Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Beloved Cooper

I apologize for beng so neglectful of this poor little blog, but I have been dealing with a personal tragedy that rendered me too uninspired to post anything here. My dearest companion Cooper was diagnosed with lymphoma several weeks ago. It spread very quickly and I eventually had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him go. I miss him terribly, but cherish the years we had together. My life is vastly richer for having known such a magnificent hound.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Audubon Raven

Refurbished Fire Truck B&B

A remarkable Scottish getaway in a repurposed 1956 Fire Service truck.

From the Canopy and Stars website (where you can see more photos and book a rental):

Ladies and gentlemen...The Beermoth. This bizarre truck, following a stint as the B&B (Bed & Buckfast) stage at Inshriach's own Insider Festival, has settled in its present location on Inshriach Estate. Walter, the creator of the Inshriach Yurt, has truly excelled himself in his seemingly never ending quest for a renovation challenge. Having liberated this 1956 Commer Q4 from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and wrestled it back to Inshriach House, he has quite literally raised the roof (by a foot). Then he laid an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, salvaged snooker table slate to make a hearth and a fire escape to make a staircase. The Beermoth now also sports a completely over the top Victorian double bed, the door from one of the (now presumably a little drafty) cottages at the farm, and the former back wall of the doghouse. The mahogany plinth has been replaced with a wood-burner, the inexplicable stuffed squirrel has vacated the premises, and the cutting edge of unusual places to stay has been delighting (and slightly bemusing) guests ever since.

Egyptian Art Deco Jacket