Assessing the damage by Trevor Plumbly

Re-collections We all gather bits and pieces around us albeit for different reasons: as reminders, as a result of the lure of collecting or because of the somewhat false security of being surrounded by a lot of stuff. Pam and I qualify on all counts; most of our shelves are filled with stuff ranging from pure tat to quite valuable nick-nacks, some with a story attached, others just fixtures. My early years were spent in homes that didn’t have ornaments so it’s natural, to me anyway, that I’m a bit overprotective towards… Read More

Youthsitting by Trevor Plumbly

Growing Pains ‘We’re having the boys for the night.’ This news was delivered as if I had been rewarded for something highly deserving. Much as I love my grandsons, I regard their visits like the curate’s egg: ‘good in parts’. I’ve always had trouble relating to kids, to the extent that I often wonder if I ever was one. Infants don’t worry me much: jingle a few keys and they’re easily entertained; they’re portable and sleep a lot. Young kids are a bit more demanding, but nothing a few bribes can’t sort;… Read More