FAQ: What We Do

A Quick summary guide of each category on the drop-down menu, top right of each page.

We Draw
We draw buildings, illustrations, products, features, infographics – sketch designs of every nature. In this category folder you will see many examples of our design process, project sketches and finished work. For fast idea communication, we also draw ‘live’ at meetings by arrangement.

We Write
We write for publishing, performance, promotion and good communication.  Here you will find links to our books for children and just a few client examples as we ghost-write for the majority of our clients – remaining undercover.

We Produce
This section includes products and several product ideas ready for production.  If you manufacturer or promote, let us know if you are interested in any of our new product ideas and help us launch these on the market.

When we design a brochure, building, interior, garden or pair of shoes, we ‘problem solve’ having minds that always see solutions. There’s not much that we have not designed at some point but we’re up for a new challenge if you have got a good one. Click on this section to explore the practical side of our work and see how we may further your plans.

Projects and Ideas
Sift thoughtfully through the projects and ideas we post in this section because with your eyes and your input, one of them might make useful profit. We spend a hunk of our time furthering existing business ideas and supporting established projects but we enjoy fresh business challenges so don’t hesitate to ask us – we’re easy-going people; we may take risks but all risks can be lowered with good research and sound business thinking.

Personal Development
Most of us have ‘drive’ – that wonderful thing that fuels progress. For a lot of friends and business associates, we provide a ‘spirit filling station’ –  good spirits with fine fayre abounding at harvest times.  Read some case studies here.

When the ‘spirit moves’ people progress but if you are not progressing as you desire, your spirit may need topping up. We post things here that we discover and think may help.  We do some individual ‘spirit levelling’ on request and by arrangement.

Personal Comments
Here, all personal comments are meant to be placed but you’ll notice they spill out of this section into other postings. As each blog is signed, you’ll always know who to message with any enquiries.

If you would like your comments published, please send postings to us marking them ‘Guest Comment – free to publish’ and if we love them we’ll publish them here with a credit to you and any links you may want to your web site, facebook, pinterest, twitter …..

If we love your comments a lot, you will become a firm ” Friend of the HoBB” and your name will be entered in a draw to win a free weekend at the HoBB.

Run an ‘interest check’ across us and you’ll find we like all the regular stuff such as ‘good food’, ‘great friends’ and ‘travelling to new places’ along with some less guessable interests. When you go to this folder, each blog posted is signed by the author so that you will know who to contact to share your views, own interests or simply find out more.

If we produced a wordmap of our interests it would include these words:

Stone, Wood, Global Friendships, Architecture, Space Exploration, Riding, Water, Animation, Earth Design, Aquaponics, Perspectives, Pasta Shapes, Low Tides, GuanXi, Home Grown, Books, Foraging, Gardens, Lifestyles, Growth, Fruit, Meditation, Sea life, Enthusiasm, Spring, Re-Cycling, Up-Cycling, Missing links, Being There, Restaurants, Rivers, Passions, Tree Circus, Landscapes, Hand Made Paper, Hedera, Rara Avis, Textures, Plants, Learning, Web, Ideas, Packaging Graphics, Art, Some Cars, Auctions, Beachcombing, Spirit Levelling, Theatre, Spiritual Journeys, Music, Science, Thinking beyond the Box, Autumn, Poetry, Illustration, Colours, Good Quality Closure …

Each day another journey. Although included in this folder are all manner of blogs about people and places, some postings are bound to appear concerning deeper, more meaningful journeys, experienced by the mind and ‘felt’ by the spirit.

As an example, it would not be enough to say that physically, I visited an orphanage, without recounting the long distance leap of emotion that my mind would experience in so doing. All journeys encompass things learned or perceived along the way and if our HoBB site can impart just one tenth of the feelings experienced by its contributors, it has accomplished more than we could hope.


If your foraging for fodder and goodies takes you to memorable shops that create a fun experience, then shopping will be a joy for you. If we come across shops that enjoy having customers rather than just wallets and purses, we’ll post up their details in this folder. If you run a shop that should be praised by us because you make your work ‘personal’, let us know and we’ll support your lead where we can.

We set up this ‘identities’ folder in praise of strong ‘ID’s’ everywhere. Click and enjoy all of it, for here in this folder you will get to know many true and fictitious identities over time like ‘Sleepy and the Samurai’; Gina; ‘Bill and Bertha Bamford at the Bar’ and maybe more about your own id. Click-on !

Some sites use FAQ’s to try and short circuit getting involved with supplying direct answers. Visitors usually end up scrolling down lists of answers that never completely satisfy, just to find that at the end of the page, there is no email contact with the site writers, forcing them to sit on their question till it fades.

We prefer to answer all questions by email, directly, and not leave a list of questions and answers on this site. If you have a specific question we will answer it if we can. If you think of anything that should be answered for the benefit of all visitors,  let us know.

