Now where did that tree go?

Now where did that tree go?

A bit of a hurried post I’m afraid, babies and building are top of my list of things to do at the moment, although I did stop to take a few shots and take a closer look at my beech sapling, my ‘tree following’ subject. Unfortunately it looks like the damage from the deer or … Continue reading

‘C’mon Jack’

‘C’mon Jack’

From the house I walk down towards the barn, only 250m or so on a slight decline, but on the way back up it can be a challenge; especially after a long day or on the third trip to retrieve something you have forgotten from the barn! I can’t help but notice all the sprouting … Continue reading

I’m following a tree

I’m following a tree

Tired of following other blogs? Looking for some excitement and purpose in your life, have a camera and two minutes of free time once a month? Then you need to follow a tree as suggested by our friends  over at the provocatively named Loose and Leafy! Solarbeez first brought my attention to it and I … Continue reading

So what am I doing?

So what am I doing?

I know I went a little off topic on my last post so I thought it was time for an update on what I’m actually doing. Obviously the young Winkette is taking up some of my time, but with sleep dominating most of her day and night my involvement is minimal. The occasional nappy change, … Continue reading

Shice!

Shice!

Forgive the false advertising, but puppy pictures seem to work on my few Facebook followers :) I have read about it, done the research, even chuckled to myself as I have heard of other peoples accounts of it happing. Joseph Jenkins explains that it happened to him from 1993 to 1997; that’s four years that he … Continue reading

Loose ends

Loose ends

Don’t worry, it’s not a post about umbilical cords! Although I will quickly report that Zara insisted on getting in on the birthing action and delivered five puppies into the world on Wednesday the 19th, so plenty of umbilical cords in my life at the moment; it seems I was destined to be a dad! … Continue reading

M2nd061noma3340dEi5al5son

M2nd061noma3340dEi5al5son

Not the result from a complex password generator or a cryptic language  waiting to be deciphered, although the hospital computer records will contain the numbers and letters, what it translates to is that Michalina was born at 6:35 am on the 16th of February, mum and baby are both happy, healthy and beautiful.  :)

Its chilli time

Its chilli time

As I briefly alluded to in my last post I have started the propagation of this years chilli plants. In the past I have relied pretty much on my own seed from the previous years harvest and have always had reasonably good results; other than the frost disaster of a few years ago as I … Continue reading

A pregnant pause

A pregnant pause

I have no idea why I haven’t posted for so long, nothing I can put my finger on anyway, but I do know that I have no intention of giving the blog up; I know this may come as a bit of a disappointment to some, I’m sorry, but I intend to carry on and … Continue reading

Alcoholic constipation

Alcoholic constipation

A condition that many people suffered from in their late teens and early twenties, especially in the UK in the late 1980’s early 90’s; where the cultural consumption of alcohol seemed to explode as the nations disposable income increased and even if it didn’t for you, then having a pint seemed like a good way … Continue reading

Nuts, lumps, bumps and pumps

Nuts, lumps, bumps and pumps

I know, I know, it’s a while since I posted; what can I say! Events as ever have moved us (me) in unexpected directions and all I can do is try and stick to the road and hope that I don’t pick up too many points on my license on the way! And whilst this … Continue reading

Crop report

Crop report

Unlike our friends over at City and the Mountains I haven’t taken the time nor had the patience to weigh the produce we have collected from our kitchen garden; maybe in the future I’ll try to keep better records as it’s interesting to see exactly what comes of all the hard work. On the other … Continue reading

Going thermophilic

Going thermophilic

I have started two drafts to try and break the lull in my posting, one is an attempt to provide a round up of events over the last month or so, the second is a brief account of our wedding weekend; but as I reread them I just can’t seem to find the words to … Continue reading

Streaming or running?

Streaming or running?

Not a common modern day dilemma but one that we have faced over the last month or so. Running water or streaming internet; we have both, sadly in different locations! First of all we lost a bucket, well not so much lost as left it in an unreachable place; the bottom of the well. For … Continue reading

From sugar cube to pagoda

From sugar cube to pagoda

For those of you that follow the blog then you will have noticed my absence, for those who don’t then welcome to Winkos; a blog about all sorts of things centred around the construction of a straw bale house in Poland and our search for a life outside of the rat race. It’s almost a … Continue reading

No time like the present

No time like the present

OK, you may have guessed that there is no way that I’m going to catch up unless I come up with a radical solution and so, for one week only, I’m heading into a new format to enable me to provide an overview of progress over the last three weeks without having to rely on … Continue reading

July, almost August, the catch up continues

July, almost August, the catch up continues

I’m determined to try and catch up on July before August arrives, as I can see the slippery slope getting steeper and I’m loosing my footing; even so the catch may still be instalments as  I’m relying on dates of photos and the calendar to try and get things in order, not that it matters … Continue reading

June, or is it July already

June, or is it July already

It seems like an age since I last posted and sure enough it’s three weeks! We have had such a busy time with volunteers arriving, working and leaving, not to mention the on going work schedule which they have contributed to beyond my expectations. I almost don’t know where to start, so I’ll go back to … Continue reading

If I was a bee

If I was a bee

Originally posted on The optimistic pessimist:
If I was a bee Where would I be? Flying free A breeze carrying me Or sat near a tree By the old factory Looking down on the flea Envious of me.   If I was a bee What would I be? A worker endlessly Toiling restlessly Until the…