Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Christchurch street art

Saturday was a lovely day, so we decided to have another walk around the CBD. I used the DSLR and took the most awful photo's, that's why I am going to start an online course and soon ! The camera on my iPhone was much better, 'cos I could just point and shoot.

Worchester St and the back of the Cathedral, beautiful.

The back of the Isaac Theatre Royal

Gloucester Street

Manchester Street, from a distance it looks like a rusty wall.

What's been happening

Um I am trying to go back over the last two weeks, so that I can remember what has been happening, and a couple of things stand out, mainly bad weather. The so called once in a 100 years storm, well we had two in five weeks !
The first one was dreadful and we had so much flooding and the one on Good Friday was a doozy too, so many of our lovely trees have come down and I'll be getting Dave the tree guy back with his chainsaw again.
The whole of Diamond Harbour was hit hard again and the volunteer fire brigade were kept busy all day. The power was out for most of the day, thank heavens for the camp stove, hard to go without a cup of tea. But it was a good opportunity to frame another picture and start reading the Hobbit again, wonderful book.
The work on the small bench has been going slowly, so fiddly, but I am enjoying the challenge (other than when it is not going well, bad language).

A small space and not one side is square or level, fun !

The pine frame, the easy bit.

Recycled Rimu boards, everyone cut to a different length, don' t look too close!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toadstools in the garden

It has been raining a bit, this last week or so and the toadstools are all out, I have no idea of their names, but they are very pretty. They are coming up in the wood chips in the garden, but also in the lawn, it always seems to be where there had been  a tree.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wax Eyes

I managed to photograph these lovely wee native birds (Maori name - tauhou) known as either Wax Eyes or Silver Eyes  Zosterops lateralis, they are smaller than a sparrow and a lovely shade of green, the name comes from a ring around their eyes. The two of them were very busy on the Red Hot Pokers Kniphofia, after the nectar.

Acrobatic little guys
So pretty

It must be yummy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Design

Wow what an amazingly long time it has taken me to redesign the look of my blog, just too many options to chose from, but I like the look of it, bit of a fan of street art and especially after seeing the Oi You exhibition at the Canterbury Museum a few weeks ago. Loved all the bright colours and the amazing skill of the artists.
There was also an exhibition of works by Banksie, very cool.

Finished bench

Yippee I did it and not as stressful as I thought it would be, I will try not to look too close to a couple of things that aren't quite right, but I am the only one who will ever notice.

It's so pretty !

The grain of the timber is just beautiful.

Now on to the other small bench that presently holds the toaster and electric jug, that will be more of a challenge, I am feeling more confident that I can do this.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kitchen Bench - a bit more progress

After a madly quick trip in to town this morning 'cos I sold a set of coasters and mini serving board on www.harkinsstore.felt.co.nz ! and had to get a box and tissue paper and post it off. I was really shocked to sell something so quickly, as I had only put them on my shop the day before, cool.
Anyway, my niece had given me an address for a packaging wholesaler and they had everything I wanted, now the proud owner of some lovely orange tissue, all 100 sheets!
Sorry, getting off track, a bit like me this morning. But after lunch I was back into it and working on the bench, glued it down and then clamped it, as the surface of the cupboard top is not level.

Got to love those clamps.

Then the half round moulding, the wall isn't straight either, so I had to use a bit on ingenuity and anything heavy I could find, what better than books and the F clamps, those puppies are heavy, perfect.