Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pizza Oven Progress And Other Miscellany

Many of you have been clamouring for an update on Joe's outdoor wood-burning pizza oven.

Progress has been made, people.  Progress has been made.  (At least progress has been made in the wood hoarding department.  We now have more than enough wood for the not-yet-built pizza oven.)

The latest thing to make Joe's heart soar was the fact that the new homeowner across the street was removing almost every tree from his piece of property.  The sound of his chainsaw sent Joe into absolute ecstasy.  He was as giddy as a school boy when the man gave him permission to take as many logs as he wanted.

April 23rd

Joe asked our next door neighbour to transport the logs onto our driveway.  As always, our friend obliged.

May 7th

Joe ordered the frame for his pizza oven from the Forno Bravo Company in California.  It was delivered several weeks ago.

May 15th

I mistakenly thought that the wood splayed all over our dry land log sort driveway would quickly make its way to the shed in our backyard.  Nope.  

May 23rd

May 23rd

Honestly, what would Joe do without his ever helpful friends?  These guys have definitely earned themselves 'free pizza for life'.

May 28th

Granted, there are fewer logs on our driveway than there were a month ago.  But Joe still has quite a ways to go.  Now he needs a log-splitter to deal with the big rounds that are piled up.  And of course many tree trunks remain, patiently waiting to be bucked up, chopped and stacked in the woodshed.

May 30th

Joe has recently assembled the pizza oven frame.  Seeing it sitting in our garage sends me into a state of paralyzing fear.  I keep saying to Joe, "Don't do it yourself!  Don't do it yourself!  Please, for the love of God, hire a professional to build your outdoor pizza oven."  I think my petitions are falling on deaf ears.

May 31st 

May 31st

Now the pizza oven project is officially on hold until the fall.

We leave for Ireland in 5 short weeks and there is not enough time to begin nor finish construction.

But what Joe does have time for is getting the rest of those bloody logs off the driveway...


Late May and early June are my favourite times in the garden.  So many things are bursting into bloom.  Like these beauties:


I hiked the 'Sea To Summit' trail a couple of weeks ago with a friend.  Seven and a half kilometres straight up the side of a mountain.  It only took me 4 hours and 40 minutes!  (Most people do it in half that time.  Or less.)

I had a lot of fun.  I was slow but steady.  And the beer at the top tasted damned delicious.  My legs barely worked by the end of the hike, but were a-okay the next day.  I am looking forward to doing it again.  Wanna join me?

Well, folks, that's all the news that's fit to print.  I hope you have had a good weekend.

And if you know the whereabouts of any free wood...DO NOT TELL JOE!!!!

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