Monday, January 28, 2008 

Allotment plan.

This is my plan of the allotment plot showing what was grown last year. I done this to assist me in crop rotation and to help me remember what I planted where to avoid planting in the same places again this year. I have printed it off and so far, penned in what I would like to grow this year.

So far my list contains the following:

Potatoes - First earlies.
Potatoes - Main crop.
Red Onions.
White Onions.
Kidney Beans.
French Beans.
Still unknown Beans!
Pumpkins (Racer).
Polish Pumpkins.
Butternut Squash.
Parsnips (White Gem).
Spring Onions.

It's going to be a busy (and hopefully productive) second year!

Risca Allotment Plot Plan - 2007
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Sunday, January 27, 2008 

Railway signal box at Risca

Here are some photographs of the site of the old signal box at Risca on Darran Road. It is on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line that is due to open this year. All pictures are clickable for a larger view.
I found this first one on the web. Unfortunately, I cannot remember what website is was but I think the original photographer used this signal box as a basis for a model railway signal box.

In the background you can see a white house that we used to call 'Dr Griffiths House'. I remember knocking and asking to scrump the apples from his garden. There are also allotments in the background which would later become the new Risca surgery. What I find interesting about this photograph is the fact that there is no road going over the railway line then down to the right, also there are roofs of what look like houses just past the wall. These are no longer there as it is now a cenotaph.
Railway signal box at Risca 1

I originally took the photograph below to reflect the differences between these first two pictures. It was taken sometime in 2007. Little did I know at the time that the signal box was soon to be demolished!
Railway signal box at Risca 2

Again, this photo was taken in 2007, probably towards the end of summer. What it shows is the lack of signal box.
Railway signal box at Risca 3

And finally, this photo was took today (27/01/2008). The old characteristic signal box has been replaced with a dull, featureless, grey power? box.
Railway signal box at Risca 4

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ClustrMaps Refresh.

It's been a whole year since I placed the ClustrMaps visitor tracker on this blog.
It has recently been wiped clean to start a fresh set of records.
Here is what it looked like just before the refresh:

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Saturday, January 26, 2008 

Dry weather!

At last, I have been able to get over the allotment and continue the winter clear up which has been haunting me for a while now.

It's looking quite good at the moment. The harsh temperatures have killed a lot of weeds off but the hardy dandilions that seem to really like my plot are flourishing, some were even sporting little yellow flowers!

Today, Lauren and I spent about 2 hours turning and weeding and de-glassing some rows which gave both of us aching backs :-(

I am going back over there tomorrow to hopefully make a huge dent in the clean up operation with Louise's help.


Thursday, January 17, 2008 

My Yahoo Avatar.

I was messing with the Yahoo Avatar thing tonight and made this:


I am pleased with the end result as it looks uncannily like me!


Monday, January 14, 2008 

Vandalised Speed Cameras.

Found this while doing some casual surfing recently:-

Please note, I do not endorse this sort of thing.

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