Author Archives: Steve

St Barnabas Hospice Hearts

I’m a regular supporter of the hospice because of how they looked after Jane in her final weeks. Over the last few years they have created small steel sculptures for donations. This year it was a heart and all of … Continue reading

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First Bee Inspection

I’ve dipped into the hive several times over the past months to feed the bees and now, with the warmer weather, it was time to open them up and take a look to see what’s going on. The bees are … Continue reading

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Wardrobe, Greenhouse and Bees…

The disruption from having the wardrobe fitted last week has finished and the dust has settled – literally. It has given me an opportunity to cull my clothes and I have several bags ready to take to the hospice charity … Continue reading

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Bedroom Update

After eight years of temporary shelving and clothe rails I decided last autumn to have the walk-in wardrobe fitted properly. I’ve had to wait three months but at last the work is about to start. I’ve temporarily vacated the bedroom, … Continue reading

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u3a Photography Themes

This month’s u3a photography challenge has been umbrellas and macro photography. To rise to the macro challenge I bought some extension tubes in February. The last time I used them was about 30 years ago. Then I used a fixed … Continue reading

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Good Weather, Food & Bees

The weather has been so good over the past week that I’ve managed to get out and about several times. H came to stay and we went to Chapel St Leonards where we walked for two hours along the beach … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers…

A tour of flowers around the garden…

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Tech and Gardening…

After 3 years of good service I decided to retire my Samsung Galaxy S10 and buy a new S22. The changeover is made easier by connecting the old and new together and transferring Apps and data, however there are still … Continue reading

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Work in Progress…

Over the past few months I’ve taken responsibility for developing and managing two more websites – Market Rasen Beekeepers and Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association. At the same time WordPress, the tool I use for building sites is undergoing changes in how … Continue reading

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Old Friends…

At the weekend the “family” managed to get together for the first time in many months. We managed to book a table at the Britannia Inn, Northampton. A good time was had by all. I also met up with my … Continue reading

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Party, Cyphers and Stones

At the beginning of last weekend H and I went to a retirement/birthday party for one of H’s friends and ex work colleagues, Neera. The party was in Milton Keynes so we stayed overnight at the Peartree Lodge hotel. We … Continue reading

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Dutch Courage…

My brother-in-law and his wife, R&N. took part in the Dakar rally in January. Two weeks in the gruelling Saudi dessert. When the rally was over the car it was shipped to the Netherlands and Richard asked me if I … Continue reading

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Dull, wet and windy

Not all of my weeks are busy or exciting. The past week has been very dull. The high winds brought in by storms Dudley and Eunice thankfully haven’t had a major impact on the Pig Yard. The mature trees have … Continue reading

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Packing it in…

It’s been a busy week because I’ve had H (previously known as Julia) staying with me. We met up with my college friends, Tim & Wid, in Barton on Wednesday. Widdy hasn’t been well and it was so good to … Continue reading

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February Arrives

The month began with me attending the funeral of a friend in Derby. It was an interesting day because it was a Catholic service and, as someone who avoids church, it was a fascinating experience alongside the inherent sadness. It … Continue reading

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Keeping Busy

Now the greenhouse is complete I needed to install the power socket I’d removed from the shed. It was very cold (3 degrees C) but I cracked on with the job and after a couple of hours it was installed, … Continue reading

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Another New Arrival

I’ve been waiting since the end of August for my greenhouse to arrive and be constructed. Like all purchases during these Covid times there seems to be a variety of reasons why “stuff” isn’t available sooner than 3 months or … Continue reading

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New Arrivals

My new Lumix G9 camera arrived this week. Considering it’s second-hand it is in excellent condition. I’ve managed to buy a £900 camera for under £400 taking into account the part exchange on the old equipment. The manual is a … Continue reading

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Weekend Jobs

With the arrival of the new greenhouse imminent I had to start the process of channelling out the concrete to run the armoured electricity cable. As it stands the cable would come up outside the new frame. It didn’t take … Continue reading

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Six Years and Counting

How to mark the sixth anniversary of Jane’s death was difficult. Recollections and memories can easily slip into wallowing and self-pity so I decided to do something we would have both enjoyed. I drove to Chapel St Leonards on the … Continue reading

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