Archive for March, 2010

Brie and Bacon Panini at Hexham

March 10, 2010

I drove over to Hexham today to meet up with my friend, Patrick. He drives down from the moors of Cumbria and we then have a brunch (today I had a brie and bacon panini with salad) at the Hexham Arts Centre. We have been doing this about once every month or two for decades. We usually  have two or three cups of coffee spread over a two or three hour chat about this, that and everything else. Patrick has to drive a big land rover in order to get around where he lives in the winter months and, even today, he drove through some snow which still has not gone away. I am putting up a pic of his vehicle here; I think it is truly amazing. In the past, I have sometimes travelled in it with him. When I go to get in the passenger seat, I have to get out the rope and pitons and more or less rock climb up into the cabin. It was good driving home again at lunch time, with clear blue skies and lots of sun.

Patrick's Land Rover

I had a chat with Patrick about the tadcaster project and when I got home I tidied up my workshop in preparation for some slightly more focussed airbrush tests.  Speak to you later, my dear blogophiles.

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A walk on Roker pier

March 9, 2010

Yesterday I had a visit from my brother and sister-in-law and we went down to the sea front for a walk before our evening meal. The sun was low in the sky and the pier and the lighthouse looked wonderful.

The light house on Roker pier

Hugh, Noreen and Natasha

By the time we had walked to the end of the pier and started our return journey to the shore, the sun was more or less setting.

Dusk on our return from the lighthouse

It was a great visit. This morning, after our guests left, I spent some time thinking about how I might wire up the humbucker to the tone and volume pots on my tadcaster. I used alligator clips to make some temporary connections, strummed my Baby Taylor over the pickup, and whacked the output into a 50 watt Marshall amp: it worked! I have a little more thinking to do and possibly a little more electrical experimentation. I need to start putting more thought into how to complete the dummy paint job before I do the graphic on the proper body.

Guitar electrics

Buying the bits for the John Smith Tadcaster

March 7, 2010

We went to the guitar fair today and I bought most of the bits and pieces that I will need. My friend, Tom, took this picture. You can see the body, with some of the stuff piled on it. And the body is sitting on the stall which sold more or less all the stuff you could ever need.

Buying the bits for the John Smith Tadcaster

One of the stalls that caught our eye was selling guitars made out of old cigar boxes, oil cans, and all manner of things. The guy running the stall is sitting down here playing a bit of bottleneck on one of the guitars he made (Tom took the pic).

Cigar box bottle neck guitar

Sunday lunch at a Turkish restaurant

March 1, 2010

Yesterday I went to visit some old friends in Sheffield and we went to a Turkish restaurant for our Sunday lunch. This was in the Broomhill district of the city, where we used to hang out a lot when we were all postgrad students there many years ago. I very much enjoyed the food. Lots of tasty bits and pieces eaten with some marvellous fresh bread.

Turkish Sunday lunch