Thursday, 12 November 2009

New bike

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

Walk number 9

Jen and Jessie have called for 99 walks around Leeds and today I provided their 9th. This was very intimidating as they started by telling me about some of the others: Maisie, who took them on an 8 minute hike from her house, up a ginnel, visited the sweetsop, then to the playground. Barefoot (yeah, in October).

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


Coffee is the #1 product in Ethiopia. I know these beans are FairTrde as the farmer pushed them up my nose when the car stopped in his village. The bag cost Birr20 - a quid - and would have cost 60 in Addis.

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.
Et voila.

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


Here are some words I wrote down. There is a story attached to each

  1. Friends hold hands
  2. Beasts of burden
  3. Shanty satellites
  4. Churches and mosques
  5. Showshops
  6. Tyres
  7. Oranges and chocolate
  8. Cobbles (D)
  9. Hayricks and mobile phone masts
  10. Bilharzia
  11. Camels
  12. Customs
  13. Dashen beer
  14. Shoulder shake
  15. BPR
  16. Flowers on the table
  17. Student Services donkey
  18. Casettes
  19. Bajaj
  20. Power cuts
  21. Grads teaching
  22. Coffee/tea/water

Sunday, 30 August 2009

We plough the fields and scatter

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

Metamorphosis V

The bike is fettled and ready to go to Wales next Saturday.

Shall we hope that the weather is better than today?

Tuesday, 30 June 2009


The June offering.

I will set a registered animation as a FYP next year.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Metamorphosis IV

This development took some time and caused a fair bit of Lucy-mirth.

Now she is rather pleased - she says to her guests "it's the one next to the red gateposts".

Saturday, 27 June 2009


Les légumes se développent dans le jardin.

Although it is an endless and largely unsuccessful battle against the birds and slugs.

Les poireaux.

La laitue.

Les betteraves.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Metamorphosis III

The cats regard it as strange and therefore unwelcome. From time to time they will sit up here when the sun is out as it's warm.

Notice how much space there is in the bed. This is because there is only at most one person in it (albeit a big one).

Sunday, 21 June 2009

A botch job

This took a phenomenal time and provoked much curiosity from Lucy. It is a botch job
par excellence, involving old manky harboard and "a bit of wood".

I have only half reloaded it so it is too early to judge success, or not.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

The Cherry Orchard

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

Metamorphosis II

Actually, it doesn't look quite like this.

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

The train to Wales

I have bought the tickets. One each, there and back.

But then there are three train legs: each one requires a seat reservation (each) and two bicycle tickets (each). So here is a picture of "the train ticket".

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Missing Leeds

It's great to see the pictures of the garden and so on.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Le Jardin

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).

Monday, 1 June 2009

Friday, 29 May 2009

A ballot paper arrives

A ballot paper arrives. You have one vote, to be committed with a "X".

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?

Pay slip

A pay slip arrives.
Or maybe it's an expenses slip.

IT now

A copy of IT Now arrives.
Star postioning for your article.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

In the beginning ...

Noteworthy things may be posted here. And may not.

They may be pictorial.

They may not be surprising.