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Well, as summer gradually fades, Julia and I are making the most of being at the allotment. Thanks to Julia and her fine planning we are having tea up there as much as possible. That involves using the stove to cook fresh produce just picked from the patch. It really tastes supurb and is the definitive relaxing and satisfying time spent in the range of own grown food. The position of the paddock makes sure the sun is on the vegetables and shed for as long as possible. This makes picking them and cooking them easier with plenty of time. Cups of tea help the pick and cooking and then eventual eating!

 
Category: Beekeeping & Veg | Views: 579 | Added by: James | Date: 30 August 2015 | Comments (0)



 
It has been a while since the last update. Quite a few pieces have been put into place in order to make the allotment as productive as possible. Julia has planned it out and planted the vegetables and plants in order to complement them (and mainly bring the pollinators)
In the meantime I attended a weekend beekeeping course at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate. It was through the Ripon and Harrogate Beekeepers Society and was very enjoyable and educational. Unfortunately it came late in the summer meaning I hav ... Read more »
Category: Beekeeping & Veg | Views: 785 | Added by: James | Date: 23 August 2015 | Comments (0)

I apologise for not updating my blog sooner. The allotment has taken more time than I expected. Julia has been really busy reaping the rewards and we have just bought a stove in order to stay up there longer and not be so reliant on my parents generosity.

Update on its was very soon!
Category: Beekeeping & Veg | Views: 480 | Added by: James | Date: 09 August 2015 | Comments (0)

What is the order of the day when building an allotment from scratch? Well it is hard work followed by hard work then more hard work and sprinkle even more hard work. You have a sectioned off area in a paddock and what you need is to create a base for vegetables and flowers to grow. Julia decided to go with the no dig method. This was seen on Charles Dowding’s website. He has specialised in it for years and the idea is to let the manure do the work on the soil below. If you have good quality manure then it will pay off as it makes the soil more fertile. Please go to his website as he is a true master of growing vegetables.

 
Category: Beekeeping & Veg | Views: 970 | Added by: James | Date: 08 June 2015 | Comments (0)

Julia and I have different interests in many respects but it is the individuality that keeps us so close. I like guitars, loud and heavy music, Nasa, ESA and science whereas Julia loves making artistic pieces, sewing, gardening and very easy listening music! In the past year we have wanted to join forces on a project that hopefully we can make successful.

That is my interest in wanting to be a beekeeper and Julia’s love of growing vegetables. A decision was made and we are about to embark on this journey. A patch of land has been designated from my parent’s unused field and now we are waiting for the fencer to come and do a good job and then all will be go. Julia has an idea what she wants to do. I, on the other hand, need to learn a bit more regarding bees. We are certainly not going in blind, as Julia is quite an authority on growing. The patch we have chosen is large though and will be a ... Read more »
Category: Beekeeping & Veg | Views: 664 | Added by: James | Date: 16 April 2015 | Comments (0)



**Updated 14/03/2015**

Ben Wheatley is a British filmmaker that has a tradition of pushing boundaries. His previous direction credits include Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. His fourth film is A Field in England, a true departure from the standards of cinema today. Ben does not shy away from violence. Kill List and Sightseers having some ultra violent themes. He also shows his commercial credential ... Read more »

Category: Interests | Views: 1145 | Added by: James | Date: 09 March 2015 | Comments (6)

Before I continue with this blog I want to make it clear that alcohol should be taken in moderation and responsibly. This is especially true for high percentage spirit where it may still be in your system the morning after.

 

 
One of the most famous depictions of absinthe dates from 1900
Category: Interests | Views: 2488 | Added by: James | Date: 17 January 2015 | Comments (2)

For the first time in years Julia and I spent Christmas at home. There were a few reasons for this but we knew it would lead to a relaxed day. I am going to use this blog to thank all for the presents that we both received. Julia made a splendid dinner after we opened the presents. Here is our thanks in photographs;

 

 
Julia bought me the Beek ... Read more »
Category: Odds and Sods | Views: 821 | Added by: James | Date: 26 December 2014 | Comments (0)


Nasa has just released a new video showing the return to earth of its Orion spacecraft. The 10-minute video is quite a trip for the capsule. It reminds me of the final sequences of the great Stanley Kubrick film 2001 A Space Odyssey. As Orion hits the friction created by the planets atmosphere at 20,000 mph the plasma builds up and changes colour due to temperature increases. The capsule uses the same heat shield tiles that the space shuttle developed. The video follows the craft as it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. It has been incorrectly described as old technology, ... Read more »
Category: Science | Views: 928 | Added by: James | Date: 25 December 2014 | Comments (0)

I have never been a person to play an album on constant rotation. A few albums do stand out for me such as Black Sabbath’s first 6, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, Iron Maiden’s Live after Death, Ghost’s Opus Eponymous and Cradle of Filth’s Live Bait for the Dead are just a few that spring to mind. An album was released recently that has really provided me with another that I can add to that list. It is Devilment’s The Great and Secret Show.

 

 

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Category: Music | Views: 1660 | Added by: James | Date: 16 December 2014 | Comments (3)

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