Saturday, June 28, 2008

Glastonbury 2008

"A bit like The Battle of Stalingrad, sponsored by The Guardian" - David Quantick, on Glastonbury.

The Now Show - BBC Radio 4

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Roland @ iTunes

As from today, 'Patch Of Paradise' is also available from iTunes :

Roland @ iTunes

Friday, June 20, 2008


Nearly ready - just need another week of sun. Shame it's set to rain.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ideal Soundtrack

Crikey - not only does Graham 'Hi Hi' Duff write and act in BBC Three's superb 'Ideal', but he's also responsible for selecting most of the soundtracks and was once a late night radio DJ.

He's posted tracklistings for all four series at the Ideal Forum, enabling me to track down the rather wonderful Sol Seppy - 'Enter One', as goosebumpy as Amiina & Lee Hazelwood.

Ideal Tracklistings

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Esbjorn Svensson

Tragic to lose such a great jazz pianist. The E.S.T. represented all that was good about contemporary jazz. Having spent a year in Stockholm and being born the same year, I literally felt i knew where he was coming from :

Guardian Obituary

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Uncle from U.N.C.L.E.

Christopher Cary, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Strange Man Affair, 1965

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

1966 and all that

A friend lent me a copy of a 1966 episode of Batman, in which my late uncle, Christopher Cary, played a kilt-wearing Scotsman. Priceless lunacy !!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Rhubarb Rhubarb

Swapped a few cabbage seedlings for the right to help ourselves to rhubarb.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Harvest & Sow

Spuds coming on nicely - no sign of blight, yet.

Harvested :

Broad Beans
Pak Choi

Sowed :

Pak Choi

Planted Out :

Cobra Beans
Sweet Corn

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Broad Beans

Despite an attack of blackfly, the broad bean harvest is a good un.

Been picking around half a kilo every few days.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Spring Harvest

Harvested artichokes, broad beans, lettuce, rocket, radishes, peas.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


I was only expecting the angelica to last two years. This is part of one which was growing at home and I divided, three years ago. Perhaps this is the last year. We made crystallised angelica from the stems a few years ago.

Monday, June 02, 2008

This Year's Frog

This is the only one of seven froglets that survived this year. Then he hopped out of the jar in the garden one day.

A bit blurred - didn't use a tripod.

Coming up for air.

I probably should have kept them out of the sunlight.

Beginnings in the allotment pond.