Sunday, 11 October 2009

HMR HIIT (Horse Manure Relocation High Intensity Interval Training)

Just like many others who part take in any amateur competitive sport. I have limited time to put towards training, more so for conditioning. As it’s not as enjoyable as the skills based training sessions. Also requires a higher level of motivation as seldom is it done in a group environment. My personal solution was to combine some manual labour required on my allotment plot and some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

This is how HMR HIIT was invented. It allowed me to stock up on the horse manure just outside the allotment site and place it on my own plot. Armed with a wheel barrow and spade I jog to the manure site load up the wheel barrow and jog back pushing the loaded barrow. Tip out the barrow on my plot and hand over the barrow and spade to my brother who’d then do the same while I jog in front to ensure the narrow path way is free from by passers. After thirty minutes of this we relocate six wheel barrows full of manure. Great work out.

This morning we knocked up the first bed and the horse manure was shoveled on.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Getting about town

Cycling to work has been my main form of transport for about five years. I was using a road bike (Cougar). Which I'd brought of a friend. It had served me well.

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But it wasn't the low maintenance commuting machine I desired. When my work place finally started the cycle to work scheme I decided to get the Trek Soho S. Roll VT.

Monday, 13 July 2009


After nearly two years on the waiting list I now have a plot of land. While it's only a very small plot (allotment) it's still somewhere for me to grow some food. As the plot is a twenty minute walk away from my apartment I decided to go the low maintenance route to gardening. while researching I came across permaculture. Once set up it should mean extremely low maintenance, and while the whole forest garden plan can't be applied to such a small plot I'll be using some of the key concepts into my humble allotment plot.

I'm currently reading The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Countries by Patrick Whitefield

Along with watching Food Forest by Geoff Lawton

Check out this fantastic video of how permaculture was used to grow a sustainable crops in the desert.