Snow, snow, thick, thick, snow

“Snow, snow, thick, thick, snow” sums up the current situation in South Wales perfectly.

A view from our kitchen window at 8.00 a.m. March 2nd.

I woke up this morning to no central heating and must wait until Monday or Tuesday for British Gas to attend for boiler repair. We are actually quite lucky because it looks like a pump or valve problem which means that we still have hot water (via an immersion heater) and electricity (for our 2 convector heaters) . Others are not so lucky.

Still, the snow falls outside. It’s pretty but it’s dangerous. Our neighbour is trying to dig out a path on the road with his mechanical digger. The UK is never well equipped for these weather conditions despite the advanced warning. It seems that plundering supermarket shelves of supplies is what passes for ‘being prepared’ – reactive rather than proactive perhaps.

Currently, I’m enjoying relearning all about Javascript, CSS and HTML in preparation for projects that involve the Earth Balm music material. I do seem to be stuck in a cycle though.

Wherever you are, keep safe.

Looks like Red Cow Music in York, one of my favourite music shops, is about to close.




It seems that I’m getting close to 30,000 ‘visits’ to the blog and I’m grateful to anybody who visits this little corner of the ether, more so for those who return.

Apologies for being quiet and not posting regularly or indeed for a while.

I’m currently doing what I’ve promised to do for a while and I’m reworking all of my old Earth Balm tracks in a tiny corner of a perishingly cold garage. It’s meant reviving some old software and recordings and a switch back to the Windows platform on an ageing PC.  When I’ve cast that little primate from my shoulder, I’ve many acoustic guitar pieces to immortalise in binary and to record fully on paper too.

Hope everybody is well in these puzzling, troubled and troubling times.


York, and a new beginning

I returned to York this past weekend . It’s a beautiful place and it was as hard as ever to leave my son behind for his final degree year. More so because it’s become very obvious that he’ll almost certainly settle there permanently.


Unusually, I made the journey back alone. I’d taken quite a few of the CDs that inspired my love of World music and played them at a suitable volume for the 5 hour trip (a lot of traffic problem en route). I hadn’t played the music for some 10 – 15 years but can see where a lot of the early Earth Balm tracks and general sound originated. If I haven’t already done so, I’ll create a page listing some of these CD albums and, if they are still available, create links to Amazon etc. “Sacred Ceremonies” and “Hemisphere No More” were the two stand-out CDs.

One of the significant things for me, was that I had time to think about a new name for my music to replace Earth Balm.

I’ve also managed to load up the Mac Pro with the software I need and already use.