Thursday, November 24, 2016

Things You Sometimes Do For Yourself, And Wished the Faires Did More Often

There are things I sometimes do for myself, and I think, wouldn't this be so much better if it just 'happened' because the house fairies did it:

  • a perfect fire (just warming with a little bit of flame, not so hot you can't be in the same room) with a clean hearth;
  • a perfectly mixed mood and weather suitable cocktail;
  • a newspaper, comfy chair and foot stool;
  • followed by a delicious meal. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Crooked House Reno Post #2

The first stage was to understand what the true condition of the house was.  It was time to understand fully... what have we gotten ourselves into?  Following on the House Inspection findings, the estimates and thoughts of contractors and our own desire to have a safe, energy efficient rental for our new tenant/s... we needed to come up with a game plan.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Crooked House Reno Post #1

These are the original professional posted pics from when we first looked at our crooked house online... boy did this photographer make things look good.  The truth was somewhat different once you got inside.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mittens Latvian Style

I've been working on these since pre-concussion last winter. The pre-concussion mitten has much better tension, but at least they are done. The original pattern was supposed to look like birch leaves. Much to my surprise, they turned out looking more like holly leaves. So, I rolled with that and added berries, and that way I'll be able to tell which is the right and the left mittens.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

More Ottawa Adventures

We've enjoyed our visit to Ottawa, although the weather has recently been foul. Despite the weather, renting bikes was a great idea because it has allowed us to see lots more of Ottawa and take advantage of the wonderful new cycling infrastructure they've developed. We've been to the Arboretum, Chinatown, Little Italy and the newly tamed Wellington St. corridor. We've also been to the Byward Market, which has taken a down turn, looking distinctly shabby. Highlights have been the shopping at A Fine Thing Antiques on Somerset St. W., where the proprietor, Lucas gave us a great drinking/dining tip sending us to the Moon Room on Preston St. Lets just say they had hand carved ice for the drinks and that should give you an idea of how good it was.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ottawa October 2016: Logs, Lumberjacks, Lumbersexual, Lunch and Dinner

You may all think us a little crazy leaving town while the little crooked house is being renovated, but we had this trip planned for months before we bought the little crooked house. Chris has never seen the fall colours and I had a business meeting and thought the two might mesh nicely. We walked from our little basement apartment to the Bytown museum, which is in the shadow of Parliament and the Fairmont, right up against the Rideau Canal. There we found a lovely sugar maple in full fall flush.

 The Bytown museum was originally a Commissary for the military in the Bytown (now Ottawa) area.
 I'm always in favour of supporting museums, so we paid our admission and made a quick round of the Bytown museum. Did you know that malaria was endemic to this part of Ontario back in the day? Me neither. It was a big killer of workers on the canal. The fine folks of Bytown were loggers and lumberjacks back in that same day. Check out the boots in the far right corner of the display case... they'd still be the same today.

 The axe is a hefty one, reminds me of the one wielded by Beorn in the Hobbit movie, played by that Swedish actor... who apparently hacks his own firewood in real life - check out the extra features for a fearsome demo of the specially smithed axe.

 We got bikes for the week for $90 each - a great deal for bike friendly Ottawa. Then we went for lunch in the Byward market at an East Indian place...

 Then we were off again, across the Laurier Bridge, then back around under to meet up with the Rideau Canal trail with our bike bags filled with fixings for dinner.

Bags filled with groceries, we pedaled home. Here's a glamour shot of dinner. I made Sicilian style mussels and clams with eggplant parm. Oh, and we had fresh oysters to start. I do love seafood. 

Caught in mid finger lick!