Outdoor Christmas Tree
Merry Christmas to all.
This is the picture that won me a hundred dollars.
I made this picture using shells and driftwood I found on the beach this summer.
This is my mantelpiece all decorated for Christmas.
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This creepy pumpkin ghoul was ready to scare the crap out of the kiddies but none of them even noticed him. I think he was disappointed and may have shed a tear or two.
When you know that you are only going to get a dozen kids you can afford to max out the contents of the treat bags.
Halloween night was just perfect, weather-wise and the house was all decked out in plenty of time for us to go outside to enjoy it.
It looks like the owl has caught himself something to snack on for later.
This is the first of the two pumpkins I carved this year. Hubby says that he may have a concussion because of the different sizes of his pupils.
Hey, I think this guy is winking at you.
This is my other pumpkin. I’m not sure what he actually is but he looks kinda like Grover from Sesame Street with a new nose.
”Stars and Moons” got a skeleton guardian this year.
Those are the Witch Finger Cookies under the dome of my cake plate.
Never let a witch play with your hammer, they always seem to manage to hit their poor fingernails.
Here is this year’s crew warming up in the garage before their debuts tomorrow.
You would never believe just how bad it is outside today after seeing how nice it was yesterday.
It started with a couple of drawings and a few photos.
We made a template and installed the footings.
We added landscape cloth and river stones to control the grass and weeds.
We built a platform sturdy enough to constuct a ten story building on.
We added the corner posts to get it up into the air.
Getting the structure of the roof to the top of the posts was a bit of a challenge.
Along the way there were some heavy calculations done along with a lot of head scratching.
The upper roof was added but was quickly deemed to be too small in scale. We lengthened each rafter by a foot or so and came up with a much better diameter.
Eventually, the entire roof structure was completed.
We added some spindles to the upper air vents to provide a little style.
Shingling the roof was a difficult exercise but eventually it got done.
The inside of the roof is a sight to behold. There are a ton of man-hours hidden up there somewhere.
We closed in the two back walls to provide some privacy from the road and we filled the bottom of the other walls with plywood. This is about as far as we got in 2010, the only other thing we did was to cover the privacy walls with cedar shingles.
The first task of the new year was to install the floor. It was so nice to be able to take the chairs inside and sit down that we started using it right away.
Then we added a set of stairs so we didn’t have to crawl in anymore. This was much easier than expected to accomplish.
The window sills and casings were added next.
The trim was all painted and then the walls were covered in tarpaper before the siding was added.
The window screen frames were made and then covered with screen.
The door was installed next. We bought it on sale last year from the hardware store and painted it in the basement over the winter.
The floor was finished off with a coat of Thompson’s Waterseal.
The last task was to apply the water sealer to all the exterior siding. At some time in the near future we may add some electric power and some lights to the gazebo but for now the building is done.
This project did take up a huge amount of time over two summers. It cost a good chunk of money, too. We think it's worth it though and doesn't it looks pretty back here in the yard?
Here’s my new bike on the day it came home. I got all the accessories to go with it, too. I got a bottle holder, a trip computer, a kickstand and a carrier rack including a soft bag big enough to carry lots of stuff.
On its first day we took a ride around the block to see how it would go. I didn’t realize that it was that big of a block!
What a perfect day to go canoeing. The water was just dead flat for the first 2 hours. We were able to travel around the entire bay and check out some of the homes that can’t be seen from the road.
We paddled right out into the bay and under the bridge just to see what was on the other side. Well, okay. We knew what was over there but we did get to see under the bridge!
I found this funky looking piece of driftwood at the beach and decided that he looked like he wanted to dance so I propped him up and gave him a stage.
The dancer looked so good that I made him a dance troupe to back him up.
Of course, every artist needs to sign her work!
We’ve played lots of Rummoli this summer but this was the perfect evening to play outside. Needless to say that I won again!
There’s something so relaxing about flying a kite. It just hangs up there fluttering in the breeze.
No, this crab is not sun tanning. I assure you that he is quite dead and I’m okay with that.
We’re not sure what kind of birds these are. They might be semipalmated sandpipers but that is just a guess. They were taking a siesta on a nice warm rock until we showed up.
We’ve been able to spend a lot of time at this beach this summer. The weather has been crappy all year but it has been perfect ever since I started my holiday.
Now that’s a summer meal! Fresh oysters and corn heading off to the BBQ as a side dish for smokey chicken wings, mmm.
This red fox came out to greet us while we biking down the trail. He was quite happy to pose for pictures and even brought a friend out to play.
We had a great ride on this afternoon. We rode along the trail for 8 or 9 kilometres until we got to this fishing village. We found a small dockside café and had a bowl of mussels and a beer and then rode back again.
Being on vacation means that there is lots of time to make breakfast and one of my favourites is blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit, peaches in this case.