Hello. I have very kindly been offered the chance to write an occasional column for the Harborough Mail paper and website.
As a keen tweeter and one-time blogger this opens up a whole new arena for me.
Before I start to regale you with my tales, I feel like I should properly introduce myself. I’ve been a Harborough resident for about six years. I originally moved here from the Wirral to see if my mum needed a little help with things.
Turns out she was in the early stages of vascular dementia. More of that later.
I worked on and off for a while, but gradually mum’s needs became more and more demanding of my time. So, for three years or so I have been her full-time carer.
In that time, principally to make new friends, I have established a book club that meets in The Cherry Tree public house. Each month, I’m joined by an eclectic mix of like-minded folk to sit, chat and drink beer. Sometimes we even talk about books.
I have also discovered baking, bread-making, cooking curries from scratch and the masterful art of putting on three stone.
Not only that, I am currently in the process of constructing a brewery in my garage so will probably talk about that a lot. At the moment it consists of two mango chutney barrels and a 40-litre cool box, heavily modified to make what I call my ‘Frankenbrewery’.
And I’m proud to say that five 22-litre batches have been produced from nothing more than water, grain, hops, yeast and patience.
Unfortunately, I need to wait one more week before the first one is ready to be sampled. More about that later too.
So, folks, you can expect an interesting mix of beer, literature, baking, curries, beer, dementia and caring for a relative.
Did I mention the beer?
Column by Jon Pollard