Sunday, 20 September 2020

Three Fucias

 Looking round our garden these three fucia bushes caught my eye. Two of them are small container bushes, while the middle one is in the ground  and grows quite large, but they are all different and i have googled for the names but finding it very difficult to find the exact name of each.

The top one looks a bit like  fucia snowdrop.     
The middle one looks like shrimp cocktail or lady thumb.
The bottom pic i think could be tom thumb but i wouldn't like to put money on any of them, as there are so many, but if anyone can throw some light on the subject please feel free in the comments or tweet me.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Hello Mr. Hedgehog

 Yes, our first visit from  a hedgehog since the late icy spring a few years ago. We used to see them every night in the summer wandering the grounds at dusk, sorry sounds posh, but we live in sheltered housing, the wife was manager & i was gardener/cleaner, so i was very much aware & interested in the nature & surrounding area. They used to come into our own private garden to drink at our pond, which went & became a lawn , so it was quite a surprise when we saw one the other night, I'm so glad they are around again.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

garden photos June 2020

Been playing around with some phone lenses so here are a couple taken with the Lieqi 180 degree fish eye lens which gives another take on how you see  the world, in fact i quite like it.
and here is another shot
the lens kit I purchased from Amazon in 2016, it was the Lieqi  comprising  a 0.4x super wide lens 
plus an 180 degree fish eye lens plus a 10x Macro lens.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Stay at home protect the Nhs

Hope you are all keeping safe,unlike D. Cummings, I voted for Brexit but Cummings's actions were wrong & he must either resign or be sacked.

Sunday, 24 May 2020


look what landed on our bird bath the other day, a beautiful Goldfinch, what a colourful bird, makes a nice change from the wood pigeons, crows, jackdaws, magpies, robins, & others. i'm now leaving camera running to see what other varieties we can see. we had seen a couple of very colourful birds but couldn't just make out what they were, but now i'm on the case.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

note on pictures

please note photos on here prior to 2019 were hosted on, which has ceased trading, so I will repost them asap, thanks in advance, dave.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Radio Caroline

sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of Ronan O'Rahilly the creator of radio caroline. He started a pop radio revolution making millions happy & to my mind pop radio has never been the same since, thanks for the wonderful memories.

I know we had to retune all the time as it kept fading out, but that was part of the experience to me, dab radio didn't exist then, cassette recorders were only just being invented. I'll add a few more memories later.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

We'll meet again from a lockdown muso

we've been in lockdown in the uk now for approx 6 weeks, so I have uploaded my 10 penny worth onto youtube. I play saxes so I  did my rendition of Vera Lynn's We'll meet again, so if you would like to view & leave a comment,  like or subscribe it would be great.
you tube link:---we'll meet again
will now update this site on a regular basis so if you've landed on here somehow, hope to see you again or on my youtube channel, thanks in advance.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The dc vlog :-- music,  me on saxes & vocals, r/control cars & trucks, film about a beautiful sheltered accommodation scheme, take a look & enjoy, just click under my skin in the useful links

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Just Reminiscing

Heard the song “the lion sleeps tonight” on tv other day & it  took me back to the year of 1961 when the original came out by the Tokens.
I remember it well, I was about 16 living in Burnley with my parents, & usually I was first up & would immediately put the radio on as I was well into music then, as I’d started playing sax at 9years old, & as there were no pirate radio stations then or radio1, I always listened to the German (or Danish) version of radio Luxembourg which played all the latest pop, the English radio lux was of course transmitting in the evenings.
I remember it was winter & whilst I had a portable electric fire on, if I had time I would light the coal fire with a ‘blower’ a piece of metal with a handle.on it over which you placed a large sheet  of newspaper to force the draft up the chimney to get the fire roaring, which sometimes catches on fire sending smoke in the living room. & sparks shooting out of the chimney, ah what memories, no health & safety in those days!!!
That was before portable radios, tape decks & whatever were invented, in fact I don’t think we had a fridge then either, because I recollect going to a girlfriends house where her mum gave me some crumbly cheese out of their fridge, I loved it & consequently told my mum when I got home, begging for us to get one. We did have a square black & white tv though.
Well there you go, all that info from just hearing a song on a tv add.
This particular song seems to have cropped up in my life a few times as in the post below from 2010, regarding radio Luxembourg.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

quick update it's now 2020!!!!

