This blog shows my activities and other people's initiatives. There are also articles that have been contributed.
The photo shows the garden in early May 2013

Monday, 9 February 2015

Sunday, 31 March 2013

New Pages

Take a  look at  'What's happening on the vegetable plot. Don't forget to click 'more' to see the rest.

There are now new pages on this blog. By clicking on the pages link on the right hand side (half way down) you will find a variety of articles.
Page 1 Provides a brief introduction to the editor and an article by the editor on fish keeping
On Page 1a  please note this page has been changed and will be used for summaries of exhibitions and films. A new article can be found on this page by John Boyd on one of the most recent exhibitions at the British Library on the Power  and uses of Propaganda.
Go to page 2 There are articles by John Boyd on Democracy and the EU and a video on the subject..
I have just added a statement by the campaign against Euro- federalism
A variety of articles are posted on my blog they do not necessarily reflect the blog author's views.

Page 2a
Yet again the versatile Paul Brecher has surprised us with a Brand New Article called the Anomaly of The Meridians . As I found this article so fascinating I have created anew page 2a where you can find this most extraordinary article  Paul runs a variety of courses and you only need go to his website:
Page 3
On there is an article by Paul Brecher. my instructor, which is an introduction to the martial art of Pa Kua Chang.
A new article by Paul Brecher has been added to page 3 The Wooden Man Form. For more information on this please contact Paul.
 These have been reprinted by kind Permission of the author. These articles and more can be found on his website:  You will also find information about his classes.
There is now a new article by kind permission of Paul Brecher. This article can also be found on his website.
I have just added a link to The Pau Chui , Cannon fist performed by Paul brecher
Paul brecher has also published a number of books. Two of these can be found on page 3. Go to his website for more details and to see a great deal of fascinating material.

Page 4 Photos from our recent trip to Berlin

Page 6
I have added a new page showing some of the paintings of Matan Peles , a resident of a community for adults with learning difficulties on Kibbutz mahanayim, Upper Gailee, Israel.

I recommend looking at these photos which can be purchased online. Every painting purchased is more support for the community. You can see more of his paintings  on their  url see the link on page 6
Under this article there is an article explaining The Israeli Kibbutz
Page 8 There is an explanation of the Shaw Trust, ap

More articles wanted on a variety of subjects. I hold the right to refuse articles I consider inappropriate and likely to cause offence.

On the Plot

 Many entries have been erased as I have found that the page will not hold a large amount of information.
When the year ends I will erase 2014 entries completely.

14 th Sept 2014
I have been away for five days on a trip to the Padua (Padova) area, Italy. An organized trip to see Villas Gardens. The highlight for me was a garden Le Paradis des Papillions Their blog is:  well worth a look. 
Today amongst other things I dug out the sweet corn though some had been attacked by squirrels I can't complain. A Japanese pointed out that I had some Japanese squash. I gave her one. She has given me quite a lot of seed and I have returned many to her as seedlings and kept a few back to try. I can't possibly keep up with all my activities though at least it gives a flavour.

3rd January 2015,
I have been on site a number of times I just haven't recorded. I also need to check the seed trays in the greenhouse and the heaters. I am rather surprised how well the seed trays are doing with such low light levels. I wasn't onsite for the last two days and I felt despite the heavy rain from time to time I had to do something. Amongst other things I pulled out more metal panels that run along the front of the new plot. It meant digging down quite deep. I was almost shoulder level with the main path. As  I dug I discovered metal poles. I can't understand what posses people to do that. I went on to plant two Raspberry plants and one Blackberry plant which I purchased for a £1 each! I spread manure around them and knocked poles in between them and between the two fruit trees. With those I pruned the tops and tied side branches to a central wire as I want to limit height and train the branches. I water sporadically and did in the greenhouse and polytunnels. That is all for now.
12th January 2015,
I was  out of circulation for a bit due to a cold and then a follow on cough for which I am taking anti biotics. I have been back to the plot to do little jobs like checking the heaters, sowing. I add additional shelving to the greenhouse to accommodate more seed trays including some summer cabbage. I sowed some radish into the polytunnel soil. I am amazed how easily certain seed just sprouts at this time of year particularly in the greenhouse. I covered some of the remaining radicchio that are outside to see if they would form chicory like heads. I also removed the remaining row of rocket. Adjusted nets which had blown off in the wind. Thanks go to J and E for checking all the facilities.
19th January 2015
Though I haven't added to the blog I have been down recently. I don't often see people about at this time. I feel a need to check heaters in the greenhouse
I have such things as Kelsai Onion, various salad  In the polytunnel there are small patches of salad, , There are small jobs so they don't mount up. The day before I turned the communal compost boxes and took out rotted compost. As I am the only person who manages it I feel I have the right to take the finished product..
30thJanuary 2015
It is cold out there but I have visited the site every few days though the last few days I have been there every few days. The seeds in the greenhouse are germinating extremely well. I pricked out some the Kelsai onion seedlings into pots. The Cabbage and Red are sowing. I have sowed other things including tomatoes. Perhaps a bit early but I do have the indoor facilities. The other day when it wasn't as cold I worked on the new plot and pulled out more metal that had been left by a previous plotholder along the front of the plot. I felt it served no purpose. It meant digging deep and a fair amount of sweat. Other than that I have gradually been taking  chippings down to the first plot to recover the p

learnt is that I need to improve the availability of vegetables during the next few months. One of my mistakes was removing the Tree Cabbage which is really a perennial.
10th February 2015'
Amongst other things I sowed 3 rows of red onions (Karmen) on the new plot. I went and purchased a  heater for the tea room. It was rather cold today. Some Tomatoes seedling are showing through.

