Paint it Black Friday

The Rolling Stones once sang “Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts, It’s not easy facing up when your whole world is black” in their 1966 classic Paint it Black. And here and now today in 2017 it’s Black Friday and our world is turning black. As a Yorkshireman, an […]

The Glass Is Half Full

Ask my wife and she will tell you that I can be a bit or a Negative Nelly at times. Something will happen and I’ll be all doom and gloom and often it can take days for me to climb out of my grumpiness. But, today I turned a corner… After a successful trip to […]

Take a Breath

I write this on the same day as our family acquires a second teenager. Of course we haven’t just nipped down to the local workhouse and coughed up for a little urchin in the the style of some fairy tale Dickens-esk novel, no, our second born has reach the tender age of 13. When her […]

Organising Chaos

As I type this I have been sat in the church hall of our local Methodist church for just over two hours, and I will be here for two hours more. It’s Saturday morning and that means alternating dance classes for D and V starting at 8:30 am. Now that H has gone back to […]


The headline may sound dramatic but it is both technically and medically accurate. My name is Dave Pearson and I have rheumatoid arthritis, it is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. You may also know me as the Race Director for the Kirkbymoorside 10k. I was diagnosed with this […]

Super Simple Fish Stew

The idea of a fish curry or a fish stew used make me feel repulsed, however in one particular lean period I was using up whatever we had in the fridge, freezer and cupboards to come up with a meal. This fish stew recipe is my refined version of that and I’m pleased to share […]