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!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Fathers day

Keeping the old man happy.

Thursday, 18 June 2015


A week ago I retired, not semi retired as I did in November but out,finished,done! The first week has been somewhat strange with a busy domestic schedule (pesky little uns) coupled with some feeling of trepidation as to how my future works out.I'm hoping to just work on buildings and land here for the next 18 months while my wife and I try to plan for the next ten years.I know planning for such a period may seem a little strange to some people but its how we have always done things and it seems to a reasonable degree to work for us.After the 18 months who knows? perhaps I'll try to get this clever chap out of retirement to work on this with me.....or maybe I'll spend more times working on my Ramones riffs....for me a harder task than it would at first seem.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

In the clink

Who knew that upon finishing the new chicken run it could double up as a prison for my 3 oldest wildlings....I'd better check I let them out.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Bay area blues

Considering the title and supposed subject of my blog I am not spending too much time over the water in America lately. A mixture of family commitments, work and selling our home in Walnut Creek means that family OTW will not be visiting the bay area until next year a fact that leaves me a most English Englishman curiously homesick! I do however pay attention to all the cultural and political shenanigans of my adopted country and I do have a long term plan (in its early stages more of which later) to buy and perhaps build in California at some point in the not too distant future.Until then I'll just have to do some California dreaming and enjoy the rain here...ha!

Friday, 22 May 2015

A little help from my friends

As you can see from another one of my scrap paper sooooper technical drawings the chaps who work with me have their work cut out when trying to put chisel to stone. We need a planter and as the type we want can't be bought we decided to make one, after I cut up the stone my very tolerant friend got stuck in and the first panel can be seen......normal service resumes soon.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tatty head 2

Done and dusted!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Huyton hammer

I have just come home from watching Steven Gerard playing his last match for the Reds at Anfield.Now I'm more than prejudiced in my opinion of him as a footballer as he was born on the council estate I lived on and I was a school friend to his father and uncle but having said that I was surprised just how emotional tonight was.I am usually quite stoical in my demeanour but tonight was truly special so farewell Stevie G and thanks for all the football magic ....scouser born and bred.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Tatty head

This little cottage over by my local pub is getting a new roof, its good to see somebody is bothered enough to take the time and expense to do a proper job.....nice work.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Surprise surprise

So after all the palaver the British people saw through all the nonsense and voted in the grown ups and ditched the commies....result, a happy me.In Scotland the people have spoken and have achieved without war or a coup a genuine one party state thus reaching parity with Zimbabwe and north Korea....well done the Scots! enjoy the resulting poverty, none investment and economic stagnation, it will make Scotland even more attractive when mixed with drizzle and all my American friends take note....this is how to run a country, now you just need to do away with hilderbeast and your emperor Obama....1776 doesn't look to good now hey?

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Little bird

My 5 year old likes a little quiet time to herself when the muse takes her...her sneaky dad likes to take pics of his little beauty.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Crisis,what crisis?

I'm still looking at and mulling over the pros and cons of buying a classic car. This car whilst not a classic does have a certain appeal and does I believe deliver both the looks of a classic coupled with modern engineering and reliability....what to do?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

St.George and England

We do St Georges' day here at about you?

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sons of liberty or maybe not.

In a moment of weakness I found myself watching the history channels series on the American war of independence called 'the sons of liberty' The AWI is a complicated subject and much of the research and literature into it has been written from an American perspective as being the victors they have the most interest in reflecting upon the event. This series however was unreal! it could safely have been called 'teenage mutant ninja founding fathers' I found myself drawn further into the horror that unfolded as the evil Nazis, I mean Brits goose stepped their way upon the rights of the poor British subjects....erm Americans killing and beating with gay abandon. The poor downtrodden Americans when not abusing property rights,tar and feathering anybody who chose to pay their taxes and live within the law acted like gangsters spending most of their time drinking and bodice ripping.All in all a very modern one dimensional whinge fest with a large amount of chest beating thrown in that did a great disservice to the monumental events of 1776....oh well its Mexicos' problem now not ours.