Howdy Doodly Do. Apologise for the delay, technical difficulties - more controller than machine. As you may have seen, or, about to experience I am a little bit different.
The Internet is a great tool, since being on Twitter and following certain people and organisations I've discovered lots of other amazing artists. But, apparently the Microsoft Excel package is an even more amazing tool, not only can it help sort out your statistics, do Maths sums and create graphs and pie charts it can create amazing pictures. Sticking with the Japanese artists for now I bring you – (drum roll please) Tatsuo Horiuchi. He is now a 74year old retired gentleman who after seeing a colleague creating graphs went out and bought a computer with the Excel package and started creating the most amazing prints. They look so much like the block paintings of the great Japanese artists. Who knew Excel can do this? I think this will be another 'something' I will try when I'm retired and have plenty of time on my hands. Heck I can only just work Excel as it's meant to be used.
It's that time of year where all car owners rush out to the garage forecourts ad purchase every bottle of Antifreeze they can lay their hands on. So why don't all you beer lovers try some Antifreeze too? I mean the alcoholic stuff you can put in your tummy's!
Eden Brewery's (Cumbria) stock of Antifreeze has just arrived back into the Withnail and I range. It's an English Pale Ale made with some experimental hops called CF103 or 'Duchess'. I can't quite put my finger on the smell, I thought there was a very slight caramel whiff, but, I had just eaten a Gingerbread Tree. There's is defiantly a taste like no other hoppy beers I have tried, with a little bitterness at the end. It is for me one of those beers you taste, then have to taste again because your not sure what the taste is and before you know it you love that distinctive taste and you're on to your second bottle. So why not grab a can of Antifreeze for the car in the morning and a bottle for your belly after a long day at work.
COVERED IN WEEDS
Cumbria's first frost arrived this week and no doubt old Jack appeared elsewhere in the country too. How many of you gardeners now rummage through the garden centres for the plants that are being sold off cheap? I did a few years back found some Rhubarb for 50p had one stalk on it that was all withered. Came back fantastically the following year in an old Hessian bag (had no ground space to plant it), this year sadly I think I did my usual trick – forgot to water it and it didn't flourish well at all. Hopefully next year. What bargain have you bagged that's brought you years of delight?
It has been a busy week at the brewery, all our fermenting vessels are full, some of which will be emptied next week. Which can only mean one thing cask washing in the freezing cold next week for me! Thermals on standby. It should be an experience one doesn't want to repeat too often through the winter months I reckon.
It is the last of the Christmas fairs for us on Sunday at Askam Hall. I don't suppose I will get chance to have one of their delicious open fire thin pizzas. Apparently by all accounts it's a busy one. And an opportunity for you guys to try the Antifreeze.
Is there a local Fair that you like to attend each year happening near you? Put it in the comments page and let the world know.
My mum along with a few other artists was a fan of the Small Faces, so for all you Small Faces fans out there this song has to be my favourite 'Lazy Sunday Afternoon' (you can practice the cockney accent lol). It was actually a tough decision to choose this one. 'Itchycoo Park', and 'All or Nothing' were in the running.
Enjoy whatever you are getting up to on your week ahead and I'll see you here again this time next week with the happenings in Halfpint land.
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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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