The motorcycle orchestra. Most are in the process of being restored/repaired, so the sound of revving engines is quite common.
I know how well it’s going though, by the sounds that emanate from the Big T as he’s working.
August is often a month in which I feel like hibernating. This year, with rain every day (yep, actually every single day), cold winds and heavy grey skies, I really haven’t felt like venturing far from home. I know I’ve been busy at home — I’m just not quite sure what I’ve been busy doing.
My photos offer a few clues.
There has been a lot of baking this month; mostly sourdough-based. I’ve been making a sourdough wholewheat bread for a few years, and was getting quite reliably good results until a few months ago. My most recent loaves aren’t developing the gluten properly, and I’m obsessively testing variations on my recipe to understand what is going wrong.
I’m still not sure, but in the process of experimenting I’ve made a lot of sourdough pancakes/hotcakes (excellent for breakfast with berries), some good banana bread, a tasty wheat/rye loaf — and the best basic San Fransisco-style sourdough of my bread-making “career.”
In other news:
I discovered the multiple-exposure function on my camera and have had fun with that.
A bunch of supermarket tulips brought some much-needed floral inspiration as the weather has hammered my neighbourhood’s gardens.
In Whanganui last month I found three bags of dyed, carded wool for felting at $4 per bag. I couldn’t resist buying them, and have had a couple of attempts at wet-felting. I’m not at all happy with the results so far, but — like sourdough baking — I am determined to learn this skill, even if it’s only to make myself a scarf.
And in a moment of (probable) insanity; I decided to refurbish our dining chairs; bought from IKEA over 20 years ago.
I started out just thinking I’d smarten up an ugly, but comfortable $5 op-shop chair. Then I realised the colours I had in mind would work really well with our dining room furniture.
Somehow, I transitioned from that one little “paint-and-upholstery” job to making new seat frames for six chairs (bonus: I learned how to use a jig-saw); stripping and painting six grubby, waxed, wooden frames (plus one that was varnished); and upholstering seven chairs in turquoise and white striped canvas. Only one is completed so far — and boy have I learned a lot from it!
Not captured in the photographic record; I’ve also read more than usual (fiction and non-fiction); and completed the first assignment in a NZ Certificate in Horticulture course I signed up to. As you do …
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.
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Take a look at these lovely bloggers’ August posts:
Sarah at Art Expedition
Ruth at Ruth’s Arc
Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind
Tish at Writer on the Edge
Jude from Life at the Edge
Joanne at My Life Lived Full
Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani
Pauline at Living in Paradise
Ju-Lyn at All Things Bright and Beautiful
Brian at Bushboy’s World
Gill at Talking Thailand
My student son lives in a shared flat, which means he has to keep most of his belongings in his bedroom, and work there too when the shared spaces get too busy or noisy.
So when I saw an old drop-front writing desk, it seemed a perfect solution to his need for both a workspace and storage.
In its original state, the desk was a bit dull and sad-looking, but it’s amazing what a few coats of white paint can do!
I remember from my flatting days that rented houses never have enough lights or power points, they’re always in the wrong place, and there’s generally nothing you can do about it. So with the Big T’s help, I’ve fitted power and lighting to the desk itself, with a four-outlet power board (with USB ports) and a LED light above the desk area.
Having brought the desk indoors to photograph it, I’m realising how useful I’d find something like this. And it does look good with the black & white chair.
Posted to the Lens-Artists’ Photo Challenge — creativity
Vintage writing desk; a charity-shop, up-cycling project.
Perfect for the boy-child’s small-space living.
Primer on the drawers, and already an improvement.
Images: Su Leslie 2019
Posted to Six Word Saturday
The Big T was too busy working on the bathroom to pose for a photo, so I found some ring-ins. And for some reason, I thought of this song: