Quick Links 19th June 2017

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

Life In General. – It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention of the shocking images from London this week. A massive tragedy, followed by more government incompetence, and a demonstration from our PM that she’s really not up to that particular job.

Outside of that I’ve mostly been doing random gardening jobs for my Mum this week. She’s had hedges that needed cutting, a gate that need a hinge replacing and lawns that needed mowing. I’m sure there were a few other things as well, but they’ve slipped my mind for the time being.

I also made a start on sorting out my Dad’s shed. It’s a job that I had put off from the cold weather of winter until now, and emotionally was a lot harder than I was expecting.

​I came across a copy of an old woodworking magazine, it was older than me and had projects for building a surfboard and an ironing board. What I didn’t spot until someone commented on it on Facebook, was the plans for a sewing cabinet.

My Dad started making one for my Mum before I was born, but never finished it. It became a bit of a family joke. I think this magazine was probably the one that contained the plans for that project.

I also came across a few different things that we’d bought him at Christmas over the years, little stocking fillers, things like that. One of those was a little tin clockwork fish. I took it home and let it have a swim in the dog’s pool. ​

Work – Not really that busy this week, gardening jobs have really taken up most of my time, although I have been progressing some of the Solent University work in between. I did move things around on Wednesday to make a meeting at the request of a client, which subsequently turned out to be a waste of time, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Allotment. – The plot is really starting to come into it’s own, and I took a moment to record an update video, that I posted here earlier in the week. I also did the same for the potting shed, which I’ll post now:

I replaced the courgette plants with some I bought from one of the local nurseries. Three different courgette plants and one patti pann squash. Hopefully these will fair a little better than the last ones. I’ve also sown some more lettuce and beetroot, so that there’s some succession of crops. I had some gerkin seeds too, and they’ve gone in. I’ve never tried these before but my guess would be that they’re not too dissimilar to cucumbers. Assuming that they grow, I’ll soon find out.

Currently Reading

No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein [GoodReads]

Also Song of Susannah by Stephen King [GoodReads] – which I’m reading for an online group.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

No Is Not Enough – Naomi Klein – Naomi Klein has a new book, which I have started reading this week. Here’s a link to a recent Guardian interview with the author [LINK]

Recording the Sounds of Extinction – One from @Documentally’s newsletter (subscription link) from last week: