Archive for February, 2009

Clearing the veggie plot…day 3

I woke up to heavy showers this morning and a quick peek at the plot confirmed my suspicion that I wasn’t going to get much digging done today. By lunchtime the rain had stopped but the ground was still fairly claggy.

I’ve laid the slabs that I plan to site the mini greenhouse(s) on and measured the whole plot. Now It’s on to the drawing board to plan out the raised beds, paths and then off to the hardware store to pick up some wood…and eye up some power tools 🙂

Whilst using Photoshop to draw plans, I got carried away with a few photo’s taken earlier in the day. Maybe all this fresh air has had an effect 🙂

Jedi Knight ‘Hoe’-Bi Kenobi


..and Darth Rake – The Ultimate Weedkiller


More pictures to follow from day 4, although I’ve been asked not to get too dirty tomorrow because we’re having dinner with friends.

Also today my SATA-IDE convertor arrived so hopefully I’ll get chance to fit it this evening.


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Clearing the veggie plot…day 2

Up and out early on Friday morning to get stuck into day two. It was heavy going at times, especially digging a lot of clay and encountering numerous bricks  buried beneath the soil. When we first moved into this house the area behind the garage was home to two sheds. Judging by the number of bricks evident I guess they were used as a  foundation?

By the end of day two, and as light was fading, the truck arrived to pick up the now very full skip. I’d called the skip hire guys earlier in the afternoon because they have a tendency to ignore Friday collections in favour of waiting until Monday and i certainly didn’t want a skip stuck on the driveway until then. Aching after nearly nine hours of digging (hey I’m an IT Technician not a Landscape gardener:-) I retired quite content at the progress so far.

Here’s how things were looking about 4pm yesterday afternoon.


Onwards to day 3.

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Clearing the veggie plot…day 1

The skip arrived early this morning so on with my scruffs and out to do some serious clearing. 10 mins in, the heavens opened and I got a right good soaking ! A few cups of coffee later and it brightened up a bit to continue. Thankfully the sharp shower hadn’t soaked the ground to much and was still quite workable.

Here’s a shot as it was this morning. I’ve just finished for today so I’ll post another photo showing today’s progress tomorrow morning when it’s a bit brighter.


As you can see, it’s in a right mess at present and as it’s behind the garage and out of site I usually use it as a dumping ground for garden debris and the occasional fire. It’s not a large plot but is south facing and very peaceful. I’m looking forward to this !!

It’s a little difficult to see from this angle but there’s a gradient increasing from left to right and it’s this that i’m trying to level first.

Early start tomorrow morning so for now I’m going to put my feet up and relax.

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Veggie patch

I’ve booked a few days off work starting Thursday so, rain permitting, I’ve ordered yet another skip and intend to dig out/level the small plot behind the garage because we’d like to have a go at  growing our own fruit and veg this year.  Usually we’re quite content to use the patio and windowsills but I’ve always thought it’s a shame to have this unused bit of garden fill up with weeds every year.

It’s not a large plot but I’m hoping to have enough space to  include 3-4 large-ish raised beds, plenty of room for various tubs, a herb garden and, as this is our first attempt, maybe one or two of those cheap plastic greenhouse things that are always on offer in Wilkos. I don’t know how good they are compared to a proper greenhouse but again, as this is our first attempt we thought we’d start small.

When I get out there on Thursday I’ll post a few photos.

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Back to the old theme

Hmm, I didn’t care to much for the new theme so I’ve gone back to the old one.

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Light trails….take2

Take 2 you ask…well, I decided I wanted to try out photographing car light trails on Sunday evening after a friend of mine had posted some shots on Flickr. I packed up my gear and headed out. Unfort when I got there and started to unpack I’d realised that I’d left my tripod head at home…that’ll teach me (and it started to rain…double whammy). I had a go hand held but trying to keep it rock steady for the 30 sec exposure wasn’t producing any results…apart from some really weird light patterns.

On to today, I’d had a few bits n bobs to sort out so I’d taken the day off work and thought I’d try again this afternoon (this time double checking I’d packed everything).

This is the first time I’d used the full manual mode to setup my camera so, to be honest I wasn’t 100% sure what I was doing. After experimenting I soon learned which settings were working out o.k. For ref these were – ISO 100, F8.0, shutter speed – anything from 5 secs, when it was still light, to – 20/30 secs when totally dark.

M1 just after Jct28

M1 just after Jct28


I really like the one above, especially the red glow in the sky on the right made by the cars.



A38 near M1 Jct28

A38 near M1 Jct28

I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to try again.  Learnt a bit more about my camera and processing Raw in Photoshop.

Next time, I want to try and take some shots at street level after rain…maybe not on the M1 though 🙂

Also, I have bright green pen torch so I’m thinking about trying out some ‘light writing’ when I get chance.

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Brian the Cactus

More plant shots again…this time it’s ‘Brian’ the cactus who sits on my study window sill. Oh yeah, top tip…if you knock a cactus over, don’t try to catch it in mid flight 😦


1″ Spikes




Cactus Fireworks


Brian’s mate…’Vera’

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