Bathtubs and literature

I just saw several tweets from people I follow, with links to a story and picture on a functional bathtub made from books. Some people have told me that I am a little eccentric in reading so much in the bath, but this piece of art shows that I am not alone in this sensible arrangement for those of us who like a long, hot soak but would hate to have to choose between reading and bathing.

While this may have some practical merit, I have a functional bathtub made for books, which is much more practical.

Duck Board
Duck Board with books

The pen is filled with Registrar’s ink, which is waterproof (used for official signatures such as original birth certificates, and still available).  This is because I often get what seem like good ideas in the tub, and my memory is far from perfect.  Although I also read for pure entertainment, most reading is for reflecting on and so needs a little note-taking.

The post-its come in handy for marking interesting passages, which often finish up on my other blog (“Words, words, words”).

As well as the duck board, in case I feel the need for some inspiration from the visual arts, I have a large painting hanging a little higher on the white wall at the end of the claw-foot tub, painted by my wife Laurie.  It has been there for some years and I haven’t felt the need for a change, yet.

The duck board was made by my father, Frank, and has seen many years of service.  Thanks Dad!

What happened to Winter?

I think it went to Europe for a holiday; it was above freezing again today, still in February, but even southern England is frozen, with more snow on the way.  Mind you, when I phoned my parents today, in the north of England, they were having their usual rain but they had 3 or 4 kinds of flowers out already, including crocus and aconites.  I planted more seeds today, including Ricinus aka Castor Oil Plant.  Even the seeds are pretty:

Ricinus seeds
Ricinus seeds

It was a sunny day today but it’s rather drab with all the snow gone.  So here is another picture from last Sunday when the sun was just rising over the tree line and the ice from Saturday had not yet melted:

Crystal trees 1
Crystal trees 2

Winter scenes and activities – chopping wood, baking bread

Welcome to my new blog – I moved it off Google blogs since Google decided to change its privacy policy.  Otherwise, it’s the same old blog.  You can still find the old entries on Google.

We had a big snowstorm yesterday, it was quite pretty while in progress, though Laurie didn’t enjoy the drive to get groceries and other supplies.

snowy road
Our road in the snow

It does look a little bleak.  The next one is our driveway:

Driveway end
The road end of the driveway

The snow was preceded by an ice storm and the temperature was right on freezing, so the branches accumulated quite a weight.

Driveway snow 2
Through the trees and over the creek

The tree branches were bent so far over, they were scraping the car roof.

After shopping, I got to work.  First the stove had to be fed:

Eric chopping wood

Here is the hungry stove.  It heats our whole house, both floors, when someone is home to feed it:

Wood Stove and Woodbox

Yes, another chore should have been to clean up before taking the picture, but no time.  Notice the bag of potting soil – thawing it out as it was in the greenhouse and frozen solid, and I need to get some more seeds started.

The lack of time is because there was also bread to be made:

The home bakery

There were other chores to follow – path to be shovelled:

Shovelling the path

You’d think that was enough for one day, but there was also a new internet hub to be installed so I can get these pictures to you faster and cheaper, and then my email, blogs and website to be moved onto my own domain ( instead of Google.

So far the blog needs a little prettying up, but that was enough for one day.