145 entries in this archive

Tuesday 12 May, 2015

A short tale and a trout recipe

Today I have added a short story called “Dark Angel”.

This probably speaks to the fears that we harbour as we grow older.

To counter this I have added a recipe for baked trout, called “Baked Trout Bontroni”.

My trout come from my fly-fishing expeditions.

If you live in the Bearsden area, let me know if you want a trout or two to try this recipe with his also works for other fish, such as River Cobbler, (from Asda, in season).

Wednesday 29 April, 2015

A short story and a mini-novella

“Fidelity” is 13.000 words and takes about an hour to read. It is a Maisie Kaywood romp.

Tuesday 7 April, 2015

A wee ode and a soppy tale

Today, after a break for holidays, I add a wee ode written to mark the arrival of Matthew, our first grandson.

It is called “The Stork Came Today!

I also found an old tale, written ages ago, which I have re-vamped under the pen of Bettina Tazzina, because this is the sort of soppy tale my Mum would have liked.

I have re-named it “Icon”.

Tuesday 31 March, 2015

John B. Moronigal strikes again....

Today the ghost of “William Topaz McGonagall” haunts the land!

Here are four Odes which I hope will not annoy him too much.

The Fabulous Ruby Murdoch” tells of an encounter with an unforgettable three year old.

Thanks and Farewell to Edward Casswell” is an ode of thanks to the man who (re)introduced me to singing.

Alan T, our man of Song” is an Ode of thanks to Alan Tavener of the “Morning Choir”

Dreich Mondays No More” was written to celebrate Alan Tavener being elected as an Honorary Associate of the Royal School of Church Music.

Monday 30 March, 2015

Two Soups please, and a piece of cake!

Today I have added:

Squash Soup

The Tomato Soup Family


A Christmas Cake

These would all make suitable titles for short stories but they are recipes!

Buon Appitito!

Sunday 29 March, 2015

For a wet, wet day...

Today in Bearsden it is wet, wet, wet...

What better to do on a wet day but read? And write?

The first two stories are linked.

An Ordinary Submariner” chronicles what we understand to be ‘the facts’ of my Dad’s long 5-year war as a Submariner.

Sybil’s War” is a fictional tale based on a particular mission carried out by HMS Sybil.

A Trammatic Experience” tells the tale of Margaret and me in Milan. It is 100% true.

Monika” is an Ode about a thirsty mosquito who took a great liking to Scottish blood.

Timbuctoo” combines two stories, the second a sequel to the first.

Saturday 28 March, 2015

Two Tales for Matthew

Our grandson Matthew is now four and a bit (March 2015), and lives in England.

Whistler the Orsinaurus” is a story about the teddy bear we bought for him when was born.

Teo the Hare” is a story about an Hare we bought Matthew on our way to visit him.

Friday 27 March, 2015

Fishy Tales on North Uist

Today I have added two stories which I hope might amuse.

Both are suitable for older children from 8 to 80.

Murphy’s Midnight Manuevers” is about a Labrador who is led astray....

Three Men and a Minnow” is about elderly men who go trout fishing...

Both tales are set on the Island of North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides.

If you find yourself lucky enough travel to this paradise, try “Langass Lodge” for excellent food and comfortable accommodation.

Thursday 26 March, 2015

Drivel and Goo!

Today I have spent several hours editing “Travels of a Donkey”. It is overlong, self-indulgent and idiosyncratic twaddle! Don’t bother to attempt it without the help of strong drugs!

However, there is also “Wichita Lineman” which I do recommend to anyone who has been infected by the People’s Friend bug, as I was as a child.

Wednesday 25 March, 2015

A Serious Poem and two Odes of Welcome

Truth to Tell” was written to mark 100 years since the start of WW1.

A Welcome to Gethin” and “Fanfare to Harry James” were both written to welcome new babies.

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