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  • My Life and Times

    I was born in 1939 BC.
    That’s ‘Before Computers’.

    Luckily I survived the following events in my life, such as

    World War II, The London Blitz, Rationing, and worst of all… Archbishop Temple’s School.




    During the mid 1950s I was enjoying Rock ‘n’ Roll and being a first generation teenager, when suddenly, just like Elvis, I found myself in uniform during ‘The Cold War’…and then




    I became ‘a family’. Which meant that I sort of missed the ‘swinging sixties’, but still managed to look a complete prat in the 70s, just like everyone else.




    During the ‘Thatcher Years’ I lost my hair and a lot of people lost a good deal more. My career fluctuated to say the least as I was demoted, promoted, fired and hired a number of times, but still I managed to stagger on into a welcome retirement and to celebrate 58 years of happy marriage.

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Archive for September, 2013

Mini mouse … Maxi brain !

Posted by Big John on September 20, 2013

I always let my small garden grow a little on the wild side to encourage the local wildlife to visit (remember the fox); but just recently it has grown a bit too wild, so I called in two big men with chainsaws, hedge trimmers and an assortment of ‘serious’ gardening tools, to set about repairing fences, clearing rubbish and cutting back the vegetation before it engulfed my property. It took them a whole day to complete the task !

Of course the birds who usually hang on my bird feeders decided to seek pastures new and did not return for a couple of days, but when the men left I was amazed to see one little creature staring up at me as I inspected a bare patch of ground where once the wreck of a greenhouse had stood. It was a tiny harvest mouse …


… whom I had often seen grabbing a few peanuts when the birds were not looking. He was looking at me as if to say … “What the … ! … just happened ?”

Now the branches where this particular bird feeder hung were no more, so I thought little ‘Mickey’ might be wondering where his next meal was coming from. I need not have worried, for within five minutes of me rehanging the feeder on a branch several feet from where it used to hang, the clever little mouse had climbed the tree, and worked out how to reach the peanuts.

Now all say …

… Ahhhh !   🙂


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“Hands up ! HRH”.

Posted by Big John on September 10, 2013

I see that obnoxious oaf of a prince, ‘Air Miles Andy’, is in the news again for doing what this freeloader does best: being a pompous petulant prat !

It is reported that he ‘made his thoughts plain’ (I bet he did) during a ‘highly-charged confrontation’ with lowly peasant coppers who challenged him in his mum’s back yard, and although reports of what happened vary, a royal lacky said that  .. “He was incredibly, incredibly angry. It was very much a case of guns being pointed at him and “Halt ! who goes there ?”.

It is obvious from this parasite prince’s usual arrogant behaviour that he has never heard of “Noblesse oblige”, so what a pity it was that the officers concerned didn’t do us all a favour by shooting first and …

… asking questions later !   😉

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What ! .. No chickens ?

Posted by Big John on September 7, 2013

This morning I opened the kitchen window blinds, and looked out at a sunny day where a few of the first leaves of autumn had fallen, and sitting amongst those leaves and sunning himself (or herself) was …

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… this very large fox enjoying a warm corner of my garden, relaxing and …

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… acting as if it owned the bloody place !

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