Well, it’s been a while coming, and is not my usual subject matter, but my latest creation is up at Smashwords. It’s a short story about an officer of the East Riding Regiment and is greatly coloured by my research into the lives of local WW1 soldiers. It is a work of fiction but closely… Continue reading A Moment of Madness
My latest WW1 life was a tad unusual in that he died in service, but not in war. I have no idea as to the cause of his death, only that it was at Catterick, as I could find no service record for him and there was nothing in the newspaper that gave any detail… Continue reading PTE. Nor Metcalfe
All this sun has done wonders for the plot. Unfortunately the blackfly and weeds like it too. So the weekend was spent weeding and spraying the broad beans. I made quite good headway and got the whole plot weeded without fainting once. As well as all that I planted out the last of the squash… Continue reading Weeding and Wondering
I literally melted in the heat, or at least fainted in it. It was Saturday morning, about half past ten and I’d just run the mower over the allotment path. I suddenly felt dizzy. I had my hat on, was blathered in suncream, was drinking water on the go and all the things you are… Continue reading Melting in the Heat
Just in the nick of time, while the sun was still showing itself and before the heavens opened, I got most of the urgent jobs done on the plot. Of course everything, by now anyway, will need hoeing and weeding again, but at last the back breaking stuff is finally done. The main job was… Continue reading Just in time.
This is the latest WW1 soldier I have been working on. He was hard to track down being as he was actually from Leeds and not Beverley, so there was nothing local to look into. I did most of the research on line. His only link to Beverley was that his mother was from here… Continue reading Private Sydney Harrison
I have, at last, managed to rear some bean plants. I’ve grown green and purple french beans, but no runners this year. I’ve still got a lot in the freezer from last year and we just don’t eat enough of them to justify the effort. Anyway, they’re all planted out now, and topped with some… Continue reading Sowing and Weeding