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Hops as of march 27th

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrv-P2C-HYM?wmode=transparent]

Just a few on show. Missing out mature goldings and challenger crown. Will use a better camera when there is something worth sharing.

I started a new youtube account for bits of the allotment. The other account is full of rubbish.

Oh and the video was editied with OpenShot video editor.

Garlic growing

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Easier than I thought

Mini strawberry patch in the greenhouse

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Moved four runners under glass. Will see if they have any great advantage over the outdoor patch.


In Spanish there is a word for which I can't find a counterword in English. It is the verb vacilar, present participle vacilando. It does not mean vacillating at all. If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere, but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction. Everything in the world must have a design or the human mind rejects it. But in addition, it must have purpose or the human conscience shies away from it.

-John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley)

One sore thumb and the bird box is up

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Parsnip stout and treacle ale

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Mock beers in an old book.


Hobo stove

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Its low on wax with no wick after bonfire night but still burns with a little help.


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Never grown this before. Will be interesting.


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Typical nottinghamshire library

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Beer bread

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Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. 1 Cup white, 1 cup whole meal and 300ml of murphys stout.

Brandywines starting to grow


Baby hops...

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always look like something else.

What I read this January and February.

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Last year I only read 30 books. That includes huge novels such as Brothers Karamazov, the Idiot and Anna Karenina.

So far to beat that, for the first two months of the year, I've read 5. I have been busy with 'things' and tend to try and squeeze an hour's reading everyday. 

Resurrection, Tolstoy. Different to other works. The style is more direct. It is about a nobleman who got his childhood friend, a servant girl, pregnant and forgot about her. He stumbles upon her later in life in court as a prostitute and tries to make up for it. 3/5

Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Sci-fi Darwinism. A group of stranded humans -the only ones left, are stranded on the Galapagos and evolve. 2/5. 

No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy. Thriller written with Cormac's minimal style. A Vietnam veteran comes across a bag load of drug money and is chased by a violent psychopath. 4/5. 

Notes from Underground, Dostoyevsky. Existentialist ramblings of an outcast. Not for those who are presently comfortable in society or life, if so I doubt you could relate to it. Written in two parts. The philosophy of the underground man, and a short story. I prefer his later work like the Idiot. 4/5.

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller. I find it funny how this was banned for so long. At first Miller tries to hard to shock with the four letter c word with efforts that seem laughable in today's context. However after a couple pages he writes, and writes well. Dream like at times with pages and pages of raw description and monologues. 3/5.