I went for a walk on the beach with my youngest this morning, a walk to try and make me forget the horrors other parents in our neighbouring city Manchester were at that moment enduring. I knew Facebook and the media would be full of horror stories and of the usual clichés....I wanted none of it.Our govt and betters refuse to do what is needed to stop the slaughter of our children and I am beyond angry.If I speak out I will be punished if my words reach the wrong ears and the wicked comforted, so I do in my own quiet way the myriad small things I can do to secure my childrens safety.....my little girl played in the sand.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Monday, 15 May 2017
One of the first jobs I ever took on was a Georgian townhouse in Liverpool's Hope street the home of the cities two Cathedrals complete with views of the river and the mountains of Wales. I'd lived in the area for a few years and even though it was the red light district and bordered Toxteth I knew it was a good place to buy as it was a rare untouched survivor of Liverpools more prosperous past. The entrance to the house needed new steps and railings cast from the surviving few, the door and surround dismantling and painstakingly repaired and replaced where required. I didn't have as much money to spend on my renovations then and so I was hands on most aspects of this restoration to cut costs and for many more afterwards........ something of an apprenticeship I think
Friday, 5 May 2017
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
My girls and my precocious 3 year old niece have been asking (demanding) that I build them a little cottage for summer, so in between more serious work I made a start today. With the help of my Brother in law (Monkey) we first set some dense block in concrete for founds and then made up a simple frame from 3x3 tanalised we had knocking around. Tomorrow we will frame the roof and then frame up the little clock tower....its not going to be just a simple little house is it?
Friday, 31 March 2017
Thursday, 23 March 2017
While working on the Ramones Guitar copy for my daughter I have been thinking about my love for the band and their music, something that has outlasted most other fads etc in my life. The pics here show myself and a bunch of other Huyton boys meeting the brothers Ramone outside Liverpool Erics club in early 77. We were just hanging about town (as 16 year olds did) when we met the band and by getting to know them and humping gear into the club we got in free that night....and what a night! The sound and the impact of the band that night still reverberates through my life today...who'd a thunk it?
Saturday, 18 March 2017
The paint has been drying for 5 weeks so I decided to get started on the finishing work. Its an easy if tedious job involving firstly using wet and dry paper from 1000 to 2000 grade (making sure not to burn through clear coat) and then polishing with 3 grades of liquid polish. A couple of hours elbow grease resulted in a glass like finish with only small patches of faint orange peel near holes for pickups. After 24 hours mulling it over I decided to give it another going over,so today a couple of hours should see the whole guitar finished to satisfaction and then its onto the neck and headstock.
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Spring is just around the corner so I've been busy the last couple of weeks doing jobs around here in preparation for the hopefully good weather to come. To make good the damage done by various storms I've quite a few fence panels to make which is pretty tedious and is amongst the jobs we scornfully refer to as haberdashery (it's a builders thing). When I get them finished I can get things ready for the roof to come off part of the house and new windows and stone surrounds fitted....that's more like it!