Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Coining it

Stir it up Sunday drifted into Monday but we got the job done and the puddings are now steaming away in preparation for the Christmas feast. I tend to make the mix up as I go along and so this years puddings contained 25 separate ingredients plus the silver coins added by the kids.....the OTW family love Christmas.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

I'm a lumberjack

My wood store is full and all kindling is chopped so I'm ready for this winter, a winter we are being told that is going to be exceptionally cold.The extreme cold weather is as usual going to be caused by AGW a global catastrophe that is this year responsible for a strong El Nino effect.Now being of northern English stock I'm not sure what the foreign lingo stands for but being a well travelled man I can hazard a guess.El Nino refers to the large amount of small hot Mexicans that have set up camp in America.These Mexicans have with the help of pepper fuelled gaseous emissions  warmed up the northern hemisphere so the Thud family stuck here on a soggy peninsula in the Irish sea are going to suffer...get it? I have a friend in Maine who is hunkered down prepared for the coming ice age surrounded by tons of wood pellets so in an act of reverse lend lease I was going to send him one of my spare trees (the wind blew them all down).Unfortunately the postage was $15000 so he will have to do with my warm regards...sorry Sipp!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

All in all 3

If we can get one more dry day then this job will be at long last finished.....slow and unsteady, that's me!

Friday, 6 November 2015


Bommy night!....whats not to love? The boy is certainly excited, boys and fireworks,they go together like....kaboom!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

It's that time.

I have what seems to be millions of leaves on my drive, courtyard and lawns, apparently I'm supposed to move them (come on wind).I hate leaves....bugger!

Monday, 19 October 2015

All in all 2

First section of wall done, pointing and power washing to go....jobs a good un!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

All in all

Finally started the wall on the back of Bothy today,not the type of wall usually seen outside of a church (Chester cathedral has something similar though much grander) but it has been an enjoyable challenge to plan and make. It has been a long haul but I think the result will be worth it....we shall see!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Do the bop again.

I spent my late teenage years fleeing from grim reality by playing at being a musician as it seemed the sensible thing to do in the rather dour and blighted Liverpool of the time.As a fan of bands from New York (Dolls,Ramones) I picked a name for my band that seemed to me to be gritty and cool at the same time (teenagers huh!).The name Ellery bop was supposed to be the name of a 50's street gang and given my rather cantankerous disposition I thought it apt and away we went.35 years later I came across the pic shown, the two smart little gents are shown sometime I presume in the 50's standing against a wall graffitied with the very Ellery bop gang tag I had adopted many years later, inconsequential I know but isn't the internet a wonderful thing?

Thursday, 8 October 2015


I'm not a great lover of plants although like most Englishmen I do take some pride in having a garden that is at least tidy if not a botanical tour de force. This year my lawns and bits of woodland have thrown up a rather large and varied crop of mushrooms which the kids and I have been hunting down every morning in a game they seem to enjoy that  involves finding new varieties,we are up to about 30 now.The problem now is I have not the foggiest what type we have ....any of you clever folks know anything about shrooms?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Obama does provide a target rich environment at the moment,its a pity its all getting rather worrying though...if you didn't laugh etc!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Just back from our annual mini break in Italy,the kids love the gelato and I spend my time checking out the stone and metal work.....ok. I confess I also ate my weight in gelato!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Icing on the cake

We have made good progress this week working on the panels for the walling on the back of the bothy cottage.It looks like its going to be the most expensive walling I've ever had built but happorth of tar and all that, plus I have concluded that core drills are the tools of the Devil (one of the chaps now has two breaks in his thumb).

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Jam today

Today was damson jam making day here at OTW and Princess OTW made a good job of stirring up this batch....I do love damson jam.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tooty fruity

It has been to say the least a rather damp squib of a summer with record breaking rainfall in August and July.The fruit trees here have thrived though (me...not so much!)with all bearing a healthy crop even if the lack of sugar content is rather noticeable.The apples,damson,quince and Asian pears in particular are looking good.This is also the first year that the cider apple trees I planted a few years back are bearing fruit so it looks like monkey and I will be busy brewing this autumn...cheers!