Month: April 2016

Victorian Walled Garden

This will be a recurring project over the Summer and beyond. The challenge will be to rehabilitate the garden in conjunction with the construction and refurbishment of the adjoining house. It faces south and is stone walled all the way around. The first step is to level and sod a section to provide the kids… Read more »

Context? Ah Do It Yourself

So sullied and abused has it become at the hands of all manner of eejit politicians that you’d nearly be afraid to use the word “context” anymore. At this stage it can rightly take its place alongside ”in terms of” on the list of perfectly good pieces of the language hijacked and destroyed by the… Read more »

Bloom 2016

There are many strands to the situation which is unfolding in Syria. Primarily there is the human cost; lives lost, horrific injuries, families torn apart, violent and traumatic displacement, the uncertain plight of millions of refugees. There is also the decimation of the country and with it a rich cultural heritage stretching back thousands of… Read more »

Put Beyond Many Uses

Marginal land. It comes up fairly frequently. How do we make it productive, how do we treat it, what can be done with it? A surprisingly large percentage of agricultural land in this country can be defined as marginal land. According to the OECD’s glossary of statistical terms, “Marginal land is land of poor quality… Read more »