Mistakes can work

Now that the solar shop is up and running and I can actually move around my welding bay in the garage I decided I’d make some good sturdy handles for my workshop doors. I had some 1 inch tubing and 2 inch by 1/8 flat stock that I thought would do the trick so I…

The solar workshop lives!

My shop is now finished and ready for use. Well, not totally finished. I have to insulate the ceiling and do some interior trim work around the windows and doors to button it up. Oh yeah and finish painting the exterior trim. But it is useable (and I have used it) and the solar power…

Why Not Wednesday continues

I’m not saying that Heather and I will be doing something exciting EVERY Wednesday but this past Wednesday was a great spur of the moment trip. We were in Nanaimo doing some shopping and Heather happened to text our friends Norm and Becky to see what the were up to. They said they were out…

Why Not Wednesday!

Last week Heather and I decided we’d hop in the car and go to Tofino for tacos. Why not? And that’s how Why Not Wednesday was born. Â đŸ™‚ We had a gorgeous sunny fall day for our trip. Tourist traffic here on the island has thinned out since Labour Day so all the planets appeared…

It’s the little things.

It’s been quite a while since I posted here. I’ve been busy. The big thing lately has of course been getting my solar workshop buttoned up and ready for the rains and cold weather this winter. But of course it’s not all work. I have also managed to get out on the river and do…

Best shop floor ever

It all started with a post on the local buy/sell/trade Facebook site that Heather follows. During the shop build she showed me a post advertising 3/4 oak hardwood that was being pulled up at a local house and thought it would work for flooring the shop.  Sounded good to me. They just wanted it gone…

Making room – The shop goes up

Time to slip back into project mode for a bit. With our trip to France done and the great retaining wall completed it was time to get some building done! First came the fence. That was a one day project that went together just great. Ray and I started laying things out and getting the…

Been travellin’ – Chapter 3 (Paris)

After Versailles, we settled into a pretty full 5 days of travelling around Paris with the intent of seeing as much as we could. And boy did we see a LOT! Day 1 started off with a short walk to visit Saint Chapelle and the Conciergerie. The stained glass at Saint Chapelle was truly amazing….

Been travellin’ – Chapter 2 (Paris/Versailles)

We arrived in Paris late afternoon at the Gare du Nord and hit the ground running. We had planned to go to Versailles the next morning with our friends Jeff and Sue who had also it turns out were in Paris at the same time so we headed over to the information booth to pick…

Been travellin’ – Chapter 1 (England)

You may or may not have noticed the lack of posts over the last few months. Heather and I have been travelling. A lot.. But we’re home for a while now so it’s time to get back to work. Shortly after the retaining wall was finished we hopped on a jet and headed over to…

The Big Pour and the Big Reveal.

Continuing on with the retaining wall project, with the forms all completed and ready the concrete pour was scheduled for last Tuesday at 11 AM. We had the pumper truck all lined up and the operator had scoped out the situation and said he’d have no problem getting it all the way to the back…

The Big Dig – Part 2… And more

Initially I was going to break this saga into 4 parts but life being what it is you have to roll with it. Parts 2 and 3  are now stuck together. Yolan arrived as scheduled Monday afternoon to start digging out the old retaining wall and made quick work of it. With the finger attachment…