Yesterday I spent far too long in the searing Cumbrian heat paving a step up to the rear door of the “Man shed”. Hard to believe it could have taken so long. The bricks were reclaimed and had originally been used to brick up the now reopened back door. They are very old and handmade, full of pebbles and brittle,which made cutting them rather difficult.
The Buzz. “One small step for a man. A giant leap for Man shed kind”
One small step
Hi folk. Just a quick note as we are trying to get to grips with page layout and mostly failing to add text where we want it.
Here are two images of our entries for last years show.
Jane’s embroidery won best in show.
Art category: Weather
With Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square being exhibited at the Tate I thought it would be fitting to post a couple of images of my “Tribute”
The work is intended to expand on the original icon format with this being a travelling version. It is painted on oak panels covered in raw silk and plaster and bound in black leather. The paint is oil and the silver is metal foil.
The Black Square
As a travel icon it is definitely not a hand luggage item as it is 12.5 inches square 1.5 inches thick and weighs in at roughly 8lbs.
The Armathwaite show is in September and we have entered the mystery seed category. last years effort turned out to be a pak choi which bolted and was a disaster. I entered it anyway and was up against Chris, who had the previous year entered a lettuce, which was the only one entered and still came second ! Neither of our pak choi entries were placed.
So this year In May we paid our pound Stirling and got 2 ovate cream coloured tiny seeds and the instruction to ‘plant immediately and treat as tomatoes’. I duly planted them and put them in the summer house. 2 months on this is the result and they remain a mystery….any suggestions gratefully received.
We had been looking to move to Armathwaite for a full twelve months before the property we now occupy came onto the market. The owner of the neighbouring outbuilding saw it as an ideal opportunity to part company with a building that had been used as a canoe store for an outward bound activity centre that was no longer operating.
The local estate agent rather fancifully marketed it as “the old schoolroom”. Our solicitor took to referring to it as the “bunker”. When the deeds dropped through the letter box, it was documented as a “bus shelter”. Despite many conversations with locals whilst working on various aspects of refurbishment the building’s historic uses are largely unknown; some say joinery workshop, others blacksmiths, even a suggestion that it may have been a reading room, which may have led to it being elevated to the status of “old schoolroom” . However it has definitely been used in more recent years a store for paper recycling, a store for canoes as already mentioned and yep- a “bus shelter”. Our plan is to refurbish it as a deluxe “Man shed” and for it to become a hive of activity for personal arts and craft activities including stained glass and painting projects.
Newly constructed bench
If all goes according to plan, one of the first “Buzzshelter” projects will be a new stained glass panel for the church across the road.
Named after eccentric duo performance artists, these two are Lavender Pekin bantams. Previously we’d had hens but we sent them for adoption as they were causing too much damage and had learned the art of escapology.
Gilbert and George and Eglu
They arrived just in time for the Armathwaite open gardens event and were a hit with the visitors. They are very friendly and don’t mind being picked up. We were told that they don’t dig, don’t eat the plants and are poor fliers. Perhaps these two just like to prove them all wrong; they are excellent tunnellers and we caught George perching on the netting of the enclosure last evening !
Introducing our bee mentor Chris Barnes
Chris lighting the smoker
Having been stung on the eyelid on day two of our bee keeping experience we had been a little nervous of opening the hive. We did have a quick look in on Thursday and after a few terrifying minutes of blowing smoke and shuffling frames we were more than happy to close the hive and retire to the summerhouse for what felt like a well deserved beer.
Chris arrived at 4.30 pm today and was keen to see how his little babies were getting on.
Our hive has a 14×12 brood box and the nucleus was on standard frames. Few bee keepers seem to have had experience of this transition. The photos below show the result.
Off with the queen excluder
Newly drawn 14×12 frame
Wild drone comb on bottom bar of standard brood frame
Bees and brood
Jane and Chris. A job well done
Hope to see you all after the next inspection. Phil
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