Living Room

Everyday Life in the Peacock House
Children always know when company is in the living room. They can hear their mother laughing at their father’s jokes (Anon)

Blitzing with Bolly

Basically, this is what happened when I had a big tidy-up. Bin bags seem to bring out Bolly’s nesting instincts.  bolly binbag ps 3bolly binbag ps 1bolly binbag ps 2

 

Don’t Be Shocked

Being as eagle-eyed as a blue tit, you may have noticed Peacockshock has a fabulous new look, conjured up by the mad genius Franklin D Roper at Frankweb which is based in the north. Thank you oh Franklin. I am…

In Bed With Gore Vidal

Congratulations to my pal the lovely Tim Teeman on his new book In Bed With Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master It’s had rave reviews and it’s an Amazon No 1 best seller. Tim…

The Tavener Test

Sir John Tavener and his cat

Sad news that one of my favourite composers Sir John Tavener died this week. Among other things, he loved cats and wrote pieces in memory of his pet mogs. I once walked into a BBC Studio (B14 in BH, if…

Persian Cat

Boll and I are now the proud owners of a Persian rug from Welwyn Garden City. Boll loves it. The person in John Lewis said cats don’t bother scratching Persian rugs and they tend not to show red wine stains.…

Sunset Photoset

I’m not sure why, but there’ve been some spectacular sunsets this summer. Here’s one a few days ago, over Mum and Dad’s garden.

Living Between

Luton – deceptively picturesque Boll and I seem to be living between cities this year. We’re in Newcastle in August, Hertford in September. And Boll thankfully makes herself at home in both locations – a bit like a cat novelist.…

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, Some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all, Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, Who violently…

Old People and T-Shirts

I have a weakness for t-shirts with writing on them. The more preposterous the better. My t-shirts say things like Diesel 1862 – Dance with Gertrude Pompidou or Adidas – 7373 Twit Cotswoldy or Armani – Squirrels of Milano You…

Coping With The News

I can’t bring myself to watch the news today. It was so utterly horrific and depressing yesterday. If, like me, you’re finding the news a bit hard to take, here’s a quotation that might help – When I was a…