Hello new followers!
In case you're wondering who the hell you're following, I'm from Australia (I assure you, we do exist).
I work with computers, take photos, cook and blacksmith, amongst other things.
Politically I'm left-aligned. If you're right-wing, anti-vaxx or a conspiracy theorist, you're in the wrong place.
covid - qld
Well I *was* going to be cat-sitting for the next couple of days as my daughter toodled down to Tassie for a quick holiday, but now we have a 3 day lockdown from 4pm today, and they *were* leaving tomorrow. But clearly won't be able to now.
Ah the joys of attempting travel in a pandemic :(
I admit, English has no equivalent of the "gna" italian (or the spanish ña) sound, but really it's not that hard to learn, and in no way sounds like "nee".
I could imagine someone speaking English could say bolona, but it still ends in an a, not a y.
Grey Fantail as seen from my veranda on the weekend. These delightful little birds catch insects on the wing and very active.
They also, as their name suggests, fan their tales for various reasons, sometimes to display a warning, sometimes in courting, and I suspect sometimes because they just want to look fabulous.
Last part of the feasting set commission, a traditional blacksmith’s knife. Suitable for lower status personas that couldn’t afford to go to a cutler or bladesmith. This one is made from an old file and hardened to over 65HRC out of the quench, and has been tempered back to around 58HRC to give it a bit of toughness.
As part of the feasting set commission I have, this is the 2nd piece, a medieval stye fork. Forks in the medieval period were relatively slow to catch on in Europe (they were a thing in the eastern Roman Empire, in Constantinople for quite some time).
This one is a simple two prong fork made from a piece of coil spring. I'm not worried about taste of the metal in this one, since unlike a spoon, you generally don't put a lot of the fork in your mouth.
Fired up the forge this morning. I don’t think I’ve made my shoulder/elbow worse, but I’ll see in the coming days.
Anyway, a work colleague has joined the SCA and needs some utensils, so I started by making a spoon.
Smaller than a soup spoon but bigger than a teaspoon so should prove ok as an all-rounder.
Since eating off carbon steel isn’t great (tastes funny), I opted for stainless, even if it isn’t period.
Had to take the nectar feeder down again yesterday because it filled up with bees (don't worry, they were fine), and the mesh I put on top to try to prevent that was making birbs not visit it. So I just ordered a feeder that comes with a bee-proof end bit. Yay :)
I'm ordering 5kg bags of bird seed now, and big tubs of suet balls, every couple of weeks, to keep these stocked XD If you've been enjoying Birbcam and would like to buy some birbseed, I've got a KoFi at https://ko-fi.com/welshpixie :)
Well it’s definitely pretty, but the cherry portion is very dense.
Photographer, foodie, Blacksmith, IT geek in and around Cedar Creek, QLD, 🇦🇺
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