really, as far as the lyrics go, so looking to the Italian speakers among you to help me out.  Thanks in advance!

(And if it's really rude, sorry!)

Saturday, March 05, 2022

Talking History Competition - Win a Copy!

Come on over to the Scottish Book Trust website and find out how to win a copy of their Book of the Month - Talking History: 150 Years of Speakers and Speeches!