Malcolm Mitchell Young
(6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017)
A tribute to the recently departed AC/DC Rhythm Guitarist 🤘🏼
Malcolm Mitchell Young
(6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017)
A tribute to the recently departed AC/DC Rhythm Guitarist 🤘🏼
What to do and where to go during the next 10 days is the question we now are asking ourselves. Now that we’ve finally got time away from work together,we want to go somewhere interesting and enlightening and at the same time try not to waste it by just sitting around.
Going to the club is kind of out of the question now the weather has turned colder although we could use the sauna. We have stayed before in November but most of the time it’s not really conducive to staying overnight in poor weather let alone going clothes free.
We could go walking along the coast on the nicer days maybe or even go and visit gardens near us providing of course they’re still open.
Essex on the south eastern side of England is one of the driest counties with a choice of wonderful gardens to visit. It is home to one of the RHS gardens – Hyde Hall which can be visited any time of year. There are also gardens close to Colchester, Chelmsford and Braintree.
Some of theses gardens history are fascinating too,Beth Chattos garden for example was created on a very difficult site and is a great example of what can be done with determination. Here
Audley End is a glorious Jacobean stately home owned by English Heritage.
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens
Three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in a historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.
The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 when the site was an overgrown wasteland between two farms.
The Easton Lodge Garden is set in 23 acres and is well worth a visit
The Gibberd Garden is recognised as an important contribution to 20th century garden design.
Green Island Gardens…..A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth
RHS Hyde Hall – a great garden created on a very difficult site.
Marks Hall Garden & Arboretum, A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape and gardens provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall Gardens.
So where we shall actually go is still very much up in the air but have no fear you’ll definitely find out in future posts.
Music is and can be a soundtrack to life and over the years to me it’s been just that. Happy songs Sad songs all come together to help me remember good times and difficult time in my life. Be it on record,CD, cassette tape or even live listening to music has been a great source of inspiration for me in one way or another. At this moment I’m listening to a recently acquired live album by Mike Oldfield funnily enough called Exposed.
Last weekend we visited a record fair in Witham and for only £20 I picked up 4 compact discs and 4 LPs these being Noel Gallagher and Steve Winwoods solo debuts,Mike Oldfields 1979 live album ‘Exposed’ also a Elton John 1970s live album, two Jean Michel Jarre discs a Alan Parsons project album and Robert Plants outing with Alison Krauss on CD.
On the radio the BBC have a long running music based programme called Desert Island Discs which features celebrities choosing their favourite tunes.As a lover of music and after hearing a recent broadcast featuring John McEnroe, I decided to list my own treasured classic tunes.
Desert Island Discs is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It was first broadcast on the BBC Forces Programme on 29 January 1942.Each week a guest, called a ‘castaway’ during the programme, is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island, whilst discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices. It was devised and originally presented by Roy Plomley.
Since 2006, the programme has been presented by Kirsty Young.
More than 3,000 episodes have been recorded, with some guests having appeared more than once and some episodes featuring more than one guest.An example of a guest who falls into both categories is Bob Monkhouse, who appeared with his co-writer Denis Goodwin on 12th December 1955 and in his own right on 20th December 1998.
Guests are invited to imagine themselves cast way on a desert island, and choose eight recordings, originally gramophone records, to take with them; discussion of their choices permits a review of their life. Excerpts from their choices are played or, in the case of short pieces, the whole work. At the end of the programme they choose the one piece they regard most highly. Guests are also automatically given the Complete Works of Shakespeare and either the Bible or another appropriate religious or philosophical work. They are then prompted to select a third book to accompany them. Popular choices include Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Actress Judi Dench, who suffers from macular degeneration, was permitted to take an audiobook in place of a printed manuscript.
Guests also choose one luxury, which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside. Roy Plomley enforced these rules strictly. He did, however, grant a special dispensation to Princess Michael of Kent, who chose her pet cat.The rules are, however, less strictly enforced today; for instance, Lawley allowed John Cleese to take Michael Palin with him, on the condition that he was dead and stuffed. Examples of luxuries have included champagne and a piano, the latter of which is one of the most requested luxuries.
If I were to appear on the show I’d choose these fine tunes
1. The River Live 1973-1984-Bruce Springsteen
2. Sunflower-Paul Weller
3. Wind of Change-The Scorpions
4. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
5. Deja Vu – Roger Waters
6. Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Full version) – Pink Floyd
7. Tubular Bells Part 1 – Mike Oldfield
8. Baba O’Rielly – The Who
As for the book I’d take my copy of: Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by and the luxury that’ll be a Solar Powered Digital Radio.
