Christmas Starts Here

’Twas the night before Christmas when Santa’s new elf, in the vast, silent workshop, sat all by herself. She’d been fetching and carrying, sent to and fro making tea, running errands – the least of the low.   And she’d mucked out the stables, not noticing that daft old Rudolph was munching her new elven … Continue reading Christmas Starts Here

Fred’s Legacy

We bought a pre-loved camper-van. We’d travelled up by train. The owner’s dog had crept inside and wouldn’t come out again. The lady planned to emigrate. She’d shown us both around, watched carefully by Algernon, an indeterminate hound. . Embarrassed, she said, ‘Take him too.  ‘He won’t cost much to feed. ‘He can’t come when … Continue reading Fred’s Legacy

Goblins and Trolls

When goblins denigrate your work, and trolls belittle every line, Don’t even try to understand the labyrinth of their twisted minds.   Trolls delight in others’ pain – seek to destroy, not to create, And leave behind them worms of doubt that stir your fears and feed on hate.   Picture Henson’s Labyrinth creatures – … Continue reading Goblins and Trolls

Puzzling It Out

I confess to being a puzzle addict. I started with codeword-type logic puzzles until I discovered sudoku and its variants.   Since I retired, I tackle anything that looks interesting: puzzles I would previously have dismissed as too challenging and time-wasting. Guess what? They weren’t as demanding as I’d thought.     Learning to write … Continue reading Puzzling It Out