Fred and friends go to the beach!

Delighted to announce that the 5th book about Fred the friendly snake is now published. Jack the boy’s Dad comes home from a trip and takes the whole family with Fred, Bernadette, Jungle Jim and all the animals on the ferry to Dewees island, where I live. They have a great time, but had aContinue Reading

International reunion on Dewees

One of the great benefits of my career has been to meet (some as trainees) special people from many countries, some of which have become closest friends. There is now a “gang” that meets every year or so in diverse places, consisting of five Australian couples (Tim and Susy Heap, Tony and Michelle Clarke, PaulContinue Reading

South Africa part three – CapeTown

After the wonderful week in the game parks with family, Marion and I headed to CapeTown, where I was to be visiting professor at Groote Schuur hospital. We splurged by arriving on the famous Blue Train from Pretoria. 36 hours of pampering, with great (too much) food. The landscape was rather monotonous until the mountainousContinue Reading

With family in South Africa – Phinda Mountain lodge

  We couldn’t believe that anything could top Makakatana, but Phinda did.   Great accommodation, with a plunge pool at each room. super service and food (too much). We had awesome rangers, Andy and Eric, and their trackers, Sibu and Mr M. Very knowledgeable but also fun. Nothing was too much trouble.      Continue Reading

With family in South Africa- Makakatana

Marion and I were so lucky to have been able to take all the English family on Safari earlier this month. We were actually 4 days late leaving USA (it took a total of 93 hours to get from Charleston to Johannesburg, another story), but arrived in time at Makakatana game park in KwaZuluNatal toContinue Reading

We lost a gentle man this week

Marion Wier passed peacefully a few days after his 74th birthday. He had a rare disease for which he had a successful bone marrow transport 15 years ago, but it came back with a vengeance and unresponsive to medication. He bore his illness with the grace that typified his life. His oldest son, Alex, wroteContinue Reading

The MagniFISHant seven gets a trophy!

Modesty has prevented me from previously blogging or bragging about my fishing talents. Truth to say that they have been somewhat hidden, but class has a way of finding its way to prominence. I am proud to announce that my team – the MagniFISHant seven– was on the podium yesterday when the prizes were awardedContinue Reading

An electric car like my Dad’s? Only 75 years later

I have been hankering after an electric car for some time. I got one of the early Prius hybrids in 2003 and enjoyed it until passing on to my grandson. It is still running to this day. After looking into electric cars a few years ago, I gave up for several reasons. No room inContinue Reading

Fred getting nice publicity and a 5 STAR review from Readers Favorite

We were featured in the Xmas edition of the Mount Pleasant magazine   Fred MP1 Fred MP2 And liked the review Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite December 2016 https://readersfavorite.com   Five STARS When Fred the Snake Goes to School is a children’s animal story by Peter B. Cotton. Fred the Snake was given to James by JungleContinue Reading

Our EPISOD research project finishes after 9 years.

  This one is medical, but I will try to make it intelligible. EPISOD stands for “Evaluating Predictors and Interventions in Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction”. That pesky sphincter described by Mr Oddi is the valve that controls the flow of juices from the liver and pancreas into the small intestine (duodenum). If it overacts itContinue Reading