Monday, December 20, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
He kindly took photos of his progress so I could share them here. Generous, isn't he?
In the end, we outsourced the rest of the sanding and exterior painting, and the end results are pretty good, although the battons downstairs still need to be done (that's a job with my name all over it).
Last weekend, Dan and his mate pulled off the railings at the side of the deck and started building the frame for the large screen that will run down one side.
We're building it because the new house going up next door is RIGHT up to the boundary line, and we like our privacy.
With bush on the other side, and water ahead, building these screens will mean the deck will again be somewhere you can wander around in your underwear.
Or less. Whatever tickles your fancy.
The screens mounted on these frames will be bamboo, in a reddish shade to tie in with the Western Red Cedar Walls of the house.
The boys also replaced the railings and are preparing to paint the deck surface.
Dan says they worked pretty hard last weekend. But they still had time out to hang out with some of the islanders, particularly of the feathered variety.
This little unit is particularly tame. Demanding, too. Particularly at lunchtime.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I took dozens of photos but there's a pretty low success rate when you're trying to do macro photography without a macro lens - it wreaks havoc with your autofocus.
The female beetles, which are larger and orange, weren't looking as spectacular this time around. Must be the wrong time of the year for them.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
It never occured to me to make my own bread. It never occured to me that with a bit of flour, salt, water and yeast I could make bread that tasted so much better than shop-bought.
A month or so ago, I just got a hankering to bake bread. Out of the blue. So, I found a recipe, pulled out our beautiful red Kitchenaid and got busy.
I haven't looked back since.
I now make a couple of loaves a week- one usually on a Friday night and one mid-week, and we've been pigging out on the stuff.
This is what it looks like going into the oven:
This is what it looks like straight out of the oven. It fills the house with the most amazing smell.
It is one of the more satisfying tasks I've ever encountered. We keep it in a big red tupperware container that keeps it fresh and moist for days.
Time to make a fresh loaf, come to think of it.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I saw this photo yesterday, posted on a blog. It was taken in depression-era America, when very few photos were being taken in colour.