Monday, October 27, 2014

Keep It Simple

 I am currently sitting in our hotel room on the Azorean Island of St. Miguel part way through a week's holiday.  I can recommend St. Miguel, specifically  Ponta Delgada as a holiday destination. 

 Since it is a bit rainy this afternoon I was wondering the internet and found a video on reclaiming lumber that shows a trick with rare earth magnets that is worth checking out.



Watch the video and about half way he shows a good, low tech solution for finding nails. 

 I will be back into my shop by the end of the week, building stuff and showing some more pictures from St. Miguel.

cheers, ianw

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ponta Delgada Azores, Portugal

 For the coming week I am out of my shop and out of my country. Eva and I are in Ponta Delgada Portugal. We are taking one week's vacation on this tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in the middle of the Gulf Stream. If you think that the gulf stream isn't important to plants, let me show you some pictures from around town.




  This is a  photo of a myrtle tree.  I have no idea how old this tree is, but the growing season here is 12 months of the year. We certainly don't see trees like this at home.


These roots belong to a Mission Fig from Australia, transplanted to Ponta Delgada Azores. Eva is that tiny colourful item on the left side of the photo. Those roots are 2-3 feet above the ground.
Cool eh?