Log Store

Log StoreA Hawthorn tree, adorned with Virginia Creeper, hugs the hillside for nutrients. Hedera helix ‘Sherbott’ covers seasoned cut logs with re-newed shiny green. A wonderful blend of maturity surrounds you in the Log Store, as everything from 400 year old oak off cuts mingle with 3 year old hazel twigs.

At the front of the log store stands The ‘Owl’ box. It was home to an aspiring blue tit with big ideas for his family – no attempt was made to narrow down the 10cm (4 inch) hole.

After the chicks hatch and leave the log store, most of the wood is used on the cottage and barn log fires at the HoBB leaving the log store shelves free for trays of seeds. Over the summer, the store gets a clean down and as autumn approaches we start stacking up the new cut wood up to 15 inch lengths – “because longer ones won’t fit!”

I designed the log store to fit around a leaning hawthorn tree which covers the ground in white hail-like blossoms in spring and red berries towards autumn. The Virginia Creeper is being trained up through the hawthorn so that it eventually “hangs” from the tips of the branches. Ideally, when this growing design fills out a bit more, we should get the autumn effect of a red weeping willow tree as the creeper sheds its leaves.

The picture shows the result after four years of creeper growth. I’ll update this same HoBBlog with a picture of the full effect after a couple of years more growth – shouldn’t take any longer as Virginia Creeper is growing up to 5 ft (1.5m) each year.

Waves from the trees ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Inventions

InventionsDid I hear that the photocopier was invented over 30 years before it was mass-manufactured? Did I hear the everlasting light bulb works and was patented but never produced? Did I hear of some U.S.A. Patented ‘Hobogen Project’ that delivers infinite worldwide electricity without polluting and using raw materials?

We have all heard such rumours but someone out there knows the truth. Are these just rumours or are useful inventions slowed or pushed aside and un-used?

Technology is certainly moving fast but it is also moving at a pre-determined speed, being constantly regulated by forces stronger than ‘logic’. This system of ‘timing advances’ is common, and the consumer has no way of knowing what would happen if all inventions were explored, prototyped and assessed for global or local ‘usefulness’.

As ‘new’ things appear regularly, we think that inventors are busy, happy and un-frustrated – or do we? Why was it that the inventor of the ‘clockwork radio’ found it tough going to get his great product noticed early and into production?

I know that many inventors are concerned about discussing their ideas because of ‘idea-theft’ and that sadly, some ideas never leave the drawing board, but there are things like ‘Non-Disclosure Agreements’ to help protect ideas whilst they are being discussed.

Perhaps most of the stuff we hear about the hard life of inventors is false, but if there is just one inventor out there reading this who feels their inventions should be making more headway, then the World should give them a platform from which to speak, as we depend upon such enlightened individuals.

Perhaps there is a web site I have not found yet? Perhaps it exists but few inventors trust to use it? Whatever the situation, if you know something I should know, let me know!

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant