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Scenes on Sunday ~ Peace and Serenity

True Serenity is knowing Peace amid the Storm.

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,   the courage to change the things I can,   and the wisdom to know the difference.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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Teardrop Trailer Kits

You need time, effort, and creativity to build anything worthwhile.

I intend to build a tiny teardrop trailer sometime this summer.  These tiny camping trailers are built on a commercially built trailer frame, on top of which a plywood structure is mounted.

I could build this from scratch, just using half-inch sheets of 8′ X 4′ plywood I cut to shape for myself, or I could buy a kit ~ and I think I’m going to buy a kit.

Some of the available kits include:

http://tinyhouseblog.com/travel-trailers/teardrop-trailer-kits/ 

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https://www.theteardroptrailer.com/step-by-step-pg1

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Make: features 11 Teardrop Trailer Builds on its blog.

https://makezine.com/2015/09/23/teardrop-trailer-builds/

Including this, which I really like because of its squared-off shape, which will give more usable space than a ‘classic’ teardrop shape.

This is totally home built from scratch on a commercially bought steel trailer frame.

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This teardrop camper kit is from Fyne Boat Kits, and I really like its sculptural, upturned, boat-shaped design.

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So-Cal Teardrops has a range of kits, including this off-roader.

http://www.socalteardrops.com/gallery.php?g=12

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And, Little Guy Trailers has this 5 foot wide teardrop kit.

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Or, I could also build just from plans, like the Wyoming Woody.

http://teardropbuilder.com/plans-design-documents/wyoming-woody-teardrop-plans

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Tiny Teardrop Trailers

Little trailers for big road-trip adventures.

I have this idea to build a tiny ‘teardrop trailer’.  The size of one of these tiny trailers is based on a standard 8′ x 4′ sheet of plywood.  That size sheet is what forms the floor, the walls, and the roof ~ cut and moulded to give whatever pleasing shape you like.  I believe I can build one of these in a little over a week.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5262527/Tiny-caravan-doubles-second-home-kitchen.html

There is  tiny trailer called ‘the Droplet’ which has a space-efficient shape.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5262527/Tiny-caravan-doubles-second-home-kitchen.html

You can obviously buy a ready-made, off-the-shelf teardrop trailer.

http://www.teardroptrailers.co.uk

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https://www.homedit.com/camper-trailers/

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This is something I want to make as a project before I build a school bus camper.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Burning Skies

Sky above me, the earth at my feet, the fire inside.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all pictures taken by

the girl riding shotgun

using a Panasonic Lumix

 

 

 

Cars in California

The car you drive says a lot about you.

I like cars, but then I like all things engineering and mechanical, up to and including the RMS Queen Mary.

California seems to have a Love / Hate relationship with the internal combustion engine, but there are some great cars out there.

A cool guy should drive a cool car, (if you have to ask; ‘which is a cool car?’ then you aren’t a particularly cool guy).  Any cool woman can drive any car she likes and it will always be very cool.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I think Marmaduke likes a Bentley

Scenes on Sunday ~ Monochrome Utah Skies

The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures all taken by

the girl riding shotgun

using a Panasonic Lumix

 

Californian Palm Trees

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.  ~  Willa Cather

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Places I Want To Go To Soon

A destination is  a different way of seeing the world.

England is a green and pleasant land,

royal throne of kings, paradise sceptred isle,

another Eden, a precious stone set in the silver sea,

But, there are places I want to go other than in England.

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Big Bear Lake, California

Palm Springs, California

Santa Monica, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

New York City, New York.

Cyprus

Malta

Florence, Tuscany

Sienna, Tuscany

Pisa, Tuscany

San Gimignano, Tuscany

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These are all fabulous places I have already seen, but want to go back to very soon.  I guess this is my bucket list.  Some of these I want to get to this year.  If a friend wanted me to go with them somewhere else, then that would be cool to ~ although there are some places in this world I would just not go to under any circumstances.

Most of these are places it would be great to drive to, (except Cyprus and Malta of course, and nobody with even an ounce of sense would drive in New York).  On the other hand, I really like taking long road trips, preferably with a cool girl riding shotgun.  Cyprus is a big enough island that it’s great to drive around there, and so is Malta.  California and Tuscany are both fabulous places to take a road trip.  Of course, you should really have a really cool car to take on your long road trips ~ a convertible Mustang is ideal.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

 

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2017 Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go pear-shaped.

For one reason and another my plans for this year’s Christmas and New Year’s holidays did not work at all, and I had to spend the holiday season alone in the garret again.  And, being alone over the holidays is incredibly depressing.

I had wanted to go to the USA to spend the holidays with friends, and I had even gone so far as to book and pay for my airline tickets ~ (a non-refundable $800).  But, that didn’t work out at all.  I did’t go to the USA or any where father or more exciting than my local store.

I have resolved never to spend the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in the garret ever again.

I have one other New Year’s Resolution; to do a lot more of the things I want to do, things that will help me to achieve my goals, desires, and dreams, and to do a Hell of a lot less of the things other people might want me to do.

To help me with that I have a beautiful workbook sent to me by a friend; ‘Rituals For Living, Dreambook + Planner‘.  If I work through it diligently I should get a very clear idea of what I really want from life.

One of the things I most want to is to go back to Santa Monica ~ which means going to California again, and I very much like long road trips in California.  Especially if I can find a cool girl to ride shotgun in the car with me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Moody Utah Skies

The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one soft stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures taken by;

the girl riding shotgun

 

 

 

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