Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Express to Nowhere...

Ah bummer...the trailer I so coveted is on its way back to its source. Def too shitty to rescue, I yanked off its reflectors and two fine wheels to act as spares for our trips - we currently ride up to 40km which is a record for us at weekend.

Other recycling news...the box my neighbour gave me which contained as laser not will as of Feb 2009 contain horse shit. A few bits of wood extra to give a bit of height and hey presto! A patent horse shit "hotbed" for growing early veg in freezing Bavaria!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting into astronomy

Nice request from "bbulldog" from "The Brits" expat forum has me updating this slightly dormant blog. I want to resurrect this blog again this autumn. Checked out the skies tonight but mist covered all so stayed in and sank a cider for a change.

Right how to get started with an ETX once you've bought it? One word, Weasner. Do not pass go and check out Mike Weasner's site for everything you need to know, that the manuals are afraid to print. It's all there.

Did I say one word? No two words! Nobody expacts the Spanish Inquisition!

The second word is Clay Sherrod! You have to buy a 505 cable which allows you to download Autostar Tours for your handset. Then check out the "Observational Guides and References" section of Weasner, written by Dr Clay. the idea is this. You download the Tour, then print out and read the webpage appertaining to that Tour, ideally take it out and read it by an old red bike backlight like I do.

I use Stellarium (www.stellarium.org) to figure out which constellations I will see well for my location. The higher the better generally.

For learning about the sky in the absence of a good teacher, I owe a lot to Dr Clay's starting me off.

I'd also recommend Burnhams Celestial Handbook to inspire you to find different objects up there.

Hope you have as much fun as I have.

Friday, October 24, 2008

"A Clydeside that rusts on the tears of its broken men" The Death of Thatcherism?

I've been glued to the web recently reading about the financial crisis. Although I ended up a geographer I studied A level Economics and was reasonably good at it such that I was considering sitting an "S" level in addition to my "A" level The lyric above is by Marillion which refers to the huge job losses suffered by the ship workers during the selling off of the shipyards by the evil Thatcher in the 1980s to make rich city people richer to enable them to rip off the poor over the next decades.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

A mug and a trailer

Nice Christmas mug in the "Bauschrott" skip went straight into the dishwasher and joy of joys - an old bike trailer! Complete with attachment to a bike! Faded as hell canvas but maybe we can do something to renovate it!

Fritatta

Dug out a recipe from my mate's veg book on Fritatta. In it went home grown pumpkin from the Sonnenacker, marjoram from the herb bed and free range eggs bought from the next village. The stock was simply potato water which I make a habit of keeping in the fridge often now.

What I like to do with new recipes is check out "Fritatta" on wiki for the basic principle of the recipe - in this case an omelette mixed in with veg, which means I can in future when stuck for ideas create my own. For example I know broccoli/cauliflower and cheese like each other so there's a new recipe before we've even started.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Realism in gardening

Well the last of the harvest is coming in. Pumpkins (Dominic (2) calls it "punkin"), leeks, celery (get that mirepoix cooking!) and potatoes in the list.

I am starting to think about next year realistically and I just came across this article which gave me pause for thought.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Breaking News! Explosion heard in my cellar!

Nope nothing dramatic like on CNN rather a bottle of my lovely grape juice made a month ago fermenting into a frizzy and blowing up.

Tonight it was put into a demijohn and left on the tile stove to ferment.