   13th February
Sowed Leeks. cauliflower, transplanted onions early  Cabbage
14th February . I was quite busy today I transplanted a lot of pak choy seedlings in the first polytunnel. I then climbed into the compost box and turned over the contents. Nice to see the worms active.  I went onto sow some cress in a large pot which I will move to one of the polytunnels  as the greenhouse is overflowing. Sowed some more cucumber seed as well. That is all for now.
    19th February 2015
Today besides lighting the branches and wood in the fire area I focussed on my compost box. I unloaded the content into wheelbarrows and took the compost which had broken down to my wife's raised bed and continued to top it up having also used contents from the communal compost box . I l also took apart the lid of my compost box as it was disintegrating and put the wood on the fire. Before leaving I sowed seed, Cucumber Marketmore.
       27th February
I have more or less finished spreading compost made from recycled waste. I think it's helps to add a layer each year. From what I have observed that spreading compost means less digging. The soil has become very fertile and dark. today I dug over some of another plotholders plot as he is in hospital and I had offered to help. I also planted early potatoes on one of my plots. I have gathered and sent information on the cost of erecting a greenhouse on the school grounds where I work as a volunteer. I also sent information  on polytunnels  I checked the rotavator and I am happy to say it is working well.
A bit of a discussion.
7th March 2015
There has been a gap in the log though I have been busy having planted more potatoes. Today I brought another plotholder some compost. payment in kind as she is bringing me wood ash
I unsuccessfully tried to light the which I will spread around onions, garlic and shallots. I sowed out (though it's tempting fate somewhat as it can still be cold outside) carrots. I also transplanted a short row of Broadbeans. They are more likely to cope as they are hardier. I also sowed in the greenhouse such things as Japanese Burdock. I thought I'd try it this year.
22 nd march 2015
I have been too preoccupied to update . What may have been a mistake was sowing parsnips and carrots and then covering with fleece. the weather has been cool. I may well have to resow. Apart from digging over a fellow plotholders plots as he has been unwell and then I spread his compost. I have been doing a lot of sowing and transplanting.
27th March 2015
This is really a bit of a catchup. Yesterday some of the seedlings in the polytunnel were not looking sprightly. I added some growmore and miraclegro pellets even though in the past I have shied away from such stuff. Today, it could be my imagination but they did look better. Today I also turned on the water for the whole site. Before doing so I checked the taps and found a few stiff ones which I eased up using WD40 and pliers. I water all the seedlings and rotavated the second plot after finding a few more parsnips. Just goes to show that they really need a thorough dig over after harvesting.

8th March 2015
As usual have been too busy to write on the blog. I just planted some seakale which I have never grown before and planted out some cabbage plants. I also started sowing salad outside. I have also been doing a lot of pricking out seedlings in the greenhouse and have moved a lot of the brassicae seedlings to the the new polytunnel. I also mowed around the first plot, the lower carpark, and the main path as these were particularly overgrown. These last few days I have been assisting my wife on her raised bed as she has planted out pak choy and lettuce.
13th April 2015.
Today I worked checking the drip irrigation system on all the raised beds.
19th April 2015
I can only give 'a taster of what I have been doing recently a lot of transplanting seedlings and moving  seedlings. Many of the cabbage plants have been moved out of the polytunnel so that they can acclimatize to outdoor conditions. I will soon be planting some out. I have knocked in stakes in the designated area so that I can cover the brassicas with a net straight away. I have also done a lot of direct sowing. Today I sowed beetroot and carrots.. I hoed up (covered) some potatoes  that were showing through.
27th April 2015
Different types of cabbage have  been planted and today. I put in Cauliflower (all grown from seed by me. Sowed, in pots climbing French beans. I took some Tomato and Cucumber plants to the polytunnel. A slightly cooler environment..

Friday, 23 November 2012

Something about Tanya Seifert. Tanya is a rising star in the world of music.  Tanya is a graduate of Queen Mary College, London University where she studied film and literature.
If you would like to book her for an event please go to her website:
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There will soon be an update concerning Tanya's various performances.

Tanya has a new record out to listen to it go to Utube and key in; Tanya Seifert, Siren.


Monday, 10 January 2011

Scenes from Vietnam Taken on our visit

The Scenes in this slide show are a mix of Kua Lalumpur and Vietnam.
We visited Vietnam in 2009 with some friends. That visit left a profound impression and a deep respect for the people. The effects of what they call 'The American War' can still be seen. Ironically the socalled 'greatest power on earth were not able to subdue this 'peasant people' even with the ghastly methods used. Vietnam has never, to my knowledge, been compensated by the US government.

There are some scenes of the presidential palace. Ho Chi Minh went there to receive foriegn guests but chose to live in a simple abode. The pictures of the bird sanctuary were taken in Malaysia.


Scenes from Vietnam

We visited Vietnam in 2009 with some friends. That visit left a profound impression and a deep respect for the people. The effects of what they call 'The American War' can still be seen. Ironically the socalled 'greatest power on earth were not able to subdue this 'peasant people' even with the ghastly methods used. Vietnam has never, to my knowledge, been compensated by the US government.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Thought for the day

Confucius – “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”