Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nips of Frost

Cyclist riding on frosty lane at dawn near Pevensey, East Sussex, England

Cold weather is at last upon us here in Sussex after a warm – if sometimes wet – run up towards winter. A couple of cold clear mornings caught me by surprise when I poked my nose out the door at four-thirty, felt the bite in the air and saw my breath in steamy clouds.…

Twilight on The Thames

Twilight falls over the Thames with St Pauls Cathedral in the distance

I have long been a  Joseph Conrad fan – Heart of Darkness, Typhoon and Lord Jim being old favourites. I especially love the opening in the Heart of Darkness. It’s day’s end, not on the Congo but along the Thames,  with  Marlow and four other men – the  Director of Companies, a lawyer, an accountant…

Those Poppies at the Tower of London!

Blood swept lands and seas of red - poppy display at the Tower of London

For some time now I have been meaning to get up to the City to see the poppies at the Tower Of London and yesterday, with time running short, I finally had my opportunity. A need  to see some archaeologists for a story on which I am working provided me with the pretext  and while…

Isle of Wight

Osborne House Isle of Wight

I have been off the bicycle these past few days, away from my desk and out to the Isle of Wight, which has long been one of the Smith family’s favourite holiday boltholes – as it has been for a good many people going back to the Roman Days when the rich folks that could…