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

Sunday, 31 March 2013

New Pages

Just a reminder. It is worth wearing a hat in all weather
A Big Thank You to Staff and Children at Akiva School for the lovely card and presents.

The State of the Nation
It is not ususally my practice to make social/political comments on this blog nor do i want commnts back because I will not enter into any dialogue. You take it or leave it. In the general humdrum of life it is easy to get wrapped up in our personal 'stuff and not see what is going on around us. When I look around me I see people on the streets. I see people needing to go to food banks . I see people struggling to make ends meet becuse they don't recceive a decent living wage. I see an NHS in dire straits. A train system in chaos since privitization. Detaining people who have contributed on a nonsense. A chaotic brexit process causing a brain drain and companies wanting to move elsewhere. A government trying to gain non democratic powers yet even now shows it's incompetence.
The list is endless
However at least even if we don't always have the opportunity to influence the major process at least to take time to look around us to see how we influence around us.
There are organisations such as St Mungos‎  you might want to consider a doation.
if your budget allows.
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

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.

29th September 2017
Planning to erect a frame with a net over the bottom plot which would be a permanent fixture.Received the wood toay. Painted the timber  with preservative. Worked on top plot . clearing , plante lettuce seedlings and sowed radish  in  the greenhouse.

6th October2017
Cut down a tree outside the perimeter fence to give more light. It came down on the fencce with much of the tree on the plot. Had quite a job clearing. Cleared more ground ready for garlic at the back of the polytunnel. Moved a compost box . In th process took out good compost and spread it. Shovelled more of the remaining manure. Have been piling it up at the back of the plot.. Sowed more in the the greenhouse bed and did some clearing..

11th  October 2017
Harvested and pulled out Brazilian Cucumber plantts. Something had caused it to droop. i can only assume it's the weather. I dug oer the area adding manure. Moed the staging with pots around the back of the greenhouse out of sight.
I have sowed lettuce in trays and they have germinated..
Harvested and cleared more Brassicae. At some point considering moving the cage.
I have the netting for the new cage which is due to go up on the lower plot.
Cleared out some soil from a bed in the polytunnel and dded manure and new compost.
Hae pruned remaining tomato plants though they some ne do look that they are nearing the end as did cucmber plants in the first tunnel those were pulled out.

 15th October 2017
With R have been burning in the fire area and I have been removing ash which is an excellent soil improver.
R has been working on the new veg cage. I wasn't able to assist due to engagement but managed to sow Garlic, more onions and some pak choy in the first polytunnel. Emptied out part of the soil in one of the polytunnel beds in order to change/refresh the soil. Then I had to leave

19th October 2017
The new vegetable cage on the lower plot being built by R has made progress. DIY is not my forte. However I did putl together boards to act as a raised bed on the upper plot. I used a simpler method. Sowed  seed in the greenhouse Rapa -Turnip Greens and red cabbage. It's mot really the time of yeat but if you don't try you don't know. The other day I worked in the first tunnel removing and replacing old soil for new and laying white pebbles under the slabs, Remoed some tree cabbageas I have enough in the cage. transplanted mature lettuce as I needed the space.  A  risk that worked beecause they can suffer shock.

21rst October 2017,
Sowed broad beans today. Did my best not to press the soil. Checked the veg case as tconnections were not all  connected s

24th October 2017
I took out more soil out the polytunnel beds in order to do a soil change. Sowed  Chinese Cabbage, radish and Shallots in places where i had changed the soil. Dug over a fellow plot holders plot who is away by agreement.

2nd November 2017
Sowed some oriental vegetable seed in one of the polytunnels. A present from a friend and classmate who recently visited Hong Kong. The vegetable cage is gradually taking shape. R who is building it is adding a door. Having finshed digging out the ash from the communal fire area it is ready for use. Brought down some metal sheeting which I put on the back to protect the netting on my new veg cage which is infairly  close proximity.

7th November 2017
There is now  a paraffin heater working in the first polytunnel because of frost. I have sowed a lot of oriental veg. I have also been spreading thin layers of ash on the top plot. I have also transplanted red cabbage seedlings into pots. Unusual time of year. One has to try unusual things to know. At home preparing banana seed for sowing. I have been soaking them to break dormancy.

12th November 2017
Yesterday I moved the vegetable cage on the top plot further down 'by walking it' post by post. Harvested more Brussels sprouts. Seeds are showing through in the polytunnel. One can have a continuing winter crop, I have also been spreading a thin layer of ash on the top plot.

12th November 2017
I have been spreaing more ash. I have sowed more oriental veg in the first polytunnel and I have now sowed carrots, spinach and onion see in the older tunnel. Not the usual time of year but if you don't try you don't know. I have paraffin heaters to encourage germination. Perhaps I will gradually phase them out.
Vegetables that I can still harvest and have stored.
Brussels  Sprouts, Tree Cabbage leaf, Kale, Spinach, Radichio,  Carrots, Parsnips, a row of lettuce  (in the green house) Lettuce, Pakchoy In Storage: Garlic, some Onions,   a few potatoes.
 Vegetables in the ground for next year: Onions, Garlic, Broadbeans, Tree Cabbage (Perennial) , Spring Cabbage.

16th November 2017
I moved the compost box. I then dug a trench for runner beans (on the top ploand put some of the contents of the box in the trench.The soil I took out I moved to the lower end of the plot to raise the level up as the plot slopes. I  read research that a comparison was made between trenches and just a well manured area for runner beans but there was no discernible difference. I will stick to trenches as I enjoy digging and it's more traditional.
I checked the tree cabbage which i had tranferred to the lower plot. An experiment. They seemed not to hae suffered. I would not have done it earlier in the year . i will keep observing. I checked the polytunnels seeds are germinating.