Thursday, 18 December 2014

christmas crackers

My wife tends to go a little crazy this time of year but the kids love it and I drink bourbon...result...happy family.

Monday, 15 December 2014

1 2 3 4 christmas!

Making merry with the brothers.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Little fishy

My youngest loves to swim....she is a brave and clever little girl and she makes me happy.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Its that time of year!

Time to get Christmas going around here so lets have a little bit of can't go wrong with a bit of shakey at Christmas...ha!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Seasonal meanderings

I have mentioned before that for people of my age Blacklers Deptment store played a big part in a liverpudlians Christmas. My grandmother loved to take us to see the giant Santa and visit the always special grotto with the resulting carefully chosen present at the end of the visit (airfix model plane for me). Looking back over the years I'm pretty sure my Grandmother God bless her loved the visits just as much as us little I enjoy all things Christmas with my children.

Saturday, 6 December 2014


I've put 32 tons of gravel down in the last couple of days.In my wisdom I decided to do it solo and by hand with a wacker plate instead of a roller....Oi tink its da oirish in me!

Monday, 1 December 2014

A happy home

Today my 80 year old mum finally moved into the house we have been building for her over the last 18 months. My mum used to own and run some of Liverpools roughest toughest night clubs and pubs but is now getting a little frail and unsteady on her pins so it was time for her to live in a place more suited to her capabilities. So with her safely in her new home and my brother in law and family now safely ensconced in our gate lodge we have our own Scouse/woolyback/redneck/Chinese self contained compound...Happy days!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Happy thanksgiving

To all my American family and friends I'd like to say firstly how much I wish family OTW could be celebrating thanksgiving with you (if us Brits are allowed) and secondly....gobble till you wobble!

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)