How To Make A Green Man Mask

Three weeks ago I made a Green Man mask, with nothing more than plaster of Paris bandage, leaves and some hot beeswax.  How did I do it?  Watch my latest video…

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Don't Blame The Beekeepers - a response to ThuleanPerspective

Don’t Blame The Beekeepers – A Response to ThuleanPerspective

A video on the Thulean Perspective YouTube Channel, Varg Vilkernes says beekeepers are thieves and you shouldn’t buy honey.  But is this correct?  In a world where honeybees’ natural habit is becoming scarce and modern farming is harming pollinators, would the disappearance of beekeepers improve the lot of the honeybee?


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LoveHoney, Sex, Love Honey

Should ‘LoveHoney’ Be Allowed To Use The Word ‘Honey’ In Its Name?

Corporate appropriation of words enriches the corporation but not necessarily the language.  ‘LoveHoney’ is a corporation that sells, for want of a better word, adult paraphernalia.  If the word ‘honey’ become synonymous with sex, will this have consequences for those people, like me, who sell honey and promote beekeeping.  Let’s find out.

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Did Victorian Pesticides Kill Bees?

Mr Woodley poses the question as to whether ‘spraying fruit-trees is prejudicial to beeculture?’ in other words does spraying fruit-trees kill bees?

Victorians used arsenic based pesticides, some with exotic names such as ‘Paris Green’ and ‘London Purple’. The answer to Mr Woodley’s question is not as straight forward as it would first appear.  A tragic turn of events in 1925 reveals the real nature of pesticide spraying.  I explain all in my latest video.


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How to Move a One-Tonne Pallet of Heat Logs by Hand?

How are we going to move a one-tonne pallet of heat logs which have been delivered 50 metres away from the log store?  Let’s find out!

I forgot to mention we have no front door road access, the Green in front of our house is water-logged, the refuse collection lorry is coming and the neighbour gives us grief with large deliveries.

The starting point of this challenge is the roadside at the bottom of the slope, where the pallet of heat logs sits.  Load the car with 24 heat logs (one quarter of the pallet) then drive to the mall hard standing on the edge of the Green.

At the Green we need to be aware of the following:-

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Bake a Ginger Cake in a Rayburn Wood-fired Range-cooker

I came up with an idea to put my Rayburn through its paces for the purposes of making a video.  The idea was to bake a ginger cake, one of Delia Smith’s recipes, using my powered range cooker.  However, my idea of showcasing the Rayburn went awry, this movie turned out more ‘Delia’ than ‘Dick’ [Dick Strawbridge]…ho hum!  I had a deluge of footage of cutting, peeling, mixing, folding, spreading and cutting various food items, yet the Rayburn seems to be an incidental bystander.  The food element got edited to the barebones and a two minute film and a ginger cake were born.  Mind you, the cake turned out great!

Two tips are shown: control the Rayburn’s temperature with the ‘cold shelf’; soften the butter from the fridge with the use of the warming oven.

Based on the recipe by Delia Smith

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Wantage Farmers Market and a big THANK-YOU

I made a short video about Wantage Farmers Market.  I give a big THANK-YOU to all those who have taken an interest in both the Farmers Market and my last video.  Even though the weather and the Bank Holiday were unhelpful to the Farmers Market, there was a residual amount of visitors/tourists to Wantage.  It is my hope that my YouTube channel will show people what I made or do.   Also, I hope my channel will showcase Wantage with the intention of encouraging people to visit the town.  

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Wantage Farmers Market Hanging Dragon at Wantage Farmers Market