I DON’T wake up ’til after 8am…and I’m feeling fine!
There’s a couple of blog posts to catch up on then I get busy digging some holes in the garden for the fruit cage ‘spikes’. Most folks could probably hammer them into the ground – but they’re about a foot long and our ground is so stony and rocky that we can’t get them in more than half an inch at best.
Time for the clamshell hole digger thing and a monster heavy punch bar to dislodge/break the rocks. It’s fucking hard going and the first hole takes about two hours of sweat and pain. The spikes are only an inch or so in diameter but the holes have to be a good 10/12 inches across to let me break through the ground. We also need a bit of leeway make sure the main structure sits true.
After lunch I start hole number two then take a break and go to the office to finish off once last piece of work for the music branding course. I’m using the upcoming release of Wanted (Dead or Alive) as my subject matter – much better to have a real-life practical project – something that I’m working on anyway.
Interestingly, the decision to use the release as my ‘catalyst’ encouraged me to change my mind over keeping the release low key and just something The Deadliest Catch folks could find…spreading the word might just help bring in a new.. wider audience to my ‘normal’ stuff!
I also spend some time making and uploading a Spotify canvas for the release and editing a vertical format version of the video for socials/reels etc on release day.
More time digging holes, then I call Martyn to see if he’s around tonight and wants to come for pizza after last night’s ‘cancellation’ due to my lurgy. He is… 🙂
After two and three-quarter – the third hits a huge rock that I have trouble trying to break – holes, I go inside to ball up the pizza dough, prepare the caramelised onions, chestnut mushrooms, passata, mozzarella etc ready for this evening.
I’m just finishing when Willie drops by. Margaret and texted him earlier to see if he had any ‘implements’ to aid the hole digging. He has a wee look, nips to his van, comes back with a big fuck-off drill and make short work of getting through the rock in the third hole and making the fourth hole. Life saver! There’ll be another hole required for part of the door frame, but until it’s all in place and properly aligned we don’t know exactly where it’ll be. He says to give him a shout when we need it drilled and he’ll pop back 🙂
Martyn arrives just after 7pm and we crack open some beers and sit and chat outside. Matty – who’s staying the night (‘cos he has a hill race in Dumfries-shire in the morning) – arrives soon after then we get pizza on the go….