Karl West is a freelance artists who spends his day at his computer creating works whilst slurping coffee chatting to his friend Antsy Pantsy and listening to the local fishermen wrestling with the local Kraken. In 1984 he won a prestigious colouring-in certificate which is pride of place, hanging in a gilt frame, in his studio on the Isle of Portland. Or at least I imagine it is.
Karl's been busy recently illustrating a book called 'The Daring Prince Dashing'. It is written by Marilou Reeder & will be published by Sky Pony Press. Alas it's not available till November 2015.
Watch here how he creates his illustrations on his computer is just amazing.
He too has his own little blog so head over and visit his blog page, and then please pop back here.
Here's three of my favourite beers so far. Click on the link and it will take you to the relevant blog page. Have you tried any of these beers? If so what did you think to them? Is there a beer you think I would like or should try? Please leave it in the comments
Beer One -
Wye Valley - Dorothy Goodbody Imperial Stout
Beer Two -
Amarcords, Ama Mora Doppio Malto.
Beer Three -
Cuvee Des Trolls – Belgian Beer 7%
It's all happening in the garden. A few week ago I asked the question if it was possible for my Dahlias to be dead because I didn't unearth them and put them somewhere nice and dry. Well look – they are here! However the small yellow Dahlia named Linda (that's what it said on the name stick) doesn't seem to be doing anything
The lovely Pear blossom and Cherry blossom has revealed some fruit!! I bought the Pear tree in a sorry 60cm dry almost dead state back in 2012. I found it in a reduced bin at the local Wilkinson store for 50p. Since then it has doubled and then some in size and produced flowers for the last two years. Because it seemed to not want to fruit I went and asked my Local Garden Centre – Larch Cottage Nurseries for advice. They suggested a Cherry tree could help. We was thinking of getting one anyway at some point this year. We just moved the date forward. So we stuck it right next to the Pear tree In a pot. I had since bought more bulbs, seeds and plants for the garden to attract the bees and I think this has helped too. We know have 3 pears growing on the tree. So thank you Larch Cottage Nurseries. I am now on high alert for Pear watch! See sometimes it pays to search in the Bargain bin section you never know.
Apologises for no Blog last week I have been so busy and tired from brewing beer along with the other jobs to give you your beer. But to make it a harder month Eden Brewery went on tour! Well sort of we went to the local Food, Home and Garden Festivals. Early starts, giving out free beer, constant smiling and chatting is enough to tire anyone out. Met some great Artisans and some fantastic punters. I was even spotted in a couple of local papers too, for this I apologise if I ruined your breakfast or evening meal.
Here's where we went and a few people we met along the way.
The festival was situated on the new Harbour front and it looked great. I'd read some famous peeps were going to make an appearance, but didn't really believe it. So I tweeted them all to come and have a beer on us. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen appeared but alas he doesn't drink beer. He was great, seemed a very pleasant chap who happily stopped to say hello to peeps. The Grassmere Gingerbread ladies attracted him over to their stall in their little outfits.
Next came Oz Clark. All I can say is wow what a guy. He stood and chatted with us for a good Ten Minutes tasting the Withnail and I range and giving us some great feedback. Oz certainly knows his beer.
Ullverston is where I hung out with me homies Laurel and Hardy
I found a great Street Art mural of Stan Laurel on the the side of the cinema. And I also met some new Artisans. My favourite new thing so far is the Magnificent Marshmallow Company offerings.
Hutton in the Forest which is a lot closer to home was a nice end to a long couple of days in Ullverston. Fyne fish was there and so too was Staff of Life and that was my lunch sorted for the next week. Smoked Salmon Pate with Rye and Raisin bread. Yummy – honestly. I also spotted this Buddleia too. A very different looking species it was too. Alas at a cost of £6 I was too slow to snap it up. Lots of different plants available too to a host of new to me Nurseries.
Finally on our May tour we went to Holker Hall for three days. Alas I was way too shattered for the third day so the boss roped his lady in to covered for me. But I discovered Carvetti coffee also did a really lovely tasty Hot Chocolate on the Friday courtesy of one of my customers! I discovered the Ginger Bakers who do lovely pastries for a morning pick me up. I also came back with some delightful Roast Chipotle BBQ sauce from Mr Vikki's. It went down well with that's night tea of Bangers (some really nice sausages I'm keeping secret for awhile), creamy mash and Branston Beans. Yum Yum Yum.
Tunes for the week.
Going round in my head this week are these two. I'm going to have to change the CD in the car I think and put the new Killers CD in well its new to me it's the Hits CD.
A$AP Rocky - Everyday feat. Rod Stewart x Miguel x Mark Ronson
Juliette Barnes ft. Rayna James - Wrong Song (Live Performance)
Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman
and for those who recognise the hook here's The Munsters. I remember seeing some of the Re-runs and I loved it, a bunch of Hillbilly monsters. I couldn't believe it when I first heard it a band ripping off a '60's TV show. But I love it and I hope they paid royalties.
The Munsters - Original 1964 Theme
How you have all had a great two weeks, here's to a another good one. Thanks for continually coming back - you know who you are even if I don't. And once again apologies for no blog last week. See you next week.
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My nickname has nothing to do with any alcoholic measure. Thank you to a friend deciding one day whilst my hair was in plaits that I looked like Laura Ingalls in 'The Little House on the Prairie'.
Places to visit
Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
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