Red wallet day

My friend Ruth Pullan called by the bodgery today with the new wallet I’d ordered.  Turns out to be a magic one that boosts your sales and the money just flows into it (I even sold a couple of elves as I was packing up , one to a little girl from her pocket money and one to Lotty.).  Here it is:


The cover looks out of square – but careful inspection will also show it is actually out of focus at right because the amount of cash is swelling its belly! See next photo.

Bursting with cash (only had a penny in when Ruth handed it over)…

SAMSUNG CSCAlso holds that important plastic stuff we all seem to need …

SAMSUNG CSCas well as notes (bills) …

SAMSUNG CSCReally good lil wallet though.  Un-dyed, veg-tanned leather and thread, hand stitched.  It is meant to age gracefully, and in my work pocket it will age.  Check out Ruth’s work here.

Today, besides running a deer making course, I have been finishing off this peg rack for the new outstead at home.

SAMSUNG CSCIt’s yew with ash pegs and fastened to the wall with French cleats (more on this later as I fit out the workshop with them).

SAMSUNG CSCIt was quite a challenge to plane – completely dry ‘softwood’, and totally erratic grain.  Holds lots of stuff that doesn’t belong in our cottage any more:

SAMSUNG CSCThe coats are mainly used when I’m mashing my beer.  Last Friday I ran my first brew in the new White Rose brewery:


Outside view, complete with green oak cladding.

This is the run off stage with the brew kettle coming up to boiling. Half this operation used to take place out of doors Winter and Summer.

A few tweaks are required – make the mash filter smaller diameter to fit in the old mash tun that will sit directly atop the wood-burning boiler.  Rewire the mains lead for the kettle so it will actually fit into the water-proof socket with the lid closed as intended.  I think I may be able to get rid of the sparging liquor vessel as I can just about get to sparge strike temperature in the hot water system.  I’m burning dry small wood the get a fierce hot burn and get that water temperature up to the critical 150 F.

Anyway, just for fun I’ve also got a hand pull beer engine working in the beer cellar


(Hang on, there seems also to be : minced meat, marmalade, wine and misc cooking equipment, and … it that a Christmas pudding I spy too? -Ed)

The white plastic gizmo is a valve to stop the, very low, CO2 pressure forcing a syphon through the pump when not required (That is running beer on tap when it shouldn’t be.)  I’ll be turning a new handle to replace the rather hackneyed pony riding scene.

Post scriptum:

Apologies if anyone has trouble with the speed of loading this post.  My ISP has upped the allowable file size from 2 mB to 10 mB.  I used to reduce the photo file size to comply with this and with the increased allowance didn’t bother this time, but there is a loading time premium to pay.  I’ll get them smaller for the next post.