I thought I'd try and get a New Year's greeting in, while what little internet I have is working! The adverse weather is making connection spotty at best, and off at worst! It's a little chilly to say the least.
So here goes...
Happy New Year from the mountains. I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
All the best!
Yesterday afternoon, before the rain came, I was alerted to an intruder by the dog. These b*****ds were trespassing on my land and had completely ignored the posted signs.
I managed to snag a few pictures, after they'd scarpered onto my neighbours property. Seriously these wild turkeys have no respect for boundaries.
The weather was beautiful, yesterday afternoon. Mid sixties Fahrenheit and the sun was shining. I recently picked up some ultra-light action, fishing gear, and I wanted to try it out so I headed out to the reservoir.
It's an ugly place, wouldn't you agree?
Had an early start this morning... up at first light to walk the dog and check up on the local wildlife.
The last few months we've had a pair of Ospreys nesting on top of the pylon, at the local sub-station. They don't like people too close so we've always kept a respectful distance. Generally once you hear them call you're too close, and the female has a tendency to distract you away from the nest by circling.
The great news, this morning, is that the chicks seem to have fledged! We cou
10 miles from me is the beautiful town of Pine Valley. A few days a week I like to get out and fish their reservoir for a couple of hours.
Tonight was no different although the only thing biting was the mosquitoes!
Living in the mountains is very enjoyable. It's extremely peaceful but not exactly quiet. There's more deer than people in this part of the world and the road leading into the city is known as 'Venison Alley.'
Earlier this year I installed a trail cam, on my property. On my way out to work, one weekend, I saw a bobcat among the trees. I decided that I had to document what wanders through so I bought and installed one the same weekend. Now I haven't been able to document the bobcat since, so
Greetings and salutations.
Some of you may be aware that I recently moved into the back of beyond. I moved from England, in 2008, and I now live in mountains of southern Utah, USA. I live in a town with around 600 people in it. There are no shops here. No post office. Not even a petrol station. The nearest is about 10 miles away. The nearest city is 30 miles and that only as around 100,000 people in it. If you like solitude you'll love it here. If you need the occasional piss up we're only 2
With this being my first foray into long dogs and also because it gives me a record of progress, if any and failures. I thought I would start a blog about our journey. Combing my love of field sports and my love of writing also seems like a perfect idea so with that having been said I would like to welcome you all to the journey.
Merlin is my first ever long dog. His background will never be fully known as he is a rescue dog but we do no he is a lurcher with definite Saluki in him. He weig
This is to be my record of a year spent hunting down here in Cornwall. A long season awaits with two new horses and less than a fortnight after the puppy show that first text arrives, cubbing begins! Cubbing, or autumn hunting in modern parlance is not only a training ground for hounds but also for horses as the more sedate pace, shorter time spent out and smaller fields lend themselves to educating the novice. Early starts are the order of the day at this time of year, meeting at 7 am usually
I put this one on last night:
It's a new one on me, and at just £12, it's not expensive either.
I've done a few of these Brewmaker kits now, and they've all turned out OK.
The only difference this time is that I've used granulated sugar rather than Brewers Dextrose.
Don't get me wrong; I love the dextrose, it's easy to use and dissolves the instant it hits warm water, but at over £2 per kilo, and granulated available for just 69p from Lidl, I just can't afford it at the mome
As I posted the other night, I'm having a devil of a problem with gas at the moment....
Before any wit suggests it, my rear is producing it's normal quantity of methane; the problem is carbon dioxide in my beer....
The bottled brew (of unknown origin) is so lively it's undrinkable, so in an attempt to rescue what should be a decent brew, I've had to bring the bottles indoors and try and gently release the excess gas.
This is a slow and frustrating process.
You have to carefully r
Here we go then......
The blog of a slightly eccentric molecatcher who enjoys making his own grog......
Now, I've thought long and hard about where to start off, and at the request of Hampshire Wasp, I was going to post a whole heap of information about barrels, but fate stepped forward this evening, and I thought we'd just mention gas for a minute.....
Now gas, the production and retention of, has caused me some trouble of late.
Just take a look at this:
What should be
We are trying to rehome our truly lovey Patterdale x terrier, Kevin, with full history known in advance.
He is a Patterdale x JR, 4 yrs old, chipped, neutered, inoculated. Travels in footwell of car.
He is dark brown, one ear up, one down. He smiles and attempts to laugh. He is keen, bright and eager to please.
House trained and can use a cat flap.
He isnt trustworthy with other dogs and he isnt used to young children.
He doesnt yap and is happy to be left should the need arise.
He is scar
I love meat. Im a carnivore (besides the odd apple) but Christmas brings a dilemma. You see I hate turkey, to me it is a bland tasteless meat so I must look elsewhere for my festive grub. I found it too: goose and duck. Fabulous meats and when cooked right can knock yer tastebuds into next week. I will add pics once completed.
How many murderers are executed every year in the United States these days? Forty? Fifty? I think I can safely say that its certainly not over sixty. If I was an Anti Death Penalty supporter I would be pretty happy with those figures. With that rate they soon won't be strapping anyone to a gurney, and as less are indeed getting sentenced to death by American courts this is exactly whats happening. Its easier for opponents to get some thing abolished if support is low and surely it must be if a m
According to media reports (and its being confirmed as I type this), Baby P's scum-mother, has been released from prison. This is a woman who allowed her young son be tortured to death by her evil boyfriend and his equally twisted brother.
I HEREBY RENAME THIS ONCE GREAT ISLE, JOKE BRITAIN, WHERE ONLY CRIMINALS AND CROOKED POLITICIANS WIN! THE DECENT, HARD WORKING AMONG US ARE LEFT TO FESTER, AND WATCH OPEN MOUTHED AND SEETHING AS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, THE SICK AND THE LAWLESS TRIUMPH. WOE IS
The Cravings Of A Welshman
A drunken Welshman
he prowled the streets
for a simple Englishman.
To pick his bones
and lob the stones,
into pools of choir
as Myfanwy groans.
The ale and laver
does hwyl his soul,
to fields of coal.
On Burry Port
and Pembrey shores,
knows his cockle chores.
Gwenllian walks in Kidwelly mun,
without her head,
beyond the sun.
Where bards run riot
The cawl is deep
the lovespoons quiet.
Long he slee
Having listened to the politicians conferences (and again shaken my head at their obvious lies) and heard all of the "a better Britain" spiel, I just want to ask: a better Britain for whom exactly? We, Britons need a Britain for Britons. Never mind about Cameron giving tax breaks to his wealthy cronies and opening the gates to all and sundry. We need a Britain for US, the hardworking folk who make this country GREAT. A country where we are not spied on 24/7 with CCTV, a place we can fly our flag
This is a first for myself joining a BLOG! Just created a profile yesterday. Not that tecno minded so I thought I'd give it a try.
I submitted my SG application to our Licencing Dept at Northern Constabulary, and was delighted at the speed of the response!
Two days after submitting the application my referee was on the phone to say that he'd been contacted and he'd done the nesscary. Working offshore i was shocked when the wife told me that later that week they had being on the phone to arr