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Reflections 2019 w44

The greenhouse is finished, and, after a lousy start, the replacement pains were cut.

Now anyone that has had the displeasure to have to cut used greenhouse glass will know, the normal technique that we are all taught on how to cut glass, has a high failure rate. that method being…Score, press down over a table edge where the score line is. You just end up hoping that the break is veered off to the waste side of the cut, so the glass can be nibbled away to the line.

This apparently is because the used glass has altered its structure over time, and now has micro cracks in it.

But this technique works..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvzvAaXR_oY&t=140s

I could tell you the technique, but I prefer that this chap gets the credit.

I went from 100% fail rate to 100% success on my first attempt of this method and techniques. Along with an oil filled glass cutter for £3.50.

If you ever need to cut second hand glass, give this video a  watch.

Reflections 2019 w43

It’s another allotment update this week.

The greenhouse has a new seals and a roof with one wall. One forgot how heavy glass gets when you move it around, especially overhead. So after finishing the roof, and numb arms, my lower back decided to join in the fun, one or both, of my lower back disc bulges have flared up, pinching a nerve or two.

I worked on a current art project whilst immobilised but I have to get the greenhouse finished before the winter weather halts play. So I went up today and did a side on it. One now knows about it. But it’s the wrong time of year to have a bad back. apart from the greenhouse.

Leaves have to be collected, lots of leaves. The aim for this year is a 100 bin bags worth. Last year I collected 50 and ran out a couple off months ago but have created much more space for them this year. I plan to be using free compost on all no dig beds next October.

On a plus note the onions are just starting to sprout, and a couple of garlic. The peas are being attacked by pigeons.

I’m working on that, but the greenhouse first.

Reflections 2019 w42

The greenhouse is nearly completed. A few more frame pieces to go on and then the rubber and one can start glazing. Just in time for the freezing weather.

My time working on it has been limited because of the carpel tunnel in my arms, it causes me to drop the tools when working overhead, and because of the angles of the nuts, they have to be done – overhead. Otherwise i would be onto the glazing stage now.

Anyhow, I will at least be able to start experimenting with a thermal battery in the greenhouse, basically a barrel of water that gets heated up in the daytime by the sun, to see if it will make any difference to making the greenhouse frost free. Thats the goal, I do not want it at a high temperature, just enough to stave off the freezing.

I have yet to decide which side to place the top window, and wether or not to use one off the old greenhouse.

Yet to research…Is there a reason the top opening windows are staggered? Or can they be placed opposite one another? Two on one side, against the prevailing wind direction. or not.

Is there a reason for the open window placement???

One hates my brain when it goes off on a tangent like this.

Reflections 2019 w41

It’s getting lonely at the allotment, for this year, my first year of having my own plot, I am growing over winter. And I am the only one that is.

Plus I have the greenhouse to assemble.

The plant suppliers have unfortunately let me down with the autumn asparagus, that will not be arriving until march now. But one has planted the broad beans, peas,  winter lettuce, over wintering kale, cabbage and broccoli, I think.

For some reason this year has had a bunch of labels disappear, and my papers with notes on have been destroyed in the move around. However, with all the rearranging that has taken place this year, any veg grown is just classed as a bonus.

Last years leaf mould has yet to be moved into its next container, to make room for this years leaves. Some more branch shredding, moving water buts to their final places, guttering and of course the greenhouse to be assembled, glazed and benches/shelving to be built inside it.

The plot started looking like a building site and it looks like it may see the latter parts of the year looking like one as well.

But it should be finished for the start of the next season, and I will be in front with the crops.

Well that’s the plan.

Reflections 2019 w40

One went to the allotment to harvest some crops and had an unusual sight, it left one wondering if this winter is actually going to be a winter here in the uk.

The sight was of a squirrel, nothing unusual there, but this one was on a fellow plot holders sweetcorn. Well, what was left of it.

The squirrel had eaten nearly the entire lot.

Squirrels are common around the plots, but one has never seen them go for the sweetcorn before, especially eating it in situ on the stalk. They had left only the cores. A sad reminder of the crop that was.

I also had a couple eaten as well.

Normally the damage done by wildlife is minimal, but this year it seems to have been heavier. Whole crops have been decimated, and not by the usual suspects – the slugs.

I had problems at the beginning of the year with squirrels, they kept pinching my fleece of the plots, piece by piece. I presume to build nests. But unless I cover my entire plot with a fruit cage and netting one is going to have to stop the problem somehow.

Luckily for the squirrel, killing them is the last option. The first is to see if everything is trying to fatten up for a bad winter. This would explain the extra eating nature seems to be doing.

I am going to make some precautionary measures so the over winter crops get some protection, just in case.

One prefers working with nature whenever possible, even attracting it into the plot as helpers. But I’m not spending my time and money growing organic food stuffs for it over me. And I’m not against the idea of pigeon and squirrel in the pot.

They have been told this.

Reflections 2019 w28

There are four of us at the art group that have started to learn how to the ukulele, I know its not the kind of thing one would expect to hear connected with the words art group, but we roll different than most.

This week was the second half hour we have had and we can now all pretty much strum together, at the same beat. Instead of strum, strum, strum…..Change finger placement for G, strum, strum strum….Change finger placement to C, strum…….

So by the time we changed on a four beat, we only strummed three times, if we were lucky, and not at the same time as everyone else.

It has helped that we are all complete and utter beginners with a brain that completes one task at a time. Hence the pause. This meant that we could laugh at the mistakes, not get embarrassed by them. A huge difference to the learning curve.

Thankfully I do not have to sing on top of the playing as well.

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Reflections 2019 w23

The path at the allotment is two slabs, yet to get, away from being finished. A little bit of planting to do, and that is the plot design finished till later on in the year when I complete the greenhouse, if it does not get swapped, hence the no rush approach.

My sons happy memory toy, the opposite of his worry monster, I did not like the idea he had only an unpleasant memory storage system, has been finished and passed onto my son. His design on paper became an actual thing.

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Done

I know it’s not a perfect match, but he was warned it was my first time doing a zipper, along the belly, and that I was going to do Hop in one go, no prototypes to alter the pattern.

It was a strange creation, where I learnt a couple of lessons about batting and sewing machines. The zipper was not perfect (the belly), but it works, that is all I was asking of it.I kept it straight as it was my first one.

Skill will come with practice.

So, onto the next project…Another experimental piece, for someone at group. Thankfully it is a painting this time, with a twist.

One has also scheduled more poems, this take me up to September now.

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