early rising late

A grateful cordial, and lightly restringent syrup, is made by digesting three pints of the clarified juice, with a dram of cinnamon, half a dram of ginger, the same of cloves , in warm ashes, for six hours, then adding a pint of red port, and dissolving nine pounds of sugar in liquor, and straining it.

Culpeper’s Complete Herbal

I keep trying this but I’m finding it difficult to keep the ashes warm for six hours. Think will give up soon. The juice in question by the way is quince.

On my old firegiver page, I had all the songs from my disparue cd downloadable as mp3s on the home page. This time round I’m going to make things a bit more difficult though hopefully it will also be interesting. I’m starting with the tracks which had already been recorded before back in the 80s and the first one is called early rising late.

It was a song written for the band I had then, sinking sun king. Most of my songs have at least a fleeting reference to death, but this one looks inexorably in that direction. I wrote the song when I was about 29 and this was recorded as a demo shortly afterwards.

1983 early rising late

Apart from myself on guitar and backing vocals the track features Lindsay Lancaster on vocals, Edward Ball on piano and keyboard and Richard Hutchings on bass guitar.

Now here is the later track recorded right at the end of 2007. The tone is a little darker and the death aspect of the song is rammed home by the addition of a spoken word section which culminates in a reference to the old woman tossed up in a basket (blanket in some versions) who features as some sort of angel of death.

2007 early rising late

In this recording I am joined by Jo Swan on backing vocals, Paul Wigens on drums and Jeff Spencer on bass guitar.


starting trees

as you can tell I am trying out how to present different forms. text pictures and now moving images otherwise known as films movies videos etcetera

this is the most recent of my youtube offerings. I’m just experimenting really and things will be rough but you hope by just doing it they get better. at least that’s what I’ve found generally. just keep doing it with humility and patience and diligence and keep your critical faculties open and things develop.

I’m putting this in the tree category because I’ve got quite a lot of tree things. trees are important to me and in fact they are and have been absolutely essential for the development of the human race. a few rarer things are now becoming key but they’re not very photographable

micromuseum stamps

animal stamps

here is the start of an exciting new series – animal stamps.

number 1 – a couple of chinese yaks

another of our bovine friends from cameroon – this one only seems to have 3 legs

our first european animal – a hungarian hedgehog – I assume that’s a mother handling one of her offspring with her teeth, but what do I know?

This one’s a male I think. Predictably elephants in Laos are now an endangered species.

our 2nd european animal this romanian ermine doesn’t look very friendly. I like the background colour.

finally a yugoslavian lynx. lynxes haven’t done too well for the last 100 years but there’s a lot of effort to replenish numbers. if approached by a lynx grab it by the scruff of the neck and drop it in the nearest wheelie bin you can find


website changes

just in the process of amending the website to be in blog format. it may take a few days.