The kids being off school (driving us mad) and me losing my job was bad enough but the final blow last month was my Dad passing away. So, all in all, it’s been a difficult time to write… timewise and with a clear head.

But despite this, I am 25% through my target of 90,000 words and it’s in a good shape. There’s a plot, sub-plots, and an underlying saga that sweeps from Uman to Krakow in the early 20th Century underpinned by characters who are coming to life….

I won’t gloss over the hours of research. I just think of the finish line and that keeps me going.

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A new project!

The house is long finished and let out leaving us to settle down in the UK. We’ve moved to Liverpool and the kids have settled into school – there’s even a trace of a Scouse accent.

Looking back on my experiences in Ukraine usually brings out a smile because of the comic situations I found myself in. So, I thought it may be time to share these and many of the other amusing stories I’ve encountered during a decade living, working and playing in Ukraine.

A book is underway with the working title of “Telling Tales” and I’ve set myself a target of having it written and published by my next birthday – March 31st 2021.

So, if Ukraine is your homeland, temporary nest or place on your bucket list to visit … why not subscribe and I’ll keep you posted of progress.

Come and join me for the ride.

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House for rent


We’ve decided to move back to the UK for our children’s education so the house will be available for rent from December 2017. It’s 250sqm, 3 bedroom with a great garden and barbeque area.

Main attractions:

  • It’s very quiet at the end of a small road – yet only 20 minutes by car to the centre of Kyiv. No neighbours on three sides so you can do what you want – when you want.
  • The bus stops a hundred metres away and goes past Libidskaya Metro 10 minutes later.
  • This is a bespoke house with contemporary open-plan design built into the side of a hill overlooking the Dnieper. It’s different.
  • Log burning stove generally heats the whole house in winter but otherwise it has underfloor heating to lower floor and radiators to the top floor

If you are interested please email me at

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