The Colonel (part 6)

  This follows from The Colonel (part 5) Diana 1944 Henry awoke feeling stiff and cold. The fire was just grey embers and there was a red heart of a dying log that waited for a kick that would spread sparks into a life of flame again. He was thinking of India, the early mist…

The Colonel (part 5)

  The follows from The Colonel (part 4). 'I really must be off,' said Diana in a low voice rather hoping that she would not be heard. She shuffled her feet nervously, her shoes making patterns in the gravel drawing with precision. 'Please don't Diana. Wait a minute,' the Colonel said and there was a…

The Colonel (part 4)

This follows from (The Colonel part 3) Henry spent a few days in London, he had to speak to his bank in Pall Mall. the n transferred his late Aunt's money and was pleased to hear that his application for membership at the Planter's Club had been accepted. He wrote a telegram to the stationĀ …

The Colonel (part 3)

This follows fromĀ The Colonel (part 2) The steamer was slinking into Aden past the Tribal Cliffs. Aga Jhan was on the deck. He had never seen a coast line and since leaving Bombay had spent his time breathing in the cool air, washing the salt spray into his beard, savouring each move the ship made…

The Colonel (part 2)

  This follows from The Colonel (part 1). The house that Colonel Henry inherited was just north of Harrogate in the village of Killinghall. A rather apt name he thought. The lawyer had sent instructions on who should arrange handover, the bank balances and information about the decision to employ a Miss Simms who had…

Locked down and feeling thoughtful

It has been said that when we emerge from this crisis there will be a discussion on the BC period, before Covid-19 and an AC, after Covid-19. I suggest there is another period called DC during Covid-19. This is more relevant as we all cope in our own ways. The biggest challenge is wasting time.…

The lock down changes everything.

Today on my morning dog walk across the Cow Common it was a good time to reflect in the empty space before me in a physical and mental sense. Physically the Common is deserted. The sun is hot and the cracking of the early frost under my feet delights me. The swans have now come…

Jeddah, June 1998

In the Islamic calendar, the year 1998 is really only 1418. In England at that time Henry of Monmouth who was still to be on the throne for another 4 years, was battling in Normandy at Rouen. I was in Jeddah. A BA stewardess had just been fired for announcing that rather than alter our…

Last stand

  Helen walked with purpose scuffing the sand, her toes exploring the crystals that had been washed up and were forming into islands and inlets by the tide that lapped and swirled along the shore. There was an inevitability Chris had told her in his last call that fall-out from any explosion would lead to…

Spanish Gypsy Woman

Untipped. I draw a soldier from the foil and tap the crinkled end Compacting the tobacco dark and rich as Flander's soil And slip the smells back in the box. A match sparks against rough jeans and with cupped hands I nurture the flame to life. The red bulb, once safe explodes And with each…