The Running Companion

Told an old favourite tonight at Wick Court for the first time in a while. It was my version of The Running Companion originally written by Phillipa Pearce. I am aiming to do this three or four times this Autumn to hone it- I was a little rusty tonight!

Had a great bird survey this morning out by the River Severn. We saw some great birds and significant migration movement the largest was over 300 Meadow Pipits. Had good views of Whinchat through the scope and thoroughly enjoyed watching a pair of Hobbies hunting. (Hobby and Whinchat pictured below)

The other highlight of today was going to a talk by Steve Tilly about his walk around the England and Wales coastline. Excellent talk with good doses of humour.




Back at Wick Court

It was good to be back at Wick Court again after a break and birding with young people from London. The number of birds wasn’t great the wind didn’t help. It was good to see a Grey Wagtail again. Depressing to hear about the report on Nature.

I am Story Telling with the young people tomorrow night.  Also doing the monthly bird survey out by the River early tomorrow morning.

Researching Stories

I have been reading a real mix of stories today with a view for the gigs at the end of October. Will continue with this research over the next week or so before I settle on the stories I am telling. I have got some already sorted.

Had a wonderful ride over the tops today. The forecast looks pretty dire midweek so needed to get one in! I return to Wick Court on Wednesday when Storm Agnes arrives so bird watching might be challenging!


Who Has Been Fishing In My Lake

Not Goldilocks! I was watching an Osprey today circling over my local lake here in Frampton– I missed it catching a fish (I was told it had caught a fish about 20 minutes before I arrived. I have  seen Ospreys in Frampton a few times now and I always get a thrill when I see them here. Wonderful birds and so good to see them now in Britain. At the bottom of the blog you can see my distant grainy picture and also a professional photo (I am sure you will be able to tell which is which!) I may pop out early tomorrow to see if it is still around.

Thoroughly enjoyed watching the Mighty Hatters yesterday. We played really well and should of won. Hopefully we will get three points on Saturday!




Back To Being A Story Telling Blog Again!!!!!!

Just for a change now I am back from holiday with my lovely family, where we were windswept and soaked I will talk about Stories again. I have mentioned previously I have a busy Autumn/Early Winter ahead of me. I start back with weekly residency at Wick Court next Thursday.

Late October sees me doing a number of gigs for the Library Service of Gloucestershire linked to the Halloween season. So I will be doing Spooky Tales for young people of 9 plus (same stories at several different libraries) and two adult gigs reprising my Tales From The Dark Side. I will put all the dates for this in the near future . I am now researching and learning stories. In November the Two Severn Bores will be performing our Destiny or Fate show.

Now all my cricket kit is packed away I can concentrate on football and hoping the Mighty Hatters start to get some points on the board! I am going with Clare tomorrow to a home game against Wolves and next Saturday to Everton. My third game of the week is with my eldest son David watching them in the cup at Exeter. Fingers crossed it is a good week!


Soft Play

Just been with all my grandchildren to a soft play in North Devon where we are all on our holiday together. Weather not great got soaked on the beach yesterday. It is Cats and Dogs here today!.

Sounds like the Mighty Hatters were unlucky yesterday. First game in the league I have missed. Got a busy spell coming up watching them.


I had an enjoyable picking Blackberries today at Wick Court after I had replenished the bird feeders. I do love the Blackberry Season and always look forward to Blackberry and Apple Crumble. Also been busy with garden tasks.

Looks like I am going to be busy Story Telling now throughout the Autumn. So started to relearn some old favourites in anticipation!

Our Book Club last night had a lively exchange of views over a a glass of beer or two.

History Festival

Just back from the Gloucester History Festival where I saw Historian Michael Wood being interviewed by Janina Ramirez about his career mainly in making history programmes but also research and things that inspired him. One point both of them made was the importance of a Public Broadcast Service and both expressed their concern about the financial problems the BBC is having with its funding.

Off now to my wonderful Book Club to discuss the Code of the Woosters.