Three rounds of stripping and scraping using an environmentally benign gel, and several hours of sanding over the course of a few days and the handrails from our stairs are finally denuded of what seemed like about 10 coats of paint. Whew!
Was pleased at the decent quality of the wood underneath all those layers. Will likely go with a mild stain/varnish and sealer.
It was a lot work, but I hate wasting good wood, and had some time on my hands. . .
UPDATE (June 28): The boss chose Varathane in Golden Oak. Looking good! I’ll do another coat later today, let them sit overnight, and install tomorrow.
Sora the Cat was sitting at the dining room window looking through the screen when she started chattering.
We looked up and there was a hummer on the tree outside. Fortunately it stayed while I ran down to my office to get Big Bertha, spinning the ISO up to 3200 and shooting handheld at a 35mm equivalent of 900mm.
Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600 zoom, first gen.
A gorgeous Northern Flicker visited our balcony late this afternoon.
And then Yumi spotted a Brown Creeper on a nearby cherry tree. Amazing how they blend in. . .
It’s just above the circular knot
Ah, that’s better!
It was nearly impossible to walk the beach at Cates Park in North Vancouver this afternoon without fear of stepping on something.
I shot over a dozen varieties of wee crabs in various colours and patterns, ranging in size from my pinky fingernail to my thumbnail.
What a blast!
As we were rambling around in North Vancouver today, Yumi heard the sound of young birds begging. She soon spotted this lovey sapsucker coming in with food delivery.
I got a few shots but we din’t stare too long, not wanting to disturb the family.
One of my “nieces” (cousin’s daughter) is starting a project documenting all the plastics used in her life. That got me thinking about our trip to Japan last year when one day we went to the Sea of Japan coast in Aomori Prefecture.
The views were spectacular, but once you got up close, there were piles of plastic garbage strewn all over the beach. Much of the crap was not Japanese, but had floated in from other countries across the sea.
It occurred to me that I’d never posted these photos to my blog, so here they are. Shot in April 2019.
And then this. . .
I spent about four hours rambling Iona Beach Regional Park near YVR today, part of the superb Metro Vancouver Regional Parks system.
First, welcome to the ‘hood. . . Not! Red-Winged Blackbird greeting committee. . .
Next up, lots of tree swallows.
Perhaps not the best spot to attempt a landing, damselfly!
Look Ma! No head!
And lots of waxwings. . .
A couple of hummers. . .
And finishing off with an osprey. . .
A stroll around Como Lake in Coquitlam produced goslings, ducklings, a red-winged blackbird, and an invasive red-eared slider.
Como Lake bees, blossoms, bark, and fungus.
I love you with hugs, blossom!
Spotted this Bald Eagle topping a mast on a sailing boat at the Stewart Heritage Farm in Surrey, BC. It was drying off after the rain stopped.