Inbetween my other attempts at keeping myself busy I have been working on making a Princess bed (their description) for my 2 year old as she is of an age now to want her own room like her older sisters.A quick search of ebay found me buying a worm eaten French antique bed for half the price of some Ikea nastiness.Lots of filler and elbow grease (wax removal etc) has me at this stage, my little boss seems happy with my efforts so far......Bling!
Monday, 20 June 2016
While the rest of the country ties itself in knots over the Brexit vote I'm going to start restoring a Beetonette cooking range.Its raining quite a bit at present and so no building work for me to do and as the devil makes work etc I may as well amuse myself with some rusty old cast iron.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
I have purposely not posted on the subject of our possible exit from the E.U. as I am long past arguing politics with anyone either in person or via the internet.I will vote and I must admit to being rather torn between what my heart says and what my head tells me is right.Whatever the result I will accept it with no rancour as I'm sure we will continue to flourish as a great nation and I'll try to do my little bit to contribute to our future....that's my only comment on this subject.
Sunday, 5 June 2016
Dee Dee Ramone passed away 14 years ago today.Before Dee Dee bass players stood around attempting to at least catch a bit of reflected glory from the bands guitarist or singer. After Dee Dee bass players could be stars as well...the boy could play a bit too!
Thursday, 26 May 2016
At 20 I was a scruffy sod and as can be seen from the pic I may have been from time to time rather the worse for wear due to a drink or two.I was earning my living as a musician though and so all was forgiven (maybe not by my mum!). This John Peel session for the BBC was recorded by my friends and I not too long after the pic and includes a track 'Jihad' that proved rather popular when we played live and on the radio.In later years when sessions came to be repeated this track was somehow missing! given that even 30 odd years ago I was virulently anti Islamist I don't suppose it comes as much surprise.
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
The past week or so has seen the 75th anniversary of the May bombing blitz on my home city of Liverpool. My mum was seven at the time and has some quite vivid memories of that week of constant bombing,destruction and death.I spoke to her quite a bit about it and amongst her memories that stand out is of her brothers venturing out of the shelter in the morning to go and find shrapnel as young lads do oblivious to the danger of unexploded ordinance.She also remembers her oldest brother being trapped overnight in a tram as the city burnt around him.Her father was a fire watcher on the docks and he told of seeing bodies untouched by fire but perhaps killed by blast slumped against walls looking for all the world as if they where asleep.She also told me about her parents quiet desperation as they prayed for an end to the nightly visit from potential death.....we have it so easy now thank God.
Friday, 6 May 2016
With the help of a couple of sunny days I finished the wall job yesterday.It's only a small wall but it was a tricky little job mainly because I'm an idiot (half an hour working with me would be evidence enough). I've a different but thankfully smaller wall to build later this month but other than some landscaping that's me done this year......I could get to like this lazy arse life!
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
No rain today so I spent some time leading in the cast railings I salvaged a while back into the copings of the wall we are building.Its an easy job but I think the best way still of securing cast iron and also a fun job to do.Metal has been fixed to stone this way for several thousand years and you can still see Roman examples of it today.You simply melt lead,scoop the oxide slag off the top and pour away the shiny molten lead although any dampness in the stone pocket needs to be avoided as a mini Vesuvius will result.......as I found out.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
My girls have been enjoying a visit from their Aunty Vinogirl over the last couple of weeks.Like all little girls they like to play dress up but with me as a Dad and her as an Aunt they get to dress up as Ramones! Their Aunt returns home tomorrow but she will be followed shortly by these little Ramonettes so we can all get some California sun......Get ready Vinogirl and Bil!
Thursday, 7 April 2016
June 1981, I couldn't sing, couldn't play guitar (much) and I couldn't write a decent tune but somebody was daft enough to let me make a record. To my great surprise some people liked us and the first time I heard myself on the radio I immediately thought "this is way better than working".....and so a layabout was born!
Sunday, 3 April 2016
Over breakfast this morning my 4 year old son asked me "Can you kill a shark by throwing snowballs at it?" now as any parent knows you must never show a seconds hesitation or weakness in front of children so I answered "no!" my son continued on with his business assured and comforted by the knowledge that all was well in his world. As to the shark situation I'm hoping I was correct as telling porkies to my little un on a Sunday is a bit of a dilemma for an upstanding chap such as myself, if anybody wishes to enlighten me vis a vis sharks and snowballs I'd be much obliged!