Through my eyes: back in the ditch


“… Neil Young is back in the ditch [0] … some thought Young’s best work was behind him …”

Which is always funny to hear because this was the same story repeated through the 70’s prior to Rust Never Sleeps, the 80’s before Freedom and 00’s with Prairie Wind

“… the black electric Gibson Les Paul he purchased …” [1]

Young picked up “Old Black” in a (non-cash) swap with Jim Messina for a Gretsch 6120 in 1969 [2] most likely January 1969 recording his first solo album. [3] 

How many people bought the “Album” instead of the disc? [4]

[0] Dennis Atkins, Bring Le Noise: Neil Young is back in the ditch”

[1] human-highway, “Neil Young’, January 1969, Reprise 6317”

[1] Chuck W. Singer, thrasherswheat, “Vintage Guitar Magazine, March 1998”

[3] thrasherswheat, “The Ditch Trilogy: “‘Heart of Gold’ put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch.””

[4] Bob Gendron, toneaudio, “Music review: Neil Young Le Noise WB , 180g. LP, CD”


Midnight Feast


I’m having a mid-winter, midnight feast because I found a way to capture summer in a bottle.

I got a bumper crop this year which yielded over 100 pieces of fruit from my 2 trees. So what’s one to do? Lemon butter. So I spent a quick hour preparing some of this years lemon crop to make some lemon butter. I just wanted to do a test batch before I try processing all the fruit.

2010JUL082319 The ingredients:

  • 3 lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g butter
  • 2 x tsp corn flour
  • 1 x cup sugar
  • 6 x sugar cubes
2010JUL082313 The recipe went something like this:

  • peel lemons of rind & add sugar cubes and water to pot & gently boil
  • reduce peel mixture
  • sieve juice of lemons
  • Add juice of lemons to creamed butter (sugar + butter) add to pot & gently boil
  • stir butter mixture & bring to slow boil
  • add eggs & mix in bowl placed in a pot of boiling water
  • add lemon butter juice to egg mixture & simmer for 10 minutes while stirring

The only real modification I made was to add the grated peel to the lemon mixture. This is an intentional addition to cut the sweetness and add some slight texture and yielded about 2/3 of a jar. I’ll adjust the recipe to 4 lemons to fill a jar. Not a bad result for an hours work.