Before the winter really sets it I did one last lawn treatment on our lawn as I’d noticed some weeds taking hold on the top half. After a quick cuppa I decided to use Vitax “Green Up” Weed & Feed liquid lawn fertiliser with its added weedkiller,which id had for sometime (£2.00 from ASDA in the spring) which treats common lawn weeds. After using Evergreen 4 in 1 a month or two ago,this was the last real chance with temperatures hitting 20°C today it could be the last dry,warm day. Today is also the day that Storm Ophelia hits the UK & Ireland so after today we might not have much left of our garden,although Ireland is forecast for the brunt of the bad weather. Vitax “Green Up” is for green and healthy lawns and rapidly greens-up the lawn. It also kills common lawn weeds and encourages growth to cover bare areas left by dead weeds.
The weedkiller kills-off most common lawn weeds and the high nitrogen fertiliser promotes rapid green-up of the lawn and encourages grass growth to cover any bare patches left by dead weeds. Whether you use liquid or dry fertiliser is really up to you.You can apply dry lawn fertilisers to your grass with one of two types of spreaders — drop or broadcast.
If you don’t need this equipment often, don’t buy one; try and see if you can get someone to loan you one as it does make a difference mind you,applying dry fertilisers evenly by hand is very difficult.
If you have no other option, apply the fertiliser very carefully and only on small lawns. Wear
gloves and walk backwards across the lawn as you throw the fertiliser as evenly as possible with a sweeping motion.You can apply liquid or water-soluble fertilisers with handheld sprayers, hose-end applicators.
With the storm over Ireland and the bad weather approaching the rest of the United Kingdom it looks like I got things done just in time, however by the time i get time to get in the garden I’m sure there will be leaves aplenty and i’ll be able to use my new leaf blower/collector.
Severe weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland today,and other western and northern parts of Britain for Monday afternoon and evening.The Met Office, issued amber and yellow level warnings, said: “A spell of very windy weather is expected today in association with ex-Ophelia.“Longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected as well as some bridge closures.
“There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.“Flying debris is likely, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties. Unfortunately news has come through already that three people have died as a result of accidents connected to the storm,lets hope it doesn’t reach the 22 of 1987.
With winter approaching I’ve taken steps to eventually move some plants into the greenhouse but others I’ll probably leave outside and cover with some frost fleece when the time comes. In general, keeping outdoor container plants alive during the winter months isn’t difficult if you keep an eye on shifting temperatures and take quick action when necessary.It’s important to remember that container plants die because the roots are susceptible. Instead of being insulated underground, container plant roots are left, virtually out in the cold above ground.
Taking note of the following tips should help:
Dry soil is deadly during a frost. Make sure your container plants are sufficiently hydrated before freezing temperatures hit. Check the soil periodically, especially if your containers are wintering beneath an overhang.An ideal place to overwinter container plants is in a greenhouse or coldframe. Otherwise, move susceptible plants into a shed or garage or cozy them up along the south side of your house when freezing temperatures threaten.
Protect species at special risk of frost damage by wrapping containers with insulated thermal blankets, bubble wrap,frost fleece or bales of hay.One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect sensitive plants is by mulching. Mulching with an organic material will also help enhance the soil as the mulch decomposes and releases nutrients to the earth. In autumn, pull back old mulches from the base of plants and spread a new 3-inch layer around them out to the drip line. Leave a 1/2-inch space around the plant’s stem to allow air circulation and prevent rot.
Surround tropical plants with a cage of chicken wire and stuff with chopped leaves or straw.This is the time when everything is returned to the soil: leaves are falling, stems collapsing, insects dying. The earth is receptive now, drawing in energy while all above is going dormant.
Clearly it is important to remove tender plants, such as dahlias and even woody shrubs such as lemon verbena, that can be lifted, brought in and potted up for a warm winter indoors. And, of course, it is valuable to remove all unwanted matter to the compost heap.Yet, in an organic garden, the natural decaying impulse of the season should be allowed to unfold because that is nature in action.
I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone but I’m personally going through a period of time where nothing much seems to be happening and I am suffering from a definite lack of enthusiasm. The time for real naturism (the spring & summer) has been and gone,the plants are ready to either go into hibernation for the winter or be composted (if they’re annuals),so I feel kind of in the middle. This week during the “October Oblivion” (another weeks holiday) I managed to build another raised bed out of scraps,cut the grass (one last time) but other than that I’ve felt the need to rest.
