Monday, 23 September 2013

A Quick Tidy Up

It must be about time that I actually did another work related post on here (After all one of the reasons I started to blog was to get my trade name, App`y The Gardener, on the internet before anyone else pinched it)
I had been asked to tidy up the grounds of an office block that a client had just bought. It had not been used for nearly a year and the shrub bed to the road side was quite overgrown.

This was completed on Friday including spraying weed killer on the undergrowth.

The 7 yard skip nearly full from the shrubs and undergrowth.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Weekend at Wetherby Racecourse

Although I would have rather been at home this weekend and gone to see tribute band The Sisters of Murphy the boss wanted to go caravanning so it was off to Wetherby Racecourse. As we neared Wetherby the heavens opened, fortunately it stopped long enough for us to site the `van then it rained all day and all of Friday night.
Camping at the Racecourse
Saturday we awoke to bright sunshine and Chris decided we`d walk into Wetherby. The path is on the course of the old abandoned railway line and is nice and flat. All along the sides the hedgerows were full of wild fruit and berry trees.

The walk into town
The first shop we went in in Wetherby was a charity shop and just inside hung up was a lovely full length black coat for only £6.99, I tried it on and it fit I had to have it. It was Pure New Wool and from Marks and Spencer a really good shop in the UK. When new it must have been about £150.

Blue plaque on The Brunswick
We had lunch in the Brunswick Pub which to be honest wasn`t all that good! The building dated back to1824. Wetherby is a crossing point of the River Wharf and used to be on the old A1 before it was thankfully bypassed with the motorway. “The Great North Road” as it was called, was the London to Edinburgh road, in fact the route traces back to Roman times.

Steampunk wallpaper?
In another shop window we saw the most fabulous “Steampunk” wallpaper! It had Airships on, we asked! How much?” and was told £130 for a 2 roll set. I`ll pass on that, thank you!

My New Coat
In the afternoon we sat in the sun and I modelled by new coat to the other campers.
The weather forecast for Sunday was very windy so everyone packed up early and left. It is not fun towing in winds!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Kast off Kinks at The Brudenell Club Leeds

Kast off Kinks Poster
On Friday night a lifelong wait ended when I finally got to the Kinks, well most of them. The Kast off Kinks are in essence the Kinks without the Davies Brothers although at times Ray as made guest appearances. So this was something of a dream came true and to put the icing on the cake Chris, my wife came with me.
The Kast off Kinks are founder member Mick Avory, Drums, John Dalton, Bass, vocals, Ian Gibbone, Keyboards, vocals and Dave Clarke, Lead Guitar, Lead vocals.
The Kinks ARE one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. From their first record, You Really Got Me, (1964) with its driving power chords and Dave Davies’ distorted guitar sounds, broke new ground and created a sound that developed into heavy metal, new wave and grunge.  Of the many other Kinks songs that followed if I had to pick just 5, I would say Lola was the first Gay/ transsexual anthem, Louie Louie covered by Motorhead and loved by all Heavy Metal fans, David Watts, about an Army Major,  See My Friends, which if not the music the words could possibly have been the start of the dark side of Rock. Victoria, about the rise and fall of the British Empire and no doubt loved 40+ years later by Steampunks everywhere! Days, one I`d like at my funeral. Yes I know I can`t count but it proves just how important the Kinks are! And how much I love them and have done for 48 years! I always say that I was weaned on Farley’s rusks and The Kinks!

The Kast off Kinks at The Brudenell Club Leeds 6/9/13
 Anyway back to the gig the band played 2 sets each about 40-45 minutes full of classic hits and of cause played with love, intent and shear professional style. Opening with You Really Got Me and ending the first part with Lola, to say they had the crowd in their hands is an understatement. Half an hour later they were back and they really rocked the place, we sang we waved our arms and yes by the end even I danced. That’s how good they were.

An early single cover, pic from Google
They have a website check it out  and see why I love the Kinks and have done all though my life long musical journey.

Thanks to John Keenan for bringing them to Leeds

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