This blog shows my activities and other people's initiatives. There are also articles that have been contributed.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Sunday, 31 March 2013

New Pages

Just a reminder when outside in the heat to wear a hat!
A Big Thank You to Staff and Children at Akiva School for the lovely card and presents.

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

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.
The following link: 

The link above is an explanation of the origins of taiji from Wutang 700 years ago..
This will give a 'taster'.

Paul's classes are stimulating and hard work an a way to really 'get to know who you are'. Paul will ask you what you want and even if newcomers ask for the mellower aspects it is inevitable that they gradually opt for the more intriguing aspects. Together with that there is great comradeship in the class and a desire to assist people to enjoy the 'voyage of discovery'.

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 7 contains
an article by Graham Thomason due to his dissatisfaction with translations of The Old and New Testament he has provided  his own translations using his deep incisive knowledge of languages including Hebrew. Graham is a member of the Christian faith and an ardent supporter of the Jewish  People.This article appears in the original on:  and was added to this blog by kind permission.
A variety of articles are posted on my blog they do not necessarily reflect the blog author's view

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.

Go to the following link to watch my neices Tanya and Lauren Seifert performing a beautiful performance of pole dancing

On the Plot and the Rest

 Many entries have been erased as I have found that the page can't hold so many entries
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23rd August 2017
Together with R sorted out neglected school beds a few days ago. Pulled out some outdoor tomatoes that were showing signs of blight. Have been hrvesting potatoes. So far a lot of potatoes smaller tha usual =. it could be due to lack of rain However have gigantic cabbages.

26th August 2017
Did some serious clearing and weeding as it was both needed and someone may come to do some work in order to gain more knowledge growing vegetables. I wanted to give her more options.
Dug over some more area where I pulled potatoes to look for potatoes. have taken a bit easier due to a shoulder injury.
I have been very disappointed with the melon plants but now one appearing also on the brazilian 'giant cucumber which is growing outside. Just a late summer

28th August 2017
Besides the usual maintenance did some weeding and thinning out carrots

3oth August 2017
Removed some of the tomato plants in the greenhouse. Slight signs of blight. It gives more air circulation. Notices Aubergine.  Picked largest cucumber I have ever seen. Picking masses of cucumber. Pricked out some spring cabbage into pots. Planted out lettuce that I had in a trough. Dug out compost from one of the compost boxes filled up a small raised bed. Put in a new water butt in one of the polytunnels as I thought it would be more stable and the water would be warmer than outside.covered piles in the fire area having burnt a lot yesterday.  A lot even though it was constant rain

2nd Sept 2017
Edged  the top plot at the front of the veg cage. I am deliberating whether to move the veg cage after the delivery of manure or to purchase anew one which is expensive. I have spring cabbage which need planting on the lower plot.
Pulled out the remaining tomato plant from the greenhouse as I have enough down the bottom and started to sow greens and bunching onions. Another melon appeared in the lower polytunnel.

18th September 2017
Have been too busy to update and we had guests staying so it was about getting as much done in shorter periods of time. Have just planted spring cabbage which i grew from seed. They were growing out of their pots.

19th September 2017
Planted Spring cabbage plants a few days ago which were coming out of pots s they were so big. Covered with  temporary net.
Yesterday I had a triler load of horse manure delivered to The lower plot. I hae spread most of it. Took out Berllotti beans and canes to make room and we hardly used them; I won't grow them next year. I now need to either rotovate or dig in Manure. I try to do everything within moderation as I am still recovering from a shoulder injury. Though it is not easy as there are lots of jobs at this time of.

2oth September 2017
Plot rotovate and raked. I have started to sow onion sets (which grow over the winter) . Radar and have yet to put in Japanese Onions and Red Onions which I have. Took out Radish which had become too large and woody.
Need to look at brassicae area and decide whether to move covering framework or but a new framework or build one with assistance.  Together with that i will at some point do some mowing in the common parts in readiness for the official opening of The Piggery ' social area which has been adapted for disabled use. Due to be attended by the mayor and representatives from Tesco

21rst Sept 2017
Mowed common areas and a  few individual plots . I have removed some more spring cabbage in the cold frame. They are smaller . I may gie them away as I have alreay planted out enough. Sowed some red onions and covered all the onions sown with a net to stop birds pulling out the sets. Once they the green shoots come through I will remove the net. Brought some manure up to the top plot.