Hello Lester

Our family of 4 has now increased by one, Lester the Spreagle. I’ve wanted a dog for a while, or more accurately a Springer Spaniel, and so have the girls but my good wife has been slightly less eager.  The cost of buying one has been one factor but also the idea of having a […]

What is Pinterest?

I found out about pinterest a while ago but I really didn’t get it. I was told it’s a virtual pinboard and I still didn’t get it.  You don’t just share your things with friends but with complete strangers at which point I decided that this wasn’t for me. But after stumbling upon it a […]

2 Blog Posts a Week

My last 30 day challenge was to do 20 minutes of yoga a day. I failed miserably after a very good start. I started off feeling great and then a our normally healthy house was struck down with multiple sickness’s. Everyone suffered and exercise was the last thing on my mind. Although I’m now pretty […]

Kevin McClouds Man Made Shed – A Spark

Kevin McCloud - Man Made Shed

Kevin McCloud recently had a short series Called Man Made Home. He bought a small patch of woodland and built a shed out of recycled, locally available  materials – Wood from the forest, an old safe, some old tractor parts – that sort of thing. I really enjoyed the show and so did the kids […]

Spiced Crab Apple Jelly

Crab Apples

While taking a walk in Oxford Island, a local nature reserve, we spied a lot of crab apple trees. From said trees we filled a bag with apples. Now anyone who has tried a crab apple knows that they don’t make good eating but apparently they make good jelly. So I pulled out my trusty copy of […]

20 Minutes of Yoga a Day

I’m about to embark on my first 30 day challenge  For the last month or so I’ve been playing football on Fridays.  I’ve never been that good at football but I thought it would help me get fit, unfortunately its had the opposite effect. Instead of me exercising 4 times a week I’m ending up so wrecked after Fridays that I’ve only just recovered by the next week. So football is officially […]

Home Brewing (the basics)

Making alcohol is essentially easy! All you need is a liquid, sugar and a little yeast, chuck them together in a warmish environment, give it a while and there you have it, alcohol. It will taste awful but will none the less be alcohol. I believe that the science is that the yeasties reproduce converting the sugar […]