Wednesday, 31 December 2014


A bit more Robert Burns to end 2014 / start 2015 with

Robert Burns  (Pic from Google)
May the best ye've ever seen
Be the worst ye'll ever see
May a moose ne'er leave yer girnal
Wi' a tear drap in his e'e
May ye aye keep hale an' he'rty
Till ye're auld eneuch tae dee
May ye aye be jist as happy
As we wish ye aye tae be

And finally Auld lang syne
“auld lang syne” translates in English as “old long since” or something like to “times gone by.”

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus - For auld land syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit
Sin' auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us briad hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.


And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.


***** HAVE A GREAT 2015 ******
P.S. Just a quick link for those who do not know Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Songs my Likes and Dislikes

So at Christmas we all do things a bit different to the other 11 months of the year, so here`s my favourite Christmas songs and my most Disliked


4 Dennis Waterman & George Cole What Shall We Get For Her Indoors … Says it all.
3 Slade Merry Christmas Everybody……… Still one I like
2 The Greedies A Merry Jingle….. Because we should !
1 The Pogues Faiytale of New York… Why is this The best Christmas song ever? Well as we were walking home from a meal on the last night with our family, a young couple were fighting in the park. That’s why
And my most hated.


3 Chris Rea Driving home for Christmas…. The last thing you need to hear when you are, or not !
2 Boney M Mary`s Boy Child…..We used to sing this at school. They destroyed my childhood, almost blasphemy,
1 Cliff Richard Millenium Prayer…. This is, if not to God than to Rabbie Burns
Rabbie Burns (Pic not mine, Found on Google)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Presents

My clients seem to know me rather well; all the Christmas presents they`ve given so far look like booze or biscuits (Goody).
This looks interesting, could be some Real Ale?
I give Calendars. From Tia Greyhound  Rescue.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Winter Jobs, Christmas Lights

Spent part of my day putting-up Christmas lights for a client,
Stockeld Park
OK not the ones in the pictures, but I couldn't take photos, these are at Stockeld Park a few years back.
Stockeld Park

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Winter Jobs. Logs

Logs to be taken up to the client`s house.
I normally do this with the delivery man but he was running very late with all the Christmas orders, so I did it alone.

Something else T.V. gardeners don`t do.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

My return to going to live gigs

Saturday was the second anniversary of my return to going to live gigs again after an absence of about 24 years. I have seen many new bands and surprisingly some bands from “back in the day” as we are meant to say.
Here is a A-Z list, I may have missed some.
Alice Moving Under Skies
Archway Towers
Bad Pollyanna
Bad Pollyanna
Berlin Black
Chasing Dragons
Cold in Berlin

Dawn of Elysium

Dawn of Elysium
Dead Eyes Opened
Dead Vs
Dru Amelia

In Isolation
In Loving Memory
Inkubus Sukkubus
Isolation Division
Jordan Reyne
Kast off Kinks  
Last July
Lotus Feed
Luxury Stranger

Momento Mori
Nine Day Decline
Old’s Cool

Partly Faithful
Pink Peg Slax
Pretentious Moi?
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry


Saigon Blue Rain
Scorpion Stare

Silent Scream

Skeletal Family
Soror Dolorosa
Spear of Destiny

Still Patient
Sweet Ermengarde
The Big Snakes Mystery Orchestra

The Edan House
The Eternal Fall
The Faces of Sarah
The House of Usher
The Last Cry

The Lost Souls
The Lost Souls
The Marching Men
The Stompcrash
The Webb
Theatre of Hate
Tokyo Witch Hunt
Total Wrex
William Control
Winter Severity Index
Wrapped in Plastic
Wreckless Eric
Zeitgeist Zero

So here`s to the next year.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Homemade Pork Pie

This is a recipe I have used for many years

1 oz Butter
2 Onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
½ teaspoon dried English mustard
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2 lb coarsely minced Shoulder Pork
1 lb coarsely minced Gammon or Bacon
Salt & pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ -2 pints jelled stock (ask your Butcher for some Aspic)

For the Pastry
2lb Flour
1 pint water
8oz Lard


1.   Melt butter in a pan & cook Onions without colour until soft, add herbs and spices,
2.   Allow to cool, then Mix with all the other ingredients DO NOT OVER BEAT THE MEAT
3.   Pre heat oven to 220ºC/425ºF/ gas 7
4.   Grease a pie dish
5.   Bring the water and lard to the boil, sift the flour with the salt into a large bowl, leaving a well in the centre.
6.   Pour in the boiling water and lard and stir in the flour to make a dough.
7.   Knead lightly by hand to give a smooth dough
8.   Keep a ¼ warm and covered
9.   Roll out the remaining ¾ and carefully line the dish
10.               Add the filling and press down lightly
11.               Roll out the remaining dough for the lid
12.               Eggwash the edges of the pie
13.               Add the lid, seal firmly and neaten the edges, cutting away any surplus paste
14.               Decorate if desired
15.               Cut a hole 1 cm in diameter in the centre
16.               Brush all over with eggwash
17.               Bake in hot oven approx 20min.
18.               Reduce heat to moderate (150º-200ºC) and cook for 1 ½ to 2 hour in all
19.               If pie colours too quickly. Cover with greaseproof paper
20.               Remove from oven and fill with a ¼ of the jelled stock
21.               Leave to cool, as it cools more stock can be added if necessary

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