Lockdown 17/18

….wup!….missed a day….

…my official line of excuse runs – was to attempting to work on stressful holiday project in limited space, in middle of night, whilst endeavouring not to wake up Dee/whole fucking neighbourhood with power tool buzz/loud swearing, then ran out of creative patience so watched shows online instead of blogging….

….we live in tense times…

….I recommend resorting to music….

…wether it be in the green room whilst you’re supposed to be helping with side chores to the stressful holiday project….

…or wether you get inspired by Grace Of Spades on mixcloud….(check her out she has excellent taste in fine soulful tunes)….and feel the need to treat Dee to a birthday set to accompany her morning exercises…live and direct no headphones selecting from the library….(after shifting 300 tonnes of stressful holiday project so you can access the decks)….

….ah…music…the proper pathway to abandoning a stressful holiday project….

…stressful holiday project?….

…what stressful holiday project?….

Goodbye Mr Yuck Pantry

…or… “What I Did With My Week’s Holiday”…

….pantry inserted into old kitchen entry at end of hallway circa “when-everything-was-built-with-horrid-MDF”….sans ugly fake wood grain doors….

…enter 4+ days of hard, no building experience, labour….

…scratch built from a couple of pieces of rimu I got from friends, a huge rimu cabinet with three sliding doors that came from the folks new house, a couple of pallets from work and part of the counter from that shop I used to own…

…almost everything fits….

…and it makes me dislike my freezing cold pre 1900, mucked about by philistines, kitchen a little less….especially with it’s new found expansive sweeping views up the hallway….

….(actually, this will be blocked up again and I’m having a whole-house-heating log burner installed)….(just in time for the end of spring)….

Kokonga Chill Time

…sign should read “when frosty”….

…or….”when spider-webby”

….meanwhile down by the Taieri River….

…weeks holiday in K’….coupla blindingly good frosty mornings…with highlighted cobwebs and mist rising form the river as the sun comes over the hills….mmmmm…chilly.

Holiday Snaps

…I meant to put these up on Sunday, but was extra busy in the shop…

…snow forecast for today…so no so busy today!….

…always holiday prepared…(especially if you’re still carrying that cold)….IMG_5385

 

…take plenty of recycling….(and booze)

 

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….and sustenance….

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…because your hostess may have cleaned (out) the fridge…

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…and only left you a fluffy quince…(without explaining they are supposed to be fluffy)…

 

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…go outside….don’t forget your gloves….

 

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…take pictures of nature….

 

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…and natures residents….

 

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…get back inside before the weather breaks….

 

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…had a wonderful time…

…wish I was back there now!

Undisclosed Location

…but here’s a clue…IMG_4423

 

…and another from the the front window….(you can see the road but those on the road can’t see you)…

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…fire on….

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…gear stowed….

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..time to relax & enjoy the scenery….

IMG_4381…have dinner & start mucking about with a pen….

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…and drinking…

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…it’s always a pleasure to find a great table to drink work at …

 

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…day one…

…first order of business…

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…don’t try this at home or on holiday…

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…and for day two….

….always have a rainy day project in reserve…

 

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…even if it means doing what you do for a living on your holiday…

IMG_4411…there are benefits….

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…try not to talk to the local flora….

IMG_4392…and be careful which pot you use…..

IMG_4402…eat properly (goat sausages!!!,…I love my local butcher)….

IMG_4404…whilst not loosing sight of the main reason for getting away from it all…

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…which was….

…trying to aggregate all of the ideas running around in the sketch book with the aim of gaining some semblance of order with a hint of logical time flow…

 

IMG_4396….it took hours & hours & hours….

 

…but…(spoiler alert for those who won’t be able to resist embiggening*)…

…the results were….

…er…results….

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…that’s close to 50 individual story ideas (at a very rough count)…22 pages worth of those already plotted…

…and then I put all the nice clean records back in their covers ….IMG_4420

 

…and went home.

 

…(*the word embiggen is brought to you by…

https://monsterinthenextroom.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/sketch-pad-cloistered/

….go check out Clare’s blog, home of embiggening, today!)….

 

…(and thank you very very very much Mad’s & Phil).