One Tonne of Topsoil
This was a few weeks ago. Since then it has been transferred to 3 four by four raised beds, approx 10 inches deep. Took quite a while transferring in small bags via wheel barrows and a cobbled together shute. but we got there.
The soil here is very heavy, some seams of pure clay, so it needs to be worked down. Have plans to dig in two rudimentary compost heaps that live at the bottom of the garden, mostly it seems quite well rotted. We’ve started our own compost bin, and have been feeding it with peelings and veg scraps from the house, and grass clippings, which we have lots of. Layering grass mixed with shredded paper, cardboard, and twigs, with layers of twigs and well rotted dried leaves, and a sprinkle of compost activator. Seems to be going well, getting quite hot.
So far we have tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes, french beans, runner beans, carrots, spinach, purple sprouting broccoli, peas, mixed salad leaves, cress, onions, and garlic, either planted or being brought on ready for planting.
Hopefully, we’ll get some good crops…
I’d never heard of James Grant or the 80’s band that he was in ‘Love and Money‘, though I understand they were quite succesful. The first work I heard of his was when he wrote several songs, played guitar, and involved in production on Karen Matheson’s solo album ” The Dreaming Sea”. I was knocked out by his songs, each one telling a story and guitar work so subtle and economical, clearly a very accomplished artist. There’s a completeness to his songs, which becomes enveloping.
I’d like to hear more of his work.
This is “My Father’s Coat”. It is a long song, a very moody video, typically laid back guitar work which erupts in the last 3 minutes into a stunning guitar outro….
Valve Junior Circuit board and Wiring, with Additions
I’m building up to having another session with the Epi Valve Junior, planning to replace the output transformer, which might not be absolutely necessary, but I fancied a change. Was going to buy a Hammond 125CSE but in the end plumped for a Danbury electronics DB1087 from Ampmaker.com. It is not that much different from the stock transformer (epi v3) a little larger and rated for 5-7 watts. It will leave me with the stock tx spare which I might use in another build or possibly for a tube driven spring reverb for my other amp (VHT special6 Ultra). I haven’t decided yet.
I fumble around on guitar, have been doing so for donkey’s years. Never really had any lessons, could never afford it, so totally self-taught. Nowadays things are different, the internet and multimedia has given the opportunity to listen to guitar lessons (and probably other instruments too) online. And there’s something there for everyone.
One of the guitarists/musicians I watch occsionally is ‘JustNick’. I first started watching his gear reviews on amps, pedals and guitars, then set up a subscription and alert on his youtube channel. Mostly I skip over these things, some reviews are for things that interest me some are not, and the occasional lesson grabs my interest.
But today, something different a breakdown and explanation for one of his own songs. And it really piqued my interest, science, rocketry, politics and the song itself…
I downloaded the free album by Hugh Cornwell “Hoover Dam” some years ago, but didn’t really get to play it much, then I heard a bit of his ‘Totem and Taboo’ album, and thought that I must give Hoover Dam a good listen. I’m so glad I did, some infectious tunes by a master tunesmith.
Here’s one of my favourites,
More dominance from the Sebastien gang. Ogier looks unbeatable this year, and he walked away with the championship last year. There were some signs that Mikko Hirvonen might have regained his mojo, and for a brief period he led the rally, but Ogier took it back by yesterday evening with an incredible drive through the longest stage of the rally. After that, no one could keep up with him.
There are signs that the Hyundai team are making progress, with Thierry Neuville making some progress up the rankings, but his teammates seemed to fall by the wayside. Though I’m not sure what happened to Dani Sordo, he was going so well yesterday, and there didn’t seem to be any drop off in pace from him, so I’m assuming there were some mechanical issues that dropped him out of the rally.
I’ve moved home. After 53 years or so in and around the Bristol Area, I’ve finally escaped and now live very close to the most splendiferous coast of the Gower Peninsula.
Wormhead From Llangennith on a very windy day
We used to spend some of our summer holidays around here, down near Oxwich bay, but also just across the Loughor Estuary in Camarthenshire or pembrokeshire. Lots of really good memories, so it’s amazing that i now live here.