Thursday, 1 December 2016

Festive times

Time to get the festive season going,so here is a favourite of my wife......feel free to join in!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Icky figgy pud

Number 4 daughter like all kids loves to mess with goo and so she got first mix of this years Christmas pudding.This year we reached 24 ingredients and considering there is no recipe and the puds of the past have been such a success we have high hopes for this year.So tomorrow its eight hours of steaming and then a months rest (the pud,not me) before we dive in (kids more interested in silver coins) and taste the result.....I do love Christmas pud!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Oh dear!

lots of happy family OTW members today both here and in The United States, not because we are big fans of Trump but more because this Brexitx10 is a defeat for all that we have grown to hate (no sense in pretending here).....mainly the lionizing of much that is designed to destroy the values and beliefs of the world we have up to now lived in. I childishly am enjoying the weeping and wailing of the worlds great and good and their deluded progressive followers......its good to be king isn't it Donald?

Monday, 31 October 2016

Spooky 2

This is a film made by my 9 year old...we rather like it...what do you think?
Zombie Pie and Chips Vimeo from CGDPriestley on Vimeo.

Sunday, 30 October 2016


Of all the American imports pumpkin carving is my least favourite but the kids love it so what's a Dad to do? mind you it beats carving a turnip, a horror I remember from my childhood.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Making haste

The weather for once is holding up pretty well here and so I'm taking advantage and burning as many of the falling leaves as I can. Most autumns I'm left with tons of soggy rotten leaf fall but this year outside it smells of burning leaves, a favourite of mine...more good weather please.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Johnny Ramone guitar build part 1

I'm still busy doing work in the garden etc but I took some time today to set out guitar parts for my Johnny Ramone Mosrite build. It all seems pretty simple but the work required in getting the body ready for the painting process will take some time and lots of sanding plus my wiring and soldering skills are at present nonexistent. I'm happy with the quality of the fittings but if all goes well I may consider uprating the bridge and tuners at a later date....if I get it to work that is!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Dads apple pie.

We have quite a few fruit trees here of all types but mostly apple.Some of them are heritage trees I've planted and some trees of an unknown age.The tree shown is I think one present on OS maps from over a hundred years ago but it seems to still be thriving.The apples it produces in rather large amounts are cookers so at present it is apple pie, cake and other apple based goodies every day but we all like apples so no problem there. We usually make quite a bit of cider from other trees including the dedicated cider apple trees I planted a few years ago but this year it looks like we are pressed for time...pressed..geddit? yes sad I know.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Its that time again

Winter is on its way with the first real frost here today. I get through several tons of wood keeping us warm(ish) here each winter and so the kids and I spend a little time each day getting the wood that has been drying under tarps the last 6 months or so into our wood store.I like the little uns to know how things work and they do seem to appreciate that some effort is required for comfort and so the work is rather rewarding for us all...happy days!

Friday, 7 October 2016


I read copious amounts of sci fi when a kid and so ever time a new device turns up now I enjoy comparing it to the future dreams of long ago. Anything that makes my life easier is fine by me and so the internet etc has been a welcome addition to the tools I use to get from a to b in business or in everyday life.The Amazon echo has been the latest acquisition by the family OTW and its been a surprisingly useful addition.A so called smart assistant it has already saved time in lots of little ways and keeps the kids amused and as a by product is helping them learn even if only corny jokes....early days I know but all in all a great (cheapish) buy.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Go Johnny go.

As I have posted before I have always been a great fan of the Ramones having seen them numerous times from their first British tour onwards. When I was a musician I played in my own way and never paid much attention to the way in which the Ramones as musicians performed. I'm much older now and as is the way with age I have been paying more attention to events in my past and thus playing the Ramones has become a daily occurrence for me. The availability of clips on you tube has made me appreciate more than ever the bands performances, Johnny Ramone in particular. Most fans know Johnny played a pretty crappy guitar (mosrite ventures) bought for 60 dollars or so and stuck with it through his entire career. As a project this winter (less work outside...yippee!)  I have bought a kit that will enable me to construct a copy of said be prepared for some pretty dull posts, if you don't like The Ramones that is!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Long ago.

I spent most of today working outside taking advantage of the weather and enjoying the blue skies. I did take time though to think of those who 76 years ago looked up at those same skies and wondered if that day would be their last and then buckled up and did their family and I would dearly like to thank them all.

Thursday, 1 September 2016


Well that's America 2016 done...its back to Blighty for family OTW!