Sunday, 23 November 2014

Finishing part 4

Monkey and I had a busy day today fitting the mouldings he made for me, a couple of coats of paint and we are golden.

Friday, 21 November 2014

All hail the Emperor.

Why be President when you can be an Emperor? to all my American friends and family.....was 1776 worth it?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Tidying up

A little ground work and a trip to the foundry to have some railings cast and this job is done!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Finishing part 3

My brother in law (monkey) is a clever chap and is always ready to help out an old timer such as myself. As much as I love traditional techniques I'm happy to use modern technology if it does the job (cost helps too) and these laser cut mouldings will make the bothy doors look just that little bit better when applied to door panels....ta monkey boy.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Finishing part 2

18 tons of gravel arrived today for the courtyard so that's a couple of days on the shovel for me on the cards.....I lead a fast life!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Duck apple

Amongst all the fancy dress and trick or treating we managed to get the last of this years apples off the trees and indulge in some old fashioned fun in duck apple. The kids enjoyed the competition and mess while I got to reminisce about the Halloweens of my childhood (minus turnip carving thank goodness)

Saturday, 25 October 2014


In the past week there have been 2  murderous attacks in Canada and one in NYC by recent converts to the religion of peace. Many of societies malcontents and misfits tend to find a voice for their discontent by drifting to whatever ism is in favour at a given time,nazism,communism,islamism ism ism ism! it seems some people are just not happy unless causing grief. I've never felt the need to voice any of my grievances by joining anything until a few years ago when I joined SPAB, a society dedicated to following the teachings of William Morris (pbuh).We are not a particularly nasty bunch as we are more likely to sneak around to your house when you are out and re thatch it or fit stone mullions and we are often found singing the praise of lime mortar.My dear wife puts my zealousness for sympathetic repairs down to my metamorphosing into a typical grumpy old man,I'm not sure about the old bit, but grumpy?.....if the hat fits...wear it.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

finishing part 1

Cut lettering into oak beam in kitchen today, so that's another job done (after sanding and waxing.) next!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Walking dead

We can all sleep soundly now because the big fella is on the job!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Nice cuppa

Caught on camera here is that most rare of English workie! Happiest when drinking tea this most delicate of creatures has to be gently nurtured to get the best from but if lubricated with cha and occasionally threatened remarkable results can be achieved (this one is training to be a police officer god save us!) The back footings of what was once a cattle byre had been washed away by faulty drains over the years and so we decided to rebuild adding two spare windows we had, increasing the natural light in what was a rather pokey building. Upon finish the back of byre may at a future date become a small brewery....we shall see.

Friday, 3 October 2014

final steps

Just a couple of weeks snagging and making good to stairs etc and jobs a good un!

Monday, 22 September 2014

snip snip

Clever chaps those Americans, my experiences with Scottish power here and their elf n safety culture means that cutting trees to clear power lines as shown by my sisters in Napa would be a non looking too.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Beat combo

This now and then pic of the Beatles (quarrymen) was taken in the Childwall abbey pub, a pub I know rather well. The gothic architecture of this red sandstone built hostelry has always made it a rather appealing watering hole and the Beatles connection makes it just that little bit more attractive...I'll have a brown mix please!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


It seems that all was well in my garden here during my summers absence in California. The sunflowers did their thing  and the apples on trees new and old are heavy with fruit, it looks like it will be a good autumn.