Category Archives: Writing

  1. Karma – A Childhood Lesson

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    Tuesday 28 February, 2017 by Uncle Spike

    This is a true tale that happened within the last hour. It is perhaps small and maybe insignificant to some, …
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  2. Bonzo’s stressful few days

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    Sunday 01 May, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This is Bonzo. He’s our farm dog, security guard, alarm clock, waste disposal system, and all round entertainer of visitors (albeit …
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  3. How to destroy a trailer home !

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    Thursday 21 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    For Throwback Thursday this week, here’s a very early post of mine, from July 2013. It’s about my life as …
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  4. Throwback Thursday: Boobies On My Wall

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    Thursday 07 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    For Throwback Thursday this week, here’s a post from March 2014. I guess this is one of my defining moments or …
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  5. Throwback Thursday: The Hairdryer

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    Thursday 31 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    For Throwback Thursday this week, here’s a post from June 2013. Back in the days when I had more time …
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  6. Not all days start with a smile

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    Thursday 03 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s a lovely bright springtime picture from here on the farm. Unfortunately my day wasn’t quite the same. Talk about …
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  7. SPIKE WRITES: It’s Brian from the Orange Grove

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    Sunday 24 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The boy is back! “All Growed Up” Meet the talking bird from Turkey The bird who…

  8. The light

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    Thursday 07 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Our forests are cold, In the darkness of the night; Then dawn brings new hope, As the skies share the …
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  9. The mists of time

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    Tuesday 05 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Time passes The warmth of summer long departed Exchanged in kind for winter rains I ask myself, “Where are my …
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  10. Our New Year’s tree

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    Wednesday 30 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Last night saw us decorate our little New Year’s tree, and place some coloured lights around our salon (that’s the lounge, …
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  11. Double entendre

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    Monday 21 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Today marks the day when I share my annual ‘special’. Published each year on the birthday of my late wife, …
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  12. The surprisingness of normal folk

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    Wednesday 09 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Today was a good day in southwest Türkiye.  I tackled a number of ‘chores’ today, starting off with taking the …
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  13. SPIKE WRITES: Oh Brian! What did you do?

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    Sunday 15 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The latest episode from the talking bird from Turkey ~ Brian guest writer from Uncle Spikes Adventures …

  14. That’s MY boat!

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    Saturday 10 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Some have their name on their boat Others show registration numbers A few moor their boats in private berths Ahem… while this …
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  15. As fast as I put them in….

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    Thursday 08 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  16. SPIKE WRITES: “Look at me!”

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    Tuesday 06 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    It’s Brian’s latest Guest Post from Uncle Spikes Adventures press logo for past episodes or read…

  17. Back when the monster was small…

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    Thursday 01 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This was a few years ago now When the kiddo was light enough to hold! Taken on the roof – …
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  18. And there went summer…

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    Sunday 20 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Basically, our weather here has two elements, sun or storms. After five straight months of sun, we have finally moved …
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  19. SPIKE WRITES: “My first review sucked!”

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    Thursday 03 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Follow the regular guest spot from Uncle Spike’s Farm in Turkey! Here is the latest… (episode…

  20. Little green visitor…

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    Thursday 20 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  21. SPIKE WRITES: “Gettin’ the hang of it!”

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    Friday 31 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    ….. Yes it’s Brian the talking  Rooster from Uncle Spike’s Farm again. Brian is the regular monthly…

  22. SPIKE WRITES: The life of Brian at Uncle Spike’s Farm….

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    Tuesday 30 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The Talking Bird from Turkey is: ‘Gettin’ the hang of it!…..’ catch up  here with everything  or…

  23. Love and the Civil Service

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    Saturday 27 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    “And it says here you know other languages. Care to elaborate?” That was a question posed to my goodself some thirty …
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  24. Mixed Grill

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    Tuesday 23 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One night when Uncle Baldrick was here, we actually managed to venture out for a couple of non-working hours. It …
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  25. SPIKE WRITES: Meet Brian !

