Friday, November 21, 2014

Scotland 2014 Photos: Favourites

Sailors' Knots, Hidden Lanes, Racy Windows

["On the wall at The Old Ship, Hammersmith, London"]

["Spotted on the way home. Lovely cobbled lane"]

["Saucy girls!"]

Link to more Scotland 2014 Photos - October 21

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Scotland 2014 Photos: Faint Footsteps

Long Walk-About - October 21

["So, I drew up a map one day..."]

"I had three or four leaves in England and Scotland... I always slept at my relations or a Westminster Y. However, I enjoyed darts and a pint with Uncle Wally Fenner, my mother's sister's husband. A few pubs in London were the Long Bar Metre Club, The Old Ship, Bunch of Grapes, and Brunswick House."

In my father's WW2 memoirs, not only did he list some pubs he visited while in London, he recorded his Uncle Wally's and Aunt Nellie's exact address, i.e., "107 Emlyn Gardens, Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith, London, England." So, I drew up a map one day, headed out the door of my rented apartment, and had a long, long walk-about - my way of following faint footsteps.

 ["To save steps I take the tube to Stamford Brook, Hammersmith"]

 ["In shorts and runners I walk many a mile"]

 ["Emlyn Gardens. Number 107 is around back, third floor.
I find a way upstairs and have a chat w the current occupant"]

 ["On one of the possible routes to The Old Ship pub I
pass the fine Parish Church of St. Peter, Hammersmith"]

 [The Old Ship, next on left, offers me a free pint for my
troubles. "There will be no trouble from me," I say.]

"When I went to the Ye Old Ship pub to drink while on leave, I used to tell the bartender that when he thought I'd had enough to drink he should kick me out the door, and on one occasion that I remember, he obliged me." (Dad's Navy memoirs. He would have a one-mile-walk, in a fairly straight line, to Emlyn Gardens)

Me? I finished my free pint, took a deep bow to thank London's troubled bartenders, and continued on my way.


 ["The two distinctive buildings above caught my eye as I
followed a likely route to the South Kensington region"]

 ["In 1942 - 43, after pints and darts, my father walked his uncle
to the South Kensington rail yards, Wally's workplace"]

 ["This pub, named by my dad, is close to the Kensington rail yards"]


["During the last leg of my walk I thought about hitching a ride home"]

More to follow.

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Ground Control to Major Tom

Through the Door


Major Tom: Welcome aboard, Ground Control.

      Ground Control: Show me your papers. Tell me how many planes you've piloted.

MT: Here, everything is in order. Over 3,000 flights. I was just putting you on 'cause you're new.

      GT: All right. You had me going. You've really made the grade. BTW. And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear.

MT: Standard military issue overtop Tommy Hilfiger.

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The Workshop - More Decor

Decorative Panels



I was asked to build a mailbox for a family that has no protective front porch roof so the design I chose has a wide, sturdy lid to keep rain and snow at bay. Their house, however, did have decorative trim over the front door which inspired a wee thought. 'Copy it'.




I'm building three mailboxes so I copied the design again and again. The cutting job takes extra patience, as does sanding all the tricky bits. No wonder I'll be charging an extra five bucks!

Link to The Workshop

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Bird Watching

I Hop To It


I caught this male cardinal hopping from one side of the feeder to the other. In the track and field event known as 'hop, skip and jump' (or triple jump), cardinals excel.

"Look, Ma! No feet!"

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Workshop - I-L-A-M

Scroll Down

 ["Lots of letters for three mailboxes, ready to cut"]

 ["Drill a hole through interior spaces"]

 ["Remove scroll saw blade, run it thru hole, reattach blade, and cut"]

 ["Check yer spellin'"]


Same scroll saw process will be used when I copy and cut a pattern - similar to my client's porch trim - for front of mailboxes.

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The Workshop - Decor

Brooms, Brasses and Boxes

 ["My Dad, a Navy man, would have liked this brass plate"]

 ["Some walls in the shop sport historic decor"]

 ["Corn curling broom made in my hometown by Norm Lees"]

["Bird boxes (left), storage boxes (back wall), mail boxes (right)"]

The shop is a swell place for one guy to work in almost all kinds of weather.

