Showing posts from May, 2014

Bicycle inner tube woven chair

See here for an update from March 2017 on how the chair has survived three years in the sun.
The plastic 'cane' on one of our outdoor chairs recently started to snap all down one side:

The chair was still usable, but clearly wasn't going to stay that way for much longer!

Inspired by my success with our bathroom stool, I decided to weave a new seat for it out of old bicycle inner tubes.

It took:
4-5 inner tubes cut into 1 inch strips lengthways (they came in two different widths, so some gave two strips and some gave three).  I forgot to count the tubes before I cut them up so I'm not exactly sure how many I used!7 'sessions' of 30-45 minutes each (two to prep the tubes, two to cut off the old cane, one to thread the length-ways parts of the chair seat and two to do the actual weaving);scissors (to cut the strips of inner tube), a bucket and rag (to clean the tubes - the insides are powdered with talc), secateurs (to cut the cane), a stanley knife (used in joinin…

Lots of writing!

A week or so back I finished a piece of writing I started in 2010.  It's called Enabling Technologies Part 2 and describes things I've discovered since my previous article on the topic in 2005.

Then, in just two days (!), I wrote my entry for this year's ANZMES (CFS support society) competition.  The theme was "Things that give us hope" and my entry is My Hope is in God.

Click their titles if you'd like to read them :-)

God is my only hope

A couple of months back I returned to listening to a psalm a day.  This time around I've been struck by something new: again and again the Psalmist affirms that God is his only hope.

Take yesterday's psalm, Psalm 62, as an example:
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken. 3 How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.Selah 5 For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.Selah 9 Those of low estate are bu…