Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2019

A Troubling Start. Our cottage is centuries old. It is a ‘listed’ building; meaning that is has protected status and modifications cannot be made, externally. This ensures the building retains it’s historical appearance. It is timber framed and all of the original wood beams remained in place. That is, until we discovered that the cottage…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2018

What an icey start to the year. this was! We started with snow and it went on for a couple of months. This was pretty deep and the snow drifted on the land around our cottage, here by the Suffolk coast. We had moments of seeming reprieve, when it seemed at last that the thaw…

Kangaroo Hops

The idea of it, filled me with excitement.  “Yes, I’m serious, mate” he added.  “I can supervise trainees and so this is no different.  I guess I should run it by my Boss, but I know you’ll do just fine.  I trust you and I know you’ll be okay”.  I wondered whether this meant he…

In God’s Clothing

A 15 Minute Stage Play. By Deano Parsons ©. 2021. Cast of Characters: Bob:    Bob is forty years of age.  He presents as middle-class.  His attire is smart casual.  He is eloquent, well-mannered and of a pleasant and friendly demeanour.  Bob is troubled.  Having learnt at age eighteen that he is adopted, he has struggled…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2013

This was a year which started with quite a persistent snowfall. I tend to dread the onset of snow, because it has always brought prolonged cold that causes me considerable physical pain. I was still pre-Parkinson’s diagnosis, though I much suspected Parkinson’s, in 2013. Yet, I was still living with the symptoms and these were…

Sandown Collaboration: 1

In early 2020, prior to the shocking Covid-19 pandemic, I visited my cousin and his wonderful family on the Isle of Wight. His name is Ray and he is a talented writer and photographer. When I came home to Suffolk, and then became confined to the national lockdown, we decided to collaborate on an art…

My Mexican Adventure: Part 1

When Paradise Calls. It was May 1996.  I was twenty-four going on twenty-five years of age.  John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and I felt like I had my whole life ahead of me.  I had spent half of January and pretty much all of February in Australia.  That was an…

A Mother’s Eyes

Sadly, my mum died in 2020 but I published this poem about her caring support of me, following my diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. I’m glad she got to see this. A Mother’s Eyes. She tells me she prays for me each nightShe insists that I will be alrightShe believes a cure will end…

Stepping Into the Past

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” Frederick Beuchner. It was a beautiful day in 2015. Having…

Portrait: My Mother-In-Law

How often do we hear mother-in-law horror stories, jokes and anecdotes that tell of the horrible mother-in-laws out there? Well, I am incredibly lucky, My mother-in-law is Sandra and I love her very much. She is, herself, an artist and she is very dear to me. I decided to draw her portrait, in pencil and…