Friday, July 15, 2016
By Mike on Friday, July 15, 2016, 21:02
An outing to The Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead, Surrey, for a picnic lunch and a spot of berry picking. Bilberries are found in abundance here, and this trip has become an annual fixture for us.
This article originally written on June 29 2012 - Revisited Summer 2016 - with video.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Mike on Saturday, May 28, 2016, 21:06
I fancy making a musical instrument. Trouble is, I'm no musician (well, I can play the harmonica and pan flute to a mediocre level).
So I was looking for something that requires a bit of intuition, rather than dexterity in the playing. The Koncovka seems to fit the bill exactly - read on to find out why...
Sunday, September 20, 2015
By Mike on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 20:47
Here's a recipe for a delicious tart with the intense and aromatic flavour of blackberries, but none of those annoying pips
Sunday, July 26, 2015
By Mike on Sunday, July 26, 2015, 13:28
This was a quick Saturday morning project to do something that's been on my To Do list for years and years - try to make a wooden whistle completely from scratch.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Mike on Saturday, August 16, 2014, 22:03
August 2014 - This is a spin-off from an interesting effect I noticed in another project where I pulled apart two glued boards and spotted that the glue had formed a branching, treelike pattern.
In this article, we'll put that effect into use to create decorative painted effects.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
By Mike on Sunday, June 15, 2014, 15:20
June 2014 - This is an experiment I've had in mind to try for a while now - a potentially very quick and easy way to make fruit flavoured liqueur, at any time of year.
Friday, May 23, 2014
By Mike on Friday, May 23, 2014, 22:45
This is a bit of an experiment to see if it's possible to make Pavlova in bite-sized form, on a stick.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
By Mike on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 23:00
Combining two of my favourite things: inventing stuff, and pies.
Here is a pie made completely from meat - even the crust! It's the All Meat Pie.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
By Mike on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 15:36
May 2014 - I have the dubious convenience of having an inexhaustible supply of a wild onion species - Three-Cornered Leek - right on my doorstep.
In fact, it's in my garden - it's everywhere in my garden. This beautiful, but invasive plant wants to take over.
Friday, April 11, 2014
By Mike on Friday, April 11, 2014, 20:30
Colouring by numbers - Ho Hum. Colour this part red. Colour this part blue. Colour this part bacon. What?
We've all been there - right? - well, now there's a way to colour things in bacon without all that tedious hand-drawing of bacon rasher texture - introducing Cray-con - the bacon coloured crayon.