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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Custom Woodwork

As part of the remodel we're putting in built in shelves in the bedroom. We're hoping to take advantage of the new space the cathedral ceiling affords by building one of the shelves up to eleven feet. D drew up wonderful plans and which you can see below...

Last week we met with Rusty, the cabinetmaker, to see what he has finished and to put the first coat of tung oil on the dressers. It was so wonderful to see the beauty of the wood coming out and by next week it should all be installed.

Rusty's workshop is on the old air force base in Alameda and it's filled with lots of  fascinating old equipment.

Here's D putting on the first coat. The black walnut looks fantastic, I can't wait to see the whole thing on the wall.