Amongst our mail today was a flyer from HGTV about a TV show called May the Best House Win. On one side, here is what it says:
Is your house, condo or apartment your pride & joy?
HGTV’s new series MAY THE BEST HOUSE WIN features four house-proud individuals who will open their doors to one another. They’ll critique and mark each other’s homes and the one with the highest score gets $1000!
Any size, any style, rent or own. The only requirement is that you love your space and think other peole will too! If you’ve ever dreamed of being on HGTV and showing off your design skills and unique personal style, now’s your chance.
On the other side of the flyer it reads: We are casting in your area for HGTV’s May the Best House Win…and then there’s a hand-written note:
Love the one-of-a-kind yard! For sure a stand out home. If you want to come on our show please let us know.
Imagine that. For a chance at $1,000 we could turn our little piece of paradise into a reality TV freak show. I think not.
I like this little garden a lot, at the back edge of the yard on the edge of the woodsy patch.
Tuffy P has done a fantastic job looking after this front garden, which just keeps getting better. Even in October, it has retained a great deal of variety and character.
To steal a line from the Merle Travis, “like a fiend with his dope, and a drunkard his wine…” I’ve found my way back into the little studio I’ve been calling The Anchovy Can. It seems I’m unable to stay away indefinitely.
Here is another new painting, a small diptych called Lost Forest. It’s made with acrylic paints on canvas if that matters.
Just for kicks, here’s Lost Forest out in the garden…
We received a letter from the City of Toronto today. How unusual. It started like this:
We are pleased to inform you that your property/garden has been nominated for the City of Toronto Etobicoke York Great Gardens Contest 2011. Unfortunately, it was after the nomination deadline; July 6th 2011 and therefore was not listed for judging.
Here’s a sneak peak into the top secret cave hidden deep beneath Anchovy World Headquarters. The larger painting in progress is called Sunday Afternoon in the Forest of No Return.
Tuffy and I both love hollyhocks.
Daylilies between houses along the sidewalk.
More clematis are opening up each day at the side of the house.
These started last year with a small transplant from our neighbour’s garden across the street. Are these some variety of primrose?
Tuffy P and I have been work on this owl mosaic for months. We finally finished it up last night and hung it out front this morning. All the tesserae have been cut from various tiles, broken dishes, bowls and vases using a little tile nipper which enables us to cut them to more or less custom shapes. The ground is 3/4 inch plywood and the cement is an acrylic compound which we’ve tested over a period of several years. The stuff seems to be indestructable. We don’t use any grout; we just sink the tesserae into plenty of compound.
Upping the scale on this, our third bird, gave us the chance to stretch out a little and mess around with different size bits, as well as different textures and introduce greater complexity to the whole piece.
You should have no problem spotting the three cats at play in this photo. Can you name them too?
In the foreground is an excellent early season example of Amanita chipbowlius, a toadstool indigenous to the Long Branch area of Southern Ontario.
The accumulation of snow out behind Anchovy World Headquarters melted away quickly on Monday morning in the pouring rain, ponding in the yard. There is a layer of ice now on beautiful Lake Anchovy. Fortunately we know from experience that the water drains away from the house. As the ground thaws, I’m expecting the water to drain off without incident.
I took these shots around Anchovy World Headquarters at about 7:30 this morning. It’s very pretty around here after last night’s snow.