My host asked me what I would like to do on my one full day in Glasgow. I said, "Visit a couple of bookstores, listen to some music, relax at a fine pub." Within two minutes he'd sketched a map for me. Bang on!
[re the walk: "It was a tough job but somebody had to do it"]
During my morning walk alongside the Kelvin R., I snapped many a photo, one of a pub that I put on my afternoon route. First I aimed my nose toward two bookshops.
Every year, when the motorcycle insurance bill arrives in the mail, I consider my related options. Do I sell the bike to save on insurance or pay up and enjoy some rides to Port Bruce, Long Point, Norwich, or points further east, e.g., Halifax?
Tough call each year. That being said, my mind is already made up. This year I will pay up and point my nose toward Port Bruce during the first warm days of spring.
I built a jig yesterday to hold tap handles firmly in place while I drill a hole into the handle's base at a three degree angle. Easy enough I guess, but later I found that the jig, w tap handle in place, will not fit under my small, shop-sized drill press.
So, today I build a taller base for the drill press - a one-off - so I can finish this project by supper time.
["Women's hockey team - photo in Riviere du Loup hostel"]
My first trip to Halifax via motorcycle took place in June, 2010 and the second four years later. While I'm waiting for the first copy of Halifax and Another Hard Promise to arrive by mail I will look back to some favourite photos taken on those trips.
["Diner found near Perth-Andover, off Trans-Canada Highway"]
["I say, best cheeseburgers in The Maritimes"]
["First photo taken during first walk-about in Halifax, 2010"]
Seven of the Harrison Specials are moving on down the assembly line. Red paint and lotsa trim are starting to make them look pretty... substantial. 'Brilliant' may be the word I'm looking for here. More to follow.
Not much bird seed goes to waste because what the sparrows kick out of the feeder - under the watchful eye of my metal rooster - lands on the snow below, and squirrels and other critters can make an honest living out of such 'leftovers'.
Last year I uncovered numerous tunnels through ice and snow near the feeder. I suspect the sparrows are feeding mice, moles or voles with their castoffs!
Don and I can walk to The Forks in 15 minutes from my front door and from there we go left or right, up or down numerous side streets or public paths before turning around to find a suitable route home. Our trek is usually just 60 - 90 minutes of good walking and conversation.
Good boots, good warm coats, good toques and gloves - the Canadian way to go during winter.
There are many steps one must take to get a brilliant book self-published. One must write and write (brilliantly), then create a wee book, save a file, mail it to a publisher and order a proof.
So, I have ordered a proof and if it passes inspection I will order a million copies because, odds are, that's how many I'll need to sell to become a millionaire. I'd better start savin' up for a book order.
I've made up my mind to make one of each shape for Gathering on the Green in June. Though one is taller the other is wider, so they both have about the same volume... and appetite for good used books to trade.
Once I got started I couldn't stop. I enjoy the assembly process and everything I need is within arms' reach. Brad nailer, air compressor, various-sized nails, sanding block, drill press for holes, and what-have-you.
["This rustic one is my favourite. No paint required"]
Four will be brought indoors so I can paint the roofs. While the paint dries I will start assembling this and that for trim, e.g., front bench, wee (free) birdhouses, telephone poles, perches, chimneys, etc. Full-on trim day - maybe by Friday. Then - Voila!
["Looking north on Cathcart between Duchess and Tecumseh"]
I took this photo one half-block from home. I missed a snazzy photo of a pint-sized Hairy Woodpecker (I was slow on the draw), then noticed many trees on Cathcart are half gone, likely due to our hydro company.
Above ground wires = cheaper, but not for the trees.
["Face plus side apt. = 30% roomier interior. Clever lad"]
The Harrison Special is more spacious than previous models of the same height. But do I take 30% longer to build the 'Special'? I'm not sure.
I must cut and sand more roof slats, attach large faces to side bits, and deal with a 22.5 degree angle on side apt. roof. So..... I'll say it takes 22.5% longer to build but the time spent pays off for me feathered friends, eh!
('New and rescued lumber' is used. Grey barnboard is new. Bases and some roofs are made from leftover bits from other projects).
In June I join a number of crafters and entertainers in Old South for the annual Gathering on the Green. I will set up a gazebo (in case it rains) on a small patch of the Green and attempt to sell a few birdhouses while enjoying good music - put on by local yutes - and $1 hot dogs.
This year I will build a few colourful adobe-style birdhouses on stands in order to 'catch the eye'.
Weekend before last I purchased a small load of gray 'on both sides' barnboard in Fenelon Falls. Now that I've finished eight BHs made from red cedar - all stored on a cozy shelf - I can concentrate on a new batch of seven.
["Next, I will set up the sander; and drill press (for bung holes)"]
Not much to show. The line up doesn't look like much yet and all that was leftover from 3 slats of lumber was a tiny pile of sawdust.