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.

Monday, 13 April 2015


Too busy at the moment to build a chicken hutch so bought the one shown instead.Upon examination it seems a good buy with someone having put some thought into its design....just need some posh chickens now.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Blooming wonderful

My fifteen month old daughter is full of the joys of spring.....and what a dancer.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cool runnings

My sister and I have always wanted an airstream,I'd happily take the whole package shown here whatever the make of car and caravan ...lovely stuff.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Just one more thing 2

This is what passes as a technical drawing around here! but this is our plan for the new wall with gothic detailed balustrading. It must be nice to work from properly scaled plans but pencil,scrap wood or tatty paper is as far as we can will all come out in the wash.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Part timer

The house shown in the pic is the project I'm working on now in my efforts to retire/take time out/ work part time...or whatever the hell it is I am trying to do right now. It's aVictorian villa built in 1865 in a part of Liverpool that seems to be rather popular due to access to parks,bars, and restaurants etc.....personaly you couldn't pay me to live there but what do I know? The house is 6500 sq ft  divided into 4 apartments and in need of a good  bit of tlc, but I've decided to just go for a basic refurb.that means we have made good the roof and replaced electrics and gas,with drains etc already in good order.The rest of the job consists of painting painting painting plus whatever joinery is needed to architraves doors etc.I'll price them below the top rate for the area to allow the prospective purchasers to budget for a more comprehensive bathroom/kitchen do over.......I'm bored out of my tiny mind doing this stuff!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Just one more thing

I'm having no luck with the foundry getting terrace railings cast due to my off the cuff building practise making things rather awkward for other trades (my fault!) so my plan B is to build a wall/balustrade resembling the one below albeit a simpler version. I need to do this even though it will be awkward and expensive lest it is a case of a ha'porth of tar scenario.

Monday, 9 March 2015

About time

Flowers out, cows must be spring! time to start building again.I've decided I haven't retired I'm just having a year off...well when I finish the job I have in Liverpool and finish the building work know how it goes.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Stop moaning

The labour party are threatening to introduce legislation (if elected) to outlaw discrimination against 'poor' people....a whole world of craziness there then.The pic below is one I've shown before, it is of Liverpool's Byrom terrace in 1933.Many of the people in the pics will be family members and family friends as my family occupied several of the buildings shown, somewhere a baby grandma OTW is enjoying her recent arrival in our large family.The terrace was knocked down as a slum not long after and the family moved out to the green pastures of the now infamous Huyton, then a village now just another troublesome suburb.My point if there is one is that England is a great place and our family of immigrants was able in a couple of generations to survive and thrive in so many ways.I was never aware we were poor and I was never envious of the rich, just curious. We all live lives now so enriched (materially anyway) that the people in this pic would think us crazed and ungrateful for our opportunities....and they would be right.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top tune

Unorganized Hancock are a constant source of entertainment and admiration here at OTW, the sons of the multi talented Sippican cottage they are part of an admirable family by any measure...onwards and upwards lads.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Gabba gabba hey!

We're a happy family, we're a happy family, we're a happy mom and daddy!  family OTW love the Ramones.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Going green

The dry cold weather this week means I've been able to move the building of the greenhouse forward a little.....another job off this years list, after rendering,pointing and electrics that is!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Watching the birds

I think its rather chilly but for these chaps who number in the hundreds in my garden most mornings it is positively balmy,hence the flying here from Scandinavia.