It’s a little known fact but in our hectic modern society the human brain is able to remember more than four things at a time, an incredible feat of referencing and recall. But now, thanks to the recent invention of the bookmark, you can remove one of those memory burdens in order to add another. … Read moreMemory Burden Reducers – aka Bookmarks
Just last week I was exploring at the bottom of the garden, where the grass grows high and the trees are twisty and covered in moss, when I chanced upon an unusual patch of extraordinary mushrooms. Fascinated, I knelt down and crawled carefully forward for a closer look. I was astonished to see little windows … Read moreExtraordinary Mushrooms
“When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic!” This philosophical phrase, which is an allegory for maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity, was first coined by Confucius during the capture of Shandong Province when the Zhou Dynasty, known for their militant use of fruit during the easier campaigns, pelted the … Read moreWhen life gives you lemons …
When books were invented they were the size of a church door. You had to have a special room built on the side of your house to keep them in. But as technology’s come in they’ve got the size down so that now you can carry that book without it spoiling the line of a … Read moreThe Great Ribbon Robbery
Who’s screwing with our seconds? Why are there fewer moments around these days and where can I get a time-transplant? According to my birthday cards I’m just getting old, but isn’t it more likely that time is being sped up for some inscrutable reason either by aliens with a time-boosting ray-beam, a mad scientist with … Read moreIs Time Speeding Up?
We’ve all seen them, mile after endless mile, zigzagging the countryside. Often hundreds of years old and looking a bit shabby, with contemporary stock fencing running alongside. Comprising of countless tons of stone, gathered from the surrounding fields over the eons and formed into the convoluted boundary structures we see today. The scale of the … Read moreDry Stone Walling
Findin’ new and interestin’ things to scorch can be quite difficult, and the various different craft shops tend to sell the same items. It’s fun to burn somethin’ different now and again so I was excited to discover the husband of a friend of ours spends a fair amount of time in his workshop creatin’ … Read moreBryan is Supplyin’ some wood for Glorifyin’ (no G)*
Burnt bits of birch and slightly singed slices of sycamore feature on the Hectic-Eclectic stand at the West of England Game Fair this year. A curious collection of pyroclastic pyrography, where wood, art and fire come together to create something unique and unusual. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Sheep 101. No, Disney haven’t run out of Dalmatians for their latest reboot, and it’s not a wolf-infested room of nightmares in the Ministry of Love. This is sheep 101, the beginners guide to sheep keeping and all things sheep. Heidi and I learned lots of helpful tips, especially about lambing and pest control, but … Read moreSheep 101
How do you get to Wales in a mini? One in the front and one in the back. That’s one of my dad’s jokes that I’m looking forward to passing on to the next generation. And despite it being indisputably funny it has the added awesomeness of a second punchline. If someone replies ‘one in … Read moreHappy Wales Day
Mums are great, we all love our mums. But in today’s chaotic world how do we let her know we love her? Sure, you could just tell her, but what if she forgets? Instead of mere spoken words why not get her a thing? A thing will last forever and keep reminding her you love … Read moreMother’s day
Tea for one is lots of fun But twice as nice is Tea for two When Tea for Two is me and you Is it a verse? Is it a ditty? What about rhythmic prose or a tenuous haiku? How about a haibun? Could it be an ode or a lyric, a song or a … Read moreTea for Two
Like the pound coin down the back of the sofa, King Tut’s tomb, and that WW2 bomber that turned up on the moon, our sheep have been found. Hurrah! They had cut a marauding swathe through the Somerset countryside and taken up residence in a neighbouring farmer’s field a couple of miles away. So you … Read moreFound
Like Amelia Earheart, Jimmy Hoffa, D.B. Cooper and Clint Eastwood in that Alcatraz film, our sheep have gone missing. For two years our little flock have lived happily in our field, giving us great joy and many cheerful moments, but after the snowfall yesterday they vanished without a trace. It is a very distressing and … Read moreLost
We are lucky enough to be doing another collaboration with the very talented Jen of My Paper Cut Heart, burning her gorgeous Drink a little Magic design onto giant coasters. This will be a limited edition of 6. Drink a little Magic coaster A friend asked if we could do a set of custom luggage … Read morePyro Update