Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stroll through the Park

It was announced on a facebook local page that council had marked nine beautiful Jacaranda trees on one side of a local street to be removed. Many residents are not impressed that no consultation was forth coming. At this stage a a stay of execution has taken place.

Sue and I took a stroll to view the footpath which was one excuse council gave for the removal little did we think i could catch the other excuse of garbage trucks could not negotiate the over head branches over hanging the road on video.

From there we strolled down through the park and storm water canal walk, Sue has been there often it was my first time.

 This is the worst of the storm water canal footpath.

 There is no way a self propelled wheelchair user can negotiate this incline path under the roadway no alternative path is available. The path stops just a short distance along the top if it went along to almost the end we could use the access off our street.


Above the footpath and one of the trees. However the footpath was badly laid originally following the lay of the land which slopes at approx 30deg to the road.

The garbage truck video below.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lots of Odd Jobs

As always around the home lost of need to do ASAP jobs crop up as well as time for our selves.

 I needed to remove 15mm from the front door inside ramp as the  25mm+ wedge thin edge was to high and difficult to wheel out backwards with.

Cut up into turning blanks some of the Blue Gum from the neighbours removed tree.

Picked up some new tool box adornments from Hare & Forbes open sale day.

Sue has been busy in side and out more Marmalade  Lime and Ginger this time.

Major garden remake with planting of some new fruit trees. Avocado, replace a few Lilli Pilli a Mandrin and a Poinciana.

Carding, Dying fibre and spinning Alpaca 51 batts of Black Opal, 27 of the Eucalypt dyed Alpaca and 30 batts of the Green solar dyed commercial acid dye.

Removing the weaving.
This being a Mohair warp a Merino silk, Cotton and Flax weft spun after winning the Flax batt at Tamworth show almost 22 years ago.
282cm x 61cm coming off the loom. 277cm x 59.5cm after fulling

There was approx 6cm woven by Bianca with Nana's help and approx 4cm by Nathan on his own.

A baking day, Banana cake, Ginger and Date, Apple pies, ANZAC's, Muffins, Chester slice with Chocolate..


Monday, May 1, 2017

Melaney Wood Expo 2017

Melaney is an inland hinterland village located in the most lush surroundings with an most pleasant drive into and out of especially if going via Woodford and Kilckoy. The views are spectacular over looking the Glass House Mountains and valleys, (sorry no photos this time).

Melaney Wood Expo

We have been to Sydney wood show, Kiama Woodies show, Newcastle wood show if you rolled all those into one thats Melaney. The total relaxed atmosphere along with the Landcare Enviromental displays as well as wood and tool merchants. Music plays in the background all around the grounds. Wheelchair access is generally good but grass, entry to pavilions means a strong helping hand due to incline of ramps and roads.

Meeting up with friends old and new during the day.

The expo not just about vendors but artisans and hands on try outs.


Left to right Richard (Old Croc), Alan (Uncle Al), Myself, Neil (Dei Sensei)

Below my purchases a 800x200x150 Australian Red Cedar. A mixed bag of off cuts Concalberry, Red Gum,  Purple Gidgee.

 One Monday Richard came over and we had a play with the new hollowing tool on a piece of Jacaranda.