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I love big old keys, as much for their aesthetics as their symbolism. Celebrating my step-brother Tim’s 60th birthday in the UK recently, there was a beautiful specimen hanging on the wall of the 14th Century manor house in which we stayed. I took a photo but only got around to painting it today.

Marmalade. I like marmalade

Yesterday, I made marmalade for the first time. Again, this was something I had been planning to do for years.


I was just reading an online article about a Finnish initiative to alleviate homelessness that has had huge success. In short, the state provides discounted loans to a Finnish NGO that buys and renovates properties to house those without homes. Part of the initiative is to also provide counselling and social services support to assist former homeless people to gain a foothold in the labour market.


It's 2020

In a few short weeks I’ll be 60. 60! I don’t mind and I don’t feel nearly 60. I feel about 38 on a good day. On a bad one, maybe 55. Anyway, it’s only a number. I have plenty of energy and a lot of good stuff going on ...