Goodness gracious – the last weekend of April! I feel like I’m in denial. Maybe because it’s only started to kind of feel like spring in the last week. One more weather fact for you, because we’re Canadian, and apparently it’s all we talk about 😉 On Monday, Jonty sent me the rainfall update for April: as of Monday, Vancouver has had 170 mm of rain in April (the average for the month is 67 mm), and we still had a week to go! However, the sunshine gods must have been feeling sorry for us, because we’ve had more sun than rain this last week of April. Hopefully this is a sign of weather to come?
Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 29.April.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- We entered a climbing competition in Victoria last week, and Jonty and I both finished in first place in our category! It was a fun day, and the gym was fantastic! If you’re in Victoria and you like to route climb, definitely check out Crag X.
- Have you ever wondered if frozen veggies are as nutritious as the fresh kind?
- Do you like the taste of curry, but can’t handle the heat? Massaman curry is the one for you!
- How to make your own reusable food wrap. I’m totally intrigued!
- I don’t have the tools or the patience, but isn’t this one of the prettiest cakes you’ve seen?
- If you have a Canadian library card, this post might interest you (even if you’re not a blogger). At the moment, all I ever do is just check out books and cookbooks to read. But those FREE online courses from Lynda? Wow!
On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):
This was another week of planning and prototyping, but we’ve officially entered cabinet-making season 🙂
- The first half of this week was all about the hinges. What type of hinges are there, what kind do we want to use, do we want to fully cover the 80-20 or not, how can we attach the hinges to the 80-20, what hinges will work with 1/4-inch thick cabinets, etc, it’s all non-standard…
- The second half of this week was all about the latches. Once we figured out the kind of latch to use on the cabinet doors, we then spent a bunch of time trying to figure out who sold them in the lower mainland, to see them in person.
- Good news is that we think we have answers to both questions! Jonty used some cheap-o $3 hinges from Home Depot, to prototype attaching them to the 80-20. It involves drilling holes in the hardware, but we think it’s going to work! We also found the latches we want to use, at the local Marine store (which is closing their Vancouver store shortly), so picked up one to try (at a 25% discount!).
- We picked up a few sheets of 1/4-inch Baltic Birch and started making the cabinets! The bottoms of all the upper cabinets will slide into the grooves of the 80-20. The cabinet fronts and sides will fully cover the 80-20 frame. Jonty was able to blitz out 4 cabinet bottoms and 4 cabinet fronts on the CNC machine yesterday. Now we just have to stain / seal them, and attach the hardware and we’ll have usable storage space!
Pictures from the week of 29.April.2017:
Last Saturday we were climbing in the competition, but Sunday morning we spent an hour wandering around downtown Victoria, to snap a few pictures before it got too busy. Victoria has a very walkable downtown area, and I absolutely love the old brick buildings!