Friday 10 July 2020

I’m really pleased with my efforts at re-organising and improving the studio… CATRIONA, Freya and Aaron arrive as margaret’s making breakfast. I’m busy dealing with some online stuff before a Skype guitar lesson with one of my online students....

Thursday 9 July 2020

AFTER breakfast and the routine stuff is out the way I go outside to build a miniature poly tunnel think I got from Amazon for the tomato and cucumber plants we were given last week.. It’s less than a metre high but it’s long and low, so hopefully more...

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Margaret’s pinchitos are always amazing…but are even better when cooked on charcoal πŸ™‚ WE have a local pal who has an important Zoom meeting this morning but terrible broadband at home…I’ve set up a table and chair in the studio, given...

Tuesday 7 July 2020

I film the cooking of the Asian salmon for future use ion a music/food livestream series… WITH the first episode of Blues’n’2s out the way, it’s time to start promoting episode two. My pal Andres Roots from Estonia will be my guest next Monday...

Monday 6 July 2020

As well as streaming to my Facebook page, I push the first episode of Blues’n’2 to my YouTube channel too… MATTY arrives first thing – he’s going for a run up Ben Lomond, but wants to use the toilet first. After breakfast I accompany Margaret...

Sunday 5 July 2020

POURING rain outside…but I’ve arranged to go a walk with Martyn, so we’ll have to brave the weather. I have breakfast and get a few odds and ends out the way before he arrives then we head off into the wet. We have a good blether for an hour or two...

Saturday 4 July 2020

Looks what's coming on Monday Some info about the first episode of Blues'n'2s live on this page – Dave Arcari – on Monday (6 July, 8pm UK time) with special guest Andy McGibbon ( The Bonnevilles)…. Blues'n'2s: Episode 1 feat. Andy...

Friday 3 July 2020

I’VE run out of egg bites for breakfast, so gather all the ingredients to make a couple of batches. Makes sense to use all the cottage cheese in a one-er as it generally goes off before I get the chance to use any leftover. It also makes sense to capture the...

Thursday 2 July 2020

Dirtyfoot’s getting braver… THERE’S some stuff to go to the post office…and I have a prescription to pick up in the village. Margaret drives me there and I walk back. Good to get a nice long walk, especially as there’s rain forecast after...

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Less than a week ’til I launch my Blues’n2s livestream series…. HAVING got the post-livestream thank yous and related responses all done, my focus moves to my upcoming Blues’n’2s series. The first episode is this Monday (6 July, 8pm UK...

Tuesday 30 June 2020

FEELING surprisingly OK this morning after last night’s livestream and whisky excess! First thing I need to do is sort out the prizewinners…the whisky and t-shirt prizes for the draw from the setlist survey are fine, but the second whisky giveaway – naming...

Monday 29 June 2020

GONNA be a busy day today…lots of prep to do for tonight’s (Monday) livestream concert – and there’s a lot of other stuff in the diary too. I have telephone and Zoom meetings and subsequent reports to get through and between these and other stuff,...

Sunday 28 June 2020

Salt and pepper tofu – with broccoli and brown rice πŸ™‚ WE have a long lie then a lazy breakfast. I head off to meet my pal Martyn in the next village and we enjoy a two-hour socially distanced walk and catching up on things and discussing all sorts. In the studio, I...

Saturday 27 June 2020

WE’RE up and organised at a reasonable time – Catriona, Freya and Aaron are coming for a garden visit. hopefully before the rain streams. I’m in the studio putting Ikea legs on the old desktop I had kicking around when they roll up. Gonna make the place a...

Friday 26 June 2020

A FEW things to get out the way then I head to the studio and set up to participate in a Musicians’ Union (MU) ‘untapping your inner creativity’ workshop. The workshop runs ’til lunchtime and is really good. Nice to be able to do these things...

Thursday 25 June 2020

AN unexpectedly nice day. Blue sky, sunshine and nice light breeze. Perfect. Busy getting on with some online stuff when my pal Martyn calls to pick my brains about some music he’s keen to use in a film…not my music, but a fairly successful track form a...

Wednesday 24 June 2020

The buzzard waits in a tree waiting for the right time to buzz me (again!) AFTER breakfast I get most of my routine tasks out the way before preparing for a guitar lesson with one of my Skype students. After the lesson I diary the next one and create some notes for my...

Tuesday 23 June 2020

MAIN thing int eh diary this morning is an MU (Musicians’ Union) meeting – a fairly informal ‘social’ Zoom meeting for Scotland/Northern Ireland members. I participate form the studio and find the meeting interesting and fun. Nice to connect with...

Monday 22 June 2020

Interesting to see what songs are front-runners for my 29 June livestream setlist…click the pic above to choose YOUR favourites and have the chance to win a bottle of Smokehead…. THERE’S still one string to put on the banjo. I get that done before...

Sunday 21 June 2020

We bump into this wee guy while out for an evening walk… WE have a lazy morning drinking coffee and listening to the radio. then Margaret picks up Betty and Joe’s paper and takes it along to them before we have breakfast. I stumble across my...