Thursday, November 27, 2008

The new apartment

Yesterday Chris and I went to see the new apartment we will be moving to by the end of January :)
It is absolutely beautiful as it has got lots of old features, including ancient stone stairs that lead to the front door on the 3rd floor. It is much bigger than the apartment we are in now, and we needed that.
Here are the pictures of it, Chris is in most of them *G*



Dining Area

Living Room

Living Room

Spare Bedroom

Master Bedroom



The Rat Mobile

Here are some pictures of our Rat Mobile of which I mentioned in the previous post.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

rat mobile in progress

Ok, so you buy a car, to be exact a Peugeot (don't ask me why) 406 1.9 TD in silver grey from 1998. Not a slow one, just decent and practical, but as for the outside, insanely boring. To remedy that, Chris and I got ourselves inspired by Banksy, got some black spray paint and made stencils *Grin*, see below the result:

It is not finished yet, so more pictures to come :)



Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hiking stick

A project of mine from a couple of weeks back. While doing a mountain I found a very good long stick. After first drying it for a while I carved it and than painted it. Finally last week I varnished it. So yesterday was the day to try it out as we did Bidean nam Bian (Glencoe). It was a beautiful day to climb a mountain and my, did I enjoy that :)

So here are some pictures of my stick:

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Update on Mural

The pefect view for the bedroom, a Loch. It took me a while to come up with this idea, because the limited space was not good for much.
As for the ivy, it is a lot of work, sigh.....

Monday, October 27, 2008

A mural on a wardrobe

About a week ago I decided to do something creative with the wardrobe in the bedroom.
So the Mural project started, with the house being rented I had to be carefull with not damaging the wardrobe, so I decided to put plastic bags behind the (wall)paper.
The dimensions are quite insane, 52 cm by 204 cm per painting (2 pieces).
I took a few pictures during the process and currently I am still working on it.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Yesterday Chris and I found out that Disney is going to screen a new movie in November
To be exact it is named BOLT and will be in the cinema on the 21st. As I saw the small thumbnail I immediately yelled "NOONAH". The main character is a white, shepherd dog aka a American White Shepherd. Amazingly Bolt also resembles our humble Northern Inuit. Not that Northern Inuits are supposed to be white, but none the less Nanook is.
We already saw the trailer and the 2 clips which can be found here and in the Itunes store.
It is very well made, as to be expected from Disney and the story seems good as well, with lots of humor.
And now to the point, I uploaded the official desktop for Bolt and Chris is amazing version for Nanook aka SPOON. I also added a picture of his Spoonness in real life ^__^

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kushi Dango recipe

Hi everyone,

For a long time already I have been wanting to make Kushi Dango. Dango is a common snack in Japan and used a lot in manga and anime. Dango is made out of rice flour and water and covered with a nice sauce of soy and sugar.
It takes about an hour to fully make the whole thing but it is worth it ^__^

Here is the recipe for about 4 servings:
1 1/2 cup of glutineous rice flour (maybe a bit more, but see for yourself)
3/4 cup of warm water (not boiling)

For the sauce:
1/2 cup of water (maybe a nit more, but see for yourself)
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tablespoons of soy (dark or any other)
3/4 tablespoon of patato/corn starch/flour
3/4 tablespoon water

This recipe was slightly adjusted from what this webpage said, but the rest is ok. The first time it is a bit of guessing, but it almost can not go wrong, or at least that is my opinion ^O ^

Well enjoy,


Friday, August 15, 2008

Ben Lomond, Freya and my new bike

Hi everyone,

Again I will be posting some pictures I took. First of all we climbed Ben Lomond last week and because it is not a very steep one we took Nanook out as well. Being a sleddog and all Nanook was so kind as to pull me up part of the way *G*
Secondly, a new pup joined the club, her name is Freya and she lives with friends of us. Freya is a cross terrier, lurcher and lots more and is so kawaii (Cute in japanese (^__^). So I decided to make a nice soft bed for her.
And finally I bought a new bike, not one with a motor but one with peddles *G* It is a 19" Giant Boulder with 24 gears. It is nice and sturdy which also means it is fairly heavy but all the weight is nice and low, so it rides like heaven (^__^)

Well that was it for today again,



Saturday, August 02, 2008

Hello Kitty and sorts

Hi everyone,

Wow it has already been a week since I arrived in Scotland. I already unpacked lots of stuff but am still not finished. Ah well, bit by bit it will come.
Chris had a bit of a welcoming present for me, it was like christmas eve :) and it was all Japanese stuff as well, Sugoi!!! Curisu Arigatou Gozaimasu ^__^

So I made a picture of some of the Japanese stuff, the Hello Kitty sushi set, a Hello Kitty bento box and a pig toy from san-x. Also we had to try out our new sushi stuff and made sushi the next evening, Kimochi ^o^. The result was a dish named Hello Kitty's rowing boat.
Also We went for a Forrest walk (Arachar) and since it was raining I wore my Hello Kitty rain coat. So you see Hello Kitty has the overhand these days ^__^
Also Chris took some lovely pictures of trees etc. But I liked this hover fly the most of all.