Andy Long Bass Player

Four/Five/Six Strings & The Truth


June 2013

Dyrham Park


So it was a gorgeous sunny day, I’d booked a day off work for a gig with the band, the gig was cancelled.  Time for another National Trust day out with Mrs L.

Today we visited Dyrham Park, a historic estate built on a deer park, just off junction 18 off the M4 on the approach to Bath.

The house as it stands today is something of an evolution, having started out as a Tudor manor, being extensively added to in the 17th century and again developed in Victorian times.  The National Trust acquired the property in the ’50’s and the site is now dedicated to those who fell during the Second World War.

Back in the 17th Century the formal gardens were vast and there are detailed maps and drawings of the way they used to be on display around the house, today these gardens are nothing like as extensive as they used to be, but they do provide a beautiful walk on a summer’s day, through a wild woodland garden area and into a more formal garden with a beautiful pond.

You can walk up to St Peter’s church, just outside the grounds of the estate and you can take a guided tour of the house or just amble around at your leisure.

The deer park is a huge plot and at this time of the year the new fawns are just coming into their own and the young males are regrowing their antlers.  We were lucky enough to see quite a large group of deer but they don’t like it when people get too close to them and they al tend to have it away on their toes a bit rapid, centuries of being shot at has probably left them a little wary.

Here’s a few pics from the day, one of these days I’m going to get myself a decent camera, meanwhile I hope you enjoy these.















The Boat in Penallt

Last night we played at a new (for us) venue, The Boat in Penallt, near Monmouth.

A beautiful old pub, in a picturesque setting. Nestled at the foot of a bank, bubbling streams cascade through the beer garden into the River Wye.  


They serve a fantastic selection of ciders and ales too. Here is the pub’s website.

They host live bands every Thursday night and they attract a really good crowd.

Check the site for upcoming listings.

We had a fantastic night and we’re looking forward to going back there in October.

Here’s the set we played, this is prety much our standard set, although we do play about with it now and then.

1. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed 

2. When Love Comes To Town 

3. Got To Move 

4. Darkest Hours 

5. This Train 

6. Dust My Broom 

7. Somebody On Your Bond 

8. Every Day I Have The Blues 

9. King’s Highway Blues 

10. Superstition 

11. Jonah’s Blues 

12. She Caught The Katy 

13. Hideaway 

14. Summertime 

15. Refugee Blues 

16. Everyday 

17. Stormy Monday 

18. Blues, Blues, Blues 

19. Route 66

20. Sweet Home Chicago 

21. Isaiah 61 Revisited 

22. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

23. John The Revelator

Caldicot Carnival

The Tim Crahart Blues Band will be appearing at the Caldicot Carnival this Sunday, 23rd June.

We will be on the mainstage at 3.30 pm. The carnival features lots of live bands, a fair, a magician and many stalls and stands.

Hopefully the sun will come out and we’ll all have a great day!


A few more garden pics

Our garden is really coming to life this year after a really slow start to the year.  Here’s a few pics taken today, hope this gives you a flavour of what’s happening.  Blooms shown here include Lobelia and Nemesia, white Peony, a lonely bee working away at the Euphorbia, a white rose (Silver Wedding), borage and asiatic lily. As you can see the raised beds have gone a bit mental! The huge trifid at the front is purple sprouting broccoli and last year’s buddleia is growing into a giant.



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This year we took out National Trust Membership, we’re trying it out for a year to see where we end up.  Started off with a trip to Dyffryn Gardens, beautiful place, here’s a few pics:

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The Truth Part 1

One of the most important things to me in life is truth, or integrity.  For a while now I’ve been thinking about a series of blogs about truth.  I want to explore why it is so important to me and to the world as a concept.

I’m trying to decide what direction the series will take, but it will most likely be a sprawling spider’s web of unconnected and inarticulate nonsense, taking in such topics as faith, science, sexuality, music, personal integrity, a bit of biography and lots of randomness.

Watch this space…

Garden pics

Just thought I’d like to post a few pics from my garden this year, hope you like them:

Nemesia and Lobelia The Reading Room Big pink thing Raised beds Clematis Clematis Rose - Silver Wishes Cystus Giant Allium Erimysum (we think) Nemesia Mock Orange Sparaxis Harlequin Geraniums Geraniums Geraniums

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