Friday, December 30, 2011

Brick Oven part 7

Alan has been off work, and making some progress on the brick oven. Look at all these bricks he has cut! This is about a third of the number of bricks he needs. More cutting to do.

Meanwhile, we have had some visitors wandering through. Smokey is looking askance at Light Ginger who is loitering in our front yard.

Light and Dark Ginger regroup on our courtyard wall...

Smokey is supervising Alan while he measures the bricks for the front door of the oven. He is a very helpful cat...

Alan managed to work around the various felines and has cemented on the first layer of bricks! This is the first ring that will form the actual oven dome. More to follow!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


We can't give you Reindeer, but we have plenty of these White Tails... Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Assorted goodies; Brick Oven part 6

I know it's been a loooooong time since you read the words 'Brick oven', dear readers, but it has not been forgotten!

Alan has a new brick cutting machine. This weekend, the weather was decent enough for Alan to try it out. It's been pretty wet here the last few weeks so the machine has been hiding in our garage. Here's Alan cutting some bricks:

See how nice and straight the cut edges are!
Alan only cut a few bricks but he will be on the case in earnest soon.

In other news, you will be amazed to learn that Smokey is reaching new heights of laziness, needing all three cushions to properly support his sleep.

And finally, I made my first bit of glass in a year, probably, I can't remember the last time I did any but it has been far too long.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Roof Cat says, "Let me in!"

For the third time today...!

For those in cooler climates: Smokey is setting his claws into the mesh anti-mosquito screen outside the window. Just in case you were wondering what he's grabbing on to.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Smokey cuteness

Gratuitous cute picture of Smokey on his chair :-) He sleeps on here while we watch TV of an evening.

We got a new quilt the other day. This has caused Smokey to eschew his usual spot between our pillows in favor of leaning against my legs on the quilt instead. I guess that's a Smokey seal of approval. Here, we have no sooner made the bed, than he is on it, ready and waiting...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Concrete Truck

I've been meaning to post this and forgot - I finally got a half decent picture of one of these trucks the other day, while stopped at some lights. These tend to travel in packs of three or four at a time, led by a flag car. Look carefully and you can see the entire truck is split in two - the driveshaft is hanging loose underneath, at the rear.

I think the concrete section it is carrying gets used to make road flyovers. They have been building some around here recently and the concrete pieces all seem very similar. The ramp shown here immediately behind the truck is a classic example. There must be a factory south of here somewhere, it is not uncommon to see these trucks. It's just taken me a while to get a picture...