Tuesday, 23 May 2017

At times like these

I went for a walk on the beach with my youngest this morning, a walk to try and make me forget the horrors other parents in our neighbouring city Manchester were at that moment enduring. I knew Facebook and the media would be full of horror stories and of the usual clich├ęs....I wanted none of it.Our govt and betters refuse to do what is needed to stop the slaughter of our children and I am beyond angry.If I speak out I will be punished if my words reach the wrong ears and the wicked comforted, so I do in my own quiet way the myriad small things I can do to secure my childrens safety.....my little girl played in the sand.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Serving my time

One of the first jobs I ever took on was a Georgian townhouse in Liverpool's Hope street the home of the cities two Cathedrals complete with views of the river and the mountains of Wales. I'd lived in the area for a few years and even though it was the red light district and bordered Toxteth I knew it was a good place to buy as it was a rare untouched survivor of Liverpools more prosperous past. The entrance to the house needed new steps and railings cast from the surviving few, the door and surround dismantling and painstakingly repaired and replaced where required. I didn't have as much money to spend on my renovations then and so I was hands on most aspects of this restoration  to cut costs and for many more afterwards........ something of an apprenticeship I think

Friday, 5 May 2017

Pizza pie

Being retired (semi) is a lot busier than I was led to believe, the family wanted a wood fired pizza oven so here courtesy of my rock grock friend and my aching back it is!


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Thank Heaven 3

Like many I'm fed up with the political shenanigans both here and abroad and so I'm concentrating on the important stuff in life....like a Wendy house for my kids....priorities!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

This is England

We do St Georges day round here, lots of Dragons to slay for my little uns.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thank heaven 2

Pretty much framed now, not how I would usually do it but there is a method in my madness. A chap (haddock) who knows his stuff suggested wattle and daub...lotsa cows in the field behind this so who knows?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Thank Heaven for little girls

My girls and my precocious 3 year old niece have been asking (demanding) that I build them a little cottage for summer, so in between more serious work I made a start today. With the help of my Brother in law (Monkey) we first set some dense block in concrete for founds and then made up a simple frame from 3x3 tanalised we had knocking around. Tomorrow we will frame the roof and then frame up the little clock tower....its not going to be just a simple little house is it?



Friday, 31 March 2017

Suns out, guns out

The boy and I have a little fun, its been a long winter and its good to get out and.....shoot things!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Da Brudders

While working on the Ramones Guitar copy for my daughter I have been thinking about my love for the band and their music, something that has outlasted most other fads etc in my life. The pics here show myself and a bunch of other Huyton boys meeting the brothers Ramone outside Liverpool Erics club in early 77. We were just hanging about town (as 16 year olds did) when we met the band and by getting to know them and humping gear into the club we got in free that night....and what a night!  The sound and the impact of the band that night still reverberates through my life today...who'd a thunk it?


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Johnny Ramone guitar build 4

The paint has been drying for 5 weeks so I decided to get started on the finishing work. Its an easy if tedious job involving firstly using wet and dry paper from 1000 to 2000 grade (making sure not to burn through clear coat) and then polishing with 3 grades of liquid polish. A couple of hours elbow grease resulted in a glass like finish with only small patches of faint orange peel near holes for pickups. After 24 hours mulling it over I decided to give it another going over,so today a couple of hours should see the whole guitar finished to satisfaction and then its onto the neck and headstock.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Shake off the cobwebs

Spring is just around the corner so I've been busy the last couple of weeks doing jobs around here in preparation for the hopefully good weather to come. To make good the damage done by various storms I've quite a few fence panels to make which is pretty tedious and is amongst the jobs we scornfully refer to as haberdashery (it's a builders thing). When I get them finished I can get things ready for the roof to come off part of the house and new windows and stone surrounds fitted....that's more like it!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Political discourse 2

I could and maybe will put these things up for ever. They say small things amuse small minds.......mine is pretty small!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Get cracking

As the world seems ever more demented with its dump Trump nonsense my world revolves around the seasons and as spring is just around the corner it is time to get busy....all hands on deck!

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!