Saturday, April 28, 2012

More sidewalk laid...

... and the new ramp starts to take shape :)

Sunshine through stained glass

I just liked this, it's the sun through the small, tri-foil window at the Rectory St door :)

Busy Saturday

The stonemasons are continuing work on the paths, and today the painters are here to sand and put a fresh coat of varnish on the doors before we have to automatic opener installed on the ones at the top of the ramp.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Household Materials Recovery Day

At Playland to drop off some old air conditioners, compact fluorescent light bulbs and out of date prescription drugs :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jehoshaphat 's Last Chapel

OK, I promised to explain the bananas-

Father Matthew uses a small monkey called Jehoshaphat to help with chapel services (and sometimes with his YouTube videos too). So today the nursery school children were asked to bring bananas for Jehoshaphat instead of the canned and packaged food they usually bring for one of the local food pantries. Jehoshaphat of course realized he couldn't eat them all- so he donated them all to the food pantry :)

Father Matthew & Jehoshaphat

Jehoshaphat seeing the bananas

Father Matthew and the kids

Display = calibrated :)

Since I've been getting a little more serious about my photography I decided it was time to calibrate the screen on my laptop. This involves putting a device on your screen that measures the colors, brightness and contrast it shows and adjust your display to ensure that what you see is exactly what your camera recorded and what will print.

I found some open source software that runs on Linux (dispcalGUI) and then tracked down a colorimeter (the above-mentioned device that analyses your screen) that works with it nice and cheap on eBay- it's the Spyder2 Express that has been replaced by a newer version but works fine for my needs. It arrived today and I just ran a calibration on my laptop (the picture above).

You can learn more about monitor calibration here, and I am now going to start working on the pictures of chapel I took earlier- we'll see if my newly calibrated screen makes any difference ... of course my red/green colorblindness probably doesn't help ;)


... and lots of it!

10 pallets @ approx. 4,000lbs each = 20 tons of stone :)


Our bluestone is being delivered :)


I am doing a short photography class on Thursday evenings on taking low-light pictures. For the next class I am supposed to bring a series of pictures taken in a low-light situation, so, as today is Father Matthew's last children's chapel service and he asked me to take some pictures, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone.

This is my camera/flash setup: with a 1/2 CTO filter on the flash to blend with the incandescent lights (I set the camera to 3800K as there is some daylight coming in through the window behind the altar- I'll tweak the color in post); set to bounce off the angled ceiling; and with a black flag to avoid any direct flash on the subjects. I tried to keep the ISO as low as possible, but to get a decent depth of field I ended up taking most of the pictures at ISO 400, f/5. 6, 1/200 sec, +1 FEC.

I'll let your imaginations run wild on the bananas until I post some of the final pictures later :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CJ's First Track Meet

Crisp had his first track meet in Irvington today. I couldn't get away, but Jackie took a camera to immortalize the occasion :)

Crisp and his buddy Jason waiting their turn for the shot put

Crisp putting the shot

Crisp in mid-air in the long jump

Sitting on the bleachers

Sharing a Graham Cracker or two with Jason


The nursery school kids have a ringside seat :)



Monday, April 23, 2012

Back to work

The torrential rain last night doesn't seem to have washed anything away, so today they're installing conduits for the sprinklers and preparing for concrete tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Turkey in the woods

Spotted this in the woods today and just managed to get a picture before Holly spotted it too and chased it up a tree :)

Checking the plans

A visit from the architect to make sure everything is where it should be.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spa Day :)

Jake, Crispy and I just got back from a wonderful 6 hours at Spa Castle in Queens with Tami, Auxford, Alexander., William & Ian Burks. It's a huge Korean spa with multiple saunas, indoor and outdoor pools with all sorts of massage jets and awesome Korean food.

We had a wonderful relaxing time; Jackie is now napping in front of the TV, CJ is dozing in his room and I am about to go out for a very gentle walk with the dog.

Thanks to the Burks for sharing it with us- highly recommended!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The finishing touches

One of the nice things about taking the top bunk out of Crispy's room is that he has some wall space for posters :)

He's very happy surrounded by, as he puts it, his favourite book (The Hunger Games), TV show (Doctor Who) and comic book (Tintin).

Monday, April 09, 2012

The Geo-Cache...

... looks good, but we need to remember to bring a new logbook next time we come.

The other side of the woods

Crisp and I decided to take the dog to the woods on the other side of the highway for a change, we'll be able to check his Geo-Cache on the way round.

Light and airy

We spent the morning (and some of the afternoon) taking the top bunk off Crispy's bunk bed. We had to go through a huge stack of stuff that was conveniently hidden at the end of the bed (and there's still more to go through), but it makes his room look twice the size :)

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Pics

Here are a few more pictures from today :)

The flowered cross in front of the church

Sasha approves of the altar flowers

A full house at 9am

The Queen Anne chalice at the 11am

CJ in the woods after our wonderful Easter lunch

The dog who came to dinner

Holly decided to join us at the table- but don't tell Grandpa, he would NOT approve!


Yorkshire pudding to go with the roast beef :)


... we're done :)

Easter morning

The mischief makers (you know who you are!) came and decorated the cross outside the church last night :)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter!

The church is finally all cleaned up and reset ready for the hordes of tomorrow.
Though I'm sure I'll be finding candlewax in odd places until Christmas ;)

Easter Vigil

Baptism by candlelight :)

Testing the fire...

... for the Great Vigil tonight :)