Allotment Updates

Squash and courgettes
Artichokes, sunflowers, fennel
A quick visit in the evening, to weed and water everything. Tomatoes are really doing well in the greenhouse. Everything else is busy growing. No pests or diseases right now, and we’ve discovered an apple tree just next to our patch that will drop some fruit over for us. A lovely time of year – if only we had more time to relax and enjoy it!


Recent Whisky (and Rum) Reviews


I’ve been sampling quite a few treats of late, which I’ve written up over on my whisky site. First up is the Longrow 14 Year Old Burgundy Cask – this from one of the first distilleries I ever visited. Second is the Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof, which didn’t quite work for me. I managed to try a couple of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings, which were very nice indeed. And a couple of weeks ago, I was sent a selection of rums to review! I was actually very impressed.


Dip N’ Dance

“Dip N’ Dance an independant short film directed by Hugo Cierzniak and produced at Delapost Paris. The story is about a forty-year old middle-class who loves his domotics to toe the line. He will figure out, in a musical way, that things you own end up owning you.”


Fresco from the villa of P. Fannio Sinistore in Boscoreale, 43-30 BCE.

I’ve been lucky enough to see many of the Ancient Roman frescos at the Met Museum in New York. They are, quite simply, astonishing – there is nothing quite as historically profound as being in a room surrounded by these vivid paintings. (I think I spent a day and a half in that museum.) The colours on this image look like they’ve been enhanced, but I actually like that. It feels a little more true to the original perhaps.


Sea Chair

“Since the discovery of the Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, which is predicted to measure twice the size of Texas, five more have been found across the world’s oceans with the Atlantic gyre predicted to be even larger. This plastic takes thousands of years to degrade, remaining in the environment to be broken up into ever smaller fragments by ocean currents.”

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