10/5/17

Gary

These are the new Garys at the foundry. They’ll be darker once they’re waxed, but this is basically what they look like. There’ll only be six of him, as the mould (made elsewhere) doesn’t produce great waxes, so that I have to do a fair bit of fiddly work on them. But I really wanted him to have a new lease of life and I’m happy with the result.

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08/25/17

Garden rearrangement

I thought the garden might have attained its final shape, but realised that the frangipani is probably shading the mussaendas too much now that it’s all grown up. The white mussaendas seemed to be happier in the frangipani shade than the pink ones, so I’ve left them there and moved the pink ones off to the walls — and suddenly there’s space again! Hopefully they’ll stop growing straggly to reach light now and get on with flowering.

Also, I’m pretty sure our lizard is a chameleon. It looks just like this one. Haven’t seen it with its colour changed — but I guess that’s the point!

08/18/17

More lizard

Saw the little lizard again — I guess it’s the same one. Pics are through the window. It looked so cute standing up like Godzilla.

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07/27/17

Photography day

Had a photography day today. With pieces often looking a bit different between batches, I do a fair bit of re-photographing to keep pictures current. Maybe I worry too much, but I’d rather do the photography than be worried about whether people are getting what they expect. Got some cute pics of Sir Cumnavigator, who is now back on Etsy:

I’ve also cast five more of The Sleep of Monsters, which will be back online soon. I’m going to the foundry Monday to check the waxes for the sun and moon hares. I’ve made three Garys, and that might be all for now, as I also want to finish another Beau, and I’m hitting a wall with all this fiddling with waxes. I could try being less fussy, but that’s not really in my idiom. If I call this weekend the end of this year’s casting, I’ll have a couple of months to catch up on other things and relax a bit.

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07/21/17

The return of Gary

Gary, my very first sculpture, will be coming back in bronze (with his arm joined to his body). Working on the waxes now.  I’ll decide on the edition size once these are cast and I see how they look.

Original Gary:

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07/19/17

Galaktoboureko

Last night I was watching videos on how to make Greek desserts. Today I could think of little else. So I went out and got the ingredients for galaktoboureko, semolina custard in filo pastry, and came home and made it. We only have a small convection oven, so I bought a baking tin to fit it and made half the recipe, which was basically this one on Greek Recipes TV. Instead of heating the milk with orange peel I added lemon zest to the mixture a la Angelo’s Mom. However, I didn’t make the sugar syrup. I made one out of honey, lemon, water and a bit of cinnamon. I think just plain honey drizzled on top would be fine. The custard pastry is nice on its own, I didn’t think it needed a lot of extra sweetener.

Our oven tends to overcook and burn things on top so I lowered the temperature a bit for most of the cooking time and covered the tin with foil after the pastry had browned. Then wrestled with the foil as the oven kept hoovering it off. Next time I’ll wrap it under the tin.

Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this dish was to make.

The result? I submit that it looks like food. It also tastes like food. Rather nice food. My semolina custard came out a bit rugged — I had no choice about the grade of semolina, so it might have been too coarse (could try cornflour instead next time), or maybe it was something else I did — but it still tastes fine. Next item in my sights is the classic Australian vanilla slice (which is like a cross between a millefeuille and a brick).

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