When my son, James, turned seventeen he wanted a motorbike. So my husband and I bought him a second-hand one. Without a qualm between us. It didn't occur to me to worry about my son riding on two wheels.

Carmarthen is the oldest continuously inhabited town in Wales, pre-dating the Romans in 2 AD. Only the street layout and amphitheatre betray its Roman past. It's also Merlin's alleged birthplace. Carmarthen in Welsh is Caerfyrddin. Caer meaning fort and Fyrddin is the mutation of Myrddin – Merlin's Welsh name. He clearly started a trend for celebrities naming their offspring after their birthplace.

pond wildlife

When I moved into my house the pond was already there and home to several gold fish. It was August and the summer had been a dry one so the water was very low. I hadn't had a pond before and in my ignorance I filled it up using a hose and tap water. The next day there were half a dozen dead fish floating on the surface. All part of the learning curve I suppose. I decided that fish were not for me so did not replace them.

50 intrepid members of the U3A (University of the Third Age) participated in this exciting white water rafting experience. We set off at 8 am on the 6th June, 2014. The day was overcast but by the time we arrived at about 10.30 am it was hot and sunny.

Margaret Kaine

I'm delighted to welcome best selling author Margaret Kaine to be my guest on Oapschat today. Margaret has very kindly agreed to answer some questions for us.