My life in words and pictures

Well, mainly pictures.

Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking, hammock camping, and, I’m always, taking pictures.

Recent posts

  • Cottage Still Life

    Orange colored seventies style table lamp on a blue dresser, with hat, shotgun and chair.
    Cottage Still Life – This picture started life as a joke picture for the girls and then took on a life of its own requiring a second ‘shoot’ just to put right a few of the details. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    This photo started life as a cell phone picture taken by Ginger and sent to the girls. It took on a life of its own when I decided to create my own version this morning. This is the view (sort of) from the sofa in the Farm Cabin.

  • Titanium backpacking wood stove modifications

    Photograph of drilling air holes in a titanium backpacking wood burning stove.
    My titanium wood stove needs a bit more air. This afternoon I added some more air holes. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    On my last backpacking trip I tried out my titanium wood-burning stove. My thoughts were,

    It works but needs some modifications. Specifically, more air holes because in its current form It smokes far too much. It needs air holes in the sides and back to help fuel burn …

    Today, spurned on by some crisp (30℉) sunny and breezy weather, and thoughts of winter backpacking, I decided to tackle the job of adding the holes. I’ve not drilled titanium before, and even though I know it’s not a lot stronger than steel, I was expecting it to be harder to drill out than it was. It took longer to mark out all the holes than it did to drill them.

    If you are wondering why I’m home when the weather is ideal for backpacking. The answer is I’m catching up on some home chores after the past few months of working like a madman. My goal for today was to do a load of tidying up and clear the garage/workshop so that we can move the car inside again. It’s been parked in the drive for nearly a year now and I am long overdue in making room for it in the garage.

    Now I need to come up with some plans to go backpacking and test my modifications ‘in the field’.

  • Trees, snow, and sky

    Trees, snow, and sky – We woke Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow which had mostly melted by the evening. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Snow in the yard and on the field

    Snow in the yard and on the field – We woke Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow which had mostly melted by the evening. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Cottage in the snow

    Small farm cottage in the snow. Missouri, US.
    Cottage in the snow – We woke Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow which had mostly melted by the evening. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    For the past couple of months, Ginger has been working with her parents on a remodeling project, converting the one room with ensuite ‘Little House’ into a Writers’/Get Away Cottage. It now has a living room/kitchenette, bedroom, HVAC, and a wraparound deck out back.

    View from the kitchen window – which includes a vista over the road and across a field, and some bonus farm buildings. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    This weekend was my first chance to visit the cottage since the work began and spend some downtime on the family farm. We arrived Friday and woke up to find a dusting of snow making everything look magical. Once the sun came out the snow didn’t last long, but it was great while it lasted.

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