Friday, February 23, 2018

Lots of Orange

A geum:

Runner beans:

A canna:

A graffiti geranium:

And several days of temperatures in the high 20's:
Week 39! The year is flying by.

23/02/2018    32.5    red
22/02/2018    23.9    yellow
21/02/2018    27.8    orange
20/02/2018    26.2    orange
19/02/2018    18.1    green
18/02/2018    28.1    orange
17/02/2018    28.6    orange
Temperatures are degrees C, so these are warm days. And even though it was rainy and overcast when I took the garden photos this morning, today ended up being a red day.

Linked to Sarah's weekly Wednesday Weather Report, here. And there is a sign that the seasons are beginning to change; one of Sarah's days this week was warmer than my coolest day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Outside and Inside

The pizza oven is now wrapped in a couple of layers of ceramic fibre blanket, held in place with chicken wire:
There will be render over the top of that, once the tiling is done.

Meanwhile inside I did some quilting practice:
More visible from the back:
Trying out a meander for the background - it's not something I've done before. Inside the squares will be something else. I needed to make a quilt or two for the guild's "Quilts of Love" program, so this panel I found on sale was the perfect solution. The panel made two tops, and the backing is left-over from one of my recent finishes.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pink and White Naked Ladies

My pink belladonna lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) are starting to flower:
These came from the old garden in the city. Last year we bought three white bulbs, but they only grew leaves, no flowers. A couple of weeks ago we took them out of the pot they were in, and planted them in a new garden bed. And they must be happy there:
Flowers from two of the bulbs. Pretty! I think I like the white ones even more than the pinks. They might form more of a clump next year; I noticed as I transplanted them that the original three bulbs are now at least four.

And meanwhile at the pizza oven:
The flue piece is now in place above and behind the door arch. And the hole in the top of the dome (which I originally thought was for the flue) and the joints between the dome sections have been filled with a "refractory castable".

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Door Arch

This is inside the pizza oven:
It is a car jack holding up a disk covering the hole in the top, so that when that hole is filled with concrete, it stays where it is meant to. I originally thought the flue went through that hole, but it doesn't.

The jack went in yesterday, but this is what happened today:
The laying of the bricks which form the arch around the door. The black piece in the middle is part of the kit - it supports the arch as you assemble it, and holds the bricks in place while the mortar sets. Very clever!

Friday, February 16, 2018


Lots of yellow for the 38th week of my temperature-based year quilt:

Here are the temperatures that determined the colour of each hexagon:
16/02/2018    22.0    yellow
15/02/2018    20.8    yellow
14/02/2018    21.1    yellow
13/02/2018    28.2    orange
12/02/2018    21.5    yellow
11/02/2018    20.2    yellow
10/02/2018    30.2    red

And a beautiful yellow rose in the garden, Friesia:

Linked to Sarah's weekly weather report, where she is planning another temperature quilt when this one finishes!

Thursday, February 15, 2018


These pre-cast pieces become the body of the pizza oven:
They've been sitting outside for a couple of weeks, waiting for today.

However hiding in the garage are many other components I wasn't aware of, such as these fire bricks for the floor of the oven:
They appeared yesterday.

Today's job started with some heavy lifting:
It's that tractor being useful again!

Then a bit of mortar:

And the first section is up:
Then the other pieces are added one by one:
Which sounds easy enough, but is not fun when being constantly harassed by march flies. Thus this photo was taken from inside, behind the screen door. My role in the process was to help position each piece, then run inside squealing like a girl until the next piece was ready to go.

The last bit's the trickiest.
 We won't go into why there was a 90 minute gap between this photo and the next one.

Eventually all was good, and with a bit of a clean-up,

It looked like a pizza oven!
But no pizza yet, there is still a long way to go.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This is Shubie, my niece's assistance dog:

Today I took the two of them to visit my mother:
Because I'd run out of things to talk about during my daily visits. Mum has been at the rehab centre since being taken to hospital last Friday. I think she was happy to see her youngest grandchild and Shubie today, and hopefully she will be going back home some time next week.