Flute and Classical Guitar Concert in Cardiff, Uk

Concerts at the Crossroads 2012, Beulah URC Church Rhiwbina

Wednesday 31st. October at 1.05pm

William Browne – guitar with Victoria Guise – flute.
Two young Welsh College students are the next performers in the Beulah lunchtime concert series.The music that they will play for us is very accessible. It will include music by the French composer Ibert and the Argentinian composer Piazzolla.Tickets on the door £6/£5

For more information, please click the links :-

A date for your diary
Wed. November 28th. at 1.05pm.
Mate Racz – Violin with Nathan Tinker – Piano

Prize winning postgraduate student from the RWCMD with his accompanist from the Royal College of Music will play music by Beethoven, Kreisler and Brahms.

There is a lunchtime concert on the last Wednesday of most months at Beulah, Rhiwbina
All concerts last approx. 50 mins. Tickets £6/£5 on the door

Import CD into Computer using iTunes

Play Computer Music Files on Hi-fi using iTunes

This is a preliminary to my other blog (yet to be written and published) “Playing your CD via iTunes and your hifi equipment.
These notes are based upon my limited experience using Windows 7 on a laptop.

Step 1. It may be necessary to download and install itunes free from
iTunes is an application with which you can organize your music, play it and purchase more or listen to hundreds of radio stations.

Before starting step 2, ensure that you are connected to the internet.

Step 2. Near the top left of the screen under Library, click Music. This will show a list of all the tracks already stored.
Insert your music CD into the CD drive.

You may be presented with a number of different options:-

A dialogue box giving choices such as
. . Play using Windows Media Player.
. . Play using iTunes.
. . Import into iTunes. [Click this one]

When iTunes starts it may invite you to make iTunes your default player. Up to now I’ve always ignored this option.

If you have inserted a standard commercial CD (rather than a privately produced one), then the system will access an online database maintained by “Gracenote” in order to download all the details about the title of the piece, the composer and the artists.

iTunes should now display a list of all the tracks on the CD and ask if it should import the CD. It may also show a “Don’t ask me again” option. Or it may just stop with a button “Import CD” at the bottom right. If so, then click it.

After agreeing to import, the tracks are read in at about ten times the normal playing speed.
During the importing, notice the turning arrows to the left of the screen just under “DEVICES”. At the end, these arrow become an upward arrow. Click this and the CD will be ejected. Job done: Finito

I wish you success.

Seeds to sow now (October)

There are a few things that can be sown at this time of the year, especially if you can overwinter them under cover in the shelter of a cool greenhouse.
I have just started Sweet Peas, Winter Lettuce, Pak Choi and Komatsuna(Japanese Spinach). For more information about these, click Wikipedia –


My usual practice is to soak the seeds in old magarine cartons, then prick the chitted seed out into 3″ pots. The photos show some I started about 5 weeks ago.
They will be ready soon to plant out into the ground.
I shall probably blog in greater detail about my method some time in the future.
This note applies to South Wales and places with a similar climate.


I wish you success,




Gardening Tip: Late Crop Runner Beans

Today I picked about 4 lbs of young succulent runner beans from a 30 ft row at the allotment when the beans on earlier sowings are beginning to get long in the tooth, stringy, and on fit only for growing on to provide seed for next year. If we do not get an early frost, I expect to continue to pick runners into November, as I have done in previous years.

The clue to this success is the sowing date – July 1st. Make a note of it and follow my example next year.

The dates herein are relevant to Cardiff, UK and places with a similar climate.

I wish you success

Gardening Tip: Sowing Broad Beans in October to overwinter.

This note applies only to gardening in temperate climes in the northern hemisphere.
It is fairly common practice to sow broad beans now, ready for cropping next June. However in the last two years my autumn sown beans have been devastated by a combination of very cold weather, strong winds, snow and slugs. The beans were easily surpassed by those sown in February which cropped at almost the same time.
So I shall skip the sowing in the coming October, especially since slugs have been a huge problem this year and are probably still lurking about in vast numbers waiting for the fresh new shoots to appear.
Nonetheless, it would be good idea to prepare the ground now while the weather is still fairly mild. What I usually do is take out a trench about 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep right across the allotment plot, add lots of compost in the bottom and backfill. Then in cold February it will be a quick job to pop in the seeds.
I wish you good gardening.

Starting a blog

Setting up this blog/website has been quite a struggle and has occupied me for many hours. I borrowed two books from the public library – “Blogging for Dummies” and “WordPress in Depth”. Both are excellent books, but as tuition manuals for creating a website with Menus and Galleries to display images, they are not very helpful. Eventually I discovered the online support section of WordPress, and using that, I was able to make some slow progress.
Even though I’ve been using computers for over 49 years, frequently on a daily basis, I found it quite difficult to follow the intructions. But, having learnt how to do it, I can see the logic of the instructions. It is a bit like sticky crosswords clues: when you see the answer you can (usually) understand the clue, but  working from the clue can be impossible at times.