The gaps  between the postings and the dog walks are getting longer. A disperate bunch of fellows have taken to offering me financial inducements to write for them so the blog is being put on hold while I sell my pen for pieces of silver. I think I’ve probably said all I’ve got to say on food and films for the moment but if I think of anything else you’ll be hearing from me. I’ll  continue to read and support my favourite blogs. There is an awful lot of good stuff out there in amongst a good amount of awful stuff. Happy 2017 folks!


76 thoughts on “About”

  1. The shop is still open Thursdays and fridays in the afternoon. May also be open on Saturday mornings.Its emptier each time you go in though so I don’t know for how much longer.

  2. But you look NOTHING LIKE Sean Kelly … [grin]

  3. Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere and for following. Your support is greatly appreciated, Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂


  4. I love your blog: the beautiful masthead photo, the account of your visit to Wexford and the story of your life, featuring Huddersfield (I’m a part time supporter of HTFC) and Manchester (my nearest big town). I believe in the liberating impact of education and have enjoyed your determined and idiosyncratic approach to it! I’ll be following.

  5. Thanks for stopping by my site.
    Your story is inspiring and, in some ways, familliar. Checking out the rest of the site now

    • As a fellow ex smoker it’s nice to have your companionship. You may be interested in my post Day 188: Too Much Meat…It is the only one that I have mentioned improving the quality of my life through making better lifestyle choices.
      All good wishes from Derbyshire (England)

  6. Just hazarding a guess here, Simon, but I feel I should know that hill. Would it be Barrow from Braithwaite?

  7. Blimey, it’s a while since I’ve been up in that part of the world. I go back every couple of years pulled by some force of nature. I like that part of the lakes. No, the hill is on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border near Hartington.

  8. 25 years of English and drama? During your days, do you catch yourself ever reciting anything or singing an old tune from previous performances?


  9. Thanks for liking my page! 🙂

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  11. Bruce Goodman said:

    Well Simon, if the pleasure is in the telling then you must bike around again! It has been fascinating. Years and years ago, I toured here and there in Europe and America (from New Zealand). I wrote a hand-written letter home every week to my then-living mother. I always felt back then that the experiences of seeing were futile if there was no one to tell them to. Keep seeing, and writing, and thinking, and telling!

    • I agree whole-heartedly. I sent piles of notes home to my wife and children who stuck pins in a big map to track my route. I was a little worried about a wider (blog) audience for something I feared might be too personal an experience but I seem to have been very lucky and got an audience who are receptive and supportive. Thank you.

  12. I would like to nominate you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” There are five things to note:
    (1) Display the award logo on your blog. (save it off my blog – I don’t know how to embed it in a comment)
    (2) Link back to the person who nominated you.
    (3) State 7 things about yourself.
    (4) Nominate 5-7 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
    (5) Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements. Congratulations and do continue to inspire! Bravo!

    • Thank you very much. Am delighted to be nominated but fear the 5 steps may be a little beyond me. I look forward to continuing to enjoy your blog. Good wishes Simon

      • Yeah, that’s why it took me so long. Originally it was 15(!?!), so I took the liberty of trimming it down. Hope this at least sends more people to your blog to discover you!

      • You are very kind. I’ll have to contemplate for as long as you did. Appreciative new readers are always welcome.

  13. Thank you for following my Blog. Je vois que tu comprends et écris bien le français,,,great! You have a very nice Blog too…I’m on pause right now for my soon to be release book, but I will certainly enjoy getting too know you better! Passe une très belle semaine…I’ll see you soon! Delvi.

  14. Nice about page and thanks for following my blog. How have you liked your job as a teacher?

    • I loved my job as a teacher and was well loved in return. It just got in the way of everything else I wanted to do.

      • Haha yes. There is so much you wan´t to do isn´t it! and you worked with this for a long time. There is so much to see in the world, isn´t it. Of course there is other stuff than just teaching a person wan´t to do. What are your currently up to then?

      • Jag gillar att vakna upp på morgonen med den dag som en tom duk och sedan långsamt, över två koppar te, besluta hur man ska fylla det.

      • Är du svensk? 🙂 Jaha, ja det lät ju som en bra filosofi. Ska köra på den själv! 🙂

      • No I’m English. Just trying to be polite and making the effort to use your language just as you are doing by using mine. You are much better. I need Google.

