Monday, 13 February 2017

The cooler

My chickens have been laying away from home so are now in chicken jail. If they lay another couple today they may get parole...nobody eats for free round here!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Johnny Ramone guitar build 3

After sanding and sealing guitar body I applied 6 coats of primer over 2 days followed by 7 coats of colour which I cut back slightly every second coat. I'm using nitro cellulose paint to get a vintage look and feel, plus its rather forgiving of heavy handed! Next up is the varnish and then a month to harden off before sanding and polishing, plenty to do in the meanwhile though. My littlest has enjoyed watching me work and has decided to show off her shredding talents at all opportunities......apptly she loves playing along to The Ramones 'I wanna be sedated' a message perhaps?

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


My boy needs to bob and weave...but  he feels a day off school is fair recompense for the eye....his mum doesn't agree.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Political discourse.

If this existed it would be number 1 on amazon, I became immune to the cries of racist and Nazi years ago and happily toddle on down lifes highway.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Johnny Ramone guitar build 2

Its raining outside so time for a bit of indoor work today, so I set to sanding and filling the Mosrite copy I'm making. First job today was just sanding with 240 grade to take out machine marks on body prior to applying grain filler.I mixed up a grain filler/white spirit slurry and spread on body with a cloth and now it will be left overnight to dry before flatting back with 240 again. The body is made of a cheap (rubber) wood and so is quite porous and is going to need quite a bit of work before painting.....better than being out in the rain though.

Saturday, 28 January 2017


I'm loving the Trump blitzkrieg on the left, they only just catch their breath to start shrieking about one of his tweets or executive decisions before he weighs in with another, they don't know if they are coming or going...good man! It would be a better man than me not to enjoy their should have returned to the empire when I offered, Her Maj doesn't seem such a bad old girl now hey?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Good morning America

There are going to be some very bitter disappointed people in America today.I'm pretty neutral on Trump but if I were to judge him by his enemies then I'd be firmly behind him as the self hating hysterical mob leading the 'resistance' are pretty loathsome. If he does half of what he has promised and lets America break free from the shackles imposed by Buck Ofama then I'll be more than happy and we will all prosper...until then I'll enjoy the wails of the libs and raise a glass to my American family and friends.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Chicken licken

My chickens have finished their winter moult and are just starting to lay again so eggs are back on the menu most days. I'm already looking at another bunch of 'posh' chickens to add to the flock,Burford brown, polish and a couple of others. Barring the chicken poop its been fun keeping them and as they go about there business outside the window it always raises a smile when I see them....cluck cluck girls.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Hunkering down

Shopping with my wife was enlivened this morning by a fierce storm blowing into the mouth of the Mersey off the Irish sea. Parking in the supermarket car park with waves breaking over the seawall and onto the cars rather made my day, my wife however gave me a 'why are we not living in California' look....oh well!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Say cheese

As well as being a lifelong Liverpool football club fan I'm also a dedicated follower of the NFL team, The Green bay packers.The packers are in the playoffs this weekend and even though I cannot be a t Lambeau I will as a dedicated cheesehead be following and cheering the team on as much as I can...go pack go!

Saturday, 31 December 2016


2016 wasn't a bad year upon reflection and I already know I will have some difficult moments to deal with in 2017 but with Family,friends and Gods help I'll make the best of it, so.....onwards and upwards!

Thursday, 29 December 2016


83 today and if not as feisty as she was still enough of a handful to give me a good talking to.....Happy birthday Maro!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Watch the birdy

After 3 months we let our young peacock out for the first time today. He wasn't sure at first and had to negotiate passage through my feral chickens before he had a good look around. As darkness fell he was last seen in my woods perched high up in a tree....not sure what tomorrow will bring but for one day at least it was nice to have him roam around.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Ring out those bells

I'm a bit of a Jethro Tull fan (shame!) and so my oldest daughter plays flute which she may or may not enjoy but she likes to keep the old man happy so she perseveres. I've been to church for several functions this past week and very enjoyable it has been, helped by the stunning churches in our village. Yesterday was a carol concert and my oldest fluted (?) away with gusto....ta very much sweetheart.