MacKendricks and The Thistle

| December 14, 2017

The Christmas Card and the Table Imagine please, if you will, MacKendricks. Chuntering as he did in the sanctity of his space MacKendricks had outlived – all family, all friends. Each day a similar caned path to The Thistle where with pewter near to hand he sat at an edge-worn, darkened wise table carved deep […]

Wherever Ye May Be

| December 10, 2017

Dance to Remember I have known an army Christmas, with family together at home wherever home might be and an army Christmas where the Sergeant, posted to distant parts, is with us in spirit near to hearth and self. It is at Christmas that thoughts also drift to those unable to be with us. The […]

And It’s a Lucky Man

| December 2, 2017

The unique, the meaningful, the personal I wander about the stores and vendors attempting to find a little something to add to the Christmas season – something for someone special. It seems that the drizzle of the rain dampens the season as I struggle through endless offerings in search of the unique, the meaningful. More […]

Heart in the Darkness – Vietnam

| September 9, 2017

“We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.” Joseph Conrad, 1899 In 1978 I read Heart of Darkness. In 1979 I watched Apocalypse Now. I went to the cinema on my own that early evening and still, to this day, recall the opening. Rotating sound across a black screen, jungle, the hint of smoke, silence, […]

Your Destination is Dunkirk

| July 26, 2017

Moonstone The 700 little ships of Dunkirk included fishing boats, lifeboats, pleasure boats, private yachts and launches berthed along the River Thames and the southern and eastern coasts of England. There were three routes the boats could take, each journey with unique hazards. Route Z (39 nautical miles) the shortest route, of two hours sailing […]