Monday wasn’t restful though as we took the time to travel into London(on the District line from Upminister) to see the marvellous Alter Bridge performing with a orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.On the 2nd and 3rd October, Alter Bridge played their most ambitious gigs in their long history at The Royal Albert Hall in London, accompanied by The Parallax Orchestra; a full 52 piece orchestra.We were there at the first of these shows,high up (if not quite up with the gods)with this being the first time that Alter Bridge had ever attempted a show like this. There were of course question marks over how everything would go and how it would received by the band’s loyal fans.
Thousands more travelled to London (from all over the world) for these two shows, and with them they brought high expectations. Such a level of hype has been earned by Alter Bridge over the years, but this was a step into the unknown – understandably, knowing the pressure to deliver would be even higher for a show like this, there was a level of anticipation like never before.
At the end of the night there wasn’t really a single bad thing that could be said about this performance and the band and orchestra were congratulated with a standing ovation. Alter Bridge at the Royal Albert Hall was a stunning display in every way and an experience that every person involved should be proud of.
It was filmed and band member Mark Tremonti said recently “We’re touring through the end of the year but we’ve got a big project going on – in October we’re playing with a 52-piece orchestra at Royal Albert Hall [in London] for two nights and we’re gonna’ film that and make it a DVD ” which hopefully will be available in time for Christmas !
The set was:
Slip to the Void
Addicted to Pain
Before Tomorrow Comes
The Writing on the Wall
Cry of Achilles
In Loving Memory (first since 2008)
Ties That Bind
The Other Side
Brand New Start
Ghost of Days Gone By
The Last Hero
The End Is Here
Words Darker Than Their Wings (live debut)
Wonderful Life (acoustic)
Watch Over You (acoustic)
This Side of Fate
Open Your Eyes
Humans are drawn to nature. We feel better when we spend time in forests, gardens, or parks. It implies that an instinctive bond exists between humans and other living systems.
Similar ideas are echoed in the cultural practices of friluftsliv, the Scandinavian philosophy of open air living, and in shinrin-yoku, Japanese forest immersion (or “forest bathing”). And there’s science to back up those warm fuzzies. So, if you need more motivation to make time for a jaunt outside (or convince someone to join you), you’ve come to the right place.
1. Nature deficit disorder exists, and most of us have it.
Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the social, behavioral, and health consequences of alienation from the natural world. Although scientists are just beginning to understand the health impacts of urban, mostly indoor living, one thing is clear — we need to put down our devices and get outside.
2. It’s good for your heart (literally).
Japanese researchers have shown that forest bathing, the practice of sitting in the forest, lowers your blood pressure, pulse, and heart rate variability. It has also been shown to decrease stress hormone levels.
3. You’re less likely to be overweight.
In both kids and adults, access and exposure to nature has been shown to lower the risk of obesity. This relationship is most likely due to increased physical activity. Additional studies show that forest bathing decreases blood sugar and cortisol, both of which are also associated with obesity.
4. You’ll be happier and improve your memory.
People who live close to nature experience less anxiety and depression. Walking in nature has been shown to improve mood and short-term memory in people with depression, as well as decrease rumination (repetitive, negative thoughts) and brain activity associated with mental illness.
5. You’ll fight off illness more efficiently.
Exposure to nature improves immune system function in otherwise healthy people, increasing the production of natural killer cells, an important part of our defense against viruses and cancer.
6. Your brain will work better.
In children, time spent in natural settings decreased ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) symptoms. In adults, contact with nature improves focus, concentration, and work productivity.
7. You’ll get more out of your exercise.
Being outside is good for your health, even without the benefit exercise. But if you do choose to exercise in nature, studies show that you’ll feel a greater sense of revitalization, energy, enjoyment, and satisfaction.
8. You’ll feel less pain.
Just looking at nature scenery in a photo or out a window can reduce our experience of pain.
9. You’ll sync up to nature’s rhythms.
Being outdoors, and away from artificial lights, helps synchronize your biology to natural circadian rhythms. Scientists investigating chronobiology, the study of biological rhythms, have shown that our connection to natural light/dark cycles helps to regulate our sleep, our moods, our stress levels, and our hormones.
10. You’ll practice mindfulness, naturally.
Setting aside artificial stimulation and immersing yourself in nature makes you more aware of your surroundings. You hear the rustle of leaves, the creaking of leaves, and the songs of the birds. It’s mindfulness meditation at its most simple.
You can get most of these benefits even with sporadic exposure to nature. Even if you can only get out of the city infrequently, it will improve your health in countless ways.
What are you waiting for ?
*This is a repost it was originally published on MindBodyGreen and can be found here: Original Post
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