Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Here's Johnny!

Just to avoid any confusion that may have arisen, I would like to point out that any similarities between an earlier post and the image of Jack Torrance in Kubrick's version of 'The Shining' are purely coincidental.

UPDATE I've finished the ballustrades and re-located the water butt! Picture here

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Shebo - Part II

Well, it's been a few weeks since Shebo was born. In that time I have painted (and repainted) it, and with my Dad's help, fitted the windows and door, and put up the handrail. Since the project is so near completion it seemed appropriate to put up the fairy lights. (Sorry - pictures in the dark didn't come out; the only true way to appreciate fairy lights is in person!)
All I need to do now is finish the balustrades and find a weather vane for the top. Roll on next Summer, when we may actually get some use out of it, as it seems that this one is determined to meet Autumn as swiftly as possible.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Congratulations on 40 years of mariage to my Mum & Dad and Mike & Liz. The joint Ruby wedding anniversary party was a great success, but this was no surprise given the generous amounts of Pimm's, wine, great food, puddings and fizz - not to mention Carol's fantastic cake.
Same again in ten years time everyone?


Congratulations to Jon and Hetty on their marriage (19th August 2006). It was a fantastic day and, considering the storms earlier in the week, they were incredibly lucky with the weather too. My duties as best man were a breeze, mostly thanks to the efforts of the bride and groom and Jon's parents in making preparations. In fact, the entire day passed without any problems and despite my nervousness about public speaking, I managed to enjoy every part of the build up, ceremony and reception. I will remember the day as a true celebration of their partnership and I wish them the very best for the future.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

"Something bunny going on"

Posters for the Wallace and Gromit film in Portland, Dorset will not feature the word "rabbit" because of a local superstition. Residents instead call the creatures underground mutton or furry things. Posters for the new film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, on Portland do not use the word, to respect local folklore. Instead they simply say "Something bunny is going on".

Mayor Les Ames told BBC News that the animals could cause dangerous landslips in the quarries the isle is famous for. "If the word rabbit is used in company in Portland there is generally a bit of a hush," he said. "In the olden days when quarrying was done by hand, if one of these animals was seen in the area, the quarryman would pack up and go home for the day - until the safety of the area had been reconnoitred. It is an unwritten rule in Portland that you do not use the word rabbit."
A spokesman for Aardman Animations said they were happy to respect local folklore.

BBC News "Wallace & Gromit Spook an Island"

Monday, August 07, 2006

Shebo is born

Finally the pavilion has risen from the sketchbook and is now becoming reality. Thanks (in enormous huge lumps) to Dad who helped achieve my vision.
Although not finished, the main structure is largely complete; only the final cladding, balustrade, doors & windows and paintwork are to be finished.

The design is part shed and part gazebo - hence Shebo - with an octagonal roof (closed at the back and open at the front) sitting on the nine posts which frame the heptagonal shape.
Confused? Imagine what it's like trying to calculate the angles!

Hopefully the pictures will help you visualise the overall design, although I will post some more once everything is finished.