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. An 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.
A variety of articles are posted on my blog they do not necessarily reflect the blog author's views. .
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

Page 2a
Paul has kindly allowed me to reprint articles from his website however I recommend going to see the full range of interesting articles. See address below.
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 a new 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 Page 3 there is an article by Paul Brecher. my Teacher, 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.
For those wanting a different perspective  an article on food and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been added. If you go to Paul's site you can now find new additions  to purchase books on Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine
 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.
Paul also teaches a no nonsense methods of dealing with difficult violent situations. For more information look at this 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 5: Contains articles by the blog author. The latest is: The secrets of Drip irrigation.

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:   The site is in Hebrew but there is a translate button on the right hand side.
Under this article there is an article explaining The Israeli Kibbutz
Page 8 There is an explanation of the Shaw Trust, a Horticultural Project for Adult with learning difficulties.
A brand new page has been added 'Poems by Mark Shuck' .  Anyone who has been troubled by squirrels in the garden will surely relate to the first in a series.

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 can't hold so many entries

11th feb  (erased)

16th June 2016

28th August 2016
I have erased lots of entries to make way for new ones. We have started to harvest Gobo, a Japanese root vegetable. Other unusual vegetables on the plots; yacon and Oca both South American vegetables. Potatoes and onions have been collected. Lots of other vegetables including in the polytunels and green house. Worked in the Brussels Sprouts patch yesterday supporting them and taking off lower leaves where Brussels sprouts have started to form. Have sowed more Gobo and Pak Choy.
11th September 2016
I have been too busy to add to this page. The melons in the polytunnel are really looking good. They are receiving a regular drip feed from am external barrel. Sowed some carrots in trays in the greenhouse to grown in a tub with a mixture of sand and compost.
Had a few winter cabbages plants which I planted in one of the polytunnels. I have cleared some ground clearing spinach as I have some elsewhere and other including the Runner Beans to make way for stockpiling compost until I prepare the ground for onion sets which I have purchased. I also want to put a layer of manure in the same area. Have also move the compost box to allow for better access.
16th September 2016
More recently I have spread compost made from recycled waste on a section of the 'first plot' (mentioned above).
This area will be for onions and some information on the internet mentions sowing sets without Manure however experience has shown differently and I wasn't happy with the size this year. They were 'OK'
Harvested and pulled out a few rows of red cabbage on the new plot. The heads were small this time and I think that was due to very late planting.
The Melons and other are doing well in the polytunnels
20th September 2016
Changed the soil in The Greenhouse in the main bed. There were masses of young tomato seedlings sprouting and it is good for soil health. Transplanted some lettuce and Pak choy Seedlings and other into the bed and sowed some Bok Choy in trays. Outside I constructed a framework to protect  some Pakchoy which had been eaten.
Went on to the other plots.
30th September 2016
I have been away so some catching up. On Tuesday the same day I retuned from New York I rotavated  the area where I am going to plant onions and garlic and mowed. yesterday  I  I cleared dwarf beans as they had finished and dug over the area. In the polytunnel.  I picked the melons even though they weren't ripe as the plants had exhausted themselves.
4th Oct
Onion and garlic set have been plant and a net has been draped over to deter birds from plucking out the sets. Once they sprout I can remove the net.
Hoed up Brussels sprouts to give them more support. I have also removed the tops on some as I notice that the sprouts were bigger where I had experimented,,
Decided to cut the heads of most of the Brussels Sprouts. I noticed I get bigger sprouts on the main stem when I do that. I changed the greenhouse around. Pulled out the aubergine plants and changed the soil. The Pak choy in the green house is growing well and I may well harvest some soon. Today I dug down and took a tuber of Yakon and cooked it. Tasty in a veg dish.

photo taken when there were tomatoes.
taken in August
Unfortunately I had to pull out tomatoes in the greenhouse  on the new plot as they were infected. There are still tomatoes in the first polytunnel.
15th October 2016
Planted more Garlic yesterday.  I checked the Oca and have uprooted them as there was no showing of tubers. Last year I had a good crop. I think this may be due to my using last years tubers and starting them off early in pots.. I have continued to sow salad type seedlings in the polytunnel. Harvested a lot of Pak choy. The outdoor sown pak choy recovered under a net after having been mauled. In the greenhouse sowed larkspur seeds.
Did some jobs around the site. Mowing etc..,
18th October 2016
Filled an old water tank with compost from recycled waste, regular compost and sand. Sowed carrot seedlings and covered with a plastic cloche.
In the garden I have spread a layer of compost mixed with manure. I have started wrapping the banana trunks with Utah sacking to add an extra layer as a cold protection.
20th October 2016
Bok Choy and carrot seedling have been sown in the polytunnels. Harvested spring onions and dug over the soil. Have done some other jobs around the site. Having said that the Oca did not produce I have found another row which I had forgotten about. Hopefully I will get produce fom this row
Installed a watering system in the greenhouse at the school where I do voluntary work. The pipe connections going into the control box which holds the timer leak and need changing. Something that was installed before I started at the school.

Photos from early in the season. More uptodate will be added. I have erased many entries as Autumn is almost upon us.

28th August 2016
Potatoes have been collected as have the onions. I am growing a number of unusual varieties of vegetable such as : Gobo,  a Japanese root vegetable. Yacon also a root vegetable from South America.. Oca which is also known as New Zealand yam. Melons are gaining in size in one of the polytunnels. I think that having added a drip system has contributed to their increase in growth.. Now I am getting a good harvest of Aubergine in the polytunnel and plenty of tomatoes inside and out. Yesterday I worked on supporting and weeding the Brussels sprouts. I have recently sown a lot of Gobo and Pak Choy. I have also cleared some Tomato plants from one of the polytunnels as I have so many and sowed Pak \choy and salad leaf in a polytunnel.

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:
Tanya also teaches intensive English to foreign students. To know more please contact her directly on

To see Tanya performing go to:   If you can't get to it here just post the link into your address bar.
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.”