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Fear and loathing and cleaning the kitchen.
January 30, 2017, 9:34 am
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I am trying to put off cleaning up the kitchen. I have been to the supermarket and bought loads of cleaning materials some of it quite expensive because I am worth it. I have chased up online orders for my husband that have failed to show. I have even attempted half heartily to do my online tax return which means I have to face up to the hard reality of my failure. I might even run down to the allotment and have a quick look at what I am going to do after I have cleaned the kitchen. I hate cleaning the kitchen.

This is a list of things I am going to do.

I am going to finish clearing up the mess I made in the study when I got new floor covering and a new tool chest. I still have not got the bookbinding area cleared up and ready for work.

I am going to get rid of tools, materials and equipment I am not going to use again. It goes on eBay, in to peoples hands or it goes in the bin.

I am going to photograph every scrap of Jeffery paper I have and then give it all away to the print making department. I’ll post all the photographs on the blog.

Right I am now going to spend the next 90 minutes of my phoney baloney life in cleaning the kitchen. Hopefully there will be something distracting on the radio.

The garden notebook.
January 9, 2017, 9:26 am
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One of the things I am considering is just to make journals and albums for people who have an allotment. It’s more niche than a niche thing but it has a purpose in it. I would have a wallet on the back board that would allow a folded plan of the beds and area of the plot which would be laminated so that you could wipe off previous plans.

The more I think about it making allotment books is no more sillier than any of my previous ideas.


When I am not thinking about making books I am thinking about the garden.
January 6, 2017, 10:04 am
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This is my allotment it is uncompromisingly industrial. It has no smooth edges. It is rammed full of materials from building sites. It is at one with concrete and breeze blocks.

It is what it is and the man who created it was not concerned with creating a narrative that is promoting beauty and loveliness he was making a garden that produced prize winning produce. He created structures that could withstand winters and would not fall down.

He made wide open beds and several raised beds. He loved to pour concrete and he never seen a scaffolding pole he didn’t like.  The garden is a temple of Dexion. Dexion is an industrial shelving system and it is every where.

So I have been on this site for one year now and this is what I have learnt.

Restore everything and beauty is a lie.


If you have an allotment with a lot of structure then add more structure. I particularly like the hose pipe control we have added when the man seen it he said ‘does that thing shoot lasers?’ I am going to have another one for the other side.

What I am going to do is reduce some of the noise thats going down. I am going to remove all the rusted Dexion that is holding up the green debris netting  and replace it with wooden fence posts and new netting which is dark. I am going to paint all the rusting scaffolding pole with primer and metal paint. I am going to remove the piles of bricks, breeze blocks and blue water barrels. If it’s broken I am going to fix it. I am going to tone down the harsh yellow of the water pipes that are used to support netting on brassicas.


I am going to paint the shed. I am going to put new netting on the grow house which was used to grow chrysanthemums and change it’s use in to a fruit cage.


I am going to set the wheelie bin free by taking it to a back street and let it be with it’s ain folk. I am going to get stuck in to more paint action as soon as it has stopped raining.

I am going to put a couple of paths on the beds. Because it’s hard to access them for weeding, feeding and taking produce. I’ve been told by an old gardener that I need my arse kicked for doing this but let them kick. A bed this size is daunting and specific.  It’s a ‘five rows of 50’  kind of thing. I am going to put in three paths and and divide that area in to three beds I am going to use rows of chives and lavender to soften things. Weed suppressant fabric  is our friend especially the stuff that has pre-cut heat treated holes because nothing frays like weed suppressant fabric.


This is a traditional leek trench it did have a cover supported with bright yellow water pipe but it had failed in a really bad storm and I dismantled it because I can’t access the bed from all sides. I am going to reduce the height of the woods, repaint them and put up new wind break. The shed is going to be repainted.


Dexion and debris netting and at least ten watering cans. In the summer first thing in the morning I fill the watering cans and leave them out side the garden and when I come down in the afternoon they are at the right temperature to feed and water the plants.


This is the poly tunnel all tidied up for the winter. The two vines have been pruned and the little peach tree has been joined by a fig, olive, pomegranate and a kiwi fruit.


This is the corner of a green house where I have stored some of the summer squashes and I am going to make butternut squash soup for lunch.





I made some books for people.
January 3, 2017, 2:49 pm
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I make two sorts of books. I make books for people I know and these books are made for a specific reason. I am not going to tell you the reasons for these books but I had to make strong and powerful and playful.


Sometimes I introduce books to other books. This a little fuck yeah book.


This book had to be made as well.


Just holding this book is powerful.


I love the idea of recording every meal and snack. What if you kept this book going for years adding everything in tiny handwriting.

The other books I make are for people I will never meet and I have to do my best for the little books so that they will be bought. I went back to the craft shop and gave them my new books and we talked about some new work. The next series of books I am going to make are ‘little book of love’ and I want to have them ready for the end of the month so they are going to be around for Valentine’s day.