Most site statistics show that “gallery” and “photos” buttons get a lot of clicks so it’s a ‘must have’ on any site including this one. Give it time and this Gallery folder will fill out with some great shots or we will start a Pinterest account.

As I always flick through books, web pages and magazines to look at the pictures first, there’s an accompanying picture with most of the blogs posted on this site, just to make me happy.

Where are they now?
As sites like ‘friends reunited’ fade off the internet, it makes me wonder about some of the great people we have all known that have lost touch with us. With a mix of curiosity and concern, I have set up this folder to see if it acts as a beacon to information as to the whereabouts of lost contacts, friends, news on cool projects and many things I liked that don’t seem to be around any more.

We’ll see how this folder grows – it will probably show how the world changes and how circumstances dictate what and who you know.

Voluntary Support
We are always seeking new community volunteers to help us with the myriad of tasks at ‘HoBB Project House and Gardens’. These opportunities are varied and can include :

Administrative Volunteer
Special Projects Volunteer
Gardening Volunteers, who work directly with us on planting and maintain the garden displays all the while learning more about gardening
Construction Volunteer
Speakers Bureau – speakers available to any organization wishing a presentation to learn more about our gardens and current activities.
Illustration Volunteer
Book Writing Volunteer
Webmaster Volunteer
Design Volunteer
and more …

Most of the time, volunteers book well in advance and come to us through organisations like helpx.net and wwoof.org but these are usually foreign students touring the world so are with us for a brief ‘stop over’. Whether you are an avid volunteer or novice, you will be looking for new skills, new experiences and new understandings so the ‘HoBB Gardens and Project House’ simply creates these opportunities with you.

If you like to: dig in the dirt, plant, write, level the spirit, paint, move the earth, weed, build, change the world, mulch, illustrate, trim, design or maybe you just want to learn more about life, we will keep you active and lively here … no experience or relevant knowledge is needed!

It is only through the valiant efforts of our wonderful volunteers that the HoBB can continue to provide an outstanding environment where the thoughts and actions of friends can grow.

What do you need to bring? Just your enthusiasm and usually Wellington boots and gloves come in useful.

Journey and ‘make a difference’ with those who like to ‘make waves’; The HoBB Gardens and Project House welcomes Volunteers > get in touch with us.


What’s Next?

What's Next, and beyond what's New ?

“The closer the future gets the clearer the vision becomes. As the past has been usefully learned and layered with respect, our abundance of tommorows dance in high expectation of what seeds we plant today. Nature is due our love, for Mother Earth has simply been that, a Mother Earth” (E.Noynek)

Over the next year, many of the topics listed below will be discussed at HoBB meetings. As every new view is important, we welcome contributions from you which can be sent in at any time.

“We can all be eachother’s extra eyes.” (E.Noynek)

1 Personal Development Topics:
Designer Abortions
Cartoons v. Avatars v. id
Arts Studio for Qi Gong Painting
Creativity Breaks in the Knowledge Garden
Art in the Field

2 FAQ’s – recently received :
How do your Art Experiences help children? (See thehobb.tv/000104      thehobb.tv/000273 and thehobb.tv/000264 )
Is Green Build just Woodwork or metal too? (We are building a forge to answer this)
Any photographs yet of your Willow Work? (One here we built for the Elf Book series)
Do you do Book Illustrations or General Illustrations? (Both)
What’s in your Knowledge Garden? (It is like our Knowledge Room)
Do you ever stop at the HoBB? (Ah! A chance to research another question!)
Do you write editorials and illustrate them too? (We do link words and images together)

3 We Write
Blog about Blogging … note 000011
Karmic Account
WoW Interviews (Tracks from two BBC radio progs. yet to be uploaded)
Self Promo spots
Traditional Wisdom
Integrity – the nitty gritty
Super String Theory ‘a la HoBB’ (New Theory daily)
Ideas Book 1 to 500 (Yet to be typed and uploaded)
Elevator Pitches (Yes we write these)
Poetry for motion
The Profound and the Profane (First Paul (Stanley) poetry collection still in print)
Little People Books [LPB] (New Site under Construction) (Archive Site)
A Poetry spot  (Twitter @PoetryEvent for update news on writings, books,events)
Nine Tenets (Poem collection growing. 1st published here)

4 We Draw
Despite straight lines
Educational Cartoons (Some on archive gallery here)
Landscape Features
British image Generators (BIG) (See HPC for news)
History of Fish Logo
Ginger Man Studio
Pulling both ways
Had a go at dry point work
Spot the Difference
The Spirit of Christmas Booze
Style without Frontiers

5 We Produce
Bread Oven (Yet to build new exterior entrance)
Gallery 37 (Background info. here)
WoW Exhibitions (Responsive site under construction) (Archive site)
Charity Garden Open Days
Oak Apple Day
Daglocks and mud
Inglenooks and hyde parks

6 Designs
Millenium Avenue – NFU quits the Elm idea
Far Forest Rustic Fencing
Brampton Bryan Hedge
Eiffel Tower Lemonade
Limpet Roof
Gardens as Exercise Gyms
WoW’s Wet Harvest Exhibition
Fish Packaging
Fruit Wrappers
Wood Stone Metal Fire Water
Crazy Gardeners
Tree Circus
Peace Gardens
Tales of the River Bank
Crescent Theatre (Site)
The Shouting Computer

7 Projects and Ideas
P.Y.O. Weeds – Free
Recycled Materials
Architectural Salvage
Organic Produce
Birthday Experiences from Plane Piloting to Train Driving
Produce a Party Event
Razor Shell Fish and Horse Mussel – clappydoos
Hobogen the Hedge
Ocean One
Fat Man Jim
Adopt a Box
River watch
The little lake
Think Tank Work Tank
The Dudley Superbusinessteam
Passion Filling Station
Evolving Thoughts
Stop the Flow

8 Gallery
Glass Bottles ‘found’!
Greenman (and Greenwoman) Artwork (Archive Site)
Evolving Environments
Avatar CV’s
Charity Cards
Guess the Caption
Do you recognise where this shot was taken?
Architectural Images

9 Interests
Shell Collecting
Building Materials
Hunter/ Gatherers
Red Kite
Traction Engines
Luxury Food
Humourous Sex
Craft Produce
Space Exploration
Knitting for Spiders
Log Books
Pasta Shapes
Scrap Books
Food for Free

10 Shopping
Hay on Wye
Farm Auctions
“What is it?” – I’ll buy one.
Packed like Sardines

11 Journeys
Places to go, people to see
Eden Project re-visited
Busting Quests
Elan Valley
Spiritual Journeys
Paths to ideas
Parachuting Maggot
Castles I have Conquered
Springs and Wells
Building Details
Little Lady on a Big Sandwich

12 Personal Comments
Citizen Grant
Beyond the set in the box
Fat Duck Foods
Cyber sex, cyber religion and cyber politics in one
Cyber help, cyber friends and cyber food ‘to go’
Whatever happened to SWAGS and ladies stockings?
Marche’ Common

13 Voluntary Work
Water Care
WoW Projects Book One, 1 to 91
Lobster Lecture
Missing Link
Restocking the pools
Final Earth Summit
Last Stop Oasis
Fish Tank TV
Ocean One

14 Identities
Individual identities within corporate identities
BookBod and friends
Attitudes to poll-tax
Friends Meeting House
School Closures

15 Where are they now?
Your own ‘lost contact’ file
Thinking of You
Good Relationships
Bill and Bertha Bamford at the Bar
Dinasaws dinasors dinersores and dinasaurs
J.J. Armistead
Ring in the New Back Cover
Stars at Night
Dodo Birds
The Gates of Hell and Heaven
My Cloak and that book I lent
Charles Lam
GuanXi bathed in Charisma
Used Horse Shoes
Oak Beams and Log Baskets
Brass and Stone Letters
Toasting Forks and Woodburning Fires
Newspaper packages tied up with string
The Stones from Stone Walls
The Record Collections of un-named warriors
Talbot Dog Genes
Missing Links
Your First Smile
Jelly Moulds
Water Watchers
Customs and seasons
Oak Apple Day 29 May. This is also ‘Arbor tree day’ nearby in Clun.
Midsummer’s Day 24 June The Bonfire to traditionally strengthen the waning sun
Tree Dressing Day 5 July
Rush-bearing ceremonies. Bishops Castle commemorates the time when church floors were stone or earth and covered year-round with rushes and herbs.
Grass Pasture Day 17 September A celebration of ‘grasses’ to bring good pastures for a good harvest
Hallowe’en 31 October Nutcrack Night, the opening of the first hazel nuts from store
Rememberance day for those we’ve forgotten
The tomb of the unsung hero
Shakespeare’s limericks
Missed Photo Opportunities
The Theory of Nothings
The Villages that time forgot
Clouds that blew over
Evidences overturned
Things that go bump in the night
Horse Troughs
Little Green Martians
Unpublished manuscripts
Words spoken without worth
Attention grabbing adverts for things no longer made
Languages and peoples now extinct
Superstitions superceeded
People friendly architecture

Whatever is next, and beyond that which I can confirm now, I do know that the closer we all get in the future the easier it will be to transfer visions with greater accuracy. Keep in touch, and remember, whilst your sharings brighten the dream, no star is lost which once you might have seen for you yet might be what once you might have been.

Waves, designed to go onward ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant