Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cool runnings

My sister and I have always wanted an airstream,I'd happily take the whole package shown here whatever the make of car and caravan ...lovely stuff.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Just one more thing 2

This is what passes as a technical drawing around here! but this is our plan for the new wall with gothic detailed balustrading. It must be nice to work from properly scaled plans but pencil,scrap wood or tatty paper is as far as we can stretch....it will all come out in the wash.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Part timer

The house shown in the pic is the project I'm working on now in my efforts to retire/take time out/ work part time...or whatever the hell it is I am trying to do right now. It's aVictorian villa built in 1865 in a part of Liverpool that seems to be rather popular due to access to parks,bars, and restaurants etc.....personaly you couldn't pay me to live there but what do I know? The house is 6500 sq ft  divided into 4 apartments and in need of a good  bit of tlc, but I've decided to just go for a basic refurb.that means we have made good the roof and replaced electrics and gas,with drains etc already in good order.The rest of the job consists of painting painting painting plus whatever joinery is needed to architraves doors etc.I'll price them below the top rate for the area to allow the prospective purchasers to budget for a more comprehensive bathroom/kitchen do over.......I'm bored out of my tiny mind doing this stuff!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Just one more thing

I'm having no luck with the foundry getting terrace railings cast due to my off the cuff building practise making things rather awkward for other trades (my fault!) so my plan B is to build a wall/balustrade resembling the one below albeit a simpler version. I need to do this even though it will be awkward and expensive lest it is a case of a ha'porth of tar scenario.

Monday, 9 March 2015

About time

Flowers out, cows out...it must be spring! time to start building again.I've decided I haven't retired I'm just having a year off...well when I finish the job I have in Liverpool and finish the building work here...you know how it goes.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Stop moaning

The labour party are threatening to introduce legislation (if elected) to outlaw discrimination against 'poor' people....a whole world of craziness there then.The pic below is one I've shown before, it is of Liverpool's Byrom terrace in 1933.Many of the people in the pics will be family members and family friends as my family occupied several of the buildings shown, somewhere a baby grandma OTW is enjoying her recent arrival in our large family.The terrace was knocked down as a slum not long after and the family moved out to the green pastures of the now infamous Huyton, then a village now just another troublesome suburb.My point if there is one is that England is a great place and our family of immigrants was able in a couple of generations to survive and thrive in so many ways.I was never aware we were poor and I was never envious of the rich, just curious. We all live lives now so enriched (materially anyway) that the people in this pic would think us crazed and ungrateful for our opportunities....and they would be right.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top tune

Unorganized Hancock are a constant source of entertainment and admiration here at OTW, the sons of the multi talented Sippican cottage they are part of an admirable family by any measure...onwards and upwards lads.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Gabba gabba hey!

We're a happy family, we're a happy family, we're a happy family....me mom and daddy!  family OTW love the Ramones.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Going green

The dry cold weather this week means I've been able to move the building of the greenhouse forward a little.....another job off this years list, after rendering,pointing and electrics that is!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Watching the birds

I think its rather chilly but for these chaps who number in the hundreds in my garden most mornings it is positively balmy,hence the flying here from Scandinavia.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Boxed off

Early start in the morning with 300 of these to put in plus a couple of heritage apple trees and some fruit bushes if I've the time(red and blackcurrant,blueberry).Its that time of year when regardless of weather (howling tomorrow I believe) I have to bundle up and get cracking.....I think my sister gets a better deal outdoors!

Monday, 19 January 2015

New toy

New year New gun, I hope to do a lot more shooting this year and my new Franchi should help as all my other guns are on the scary black plastic side of the fence.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Easy does it.

One of the treats I have enjoyed over the Christmas season since I was a child are satsumas. the delight of peeling off the fragile leathery skin and eating the soft fruit within was one of the cheaper yet special treats in our house.As usual in December I started looking for them on the shelves in the grocery dept of the supermarket I use where they are usually found in mounds heaped up between the tangerines,mandarins and clementines.This Christmas however nearly all these seasonal delights had been replaced with......easy peelers...easy peelers? I presume some marketing tit decided to do away with all the magical names for the little citrus bombs for...easy peelers! I think I will have to look elsewhere for my daily fruit ration and maybe take up eating bendy yellow things instead.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo

Today 12 or more French journalists and policemen died at the hands of Islamic murderers. The reason?...publishing cartoons such as the one shown here. To the jihadi scum who practise such atrocities and would endeavour to subjugate us all....many of us will never submit to Islam.....fuck you all and the camel your prophet rode in on.