The Cassowary’s Daughter

The Cassowary’s Daughter

Deep in the forest, high up in the mountains of New Guinea, a huge bird strides confidently through the undergrowth. Foraging here and there for seeds and fruit and insects, the cassowary is the queen of the forest, the biggest creature in this ecosystem. She doesn’t...
Dorothy and her ancestors

Dorothy and her ancestors

This post is about my English grandmother, Dorothy Bulmer, nee Dorothy Hermon Hughes. Dorothy was born in Bangor in 1897. My father, Ralph Bulmer, was her eldest son. Dorothy was very proud of her ancestors. Thanks to her, I know a fair amount about my family tree....
Living with Alice in Wonderland

Living with Alice in Wonderland

Most people think Alice in Wonderland is an amusing story for kids. But it’s never been that for me, thanks to the name my parents gave me. For many years there was no love lost between me and that other Alice. But I’ve warmed to her. I’ve been inspired to write about...
My father the giant

My father the giant

This is a post about my father, Ralph Bulmer, a man literally larger than life. Ralph died more than a quarter of a century ago, at the age of 60. My half-brother Richard, who was only four, has no memories of our father. So, Rich, this is for you. And for the...