      • Haha. Okej. Sorry. Well actually you managed quite well since the google translate from Swedish to English isn´t all that great. 🙂

      • Very happy to follow you on M.R.’s recommendation (she only recommends very good blogs) and I hope to pick up some photography tips as well as enjoying your posts. Good wishes Simon

      • Yes. I think I will continue to write some posts about this in the future. I discover more and more about photography as I go. I am not very professional, but love photos so. Sometimes I think it is easier to learn from a beginner. 🙂 I havent´t had my blog for so long so glad that you like it and decided to follow me. 🙂

  15. Your blog is very interesting to read, in addition to being filled with beautiful photos.

  16. Hi. Simon! Thanks for the “like” over at fionakernaghan.com – I hope you’re still cooking and writing and singing! :))

  17. Hi Simon, I found you thru M-R. You have a wonderful blog that I am enjoying reading.

    • Thank you very much. I’m very fond of M.R.. She has been a fine companion for a while now and has brought along a number of good people. I look forward to following your blog and I hope you continue to find this one of interest.

  18. Hi, I nominated you for a Liebster Award. I didn’t know where to contact you. All the details are on my site. http://susanneleist.wordpress.com/

    • I’m delighted that you think well of my blog but am afraid I don’t accept awards. I don’t know how the awards system works but friends tell me it is very time consuming and time is the one thing I have too little of. I will continue to follow your blog and hope soon to be able to read your book. All best wishes and good luck with the sequel. Simon

  19. Thank you so much for the follow! I see you are friends with M.R. – she’s lovely, in fact irresistable. Hope to be rreading more of you. I can relate to your story.

    • MR is truly lovely. Her book is one of the best autobiographies I have read. I’m very happy to follow her recommendations and she is right about your blog. The photography is wonderful. Best wishes. Simon

      • Thank you, Simon! Now, I have just received her book and will hopefully start reading it as soon as the school term is over and I can return to my hammock…!

  20. Ravie de faire ta connaissance Simon… Et merci pour tous tes gentils mots chez moi 😉 A bientôt.

  21. Thanks for following my blog Simon. And, I’d be interested to learn if there was ever such a thing as an unenthusiastic sheepdog… 😉

    • It’s a pleasure. I agree there is something tautological about the expression ‘enthusiastic sheepdog’. Though even by normal standards of enthusiasm this one is keen.

  22. Sorry to put this here – can’t seem to reply to your reply of my reply to your post. 😉

  23. After reading your post on Byron, I simply had to come unearth your background, lol. If there were more teachers like you, we all wouldn’t be so hungrily consuming such things with avid interest at later ages 🙂 But then again, perhaps one must accumulate some history before they can actually begin to appreciate it.

    • Thank you kindly. I took my teaching very seriously and regarded my career as a twenty five year teacher training course: learning more and more all the time. Young people do indeed like to have some history in order to appreciate their history but are always very keen to learn if you can tap into their natural curiosity. This is the stage when they start teaching each other every bit as much as the teacher is teaching them. If the teacher is confident enough to let this happen (and many aren’t … feeling the need to be seen to stay in control) then learning becomes very exciting indeed. Every one goes home tired and happy.

  24. the independence of Scotland becomes the news now in Japan.
    How do you think of this thing?

    • I’d very much like Scotland to stay a part of the country. I am in love with Scotland, started school and had a big part of my childhood in Scotland and feel proud to be a part of a country that includes Scotland. Having said that, if I was Scottish, I would probably vote in favour of independence. For too long they have been treated as inferior partners in the union.

  25. viktoryarch said:

    I am tagging you with a recognition tag:
    Thank you for you blog.
    I appreciate and enjoy it.

  26. SJ … you’re going to want to kill me … but I’ve bloody gone and lost what you sent me as a recipe for your own bread.
    I’M SORRY !!!! – and I’m also a total dickhead.
    But please would you jot it down again and send it to me at marg1e@iinet.net.au ?

  27. Timothy Price said:

    The slow lane is great. But you probably need a few more cats!

  28. I thought I’d re-written all that. Life is a little bit faster now than it was, though I still have two cats which is quite enough for me at the moment.

  29. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Simon.

  30. Wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Hope this message to be delivered to you.

    • It took its time but it got through. A belated, but heartfelt, Merry Christmas to you Amy and to your family. 2019 has proved busy so far but full of good cheer.

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