Martin’s last task yesterday before he left for the weekend was to

most carefully post out the levels of the patio, ensuring that there was the requisite minimal slope for draining off any excess water. Now we await delivery of the stone.

My blogging friend, Ivor.Plumber/Poet has, for many years, been accumulating a ‘Derrick file’ of photographs which he occasionally uses to illustrate his posted poems. This Christmas he has produced

which arrived a couple of days ago. The artistic covers, by the poet’s American niece, thus linking three continents, are based on my photograph which provides a frontispiece.

Three of the photographs are by Jackie. This double spread gives a flavour of those and of Ivor’s poetry.

My author photograph, taken by Becky five years ago, appropriately also shows my wife.

This evening we dined on lemon chicken and Jackie’s egg savoury rice with which I finished the Gran Selone while the others abstained. My mother always made a few jam tarts with surplus pastry from her apple pies; Jackie has done the same with her pumpkin pies, of which she made another today. I chose the jam turnover and Ambrosia custard.


  1. What a wonderful tribute to both of you and of course, for different reasons, Martin. Glad you and Jackie reconnected. Remember you have a treasure

  2. YAY the book arrived!!! Congratulations to you, Jackie, and Ivor!!! What a wonderful collaboration! 🙂 And Kerri’s artwork is always beautiful!
    (((HUGS))) and ❤️ ❤️❤️ ❤️ to all four of you!!!! 🙂
    And (((HUGS))) to Martin for his good, hard work, too! 🙂
    Jackie…your beautiful smile always makes me smile! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Thank you Derrick for your wonderful photos of the lovely countryside in your area … and today, you produced a superb article about “our” book … oh. my books haven’t arrived yet …

  4. The timing of this publication is perfect. I am glad to see the results of Ivor’s comments about keeping photographs in his ‘Derrick file’!

  5. How marvelous. Congratulations Derrick and Jackie for being published. You are such a good man to highlight her photos in this post. I think a “Derrick file” is a grand idea and the idea of a collaboration of this type captures my imagination.

  6. What a great collaboration, Derrick. Ivor is a fine poet and I am sure the book is very well done. It is so nice to see folks from all over the world get together in this way!

  7. HI Derrick, congratulations on this book collaboration. It seems to only be available from an outlet in Australia. Let me know if it becomes available from Amazon as I would love to read it.

    1. I gather it will be on Amazon soon. I have asked to be told when, Robbie. You may like to know that all the money is going to the MS Society. Thanks very much

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