Tom Kane's Blog

A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world

I consider myself to be a writer first, t-shirt designer second, computer programmer third and a complete amateur at gardening. But I’m learning, especially about writing and gardening. For many years I was a computer programmer, happily skipping from contract to contract in Britain and Europe. That came to a crashing end when I was […]

It was Marco Polo who introduced nutmeg to the Europeans which is now commercially grown in the Caribbean, in particular the spice island of Grenada. Having visited Grenada once in my travels, I can certainly attest to the heady smell of nutmeg in the markets there.

“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” British Statesman, Benjamin Disraeli It was the fabulous David Bowie who sang, “Turn and face the change, ch-ch changes.” That about sums up life, everything changes and you have to either run away from the change or embrace it. Running away from change only delays the inevitable and makes […]

When we first moved to our current house, a bungalow, the wildlife was limited to whatever I saw over the wall in the countryside at the back of the property. There was very little visitation from birds, animals, insects or reptiles. Which was a shame because without an active wildlife none of the fruit trees […]

Fermentation has stopped and I’ve removed all the must. In actual fact I removed the must and then the fermentation stopped because by that time there would be little for the yeast to work on. The end result of my homemade wine is greatly dependent on what type of grape used. In my case these […]

You would be forgiven to think that I’ve been in the sun too long as my last couple of posts were about making wine and this one is about fruit loaf. Granted, on the face of it, they are not exactly gardening subjects. But that’s where you’re wrong. The grapes I’m using in my wine […]