Kingshill House

This is pure advertising for two events connected to National Story Telling Week at Kingshill House, Dursley.


On Sunday there is a wonderful family event starting at 10.45 a.m. it includes Story Telling (me), Puppet Theatre and Drama if you go to the Kingshill House website you can get all the details. Weather looks iffy so those of you with families it should be a good event.

The second event is a World Premiere !

It is on Friday 7th FebruaryThe Two Severn Bores (Dan the magical musician and myself) with our new show “Walking The Tightrope” a mixture of stories and songs. We are performing in the bar it is free (a hat will go round for contributions)

Hope to see you at one of the above.



Woe is me! Went for a long ride with a pal today trying to beat the rain. Excellent first part with lots of climbing. Martin got a puncture about eleven miles from home. We struggled to sort it with a new tube but failed. It was agreed I would pedal home and come back to rescue. Believe it not I got one five miles from the end and I couldn’t sort it so the cavalry came to the rescue.

The Two Severn Bores had a good rehearsal at the weekend. Another one booked for this weekend. We are planning a couple of changes to try out. Don’t forget our first performance is on the 7th February at Kingshill House, Dursley at 7.30, please join us it should be fun.

Two Severn Bores

Just a reminder that Two Severn Bores are performing at Kingshill House on 7th February with a “Walking the Tightrope” show. There is a good poster on the Kingshill House website with drawings of Dan and I on a tightrope. No we are not walking a tightrope! In the blurb I wrote I put …..

“Life is often in the balance. The Two Severn Bores explore this theme in a mix of stories and songs from the Warrior Queen, to a princess facing up to the God of Death. Everything is closing in on Sarah can she escape the blanket grip of social media? Will a chance meeting on a bridge help?

Hope that has got your interest and we see you at 7.30 on the 7th.

Winter Frost and Fog

Enjoying the frosty weather but sadly for those of us near the River we have had a blanket following the valley. Yesterday on my ride the difference was palpable, lights and balaclava for in the fog-sunglasses and open jacket out in the sunshine! I had great views of the fog hanging in the valley from the high up in Painswick.

Busy on the writing front -mainly for the Two Severn Bores. I am trying to write a different angle on the story of Boudicca.

I am going to be busy over the next couple of months, several whole day school bookings as well as the Two Severn Bores gigs through the winter and spring.

Barmy Army!!!!!!!!!

Mainly a sporting blog today and a little bit about Story Telling at the end! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this young vibrant England cricket team in South Africa over the last couple of Test Matches. Have done really well coping with sickness and injuries. Ollie Pope looks a top class batsmen and looks to have a promising career ahead of him. I am hoping the football for my beloved Hatters will turn around soon, confidence is low at the moment we could do with a bit of luck for a change.

Slowly upping the miles on the bike when it isn’t pouring with rain. Today I loved climbing over the Cotswolds on a beautiful frosty morning. Have to cherish these mornings after the persistent rain.

The Two Severn Bores had our first rehearsal of our new collaboration  “Walking the Tightrope” last night even though we haven’t finished writing the whole show! Our first performance is three weeks away at Kingshill House on Friday 7th February starting at 7.30 all welcome!


No not the wizard (or one of my bikes) but the bird for today’s title. Just completed the monthly bird survey out by the River Severn and a female Merlin was the highlight -one of my favourite birds. Surprisingly we didn’t see that many species on our patch although we saw there were thousands of birds up at Slimbridge.

First Story Telling session of 2020 is later this afternoon at Wick Court.

In Search of Owls

Went looking for an owl this morning, a rarity reported nearby. No sign plenty of Wagtails (Grey and Pied), Woodpeckers, Linnets, and a flock of Long-tailed Tits was some compensation!

While on a wildlife theme we thoroughly enjoyed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. We try and go every year and it never disappoints. When I see the young people’s photos against  pictures I have taken I feel very inadequate!

Trying hard to write and also learn new stories I have a busy couple of months coming up.

Picture below is from the Tutankhamen exhibition it was my phone-honest!!!!!!!


Idiot Wind

Another Dylan song for today’s title which reflects my incompetence with new blog format-however, I may have sorted it!

This will be a  short blog to test out this format!  I will write some more tomorrow if this is successful. I am busy writing material for the Two Severn Bores new show-our first performance is on 7th February at Kingshill House! Details to follow.

Just Like a Rolling Stone

Title refers to the play we saw in London earlier in the week-it was called Girl from the North Country and the whole show was interspersed with the cast singing Dylan songs. The actress who sang Just Like a Rolling Stone was brilliant-possibly the best version I have heard!

London Calling

First time I’ve used a Clash song for a title! We are off for a cultural visit in the capital. This includes the Tutankhamun exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Troy Exhibition and hopefully a show if we can get a cheapish ticket!

Disappointed with football at the moment we will have to wait for next season to win the FA Cup! Hopefully the cricket might cheer me up!