Rambler blogs we love

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Gentlemen rambling
Having published our favourite blogs for Grandmas yesterday, we felt we simply couldn’t leave out our gentlemen readers. So we’ve put together a selection of the best Rambler blogs on the internet for you to enjoy.

If you’ve got a blog you would like us to add, please feel free to let us know!

Rambles From My Chair

The author of this blog is John – aka Scriptor Senex. Days of the week are themed. On Happy Mondays, he tells jokes, whilst he features natural history on Wildlife Wednesdays. Funny observations are made concerning the Stinkhorn, disappearing pickled onions and sock thieves. John’s ‘rambles’ are also a pictorial journey through his surroundings. Highlights include stunning photographs of Liverpool’s Biennial Contemporary Art Exhibition.

Tony Hatfields’ Retired Ramblings

Tony Hatfield is a retired solicitor and his ramblings are comments on current affairs, the state of the nation and everyday life battling with Plot 12 of the local allotment.  Drawing on his legal background, this blog gives a humorous but informed interpretation of what’s going on right now, from Boris Johnson’s latest gaffe and Alistair Campbell’s indiscretions on Twitter, to hooligans on the allotment.

Gordon’s Ramblings

Gordon McInlay is a teacher of computing in Scotland and his ramblings are a mixture of useful technological information and interesting reflections on life. The blog includes an honest and in-depth review of the iPad. Gordon is also a keen and generous photographer, and offers his followers free monthly images to download as desktop calendars.

Lightning’s Lair

David Evans is a retired RAF engineer, and his blog comprises ‘everyday ramblings of no fixed format’. David muses on the agonies of DIY, life as a ‘quilter’s widower’ and feeling old. There are some stunning images tracking progress of his model railway.

Adrian’s Images

Adrian Ward’s blog is home to his photography and ramblings about cooking, travel and natural history. Images include a Shaggy Scale Head and a rusty suspension bridge. This blog is a great resource for those interested in exploring the countryside of the North of England.

Hyde Daily Photo

Gerald England’s mission is to offer us a photo a day of Hyde in Greater Manchester. Gerald’s photography is an insider’s view a Northern town through the years. Pictures include a three-legged cat, Broadbottom scarecrows and ‘Golden Balls’. Gerald’s blog celebrates the North’s industrial past and captures the strange beauty of this urban environment today.

Midmarsh Jottings

John Midmarsh’s blog focuses on the wildlife of Lincolnshire. John presents not just stills, but also video footage of native birds, insects and mammals. His ‘Friday at the Flicks’ posts feature films taken with his Nestbox and Birdfeeder-cams. A great resource for those interested in wildlife photography.

Ramblings of the Recently Retired

Bob Tame’s blog contains humorous musings on retired life by the sea. Bob’s ramblings are of a varied nature. He talks about the pros and cons of the National Lottery, the agony of finding a parking space and the hunting exploits of Morgan the Cat.


‘Petrus’ is a self-confessed rambler: ‘an old gent far too busy to go out to work’. Petrus’s weird and wonderful ramblings take us through England, Spain and Bulgaria. He blogs about giant mousetraps, getting to grips with his new iPhone and asking for the toilet in Norwegian.

Diary of a Rambling Old Englishman

A funny and eccentric blog about retirement. Diary entries from this Rambling Old Englishman talk about the joys of shopping in Swedish furniture chainstores and overdosing on mince. Also featured are entries from the Catalogue of Failures including ‘Brides who married the wrong grooms’ and ‘The MP who lost a motion despite everyone agreeing with him’.

Beck’s Blog

Here ‘Beck’, an ex river quality manager from Yorkshire, gives his views and opinions about everything that’s frustrating about life.  From irritating announcements on the trains to stupid road markings, nothing ridiculous escapes the attention of Beck’s Blog.  This is a fantastic place to vent news, views and frustration, with a good dose of dry wit added to the mix.

The meanderings of Narrowboat Avon Rose

Mike takes you through the ups and downs of life on a traditional narrowboat.  Interesting, funny and beautifully written, Mike’s blog is a real insight into a very different style of retirement.  On top of this it’s a real chance to brush up on your practical skills – and a chance to find all sort of inventive things to do with garden wire!

Watching the detectives

Dedicated blogger Den Barnden gives regular updates on just about anything.  Described as ‘an elderly fella’s occasional blog’, Den covers everything from in-depth reviews of the Harry Potter series to interesting pictures of trout fishing (not quite as you might imagine – check out his blog to see what I mean).  Everything here is funny, lighthearted and entertaining – a fantastic lunchtime read.

Brian Raffety Wildlife Photographer

Accompanied by anecdotes of his adventures, Brian produces some breathtaking shots of birds, deer, owls and all manner of other wildlife.  A really lovely blog.

In my humble opinion

Keith Alexander shares his ramblings with the world in this opinionated, often highly political blog. Gives detailed opinions on everything, from the BA strikes to American politics and antisemitism. This is a blog for those who like to keep up with current affairs and who appreciate a good ol’ debate.

Out of my mind

Keith Winfield Diggle has something to say… and this blog is the place to say it. Keith, an ex-mathematics teacher from Bristol, gives updates, news and opinions about a broad range o interesting topics. Check out Keith’s touching post on ‘poems recited by my father’, or get politically inspired by his enthusiastic letters to David Cameron.

Southcoast Shrimper

Dick Pizey shares his retirement adventures from the good ship Daislebee – a Cornish shrimper – as he makes his way around the south coast of England. Funny and packed full of action, this blog is a must for the sailors and adventurous out there.

Eighty Plus

John keeps us regularly updated on life, the universe and everything in this witty blog. This is a great blog to while away the odd ten minutes, as there is always something thoughtful, informative or entertaining to keep you amused, like his quirky animal photos or his amazing You Tube finds.

Victor Meldrew’s Brother

As a self-confessed ‘grumpy old man’, retired soldier ‘Victor Meldrews Brother’ gives a typically grumpy opinion on everything – from student protests in London to the latest political issues. This blog is not for the feint-hearted – there is no shorted of blunt opinion here, in true Victor Meldrew style!

Brian’s Blethers

Brian’s blog is ‘an occasional record of the doings of a bus pass holder’. Brain gives his views on the latest films (check out his review of Inception), theatrical plays and pretty much anything else that takes his fancy, including updates on his Spanish lessons! Brian has a great sense of humour and this blog makes for fun reading.

Grumpy Old Ken

Kenneth Stevens is an ex-schoolteacher, who now spends his time thoroughly enjoying retirement. His wit, coupled with an ability to see the ridiculous in life, makes for some really funny blog posts! Take a look to find out what M&S have hidden down their pants, or why the Mayor of Belfast was leaping over a giant tomato…! Definitely a blog for those with a good sense of humour!

Things ‘aint what they used to be!

John Clement gives his witty perspective on growing old gracefully. Suffering from the little know ‘Age Aggravated Attention Deficit Disorder’ (a hilariously funny post – take a look at the blog to see what I mean) John’s hilariously written blog is a laugh a minute.

Justin’s Ramble

Justin describes himself as the ‘merry nerd of Nottingham’, but his blogs are far from nerdy! Here Justin blogs about his life in Nottingham, from images of some of his fantastic photographs to some great winter recipe ideas.

Ianto Occidentis

Quaker and ex-biological scientist Cawstein gives his opinion on everything from tuition fees to the daylight savings debate as well as interesting insights into classical music compositions.  Well written, informative and highly intelligent, Ianto Occidentis makes for some interesting reading.

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