At last I'm up & running again, well what a mild winter, or should i say an extended autumn, bulbs are showing through, buds shooting out here & there, cyclemen looking its usual best at this time of year, glad i haven't still got the pond, or the frogs would be going berserk now, & then when or if we do get some cold , probably at easter the frogspawn would be knackered.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Cold weather

It's now end of May & low temp to last until next weekend. Bedding plants read to go in outside but dare not risk. Saw 23 degrees on bbc weather app for next Tuesday, now revised to 19, but still much better than this!! Heatwave on its way--- yes?
First aerial pic of our place using syma x8  quadcopter with a Mobius cam. This still taken off video as the x8 cannot lift a gimbal safely for more than a couple of minutes, hence the footage follows every wobble the craft makes.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

nature's ways

The blackbirds have nested again in our hedge just outside our kitchen, we saw 3 eggs in the nest, & low & behold the magpies have had the eggs again. A friend in a flat on the other side of the building overlooking where i filmed the 5 foxes a few years ago saw at least 5 last week, some obviously being youngsters. We have seen odd ones about  in our grounds, but we haven't seen them where their den was until last week. It was in the afternoon when they were seen.
   I also put a bird box on the fence, & pleased to say blue tits are in and out of it, so something's going on.

Friday, 28 March 2014

radio caroline

Congratulations to radio Caroline on its 50th anniversary. I was a teenager growing up with the pirates in the sixties, the Beatles etc and feel very privileged to have witnessed a musical revolution that will never happen again, a wonderful era.
There's a link to Radio  Caroline on this page, you can also find all the fabulous jingles which the pirates were famous for.

Monday, 18 November 2013

found foxes Xmas lunch

just using this blog page from now on, but there are still links to pond info etc. I was planting some daffodil bulbs in our raised bed last week, but as i knew the foxes had made a hole & there had been ants nearby, i used my spade to prepare a hole for the bulbs. So glad i did as the fox had buried a chicken there.I've now put a few more sticks in to try & deter them, but now the cats have decided to have a go at rearranging everything, i give up!!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Don't forget to view my Youtube channel, which has a few videos of interest, by clicking or go to under my skin in the useful links

Saturday, 9 February 2013

For sheltered accomodation in the Gateshead area, you are most welcome to view the short video clip about life at one of Johnnie Johnsons' finest sheltered accomodation complexes by clicking the following link

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Iplayer on itouch 1st gen

I have an itouch 1st generation which will not upgrade passed os 3.1.3 version. I have always used it to watch odd things via iplayer on it in bed, it was so handy, but a week or so ago iplayer stopped working on the itouch, i couldn't believe it. Whether Apple tried to make us upgrade to a later model or what, it didn't work as i have a xoom which i could use. But my itouch is just perfect for what i use it for, either catching up with iplayer, not long programs but for example if i missed a house on homes under the hammer or something & the phone went, i can always see it on my itouch later. I googled the stoppage & other people were up in arms as well as me, but hey!!, it's working again, so thankyou Apple, or BBC or whoever  messed with it. I do of course also use it for music , videos & photos, it's a brilliant piece of kit, only thing it has no speakers, but i don't need any as i have other equipment if i require speakers, the ear pods are fine, otherwise i wake the wife up!!! Update, as of november 2013 iplayer is off the early models.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

strange weather

Well we're into December now & my garden certainly does not look like it's nearly Christmas, the bush lobelia has come into bloom again, the blackbirds seem to be looking around  near to their old nest, bulbs are coming through, i've only just brought the geraniums in, & they were all sprowting new flowers, wow!!
This time last year i think it was slightly different, & very white, but we have had some very strong winds, & more of the same in the coming week i hear. Wonder if we'll get a white Christmas??