A year in the Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

The forest of Dean Time certainly flies. Today we will have lived here in Cinderford in the forest of dean for a year. It has gone incredibly quickly and I have to say it was a good decision. Both Vanda and I love it here. The area is gorgeous and Cinderford is a smashing little town. We have lots of … Read More

Oh dear Cinderford Council – @cinderfordtc

A couple of weeks back I emailed Cinderford council using the email on their web site which is clerk@ . It was a simple query asking why the minutes from meetings were not shown on their web site. As you can see from the picture the last entries were for 2015, so nothing for 2 years. Here is the text … Read More

10 Reasons to Support Local Businesses

Forest of Dean Butcher

Support your local business I have always felt that it is very important to support local businesses and I do practice what I preach. More on that later but here are a few reasons you should too. 1 Local Economy Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and shopping at local businesses is much better for the economy of … Read More

Designing Web Sites

Nicks Timber

Web Design As many of you know I retired last year and sold my company ( see my profile ) I still get a lot of web design requests but I am now fussy on who I take on. My last big project was Nicks Timber and I still maintain that site and give general advice. Since then I have … Read More

Free pink Floyd Tickets

pink floyd

I have 2 tickets available if anyone would like them. I bought them for an old friend who sadly died and would like to see them used

Pea Sticks collected from the Forest of Dean

Great area for pea sticks

Pea Sticks Our early peas are coming on nicely now. We had protected them from the birds but now they need some support. So as we are living in the gorgeous forest of dean we took a little trip up the road and there of course wood that is ideal for pea sticks is in abundance. ( we do have … Read More

Exploring the forest of dean

Forest of Dean

Finding things in the Forest of Dean The forest of Dean is a beautiful area, partly in Gloucestershire but bordered by Herefordshire and very close to Wales. It has always been one of my favourite areas and we have now lived in Cinderford for nearly a year. Of course it isn’t just the lovely countryside, there are hundreds of great … Read More

Potting On

Potting on sweet peas

Gardening has been a real joy this last week. Today I have been out in the sunshine potting on. We have re potted climbing fuschias , sweet peas, spring onions and strawberries. I have also planted runner bean seeds and some climbing french beans, so hopefully the next few weeks should see them coming up. New potatoes are springing up … Read More

Compost is the fuel for your garden

We have now been gardening here for nearly a year and I did start a compost heap. Now looking at it it doesn’t look terribly wonderful, but we have never stopped adding to it so the top layers are really bound to look like that. So I took the top layer off and started shoveling out the compost and used … Read More

Zen and the art of Gardening

Zen and the art of Gardening

The Benefits of Gardening Many people have written and spoken of the benefits of gardening on health from newspapers to the national health service, but most of them only mention the physical side. I’m not decrying that, naturally good physical health is vital to us all and even just pottering is beneficial, but there is more to be gained than … Read More