July 2014

Hillside

Hillside happened.

Sadly, the last three sets of the night were thunder and lightning’d out so we all missed Kid Koala and Mounties over on the island stage.

I was pretty sad about this because I didn’t even know what Mounties were all about until we got there and I realized the band includes Age of Electric/Limblifter member Ryan Dahle, Hawksley Workman and Steve Bayes from Hot Hot Heat.

That was a downer (missing them, not learning who’s in the band), but an even bigger downer would have been getting struck by lightning, am I right? That did happen one year, so it’s not paranoia.

Ah well, all was not lost in that last hour because at least I got to eat indian tacos from the Flying Chestnut and be part of this massive Queen singalong which I think we can all agree was awesome (especially as it was followed by a Journey tune).

ANYWHOOOOO, I think it says a lot for Hillside (more than just “it’s full of hippies”) that when they announced the cacellation of all further shows, after an initial booo, everyone cheered and went home without (as far as I know) trying to incite riot.

So. Highlights.

Red Moon Road from Winnipeg. Why is everyone from Winnipeg so fucking awesome? Seriously. Everyone I have known in any capacity who has been from Winnipeg has been supercool.

Wild Child. From Texas. Try this song on. I have listened to it a dozen times today already. And the video is pretty cool.

Seryn. Also from Texas.

Samanthan Martin and Delta Sugar. From Toronto. Her bio says that if Mavis Staples and The Black Keys had a child, and Sharon Jones was the Auntie, it would sound like Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. That’s about right. Her voice is insane.

Spirit Family Reunion from NYC. I do love me a washboard.

Always a good weekend. I’m thinking of applying to vend at Hillside Inside this year but we’ll have to see how the winter goes.

 

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Let there be light

I’ve never had a great shooting set-up in my studio and it’s only gotten worse as I’ve re-arranged furniture here and blocked myself from all the corners where I used to be able to find mediocre light.

A couple weeks ago though, I found this tutorial on Etsy and got to work making my own lightbox.

I’m hoping to re-do the gallery on this site and re-stock the shop by August – complete with these fancy new photos…

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I’d cap that

When we left land last month, it was with a plywood roof and a tarp on top of the cabin.

We went up for a quick couple days this weekend and put down some steel. If you recognize it, it may be because you’ve seen it around town – back before the AGH Design Annex and CBC Hamilton were cozy in their beautiful glass and brick digs on James Street North, the Frindship Shop was selling Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty collectibles from that space. And, at the time, the entire facade was clad in sheets of steel.

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I think it works better like this.

This was a much nicer trip in terms of temperature and bug density. There was next-to-nothing when it came to bugs (especially compared to the beginning of June) and nights were cool, with some fine misty rain during morning canoe adventures in our new vessel, Col. Mustard.

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Next up – insulating for the winter months. I cannot wait to go there when it’s cold! Saving up now for the Toaster 10 000.

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Home sweet home

This is way late, but at the beginning of June, Sean and I took a few days off to pioneer. NO BIGGIE.

Pals Robert and Doug and Rob joined us for the drive up to Land and when we got there, this was waiting…

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Sean had spent much of spring designing a little 8×12 cabin and figuring out exactly how much wood and how many screws and nails and tools we would need to put it together.

It was after five that first night when we arrived, so we had a beer and thought about how little we felt like building, then went ahead and bult the floor because we are captains of industry.

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Lest you think our bug nets are wussy, can I please show you the black fly bites I sustained only two hours into this endeavour, even WITH the bug net?

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So disgusting. Strangers commented and/or fled, horrified, when I approached them in the nearby town.

Anyway, day two was spent building the walls.

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And popping the odd window in to see how it felt to pretend being civilized.

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Feels pretty good, but let’s not get used to it.

I think we also put the gables up at the end of that second day…

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Lunch break! Or was it dinner? This is the wilderness – we don’t keep track.

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Day three was all about the roof which was a close call because we were so busy considering other considerations we forgot to look at how close we were building to a certain tree.

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Fewf! Cleared by a wafer-thin width!

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It was later afternoon by the time we installed the historical plaque…

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After that our crew left (Rob you still have to sign this plaque) and it was just Sean and I working on soffits and fascia and trim and painting…

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Once that was all done, we had this!

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From there we had time to relax a bit. I read this and this and this.

We drank lots of coffee and listened to lots of CBC.

We rowed over to the awesome inn at the end of our bay and had buffet breakfast!

 

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And we saw tonnes of foxes and this one magnificent moose. I think I’m moose-lucky – I see these guys everywhere.

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Next up – fitting a steel roof on and building a banquette that transforms into a second bed so we can have friends sleep inside.

After that, winterization so I can go up to hunt in the fall!

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