Monday, 12 October 2015

Do the bop

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!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wax on wax off

Taking a leaf out of this splendid chaps book I dodged the showers today and set about touching up the fence around my gate lodge in preparation for winter. I quite enjoy pottering about with a can of paint as with a bit of work you get quite a bang for your buck, even if all external paints nowadays seem to be water based.....and given how much water the heavens deliver here that's a recipe for disaster.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Magic in the air

I spent most of today taking logs out of the drying stacks and running them through the log splitter.I spent the time musing on various subjects one being what to post next when this flew low overhead....problem solved!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Summers past.

75 years ago this was happening,food for quiet reflection and grateful thanks.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Wash day

My wife subscribes to my nobody eats for free philosophy and so she put the kids to work washing my truck...all fine there then.What she didn't see was my littlest Princess using gravel to gave that extra special finish to the paintwork...oh well the best laid plans etc.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Cluck squark!

At last! one of my posh chickens (well done chubhead) laid an egg so another 3000 eggs and I'll break even....aint nothing free about free range.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Part time

Even though now retired I have quite a bit of work on the cards around the various properties here, the first of which is building the gothic wall on the Bothy.You can see here my rough drawing of the coping for the wall and pictured above a sample piece we made from some scrap stone. I think the profile is the one I was aiming for but I plan to sleep on it before making a final decision, the rest of the stone has arrived from the quarry and I spent time in the yard earlier this week helping to cut it to size on the large saw......and off we go!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Do the math(s)

The first couple of weeks of my retirement have coincided with a visit from my kid sister Vinogirl which means a fun time for all here over the water.Today we visited Meols beach in an attempt to escape the very pre thunderstorm muggy weather. whilst not the most scenic of beaches it does have a vast amount of clean sand and so it was perfect for the little ones to enjoy themselves even if it did consist of lessons in basic trigonometry.........never too young to learn!