Friday, October 9, 2015


So... The Tale of the Rock. 

It started with us laying a load of ground fabric in the front yard. Take that, weeds! 

Then I ordered some River Rock from the shop up the road. An hour later, a small mountain appeared next to the driveway. Seven yards of rock, also known as a Metric Crap-Ton. 

I braced myself for probably a week's work of hauling rock, a bit at a time. And made a post on Facebook about it. 

Friend Doug saw the post, and the next day, he showed up with THIS!

Oh yeah!

So we got to work. He fetched rock, lots of rock, and dumped half a scoop at a time into my wheelbarrow, and I would put it in various corners of the yard. 

And soon, the pile looked like this:

And the yard now looks like this! 

I gave Doug a tasty foaming ale after this, I can tell you!

Thanks, Doug :-)

Now, onwards! Time to get some plants in here...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Things that have been Going On

Someone destroyed our gate post the other week. Woke up one morning and it was like this. Of course, nobody has 'fessed up to it.

We got a couple of masons round and now it looks like this. They did a good job. We now need to find some new lights.

Meanwhile, Texas finds new ways in which to surprise us. This was spotted at a rural brewery (Last Stand) on Sunday. You buy a numbered ticket, then they put the chicken in the box. Then you wait. Voila; Chicken Shit Bingo!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Shapes and a plant

Not a whole lot to report on the front yard; it's been too damn hot to do much out there. However, we did lay out some shapes in the garden with metal edging strips. These will be largely hidden eventually but should level out some of the slope in the ground. I've also got a roll of landscape fabric sitting here, ready to put down as a weed barrier. Once that's in place, it's Rock Time.

Today, a nice lady in a neighboring subdivision posted that she had some Red Yucca plants to get rid of. Nice big full grown ones. I managed to snag one! I've been thinking about getting one for our big pot, to put into the back corner of the garden. It's not quite full sun there, but Red Yuccas are supposed to be tolerant of a bit of shade, so I'll try it and see how it gets on. These plants put out six foot tall stalks with pinky-red flowers on, when they bloom. They're also technically an agave, not a yucca at all, so go figure. Hopefully there will be enough sun to get it to bloom.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Front Yard

For the last eight years or so, our front courtyard has looked a lot like this.

And from the other direction:

Well, we're bored of this and it's time to do something about it. So here it is after a bit of razing:

We have plans. Watch this space!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

More Glass

A few recent bits and pieces.

I made a night light, because it was getting gloomy towards the end of last year.

This was a Secret Santa present for a Star Wars fan :-)

A quick extra present for a friend of ours.

I made this for the nice people at Independence Brewing.

And then I made this night light to test to see if I can make interesting shadows. It basically works but needs more refinement. Anyway, I now have another shiny light, so there's that.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Glass update

Time for a glass update. I haven't made a whole lot recently but I haven't been entirely idle, either.

These first two I cannot claim any credit for originality on, they are straight out of the 'Waste Not!' ebook from But they were useful learning exercises and ways in which to use up some scrap.

I took my ring saw to the edge of the blue one and then fire polished it, to try and make it more uniform. It could have done with a visit to the grinder first as well, and probably a higher polish temperature, but you live and learn.

This one is the first piece I have made with actual lead since I did my original class way back when. I had to go and have a refresher session with Bob at Blue Moon just to get my head around how to cut the lead.

I made this one for an aviation friend of mine.

And here we have one made for the owners of this Fokker Triplane.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nocturnal Incursions

I got woken up at 5am this morning to the sound of a breaking plant pot. Then I start to hear scrabbling noises around the cat flap.

Found this guy inhabiting our sun room...

Of course, the cats were now also awake, active and curious. The last thing I wanted was a feline-raccoon interaction. So I went out the front door, around the house, and opened the sun room door from the other side. The raccoon shot out and ran off into the dark.

The cats and I went back to bed...