Thursday, 18 October 2018


A rare sunny autumn day today so I made myself busy outside and tried to catch up on winterising various buildings, I did take 30 minutes though to pick a load of remaining apples before the birds and storms get at them. So its apple pie, crumble, juice and apple butter over the next few weeks....I do like apples!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Brushing up

The wind whips straight across my fields from the Irish sea and I do mean whip. As a result the back of the house takes a real hammering and the useless waterproof paint I use nowadays (thanks EU....water based outdoor paint....bollocks!) only lasts a couple of years and so this week in what maybe our last glimpse of the sun I got out my 'big' brush and got busy......ahhhh the joys of home ownership.

Saturday, 6 October 2018


My man Donald seems to be going from strength to strength...….it's good to be king, well president anyway!

Thursday, 20 September 2018


My little girls are at it again......better at it than me when I was earning my living as a muso.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Closing up shop

We tend to have a decent September and I've gotten used to getting the maximum from it in finishing off the years heavy jobs. This year the weather has already taken a turn for the worse and so today was the last sawing of the year.We managed to cut a few 2.1 mtr cills and when tooled up we might just get to fit them in the following weeks......God willing.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

All gone

For the first time today (if only for a few hours) all my children were at school and the house empty...quite peculiar. My eldest started grammar school, a privilege denied so many kids today because of the mindless hate of the grammar system endemic in the labour party (a few Tories too). For me like so many working class kids of my generation the grammar system opened up the world to us and afterwards many went on to great things but size fits all and unless you have money you are pretty much toast......don't you just love ideologically driven politicians?

Friday, 31 August 2018


A little late blast of summer this morning, I watched this chap outside my window as I shaved...all the small things!

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Little scousers

Two of my girls covering a tune from their hometown.....yeah yeah yeah!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Pizza pie

No hols abroad this year so its pizzas and BBQ in the garden as often as possible as it helps keep my midget rabble under some semblance of control....pancetta and rocket pizza...nice!

Monday, 20 August 2018

Bird brain

My boy is a funny little chap and so is the bird.....summer 2018!

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!