27 October 2011

Soup in the beard

Norman Lindsay (For J.)

Note: Lindsay was great at shoes

24 October 2011

Gimme Shelter

Saw this neglected anvil.
Sad, so much potential just going to waste...
Cost about five hundy too.

21 October 2011


Unremarkable technical prowess and imagination

20 October 2011

Bunker Boredom

Esmé: This bunker is so boring.
Self: It is so boring that it is interesting...
Esmé: Nup

19 October 2011

Silver Birch

Material experiment: 
I was rolling an ingot of silver, and soon discovered it to be full of air bubbles.
Usually this is rejected and would be recycled.
I decided to keep rolling it out anyways to see what would happen...
As you keep flattening it out, the bubbles get squashed too, and become lamina (layers).
Then they split and lift.
Then it kind of looked like birch bark, all wrinkly white with black striations.

18 October 2011


Wooden boats: a beautiful headache

16 October 2011

15 October 2011

Rose Petal Jam

I asked my Nana for her Rose Petal Jam recipe- and she gave me the original.
2nd best jam I've ever had*, totally delicious- try it!

( hmmm. Suddenly I feel like a piece of toast....)

4 oz Rose petals (15)  ( I guess she means 15 roses??)
 ½ cup lemon juice
1½cups water
2 cups sugar
     pectin    "Citrus Hunza"(what is that??)

Put all ingredients except pectin in pan (2" deep)
Stir till sugar dissolved
Bring to boil
Reduce heat, simmer covered for 30 mins
Add pectin, mixed
Bring to boil
simmer 1 min.

*1st Best is Nana's Green Gage Plum Jam –a piquant tongue-sparkling ambrosia,
Worst is Nana's Tomato, Passionfruit and Pineapple Jam- eww! ( my late Grandad's fav‽)

13 October 2011

Saw Fish Nose

Professionalism in Graffiti

"Damien, Sally, Hayley" imbue their graffiti with a certain corporate flavor.
I appreciate the professional touch.
Put a border 'round it people!

12 October 2011

Little House in The Big Woods

Call me a greenhorn dude- but I was thinking this might be a sweet little book to read to E at bedtime.
Well, it is pretty sweet- and cosy too- have you read it?
Learn homesteading skillz such as:
-kill deer, skin, butcher, smoke venison in an old log with hickory
-kill pig, scald off bristles, skin, butcher, inflate bladder, play with as balloon, eat tail, scrape head to make 'head cheese', use left-overs for sausages
-shoot bear, eat that too
This is just from CHAPTER ONE!!!!!!!!!
...Goodnight, E.- sleep tight?

11 October 2011


Always interested to see how the vertex (joiny bit) has been tackled when I come across a Geodesic Dome. I think thats the hard bit. (Well maybe putting a waterproof skin over the frame is the hardest bit, but thats only if you want to like, live in it, man.)

The old tube-squash-bolt trick works pretty good!
Bucky gets rigorously tested at this park- note bent struts!


10 October 2011

Charley / Koaley

Saw this Koala in the wild, climbed up to get close, balancing on one foot, took the shot- she didnt even blink.

Actually she had a tiny little bub clinging to her but he's all tucked up cosy so's you cant see 'im.

Charley Harper did quite a few Koala pictures, but I havent noticed any other Australian animals.
(Did they have them in the Cincinnati Zoo?)


Lately I've been interested in ironwork, so I was awed by this anchor.
Can't remember the ship it came from- one of the hundreds of wrecks around here.
(The Shipwreck Coast)
The usually unseen internal grain structure of the iron here revealed by corrosion/ conservation- most astonishing!
According to the plaque this weighs 2 tonne and was raised by divers from the sea floor using 14
44-gallon drums of air. (Then what? 14 drums of helium to get it up the cliff?)

(Sailor's Tip for The Shipwreck Coast: the clue is in the name)

3 October 2011

Update on the Old Bike

Getting there with the Healing...
+ Soma bars (too shiny, I agree)
+ Brooks saddle
+ French pedals

Click on the bicycle picture in my links bar that says VELO- for some amazing old bikes by CollectVelo