All entries for July 2004

July 26, 2004

Extreme Gardening

You have heard of 'Extreme Programming' but now I have defined for myself 'Extreme Gardening'. This involves a great deal of speed, effort and ruthlessness and involves cutting, hacking, and digging with a disregard for nettles, brambles and the like. It is also an undefined process where the gardender doesn't actually know for sure where he or she is heading at the onset. Hence the gardener may develop a sudden dislike for certain plant or shrub and a brutal desire for its removal. The object in question was a well established rhubarb plant (nothing that requires that much sugar to be edible can be good for me). Suddenly the desire to eradicate it overcame the gardener. Two hours, 8000 calories, 2 blisters and 3 bags of huge woody tubers later, the plant and its remnants had gone. The newly defined bed lay woody and naked awaiting the more gentle process of extreme planting.

Come to think of it, its not dissimilar to the design process :)

July 22, 2004

Digital Compact Decisions

I have been getting to grips with the SLR Canon 300D I have here at work which is an excellent camera. The trouble is that it isn't something I can slip in my pocket when out walking and don't want to take a heavy SLR with me. I have been researching the market for a digital compact with good manual features and am currently trying to chose between a Canon S60 and the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 and the Sony Cybershot DSC-V1. I am looking to spend between 300-400. The reviews for both the Sony's are excellent – various prosumer awards, Carl Zeiss lens etc and I know Sony products are always excellent. However, I have got used to the Canon auto settings and manual controls and have always been impressed with the results from my film Canon Sureshot in the past.

It will probably come down to my emotional response in handling the caneras at the end of the day, but if anyone has any experience of any of the cameras it would be great to get some opinions!

July 20, 2004


I am having my teeny-tiny bathroom slightly enlarged by taking a section out of the back bedroom. Last night it was a bit of a shock to go home and see a huge gaping hole between the bathroom and bedroom, and a shell of a room. Underneath all that tiling it really looks a mess! It won't be for long though, the wall will be rebuilt by the end of today and then I shall watch the progress unfold throughout the week. Chosing the taps, tiles and accessories is the fun bit! Have found some gorgeous blue and aqua mosaic tiles to run as a pattern around the middle of the wall.

July 08, 2004

Foods That Harm Foods That Heal

5 out of 5 stars

This is a superb book for anyone with any interest in what they eat!

Its a comprehensive A-Z compendium of foods and health problems/illnesses. It gives you a run down of all the benefits of all food, dispelling some myths, and suggests foods that may benefit/harm various conditions. It is well laid out, easy to read and the sort of great reference book you can dip into again and again. Some of the information I have not read before, and it is great to have it all in one volume. I was particularly interested to read more about the health properties of soy, especially of its benefits to young children.

July 05, 2004

Random reality bites – A paramedics blog

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Jane Perrone meets the shy paramedic whose blog has readers hooked on tales of life and death in London.

Seems to be quite compelling reading.

Walking in Circles

On Saturday we found ourselves at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield (I say 'found' because we had planned to go further afield but time ran out on us). The chap in the visitor centre handed us a map and with great confidence explained where we were and suggested a good five/six mile walk taking in various sections of the park including viewing some wild ponies. (I had been there once as a child but didn't realise the park was that large). So, wild ponies bound we strode off as we thought best. 3 hours later having found no ponies, and having taken in the same lake twice, we found ourselves at what we thought was our car park, only to discover we were a good mile away! It was all good fun though and there was plenty of sunshine and not even a drop of rain. A fun day afternoon out and some good exercise but perhaps we need to brush up on our orienteering skills!

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