Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This summer Adam saved all his pocket money; he did a lot of extra maths, cleaning my car, and helping in the garden....and this is what he was saving for:
He started his lessons this week and is thrilled that his is already learning 'songs' (Peter Gunn and Brain Stew apparently). He came back from his first lesson and played what he learnt. The following day we bought his headphones for the amp!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The boys both went to a popcorn fundraiser outside Lunardis on Sunday so both were duly shined and polished. Adam has graduated to be a Bear Cub this year and was keen to show his little brother the ropes. Here they are demonstrating the cub scout salute.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We went to a factory sale at Vetrazzo which is located in the old Ford plant. This factory was built in 1931 for the Ford model A production line. It's a quarter of a mile long, and with north-facing skylights is naturally lit for most of the time. The old building was rescued and restored and is now the home of several 'green' companies.
Vertrazzo make counters from recycled glass. 85% of the content is post-consumer waste with a cement binder. The colour range depends on the particular glass content. We chose a colour called 'Alehouse Amber' which is made from recycled beer bottles - apparently up to 1000 bottles in each slab. Here we are in front of our future kitchen counter:
Close up you can see that this particular slab (which was an experimental variation of alehouse amber - hence it's inclusion in the sale) also has green, blue, and some red glass.
Check back some time in December* to see the finished counter in our kitchen.
* I hope...
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was astonished that we had 3 concrete mixers full of concrete in this relatively small extension, and that the activity was so frenetic. The concrete supplier told us that 2 years ago he was doing 2-3 projects a day, now he is pleased to get one a week!
The contractor was filling the footings with thicker concrete, then adjusted the mix for more runny concrete to fill the forms. Runnier concrete goes around the re-bar easier, with fewer airpockets, and leaves a smoother finish on the exposed part of the foundation. The tall pipes in the foreground are the vents for the new plumbing in the utility room, the plumber was using the pipes to test for leaks before the plumbing gets encased in the concrete floor!
Yesterday the forms came off and we have foundations! You can really feel what the new layout will be like, and we walked around the 'rooms' last night fantasizing about how we will furnish them!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It's usually pretty warm in October here, but sometimes Halloween can be cold, so I decided that as a knitter, the least I could do was to produce some Mollie Weasely Sweaters.
Im using the pattern from Charmed Knits which I got from the library. I'm using Webs' Williamstown in Navy for the Harry sweater, and Merlot for Ron's sweater.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I'm waving from what is my kitchen door. The following picture is the playroom and kitchen doors, along with a nice montage of all the colours these rooms have been painted (what were we thinking with that lavender colour?).
In other house news, Sunday's rain has created a nice new stain in the dining room, fortunately this part of the ceiling will also get demolished at some stage.