Musical Boxes

We have lots of different tunes, but due to copyright of their titles we’ll just have to describe them: Its’ all about fighting for a big seat (Spoiler: nearly everyone dies) It’s based at a school where everyone has a wand About a young lady and a bit of a monster Its’ not as miserable as it sounds and only most people die It’s about a boy who’s father is a baddy with breathing problems…

The manically grinning ticket machine

After an uneventful trip to Ikea, I was reminded of a visit a few years ago that was more eventful and searched the archives for my thoughts on that visit: Having purchased an immoderate quantity of raw pickled fish, I left Ikea, and unusually, remembered to remove the parking ticket from my wallet, before sitting upon it, and thus negating the awkwardness of extricating it at the barrier . With the aforementioned ticket held at…

Bluebells!

Down at Pondhead enclosure, the Bluebells are coming on thick and fast. Click on the box on the right to go full screen, then use the arrows on the left to see what it looked like when we cut it in January. More can be found about Pondhead and the work of the volunteers here: http://www.pondheadconservation.org.uk/

Walnut flip-click-clock

Well it looks like a block of walnut; it is walnut, just not quite solid. Inside there’s some of that modern wizardry stuff. The time is projected through the wood (yes, really) Set the alarm, then simply tap the top surface to snooze, or flip it over to turn off alarm (if you can’t see a picture of an alarm clock on the top, then it’s not on.) ) Alarm (flip to turn off) Rechargeble…

Coppicing

I blogged about some chainsaw coppicing over at Pondhead But that failed to show the stirling work of the majority of the volunteers achieve, so here is another info-panarama-graphic-thingy to redress the balance. As before click on the top right square to go full screen and get a better view. The original panorama is here : Green gym

The Birds are back – competition

..and the air was thick with the wings of birds coming home to roost To celebrate getting our windows filled with so many wonderful hand-carved birds, we’re going to give one away!** Just comment here, or on our facebook page which bird is your favorite and why, then next friday we will pick a winner at random and announce it that day* Here’s a list of all the birds we stock:BlueTitGreenfinchGreatTitGreenWoodpeckerHousesparrowKingfisherNutHatchRobinSpottedWoodpeckerTreecreeperYellowWagtailWrenGoldfinchCrestedTitGoldcrestLongTailedTitMistleThrushRedwingBullfinchChafinch These birds are all…

Swedish Door Harps

After a gap of eight years, we finally have a range of door harps back in stock. A Scandinavian musical instrument hung on the inside of your front door to welcome guests into your home with a beautiful soothing sounds as the door opens and closes …or you can hang one on the fridge door, as a tuneful alarm to stop night raiders, Traditionally a Swedish folk item, these door harps are made from beautiful…

Growing spoons

My spoon collection is growing.. Each spoon is pyrographed with it’s name after..being polished with wax after..being sanded with 5 grades of sandpaper after..being carved using a couple of whittling knives after..being shaped with a draw-knife on a shave horse after..the outline being formed using a saw and sawn-off bill-hook, after..a slice being split from a log using a froe, afterthe log being cut from our coppicing work over at http://www.pondheadconservation.org.uk/ The rules are that…