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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Deck, Dock, Doe

Here we are suffering through another heat wave of 30 C temperatures. Fortunately the next few days promise to be cooler. In the midst of all this, my back sundeck has been removed and a new one is in the process of being built. I had been replacing boards over the past few years, but it was in need of rebuilding according to those 'in the know'. My job is to oil the boards ~ which gives a whole new meaning to "oil a-board". Probably the fumes getting to me...affecting my humour ;)

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Although the caption reads, "All Hands on Deck", it is actually just the builder and me who are on deck.

Speaking of "oil a-board", the cruise ships were docked at Ogden Point. On a recent day trip to Victoria, I was able to take photos of them at various times of the day and evening ~

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I met my brother at the Oak Bay Marina and took the opportunity to take a few photos ~



Looking in the other direction, I caught a glimpse of Mount Baker in the distance, but I've had to 'doctorfy' this photo in order for it to appear somewhat visible. The white ship passing through the gap is a BC Ferry heading to the mainland.

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Back at home, Bandido the raccoon seems to have been replaced by Deer Dora. Not sure if she followed me home from the golf course where I had lunch ~

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She wasn't eating my apples, but a tub of pansies I had moved off the deck.

Well, that's the Deck, Dock, Doe of the blog ~ what's left is a family/friend reunion that I attended. This is my 14th year and each year I take a cake and other goodies ~ the best cake being a large motorcycle cake about 6 years ago. This year, two of the boys who I met as kindergartners have now completed Grade 12 and have graduated. Therefore, I thought it fitting to make a Grad cake.

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That's how I've been spending the last little while, and I will be more than happy to have the new deck completed before I melt into a puddle :)

No picture of a puddle, sorry ~ we haven't had rain for ages!

2 comments:

  1. Considering how hot it's been there you've been busier than I would have,
    and I certainly don't envy you the job of oiling boards!
    I really like the way you do 'picture postcards', and that cake sure looks delicious.
    Stay cool, and I hope that you get some rain soon! Flighty xx

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  2. Hi Flighty ~ Luckily there are trees in the back, so they offered some shade. It wasn't the best conditions to work in, but the stuff was there and needed done. I have now finished with the floor boards. Next job will be the railings and spindles, but I'm going to wait until they're installed first. I'm giving myself a couple of days off! I wore a substantial mask to ward off the fumes, and when I took it off I looked a bit like Bandido ~ where the mask had made marks! The postcards are made using Photoshop Elements~ the software came with my scanner ~ kind of fun to play around with. Everyone seemed to enjoy the cake :) The weather has cooled down and there are a few clouds and a breeze, so much more what we are used to!

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