Thursday, 12 November 2009
The new bike has been collected from Mr Edinburgh. I'll get some better pictures in daylight (it's pissing down as I do this).
It has all the properties of a new bike ... everything works alarmingly well and you can go everywhere in top gear. The lights are fab.
Its dimensions are weird - high enough but "tighter" so I am having to adjust. I guess I will.
A bargain, everywhichway. Met Mr Bikology at the North Lane lights who said nice things.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
It was billed as "the Riots Walk" which it was, sort of, but it was really a shameless opportunity to show them bits of Leeds that I like. Either they liked it or were very polite.
The Bourse is one of my very favourite urban views. Well done archtitect. Shortly after this, we saw a really very rare pillar box on King Street - I won't publish a picture so that later visitors can have the excitement of seeing it for the first time.
The John Poulson section of the tour was in an exceptionally lucky state.
The International Pool is now simply the canopy roof: below it a number of JCBs are playing some sort of game. There is a window aperture through which mortals [us] are allowed to watch.
J and J especially liked the spooky tunnel, I think. But who wouldn't, eh? 2 marks available to anyone who knows where the bottom picture is actually taken.
We culminated in the unfashionable part of Holbeck:
This is Low Hall Mill (see the carved name at the head of the arch) and it says rather more to me about Holbeck than the chintzy part just down the road.
Perhaps the most useful thing I did was to introduce them to The Grove, which technically was after the end of the walk. Derek was playing his fiddle, but they didn't meet him.
Jessie (or was it Jen?)
Jen (or Jessie ... ) - it wasn't meant to be this unflattering.
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Note that the beans are - err - unprocessed.
Here you winess me roasting the beans according to careful instructions given in Ethiopia. I know I did it right as I asked 3 people and they told me 3 different things.
In the background, you see Normandy Pork in preparation.
And then you grind 'em up.
Suffice to say this did not work AT ALL - there was a subsequent messy phase with a pestle & mortar that you can imagine.
This fairly transparently (pun) didn't work, but it does provide a benchmark of sorts. If I ever get a cup of something remotely like coffee, I'll certianly let you know.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
- Friends hold hands
- Beasts of burden
- Shanty satellites
- Churches and mosques
- Oranges and chocolate
- Cobbles (D)
- Hayricks and mobile phone masts
- Dashen beer
- Shoulder shake
- Flowers on the table
- Student Services donkey
- Power cuts
- Grads teaching
Sunday, 30 August 2009
It is the season of plenty as the harvest commences.
Note these onions are not exactly big and God's Almighty Hand obviously had something else to do this year. I will leave the others in the ground a little longer to see what happens.
There is, at this end, a slight suspicion that there will be a leek harvest. Watch this space.
OK, so only 3 bean plants actually grew, but they seem to be making up for it a bit. Ludmilla and I will share two beans on - I anticipate - Thursday.
As anticipated, nothing will stop the strawberries growing.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
M and C enquired after the trees, & I pointed out they were a little young to bear prodcue.
"But no!", quoth M.
Just think, Anya. Your grandfather, your great-grandfather and all your ancestors owned serfs, they owned human souls. Don't you see that from every cherry-tree in the orchard, from every leaf and every trunk, men and women are gazing at you?
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
M and C arrived with a sort of thing for small people to sleep on & I am fixing life so that small people can sleep on it.
There will be a dry run on 3rd July when Jens the Dane arrives with his family.
(You can't see the bit in the corner which still needs a bit of care and attention).
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Find herewith some time lapse of the garden.
Depending on how well organised I am there will be monthly updates.
A well organised man would register them spatially and for intensity. But do note the appearance of the bird shit on the window (this has now been removed).
Friday, 29 May 2009
I hereby name the parties & the candidates you may know of.
BNP: 6 cands - incl A Brons
Christian Party: 6 cands
Conservative Party: 6 cands - incl T Kirkhope
English Democrats Party: 6 cands
Jury Team: 3 cands
LibDem Party: 6 cands - incl James Monaghan
No2EU, Yes to Democracy: 6 cands
Pro Democracy: 6 cands
Socialist Labour Party: 6 cands - incl K Capstick
Green Party: 6 cands - incl M Hemingway
Labour Party: 6 cands - incl L McAvan, R Corbett, E Hoddinott, D Bowe
UKIP: 6 cands
What shall I do now?