Middle Aged Gardening

I never thought I'd become this guy. But something about making the back garden thrive with greenery and life just makes me smile. It has taken some time to get the garden to a state where I feel it's ok to show somebody, mainly due to it being a new build house. We basically got a square of grass and a few basic slabs leading to the back gate. Much time, a patio, shed and a few raised beds later I've finally been ready to plant something! Whilst I'd love to go off-grid like Tom and Barbara Good, to not end up with a garden that looks like an allotment, I think we have to temper the amount of edible produce. However, a starter-for-ten were the eighteen strawberry plants I stuck in in March. It has been a success! They are delicious. I'm fairly sure they're only about 20% better than can be bought from the supermarket. But they're all shapes and sizes, I took care of them, and they're just better. Like having chips out of the paper. It wasn't even a g

I'm not a jazzer

As the title says, I'm not a jazzer... but that doesn't mean I shouldn't have a go.

For those of you who didn't know, I am a non-professional cornet and trumpet player. I mostly play with brass bands (namely Foden's band if we're allowed to rehearse ever again!), and thought it would be nice to branch out a little into Jazz playing. This is a style I love listening to and also play in at band occasionally, but it's not my forte. 

A good friend of mine bought me a Greg Fishman trumpet book (see here) for Christmas. So of course I had a go at a few of them over the Christmas break. Constructive feedback appreciated.