Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lights, action and mulch



Neat light with charger and battery bargain at  £35
Of course not everything about the internet is great but it fantastic for getting 'things' this little light is perfect as a 'fill' for taking pictures of people and arrived promptly and works - would have been nice if supplied with a 'shoe' adaptor to enable it to sit on a tripod - but that's ordered now too

Seems an absolute bargain too it's called  Hakutatz LED portable photography videography light and was just £35 from UK Ebay seller 'Blue Dimensions' including good packaging and prompt shipping.


Mulch


I'm not sure how long ago I got our first consignment of wood mulch from local tree feller - seems that it's very popular (free is an even better price than £35)  - wonder if the whole site will rise a few inches.

Don't put this type it on your crops until it's stabilised - chemical reactions going on and I could see steam rising today.

You might just about see the steam on our fresh Mulch 


Another day another dollar


or so the saying goes but actually £2 to make

a total so far of £277

Monday, June 26, 2017

Kale, Cabbage and Cauliflower

Today I've been planting out my vegetables from the Brassica Oleracea family   -and only really have Chard and some leeks (perhasp)  to be planted  in the ground  now.

Need to make sure that I keep away pigeons


Seems this genus has been cultivated for several hundred years and is good for us.



A few weedy looking plants







A small looking sample.
Cabbages and Cauliflowers are similarly protected
























I'm bringing home soft fruit every day now and also courgettes - the first (but only a few).

 Redcurrants which I will have with some blackcurrants - If I think of each tub  as being about £1 it makes the allotment seem cost effective (almost) keep in mind that there's all this other good thing too.


I'm also having a go at growing some Melba Melons too - but they'll stay in the greenhouse (most of the time).



Now that was (National) Radio 1


It's £275

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flower and Cake

When I was young my parents were knocked out when Nick (my brother) came back from France with Champagne - their first holiday abroad was in the 1970's.

It's easy to forget how lucky I am - here today  an indoor  plant we've had for a few years is finally flowering.

Not every day





















especially nice when shared.


And I'm able to take a cake home made to share  with others.

















Medium Wave

Again looking back radio stations were described by their wavelengths ..

273 would be a good one (radio 275 & 285)

£273 - Not a MW  radio station 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The worlds of Arts and Crafts


We love 'A' Frames



Noticed a contrast between the Artists who spend some of their time  painting and creating and those who commit more fully.










Interesting to see, last night  work of EAG (Ealing Art Group) at St Barnabas Church (nice place too - but the Kingsgate Workshops   today in West Hampstead was full of people who 'walked the walk' - great tour of the Ceramicist workshops by one of the best competitors in this years'  BBC  Pottery throw-down Freya who shares workshop space with her father and sister.

The results of creative endeavour 

A taste of the place

Reusing old industrial space 



















Great to meet people who've been at the workshops for 30 plus years and be able to smell the oil paint that's part of the fabric of the place.



Here we are

It feels like soon I'll be arriving at a point where the temptation will be to add a 'hefty' sum to reach a bargain/offer  price for the Canon  G7 MkII- there are lots of offers out there  now - new models coming  from Canon I expect.

At the pint we can say £271