Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ipswich Spinners 40th Anniversary 15th July 2017

The sun came out and stayed all day long for the Ipswich Spinners and Weavers 40th Anniversary celebration day..
Plenty of visitors and vendors selling fibre, wheels and food.
The spinners and weavers display and shearing and spinning challenges as well as kids activities went off well.

  Within an hour of being home the rain came.

Monday, July 3, 2017

My Aunt Barb Paid a Visit

Great to have My Aunty Barbara visit even if just for the day.

Sue had dug out her Sweat Potato just the day before.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Old Petrie Town

Old Petrie Town and North Rivers Old Trades Centre is an amazing village to visit the markets add an interest to just about everyone. A very enjoyable day but word of warning parking can be a nightmare so get there early.

Oh food plenty of it reasonable prices too.

This newly restored steam roller was worked on the weeks and months prior so hot off the workshop floor she was still getting paint work done as we arrived.

Link to the video.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New larger Workbench

 Mortice & Tenon legs
Holes drilled using a Forstner bit, then rough cut with recip saw and coping saw. hand filed to a tight fit.

 Rail notched out for vice web to sit into.
Its finally done to a usable state the 1800L x 900W x 850H workbench Form work ply lower shelf screwed and glued down the top just screwed for now as I need time to use and make some changes which means removing the top.

An 8" quick release vice fitted to one end which over hangs, the other end has had the 3 draws Alan Flett made up for me some years ago slotted in snugly.

The main legs and rails were once the frame around the Nova which again Alan and Pat built and Ken had given the old packing to me. The carcase frame between material picked up along the way. Only the wheels and ply oh and the vice which I bought off Pat cost me all up around $300.

 Inner frame bearers and rails cut and notched out.

 Frame assembly and dry fit

 Full frame assembly

 As it stands now, vice fitted, draws fitted and draw fronts at last afixed with screws and handles tightened so they close. Wheels rated @150kg per.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bonsai and Roses

Early June and it was time to check how the Bonsai were doing prior the winter trim. My oldest Fig was started in 1982. I've lost some over the years due to weather, pest and one to many moves.

The beautiful old Olive Mark bought me back in 1999 sadly had root rot and pests had chewed the underside of the massive trunk and root ball. However we have propagated from cuttings and one part of the root ball to have it carry on.

The other Figs are either descendants of my original or from a variegated Fig cuttings I have..

The Crape Myrtle was grown from seed and the other from a cutting they are only few years old.

They all have thrived here since moving.

 Roses have bloomed


Sue reduced the herb garden size by almost 18" but stretched it out a little further.