Thursday, 13 May 2021

Wild Garlic Pesto and Dip

It all began with a crossword clue in Times Cryptic 27964.  "19D Stuff children, offering garlic (7)".

Self-Sufficient... electricity! Now we are no longer heating the greenhouse at night, and with a bit of sunshine, on Tuesday and again yesterday, our solar panels (and batteries) provided all our electricity, so we took none from the grid and even exported enough to cover the daily standing charge.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Great Finborough Walk

Joyce asked me if I would like to lead a walk for the group this week and I said yes, of course. I decided to vary and extend a walk I had led previously from Great Finborough to include a visit to Buxhall and Mill Green as well as an extension to the north from OneHouse church up to Harleston Church and back through Northfields Wood.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Joyce's Spring Mini Walking Festival - Summary

That was lovely. Thank-you Joyce. Here is my index to my blog write-ups of the walks I went on (and some that I didn't)...

Saturday, 8 May 2021


Yesterday was my second COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the Swan Surgery in Town. I arrived 5 minutes early but was seen straight away. As I've been having the Pfizer vaccine, I had again to sit for 15 minutes before being allowed to go...

Friday, 7 May 2021

Another Tracy Quick Crossword

An enjoyable, neat crossword from Tracy to end the week. I generally find I catch his wavelength quite quickly and I did so again today. After my misjudgement of how diificult others would find it on my last outing, I'd better not say I found it straighforward, though! I did hesitate over the unknown 1A and the parsing of my LOI, 21A, but I still finished in a well-under-average time, a second quicker than yesterday. COD for me to the clever 16D, although I liked 8D too. How did everyone else get on?

Fortnightly Weekend Quick Cryptic. This time it is my turn to provide the extra weekend entertainment. You can find the latest crossword, entitled "Tweet Tweet", here. Enjoy! And if anyone is interested in our previous offerings you can find an index to them here.

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Sailors' Path Walk

Today was the last day of Joyce's Mini Walking Festival, the longest of the walks and a repeat of the last walk of the September festival - The Snape Walk. This was the invite from Joyce...

Weekend Quick Cryptic 24 - Tweet Tweet by Johninterred

Click here to read about the origin of this series of crosswords.

A brief history of the origins of these crosswords for those who are new to them. As a blogger of the Times Quick Cryptic Crossword on Times for The Times every other Friday, I have often had comments on the blog bemoaning that The Times only provides a Quick Cryptic on Mondays to Fridays. When I finally gave up work at the end of February last year, I decided that I would try my hand at compiling crosswords. It was with some trepidation that I published, in May, the first of these Weekend Quick Cryptics to fill the gap. Well it seemed to go down well so I did another. And then my fellow crossword solver and commenter on Times for the Times, Phil Jordan, volunteered to produce some too! So now we alternate, publishing each new crossword via my Friday Quick Crossword blog. You can find an index to the complete series of crosswords here.

This time it is my turn to provide the fortnightly Weekend Quick Cryptic crossword. As is hinted at by the title, there is a bit of a theme.I've tried to make it a little easier than our last couple, so I hope people don't find anything to scare the horses. 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Shingle Street Walk


Today was day 12 of Joyce's Mini Waking Festival and this was my contribution to the festival, a 12 mile walk from Shingle Street on the coast - a walk I had done with Ann in November (which you can read about here). The weather forecast wasn't great...

Monday, 3 May 2021

Bluebell Walk

Today was Day 11 of Joyce's Mini Waking Festival and the perennial iconic Bluebell Walk from the Suffolk Food Hall. Would we see some bluebells?  Where would the best ones be? We had 3 groups of 6,6 and 5 walkers - a great turnout for a classic walk. I led the third group. Joyce went clockwise and I opted to follow the second group going anti-clockwise. It was a walk I had done several times, and I would have been leading in the Suffolk Walking Festival, but, alas, it was cancelled for a second year, so it was great to be able to do it anyway.