Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Hunkering down

Shopping with my wife was enlivened this morning by a fierce storm blowing into the mouth of the Mersey off the Irish sea. Parking in the supermarket car park with waves breaking over the seawall and onto the cars rather made my day, my wife however gave me a 'why are we not living in California' look....oh well!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Say cheese

As well as being a lifelong Liverpool football club fan I'm also a dedicated follower of the NFL team, The Green bay packers.The packers are in the playoffs this weekend and even though I cannot be a t Lambeau I will as a dedicated cheesehead be following and cheering the team on as much as I can...go pack go!

Saturday, 31 December 2016


2016 wasn't a bad year upon reflection and I already know I will have some difficult moments to deal with in 2017 but with Family,friends and Gods help I'll make the best of it, so.....onwards and upwards!

Thursday, 29 December 2016


83 today and if not as feisty as she was still enough of a handful to give me a good talking to.....Happy birthday Maro!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Watch the birdy

After 3 months we let our young peacock out for the first time today. He wasn't sure at first and had to negotiate passage through my feral chickens before he had a good look around. As darkness fell he was last seen in my woods perched high up in a tree....not sure what tomorrow will bring but for one day at least it was nice to have him roam around.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Ring out those bells

I'm a bit of a Jethro Tull fan (shame!) and so my oldest daughter plays flute which she may or may not enjoy but she likes to keep the old man happy so she perseveres. I've been to church for several functions this past week and very enjoyable it has been, helped by the stunning churches in our village. Yesterday was a carol concert and my oldest fluted (?) away with gusto....ta very much sweetheart.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Teddy boy Christmas.

A lightweight pop band but the kids and I like to bop in the kitchen to this one.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Kids and Christmas

It has been a bit of mixed bag this year for family OTW with some highs and some lows,perhaps more than usual although I'm still thankful for my lot. On the world scene, war, terrorism, Brexit and Trump have made for a rather enlivening year to the point that I'm just clocking off for a few weeks from the daily torrent of happenings and bollocks. So the next couple of weeks will just be kids, food and fun...try it if you can.

Monday, 12 December 2016


Well this song is a tradition in my family and as the song says my grandmother loved it too.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Over the water wishes

Its getting pretty festive around the OTW homestead and as a lover of this time of year I'm enjoying every minute.I do have a little nagging feeling though that given a choice I'd rather spend my Christmas over in San Francisco and Utah. This blog has always been about my split life between here and the USA but life has exiled me more and more in the UK, something I'm not too happy about. I do have plans to make some changes to my situation though and the holiday season is a good time to plot and plan....booze helps there too! Anyway, plans are for the future and for now I just want to enjoy everything life has to offer in my little part of the world ....tis the season to be jolly!

Monday, 5 December 2016


Liverpool Irish, Boston Irish pretty much the same thing I guess? I've put this tune up before but its a fav and as its my blog I'm pretty sure I can play it again. I must add that unlike the singer here I like my sisters and in no way do I believe they might be as the song says 'wack jobs'.....right!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Festive times

Time to get the festive season going,so here is a favourite of my wife......feel free to join in!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Icky figgy pud

Number 4 daughter like all kids loves to mess with goo and so she got first mix of this years Christmas pudding.This year we reached 24 ingredients and considering there is no recipe and the puds of the past have been such a success we have high hopes for this year.So tomorrow its eight hours of steaming and then a months rest (the pud,not me) before we dive in (kids more interested in silver coins) and taste the result.....I do love Christmas pud!

Thursday, 10 November 2016