Born 1957 in Gosport , Hampshire, United Kingdom.

 

I am one of five children and lucky enough to grow up within a happy home environment, noisy, boisterous, occasionally bellicose but always supportive.

Academia… perhaps not my strong point! Like many, only doing just enough to gain a smattering of 'O´ levels. Followed by an ‘A’ Level a few years later and then an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.

Much of my life since leaving college has been involved with hospitality in its various forms, culminating in a twenty two year partnership in an Event Catering Company with a good friend and Co-Director. Within that sector, as many a chef or waitress would tell, lays a wealth of human narratives, from the outrageous and funny to the weird and wonderful. It would not be difficult to recall occasions when one of our own events would go a little off-piste, prompting a, ‘you couldn’t make it up!’ remark, or that’s ‘one for the book!’ Some day I’ll get around to it.

Writing is rarely easy, and writing about oneself is an uncomfortable prospect. Arguably nobody knows me better, but still it doesn’t feel right. Where to pitch it? How to avoid blowing ones own horn section and yet not to sell oneself short. In my efforts to expound, I came across something that my wife and children put together for a Fathers day. There’s no mention of awards or great accolades, no knighthood or anything! But it does seem to sum me up and, much better than I could ever do; reflecting on my interests and hobbies and those things that matter the most to me.

I should just like to point out Little Willy is a delicious dark beer from our local Piddle Brewery and definitely not alluding to anything else!

In case anyone is wondering, the background picture is of my pond in winter. Photoshop’s marvellous filters and effects have turned what was a snapshot into a watercolour painting.

If you would like to see some other ponds I have designed, built or renovated, then click on the following link to my other website at , www.ponds4wildlife.co.uk

Scriblings so far: - Un-natural selection (book) - Holding out for a Hero (book project) - Passport to Sanity (short story) - A virtual miracle (short story) -

The Pool of Peace (short story)