Saturday, 11 August 2018


Well when it comes to firewood I am. A giant Beech came down in my woods taking out another 3 trees along the way a victim of some fungal root rot.  I think we are gonna need a bigger chainsaw.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Really making hay

I'm happy with the good weather this summer, my kids are happy and my neighbour the farmer seems pretty pleased too.....more sun!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Classy glass.

Out and in, with a bit more of a struggle than I liked though. Trying to fit new fittings to an old house where everything is out of true can be a pain and as for the old ignored!

Monday, 30 July 2018

Hobby jobby.

Another wall finished and looking pretty good but the coping took some effort as its looking like the quarry is running out of stone for detail work and getting just this 8 mtrs without major flaws was a  problem. Now to get the double glazed sash widows in.....those buggers are heavy!

Monday, 23 July 2018

Summer fun

My two little girls belting out a Ramones summer classic.I love the summer holidays and not having to see the kids for only a couple of hours a day so here is to 6 weeks of fun...…. take it away girls!

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Early bird

My rock grock building buddy got an early start this morning, helped by my pj wearing just know she was a great help!

Friday, 13 July 2018


It's school sports season and for once the weather is playing ball. My middle daughter loves sports day and while she is of rather small stature she is possessed of giant spirit and determination...go get em girl!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Build the wall

No...not THE wall just my little effort, finished today I hope.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

4th July

Family OTW would like to wish their American family and friends a happy 4th.....we forgive you for 1776 (almost).

Monday, 2 July 2018


My local is a picture postcard pub complete with thatched roof and open fires. As much as I like it I do love a proper street corner pub with surviving attached houses still used as homes. This example is 'The Albion' positioned hard up against Chesters Roman walls and also has my fav combo of no music, TV or games.....cheers.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Hot metal

I collected panels from foundry earlier this week and a pretty good job they did for me. The original was salvaged from a church and now I have enough to complete the wall I started last year. There is something about a foundry that makes me feel like I'm involved in something 'real'. I suppose along with stone, building with cast Iron makes one think of time and mortality given the fact that these railings will be here way after I'm history......which is ok as I'm already a legend!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Happy happy.

My eldest celebrating her bday….looking good you big galoot.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Fun time.

I decided to treat myself after umming and ahhhing for a couple of years. Not the custom I used to play but  a more than good standard, now I just need to save up for my MK11 C+ Mesa boogie and I can sadly (or happily) relive my youth.

Monday, 11 June 2018

White van heaven.

I spent an enjoyable sunny morning in the yard picking through block and slab wondering what can be done with various pieces. Some stone lends to specific use and definitely will not cooperate if subjected to purposes not suiting to its standing.....or that's how it seems some times! I drove my truck to the yard and while there became aware of the slowly rusting collection of white transit vans giving me some rather serious attitude.....or that's how it seemed, I may need help haha!