Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 2016

What a year its been for us as a family, as couple. Our new start in our new home its been seven months. No I am not going to review it if you wish you can read the old blog  and of course this one.

I didn’t purposely decide to do a monthly update but its happening that way, I must admit it makes life a little easier. I am sure if you are following you may think the same to. I will endeavour to do special posts of special projects should they arise.
Sue and I wish everyone a Happy New Year hope 2017 brings you all a life worth living.
Where to start?
For both of us its been heads down tails up!!
For me I dug deep I have been sore and aching for weeks suffering sinus also. I decided I had to complete the outdoor setting  no matter what. The table although the main frame and top boards had been cut, I had the end of the boards and rails to form T&G’s  (tongue & groves) to. That done a further dry fitting was required but I had to also make the bearer frames.  I had some long days.
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Then when finally it was all together the legs were fitted it was rolled over so I could smooth and level first hand planing then sanding a first coat of oil. Then to route out for the two tiles these are 600mmx300mmx10mm. Depth of hole  9.5mm, these will take hot dishes and pans it also means we can use in safety a table Hibachi (little BBQ) etc.
I used the router table top inverted with two guide rails either side to give me a straight edge and a stop. I soon found that working from centre out was the best course of action. I also cut the depth in three stages to reach total depth.
Addition leg braces were also fitted to the corners of each leg on the ends. Three coats of oil and its now set up ready for use.
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Sue mean time had other matters to attend to beside giving me a hand from time to time.
The veg garden took off she now has Squash, Zuccini, more Tomato, Rockmelon, potato and sweet potato also.  Mulberry trees in the brown pot near back fence, Mango that’ll take 3 years or so, Locat is growing well, Lilli Pilli of six she lost one. Lemon has flowered and so has the Lime. Four huge storms hit the region of these we got only one really bad with 100k winds and small hail and 50mm of rain in an hour. Sue is thankful she isn’t using the push mower anymore although the cantankerous second hand Rover mower gets her dander up when it won’t start first time.
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I often wonder how she does it house hold chores and all the things she does.
She made three beautiful book makes using the new found Lace Making she loves doing, these were to be sent to her old spinner friends Izzy, Dot and Peg along with their Christmas cards. Apparently al three were scared to mention they had been sent one as they didn’t want to hurt each others feelings, finally Peg announced she had got one and the other two chimed in.
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When did she have time to do weaving? Still its complete and she has begun setting up for another project.
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Some how Sue squeezed in making a retro style dress for herself.
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Ok so WE did have a brake visited a market and a shed sale.
Sue topped the bill I reckon and so will Bianca (our grand daughter)when she sees the stash of beads. Picked up two clocks an 1950’s mantel Smiths chiming clock and a plastic digital one for outside as well.
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I didn’t do to bad either a wood tool box possibly an ex-sign writers, some wood tools and some metal work tools.
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Sue bought me a Stanley No45 for Christmas needs some TLC nice set of cutters and original booklet in an original box. I bought her a Hobbs Blender we both love smoothies.
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Oh the clocks so we know when to go to bed
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After three major storms past us by the forth sure let us know what can happen. Many trees down and limbs broken not ours thank goodness the whole region is still in clan up mode as it hit just days prior Christmas.

Hoping you all had a merry Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.