Terence Brady - Playwright, novelist, actor and painter.
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GARDENER WANTED


first published in 1985



GARDENER WANTED
 
Someone once said that in order to garden you needed a cast iron back with a hinge in it. If only that was all. Since moving from window box to acreage I’ve found that to garden you also need a gardener.

Now many of you younger ones might not know what a gardener is, or I should was was, since Real Gardeners are now an endangered species. Well, children, a Real Gardener was a man of indeterminate age and of many skills. When I was a boy our Real Gardener was called Mr George, and to this day I still don’t know whether George was his first name or his last.

MOVING HORSE









MOVING HORSE


(This is s a piece I wrote when we moved to the country over 30 years ago. The most wonderful horse we ever owned and still greatly missed.)

 
No, it’s not a typo. I do mean horse and not house. Although of course the reason we had to move horse was because we had indeed moved house.  From smoke to sticks.

Horse was the last animal we moved. The first convoy to Somerset carried cats (2) and dogs (1 ½), for all of whom we had to find temporary lodgings because we couldn’t move into our new home straight away.

LET'S FACEBOOK IT


LET’S FACEBOOK IT

 


Much has been said and written about FB, some of it reproachful, some of it laudatory, but just like most things it really all depends on how you use it.  A car is nothing when it is not driven but put the wrong person behind the wheel and it becomes lethal while with a good driver the journey is a pleasure. So it is must be with Facebook. Facebook is what you make it.
I can’t pretend to understand all the ramifications of this extraordinary medium, other than to say I stood guided by the experience of the more responsible and sensible users whom I know who warned me not to ‘go public’ and to keep my

BOTHER WITH BUNBURY




BOTHER WITH BUNBURY
 
Apparently I have the wrong sort of dog. Living as I do in the deep country it seems I should own a dog that points, puts up rats, or retrieves. Ever faithful at my heels, and trained to gun and whistle, I should have – which I do not have – a Labrador, a Jack Russell, a Lurcher or a Springer, not – as I do have – three Lhasa Apsos and one Bearded Collie. A true country man’s dogs should be short haired sleekies with mouths that can carry eggs without breaking them, not long haired shags of wool which look the same at both ends.

A HOLE IN THE GROUND



Our little lake is now nearly a quarter of a century old. This was written in celebration of its second birthday.




A HOLE IN THE GROUND





The lake which is now in its second season has exceeded my wildest expectations. There it lies, shimmering, glistening, rippling and glinting, perfectly reflecting the mood of each passing day and mirroring the mystery of every falling night. Like all aquaholics I can happily just rest quietly by its ever changing waters watching the trout quietly feeding, the ducks swimming or the carp flashily rising without a moment's boredom, or sit in the stern of my old rowing boat and let it drift while I dream about absolutely nothing at all.

Pug Henry The First


This was written twenty years ago and I am republishing it in loving memory of Herny - our first Pug.

OI'M HENERY THE FIRST OI AM.


Henry and I have just celebrated our first anniversary and a very happy first year it has been too. A-bed with the 'flu it was Herself's opinion that I needed cheering up hence Henry's precipitous arrival from Norfolk. It was not, however, love at first sight for I thought him to be quite the ugliest chap I ever did see, from the front and particularly from the back, an impression which was not enhanced by his mood of abject misery.

PUPPY FARMING

PUPPY FARMING

I wrote this piece in 1994. Now in 2015, when I find myself looking for a new puppy to replace our much beloved and recently departed Dikon, by the grace of God and St Francis, because I have been asked to republish some of my old country pieces, I find myself given a timely reminder into the state of 'puppy production', a jolt perhaps weneed more than ever now that this wretched industry has taken off - thanks to the Internet and all those whimsicalpuppy sites.

I was going to tell you about puppy farming, Particularly if you're about to pop out to the pet shop or answer an advertisement in your local paper for a puppy.

The Hare

HARES
 
This was written when hare coursing was still legal in this country - buit although it has been outlawed it still continues in secret in many places in the UK and IRELAND.  It is worth remembering this is what we have done to one of our most beautiful creatures and if they repeal the Hunting Bill who knows? Coursing may well return.  What ever happens we MUST preserve this gentle, beautiful animal.


 


It appears there aren't nearly so many hares about as there used to be.

BROADCHURCH The most talked up nonsense of the year



BROADYAWN

Episodethree

Opens in flashback with Doctor Who mumbling very loudly about losing someone or other while Rev’s wife shouts back tearfully saying it was the fault of the woman who was about to give birth to her pregnancy padding in the street while the man with small eyes who is meant to have murdered these children in the next door garden to his makes his escape from Doctor Who who is ( that is Who is) driving a car he is not allowed to drive while possibly fighting off a heart attack in pursuit of somebody or other.

THE FACE IN THE PAINTING


      This is not and was not what is called a case of Pareidolia,  that is seeing faces in things – the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast, Mother Theresa in a bun, etc – this is and was a case of actually seeing a face that is a face and the face has just appeared in a painting on which I am working.  Suddenly. Out of the blue. Out of the the everywhere.

      I’ve just written about this on my Facebook page so forgive me, friends, for my repetition but I wanted this to reach a larger audience because I can evidence this and I can show you the photographs of the painting and you will be able to see the face for yourselves and judge, as some of my Friends have done, as to the disposition of the features and the extraordinary detail and character of the image.
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