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    Saturday 30 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    ….with the latest Rooster News. Brian is the new talking bird….all the way from Uncle Spike’s…

  26. Pet Dinosour

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    Wednesday 27 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Local wildlife is never far away, and every day we see things walking, running, flying, crawling and slithering around the …
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  27. Rooster ups n downs

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    Saturday 23 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The ongoing saga of the daytime fox continues. All farms have lost chickens on a daily basis, albeit she does …
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  28. Lizard time

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    Thursday 23 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As the weather warms up, the creatures of summer start to appear. Tortoises are already out, and very soon we’ll …
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  29. SPIKE WRITES: Duke says….”I got a new job too Aunty Gill”

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    Tuesday 21 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Meet Duke the talking bird……Regular Guest Spot from: Uncle Spike’s Adventures….. and  the Chicken Roost in…

  30. Nerds rules in mathematics

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    Saturday 04 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As much as I consider myself a learned chap of the world; having done and seen more than I care …
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  31. How I ‘nearly’ joined the British Army

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    Friday 03 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Many young boys wanna grow up to be firemen, or soldiers. For a time, I wanted to be in the …
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  32. SPIKE WRITES: Its all change! It’s Spring!

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    Tuesday 24 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    THE STORY SO FAR: Always second to Pablo the King, Duke the Rooster is learning to…

  33. Happy Pi Day

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    Saturday 14 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having a short nerd in the house is comical at times. Earlier this week he drew the symbol for infinity …
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  34. SPIKE WRITES: “I have a cunning plan Aunty Gill”

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    Sunday 22 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Update: Duke the talking bird from Uncle Spikes farm in Turkey wants to be the top…

  35. Black Scorpion this time!

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    Thursday 19 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Further to my recent post about the aggressiveness of scorpions, I found another little chap to play with…. This time …
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  36. Turkish Forest Fire Lookouts

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    Wednesday 18 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With pine forested mountains and low hills as far as the eye can see, we live out here in the …
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  37. Gone Walkies…

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    Saturday 14 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I mentioned recently I was enjoying a bit walking…. Well, I started young, and learned from the best. By the …
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  38. City Walking

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    Saturday 07 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I guess you could say I am right where I want to be, physiologically speaking, after some eight months spent …
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  39. Greek Island Cats

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    Wednesday 04 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m a doggie person I guess on the whole, having grown up with various woofers in the house since I …
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  40. Memories of Loch Ness and a Young Punk

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    Sunday 01 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Some of the most famous lochs of Scotland have roads that hug the edge of the water for miles on …
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  41. Life of a Serial Vehicle Tester

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    Sunday 25 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Hands up who’s ever test driven a car or test ridden a motorbike? I guess most of us have at …
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  42. SPIKE WRITES: Turkey calling “It’s a bit flippin’ cold ! ……..” Episode 3

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    Thursday 22 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Episode 1 Episode 2 This is Episode 3  Duke the talking Rooster has come all the…

  43. Rooster in the Rosebed

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    Tuesday 06 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Year round, the rose-beds are a favourite dust bath venue for the roosters and their gals! . Even in mid …
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  44. Are Scorpions Aggressive?

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    Saturday 03 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Further to my recent Macro Monday post, I was asked if these scorpions are aggressive…. well, in my opinion, no. …
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  45. New Year’s Eve… then it’s 2015

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    Wednesday 31 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    So today sees the last remnants of the year 2014. Hmm, that flew by mighty quickly I have to say! …
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  46. Spare Ribs?

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    Tuesday 30 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    No I don’t eat pork of course… but, having been so blasé about being in great health in my end of …
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  47. SPIKE WRITES: “It’s me again Aunty Gill”

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    Sunday 28 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Hi Duke the Rooster! Thank you for coming again. Hi People! Yes Duke has arrived again and…

  48. Goodbye Mister Flubberbelly (part four)

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    Tuesday 23 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Over time I tackled the basics, that of scoffing less and scoffing better, then the quick-fire initial regime of the …
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  49. SPIKE WRITES: A Scottish Adventure

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    Tuesday 23 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Pictures and Perspectives:
    A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a ‘Guess What’ competition hosted by…

  50. Mad Woman at Harlech Castle

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    Sunday 21 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is my annual ‘special’, in which I retell stories about my late wife, published each year on her birthday …
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