Mainly because I've been asked to. I don't think this is going to be an earth-shattering blog, as my concerns are small scale: family, the dog, the hens, the long-suffering garden and books. And the mud that all of those (except the books) seem to involve. Books might figure in this more than somewhat. I am a book dealer by trade, and I specialise in pony books. I also have a website devoted to pony books, and plan to write about some of the books I read. Anyone who's read my catalogues will know that I like to comment on the books I read, but even I have to draw the limit somewhere, so this blog I hope will let me witter on at greater length.