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Baked Lemon Cheesecake

Some guy down the road has a lemon tree with a surplus of fruit. Each day he offers to the neighbourhood two or three on the top of his letter box and each evening during my walk I take two … Continue reading

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Weekend beachcomb

My wife and I took a walk around the estuary in Australind on the weekend and there were many hundreds of these collected in the grass and rocks along the shoreline. They have the shape of a water washed stone … Continue reading

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Uncommon words 3

Irascible — Marked by hot temper. Easily provoked. Insouciance — A relaxed and happy way of acting. Perfidy — Behaviour that is not loyal or to be trusted. Inveigle — To dishonestly persuade someone to do something they don’t want … Continue reading

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Hardware problems

The box I’ve been working on for, what seems like, the last several decades is almost complete. The carcase and its matching lid are done, so the task of attaching the hinges that join the lid to the box sets me considering how … Continue reading

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Lucky saws

The Coolgardie museum has a pair of saws that probably intend to illustrate the make do spirit of the pioneers.The improvised metal handles, one simply a bolted on horseshoe, might have been a very practical answer to the original wood … Continue reading

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Uncommon words 3

Surcease — to cease from some action; desist. To come to an end. Munificent — very generous with money. Quotidian — daily; usual or customary. Alacrity — cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness; liveliness; briskness. Lachrymose — sad or tending to cry often.

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Status Anxiety

“The price we have paid for expecting to be so much more than our ancestors is a perpetual anxiety that we are far from being all we might be.” “Because of the nature of this economy, the most evident feature … Continue reading

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Joinery on the road

Wood does many things. One thing it does, is move. It swells and twists and bends over time. Most woodworkers consider wood movement a bad thing. Something else  I’ve learnt about wood is that it talks. Wood can tell stories and … Continue reading

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Uncommon words 2

Uxorious — excessively fond of or submissive to one’s wife. Nidify — to make or build a nest. Louche — dubious, shady or disreputable. Plangent — resonant and mournful in sound. Abjure — Swear off something, renounce.

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Uncommon words 1

Temerity — Reckless boldness, rashness, foolhardiness Otiose — Ineffectual or futile. Superfluous. Idle. Quondam — At one time. Formerly. Perforce — Of necessity. Perlieu — A persons haunt or retreat. Outskirts. Environs.

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