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
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Thursday, 13 November 2014
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
Saturday, 1 November 2014
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
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Caught on camera here is that most rare of creatures...an 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
Monday, 22 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
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!