Urban Farm 2014 – Cucumbers, Chillies And Peppers…


As stated in earlier posts, cucumbers are a new experience. I haven’t grown them before but they seem to be thriving in my newly constructed greenhouse. The two varieties I am trying this season are Burpless Tasty Green and Tasty King. Just about ready for picking!

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Urban Farm 2014- Arrival Of The French Or String Beans And Appearance Of The First Runner Beans 14th July…

Today saw the opportunity to pick our first French beans. Only a small handful, but we have to start somewhere! Of, course they will will produce in abundance from now until October. Our American cousins refer to these very tasty vegetables as string beans, hence the use of that word in the title also. unnamed-50By comparison, the runner beans are still tiny at this stage, but on their way nonetheless!

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Tuba Humour!


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RLPO – Cosi Fan Tutte…

As advertised in the previous post, see below, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been out and about, playing in more diverse places than usual, whilst Liverpool Philharmonic Hall undergoes a multi-million pound refurbishment. The performances are conducted by Laurent Pillot.


We are currently in the middle of a run of Mozart’s timeless opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Performances are taking place in the Concert Room of St. George’s Hall. I can’t think of a more splendidly opulent setting.


The opening performance, last night, received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience, which included local hero Ricky Tomlinson.


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Solar Panels…

We have decided to add solar panels to our increasing attempts to rely on sustainable living whenever practicable.


In the UK the government is being very encouraging for individuals to install  ways of making their own renewable energy sources into their own homes.


We will be receiving a feed in tariff (FIT) for generating the electric from the panels. Even though we will be using the power ourselves.

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Urban Farm 2014 – 11th July – latest…

Things really are in full swing in my garden right now. We are starting to harvest quite a few things. The French beans have appeared now and will soon be big enough to pick.


My extensive crop of Italian plum San Marzano tomatoes are looking like giving me a fine harvest soon. This particular tomato is said by many to be the best tasting of all cooking tomatoes.


My climbing pea harvest is continuing apace and shows no sign of abating whatsoever. They are already the full height of my greenhouse, as are my Moneymaker tomatoes.


I am keeping a watchful eye on my cucumber ‘population’ as I haven’t grown cucumbers before. This all female variety is producing loads!


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Don’t Shoot The Messenger…

Recently seen in Viz comic…


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Courgettes – Urban Farm – 9/7/2014

My courgette plants are looking good this year. I picked the first of my crop this morning. There should be no stopping them now until October…


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Here is a piece of trumpet history. The great trumpeter John Wilbraham appearing as soloist but not on trumpet. He was the narrator in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The conductor was the legendary trumpeter Dennis Clift, too.unnamed-27unnamed-26

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The Dmitri Shostakovich!

This big ship is named after Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich…unnamed-25

…The Dmitriy Shostakovich class is a class of seven ro-pax ferries of project B-492/B-493 originally built by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in SzczecinPoland and used by the Soviet shipping companies, Black Sea Shipping Company,[2] Estonian Shipping Company,[2] Baltic Shipping Company[2] and Far Eastern Shipping Company,[2] as ferries and passenger/cruise ships. The class is named after the first ship in the class Dmitriy Shostakovich, which in her turn was named after Dmitri Shostakovich.

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