Making a Kitchen Garden/Brick BBQ

I had some work tops left over from our old place, so I decided to make a kitchen in the garden. Here is a brief summary, but there are lots more pictures on Flickr.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Planning it out took quite a bit of time. I had to work with the space I had and the worktop was already cut to a size, so getting the plan right was important.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Once I knew where everything was going I laid the blocks in post-crete and got them all level with a spirit level.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Once that was done then it should have been pretty easy to build it up to height. I had never worked with mortar before so I learnt a lot and got a lot better as I tried more things.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Ok so there was a bit of a complication. The breeze blocks didn’t stick to each other.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Years of building jumps made me realise that the problem was that both surfaces were too smooth so the mortar didn’t bind to them. I made the surfaces textured and they stuck a lot better.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Also it’s important to make the surfaces wet I think.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

So then it all went up much easier. Cleared the ground.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Lick of paint

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Stick the tops on.

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Stop for a break (this actually took a few weeks in total)

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Now on with the bbq/oven thing/

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Finishing touches

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Testing the oven

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

All done

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Finished

Brick BBQ/Garden Kitchen

Time to use it…

BBQ

Yummy

BBQ

Works pretty well.

New site layout

The internet is changing. Again. These days there really doesn’t seem to be much of a need for a “webiste” any more. People interact online in so many different ways and it gets ever more complicated. Some people try to integrate this all into one site, which is really good, but it’s a lot of work to bring everything together and make it all work well. It’s also a never ending job as APIs change and new networks keep appearing.

I sort of feel like this site has served its function for me, and I don’t see much of a use for it any more (hence the number of updates I guess). I want to keep it here for posterity, but I have changed the homepage to reflect better the huge amount of other places I do things now. I hope it makes sense.

I guess the thing is I don’t have the time or the motivation to build a massive complicated and personalised system, when there are better free things out there, so I’ll just be using them now, and this is just a way of cross referencing them. A starting point. Isn’t the internet amazing?

Trampoline sommersault

Been trying to do a sommersault on the trampoline for the last few days. I am landing in a squat sometimes but it’s hard. Probably need to go a bit higher. It’s really fun though. I usually fall over and then start laughing at myself. I expect the neighbours think I am crazy.

This girl cracks me up:

Where were you?

So the bike seems to be working out alright. One of the results of moving was that I sorted out all my CDs and put most of them onto iTunes. This week I rediscovered this little gem. Badly Drawn Boy is such a hit and miss artist, but this song is so good. I only found it because this single was really cheap. I wonder if he has any other good songs hidden away?

Here is a live version. Probably best to just listen 😉

Spring is here

I guess it’s been spring for a while but I’ve been too busy to notice. The weather is appalling though.

Spring is here

Had a BBQ at the weekend in semi-arctic conditions. Oh England! Didn’t remember to use the camera either.

The Peak District

Went to the Peak District a month or so ago, but only put the pictures up last week. You can see them on flickr.

My new bike

When we found the new house we were actually looking at a different house, but it was a long walk to the station, so we decided to walk it to see how far it was. We ended up walking to the wrong station, and on the way we got a bit lost and I saw a bike abandoned in some bushes. Then we carried on looking for the station, and on the way we saw another house, which ended up being the house we went for.

This house is much better as it is right by the station. The only down side is that it’s a bit of a slow line, and there is a much fast line just a couple of miles away.

Last week I went to see if the bike was still there. It looked untouched, so i moved it to a slightly different position to see if anyone ever used it.

So last night I went back to see if the bike was still there. It was in a bit of a state, and looked like no-one had ridden it for a long time (handlebars all twisted, brakes locked up, flat tyres), but only took about an hour to sort out and now I have a bike to get to the fast station on. I might be home in under an hour tonight.

A free bike is a good bike. Some pictures…

My New Bike
My New Bike
My New Bike
My New Bike