Going Home

In November 2011, we were sitting in a little cabin in Venezuela, not sure where we were headed or what we wanted out of life. At the time, we were on track to spend ninety days in South America, then onto a year of working and traveling in New Zealand. With the suddenness of a broken shoe lace it dawned on us that we needed to go back and live in BC, get to know my family again, and ground ourselves for a new stage in life.

This little film is a compilation of the footage from the trip home. There wasn’t a particular intention for taking the footage other than to make “something”.That said, it was mostly taken hand held and so I’m sorry if you start feeling sick.

Without question, this is dedicated to my mom Christina Welscher who made it all possible by driving the 1,500km to meet us in San Francisco; where she then let us stuff her car to the brim with everything from the blacksmith tools and saddles to the photo albums and spare clothes we had stored with our friends there.

“Fake Empire” by the National
“Empty Houses” by Delta Spirit

Benita 1985


Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union, France sunk the rainbow warrior, the Unabomber was on the loose, CDs hit the shelves, Michael Jackson bought the rights to all of the Beatles songs (which has since found it’s way back into Beatles’ hands), Reagan was POTUS, Mulroney was PMOC (?), and my incredible sister Benita was this impressionable and spunky 12 year old who knew her way around a piano.

Actually these dates and her age are completely wrong, but let’s just pretend.

Benita (and her equally generous and loving husband Michael) have welcomed us into their home and it’s been such a pleasure living with them. Thank you two so much.

My nephew Caleb wrote a Valentine to the worms in the compost, which he was happy to know they would eat.

Simple Compost Bin

Just sketched this up quick to build a new compost bin in our backyard. The measurements might seem strange because I designed it to accommodate a bunch of scrap wood I got from a construction site. The bin is free standing with a slotted front. What’s missing from the sketch is a latch that crosses the top to keep it from being pushed open by the weight of the compost (see photos).

Anyway, it works!

If you have, or want to get, the awesome and free Google Sketchup software (which I guess will soon be Trimble?), you can download and then modify my design:
Compost Bin.skp

Compost bin designed to be built out of scrap wood.

My nephew Caleb wrote a Valentine to the worms in the compost, which he was happy to know they would eat.

*Note piece of wood being used for latch to keep sides together.With slats down