Link to The Workshop

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Ground Control to Major Tom

Come Aboard


Major Tom: Ground Control, I've flipped the four engine thingees. Crew just told me, Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. Check, check to that. Request permission to take off.

      Ground Control: Major Tom, is this your first flight?

MT: No. I've been on planes couple of times.

      GC: We're coming aboard. Prepare to lower your flight crew door.

MT: That's this toggle here, I think.

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It Strikes Me Funny: Fall Soup

Thick Enough


When late fall arrives in Canada it is often accompanied by the thump of falling snow.

That's when thick soup and a tall spoon come in very handy.

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Bird Watching

Fat Mourning Dove


Doves don't mind digging in the snow for dinner.

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Sad Pumpkinman 13

The Smile is Gone


Squirrels are still nibbling on Pumpkinman to supplement their sparse meals so I'll leave him be for another week.

Link to Pumpkinman 12

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Zoom w a View: Leaf Alone

Solitary Leaf


It's a sure sign it is late fall in Canada.

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Zoom w a View: Solitary Leaf

Leaf Alone


Link to Zoom w a View: Late Fall

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Zoom w a View: Late Fall

Clear Signs


I looked out my front door today, soon thereafter my back. I saw clear signs.


It is definitely late fall in Canada.

Link to Zoom w a View

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The Workshop - L-I-A-M

Prime Day to Paint



Too cold in the shop to paint mailboxes yesterday so I brought my work indoors. After I touch up a few bits and pieces I will apply top coats, a decorative panel and hinges.

Link to The Workshop - M-I-A-L

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zoom w a View: Frosted Bear

Cold Day in the Shop


Couldn't see outside so I made a few spots on the window w my finger.



Looks like a polar bear w a runny nose. It could happen!

Link to Zoom w a View - First Ice

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The Workshop - M-I-A-L

Scroll Saw Letters

 ["All trimmed up, except for lettering (and a wee bit more)"]

All in a cold day's work.


Link to The Workshop - Trim

Link also to You Tube Video from the workshop: The Workshop - Mailboxes

Photos and Video by GH

It Strikes Me Funny

Ground Control to Major Tom


Major Tom: Ground Control, this is Major Tom, 332. Come in.

      Ground Control: Major Tom, this is Ground Control. Over.

Major Tom: Request permission to take off.

      Ground Control: I suggest you start your engines first if you desire to take off. Over.

Major Tom: Oh, yeah. So, that's this one here, I think. Over.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scotland 2014 Photos: Favourites

Artsy Fartsy - October 20


I learn the meaning of cool hood ornament.


I learn the value of regular bathroom breaks.

: )

Link to more fresh Scotland 2014 Photos - October 20

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Scotland 2014 Photos: Faint Footsteps

October 20 - London, England

["First photo taken after a tube ride downtown to Grosvenor St."]

I planned a lengthy walk-about for my first full day in London. I bet I covered about eight miles of historic, intensely-popular, scenic, busy, and completely interesting streets. I'm holding back the words 'awe-inspiring' because I'm saving them for the inside cover of my next book.

 ["Coach and Horses. Lovely, I say, but wrong time of day!"]


 ["Beautiful day as I approach gates of Buckingham Palace"]

 ["Oh, yeah, I'm smug. High Tea at four with the Queen"]



I pass Big Ben at 12:15 on my way home for lunch ("Why, I'm right on schedule!" I say). Later I walk to the Imperial War Museum, 5 - 10 minutes away from my Airbnb apartment.

 ["Entrance to museum is well guarded. I look for side door"]

 ["So many interesting, educational, timely displays re WW2.
Assault Landing Craft (ALCs) were well-known to my dad"]

 ["Art on display held my interest to closing time"]

On the way home I stopped in for supper and a pint at Albert Arms, the first cozy I'd spotted upon my arrival the night before in London. Purr-fect day, I say.

["I was dragging a suitcase first time I laid eyes on Albert Arms.
Didn't stop but made a mental note to see what Albert had on tap"]

["Last photo taken on the day. Five-minute
walk home, well before closing time : )"]

Link to Scotland 2014 Photos: Favourite (from Oct. 19)

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