Monday, March 22, 2010

biblical plague events

We appear to be living the plagues of Egypt at Protea Farm at the moment.

The frogs have returned with a vengeance and are keeping Vanessa a hostage in her own home at night by suckering themselves to all the windows and peering in with little froggy eyes.

The plague of flies are a given at this time of year, but the locusts are exceptional and hopping all over the gardens. Tonight on the tennis court under the floodlights the locusts were swarming and almost stopped play. Difficult to return serve when locusts are crawling all over your head. we await the hail, livestock death, and boils.

I was interested to read in the UK news today about the lovely lady B & B owner in Berkshire who turned away a respectable middle-aged gay couple who had booked a stay for the night at her establishment because allowing them to share a bed under her roof was 'against her convictions'.

I wonder whether we should stop allowing rampantly heterosexual people utilising our facilities. Actually, while we are at it we could preclude children ( noisy,messy things ) ladies with long hair ( too much bathroom cleaning afterwards ) people with irritating laughs, men with beards and sandals, and all those who have religious beliefs, orange cars or sisters called Gladys.

Welcome to the Inhospitality industry, nice one Mrs Black.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

art of glass

Paul the furniture restorer from Dubbo returned a van load of revamped items that Pickfords trashed somewhere between Lincoln and Mudgee, and he has done an amazing job with all the furniture.

The major triumph was the large antique gilded mirror frame, which had big chunks of plaster moulding missing. He has managed to reproduce the missing bits extremely well.

So today we had the unpleasant job of mounting said massive and very heavy mirror to the wall. This procedure has been performed after many house moves and involves Ness balancing her own body weight on her head while I mark out where to position the screws.

The mirror is now up, no damage to report.

From Protea Farm 1

On a glass theme, we went to our favourite scavenging/recycling shop yesterday at the tip. We source all our wine glasses/crockery/books and sundry items from here, it is amazing what people throw away. I spotted a tangerine glass vase priced at $2 and decided to take a gamble on it being a piece of 70's Whitefriars.

......Google confirmed that it is a Whitefriars 1971-74 Geoffrey Baxter 'double diamond' vase, market value $250-300. I love a bargain.

From Protea Farm 1