31.8.10

Music Lessons

Hiin, teaching his niece Isabella all about the harmonica... he had to send the instrument along with her after their overnight visit, but made a definite point of telling her she is only 'borrowing' it, and NOT allowed to take it back to Onterrible with her... I'm waiting to see where it ends up.

30.8.10

Off to Woods Island with Mike and Elaine and Two Dogs!

Who's cold?! Not me!!
Early morning starts make for early morning naps...
Ahh... life on the water!
Woods Island coming closer...
... gone picking!
What a view!
Beautiful trails...
... beautiful beaches...
... beautiful bogs...
... beautiful wise mountains...
...beautiful berries...
... stories...
...
...views...
... resting after some serious mushrooming...
Triina's heart of stone
The glamourous Ocean Queen fending off the paprazzi
Ahhh... the life!
Complete with a casino for the card sharks...
...and many more stories left untold... maybe for another time.
What a great day!

27.8.10

Happy Anniversary Hiin!

It's been FIVE years of MARITABLE BLISS says Hiin. Much like the green tomoatoes in the green house, it's Early Days yet, I tell him... but you never know, we might make it another two to hit the so-called Magic Seven-- make-or-break, they say!
Cod love ya', me Ol' Buddy!

24.8.10

Coming and Going

My installation Coming and Going at the Deer Lake Airport is now up and ready for action! It has been a long process, and I have learned a tremendous amount. During the series of installations-- there have been many revisions, and they weren't simple to make (each glass piece requires 3-4 brackets that are all unique becuase of the irregular curvature of the copper net, the curvature of the glass sections, and the placement of each section with respect to each other and the net as a whole, and the time to install each individual piece ranged from 30 to 90 minutes)-- I realised that the end result would not be what I had originally envisioned. Three-dimensional reality is very different from drawings on flat paper... we finalised the project late last night, waiting for sometimes hours for flights to land and depart so that we could work in between the rushes of travellers. It will take me a while to let the final result percolate in my head-- we have been thinking of completely different layout for the glass pieces, but unsure whether these new ideas would be better than what I have now. That's the way of designing, I guess!
Ralph Ball of Western Steel in Deer Lake lining up the first row of copper pieces for the net. We spent the day bending, organising, riveting and drilling the copper to get it to the shape that I wanted. In the end, once the net was on the wall and my brother Tonu and I were attaching glass to the net, we still made modifications to the net itself, adding stand-offs, and extra copper lengths to make sure it was all good and strong and safe!
Distributing the ends...
... laying out cardboard cutouts for idea of placement... this is when I first realised that because of the bends in the copper, the final product would not look like my drawings... something about curves and rigid glass that changes things in three-dimensional reality!
The net is up, and Ralph came by to discuss adding more support to the outside bottom edges.
First piece of glass installed... this one would be moved 4 times (4 sets of new brackets!!)
... second day of glass installtion... with only a small window of time allotted to work, and many mysteries to solve, the first few days were slow going!
Third day... more fish on...
...fourth day... re-thinking some of the water pieces...
... so close to completion, when the Boss decides that some things must change...
... most of day spent moving pieces, and re-doing brackets... not there yet...
... the Oldsters came by for a look yesterday...
... detail of Tonu adjusting one of the copper pieces...
... just before the final piece was put on.
If you would like to see the final version (for now, who knows, it may yet change completely), please visit the Deer Lake Airport!

21.8.10

Better Cherries in Woody Point

This year's cherries were lame... after all spring of millions of blooms on my trees, then cazillions of green cherries ready to ripen, this was my yield. Not sure what has gotten into the cherries, but they were all like this, and most had simply fallen off the trees before they ripened completely... what a disappointment!! Molly's tree, however, in Woody Point, was bursting with beautiful, fat, juicy, ripe cherries last weekend when I was there. Today, I am going out there again to do my weekend shift at the Writer's Festival; I'll be working the crowds and selling selling selling all the beautiful hand made items from the members of our West Coast Craft Collective in the Heritage Theatre. Come say hello, take in some music, reading, and don't forget beautiful Gros Morne itself!

19.8.10

Hiin's Birthday!!

We celebrated yesterday, Hiin had another birthday-- they happen every year!
My birther Aare arrived, with stain resistant shirt for Hiin... knows him well:-)!
Hiin, all surprised as the gang trouped in...
V-isa with a new haircut, Euro-egg, very chic!
Memme, all glam... baked all day for a fresh birthday cake for Hiin.
Totto and the Gang... good cheer and good humour! Enjoyable evening all 'round, happy to have the surprise Instant-Party arrive!

17.8.10

Woody Point Writers Festival!

Just like the honeysuckle blooming for another round, our West Coast Craft Collective got the chance to display and sell our work at the Woody Point Writers Festival again this year.
Located in beautiful Gros Morne, writers and musicians will be performing to the delight of crowds in very intimate settings in Woody Point. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Discovery Centre and view my glass installation of Salmon Run (I know, definitely a shameless plug, but I do want everyone who can to have the chance to see this work before the end of the summer and the Park's closure!). If you haven'tbeen there yet, GO!

16.8.10

Saturday Outing

Hiin, Shep and I paddled out to our picnic spot, and the rest of the gang-- it was a gang!-- were taxied...
...beautiful walk amongst long grasses...
...to a beach full of sunbleached driftwood and multicoloured stones; my parents have found whale bones here in the past...
Big T and Little T... enjoying the yellow phase...
... and dinner break on the Lunch Log!
Beautiful Day!