‘Ken’ and ‘Dot’ (not their real names) are a married couple with two sons, Hugh, born November 2007, and Francis (Frank), born September 2009. Ken is from Hamilton, New Zealand, and Dot is from Norfolk in England but they now live in Dublin. Dot teaches Old English literature and Ken is a former philosopher turned brewer. This blog was set up to host their miscellaneous thoughts on topics such as current affairs, hills and mountains, language, philosophy and fiction, but it is also a family diary. Latterly we seem to be thinking mostly about music (Dot) and beer (Ken).