Greenhouse Lighting, Lineage Legacy, Beauty


Growing in electrical confidence. I pulled the beautiful 12 volt bulbs out of these fixtures from, and replaced them with 3mm 3 volt LED bulbs.

lighting_01.jpgI drilled holes through the greenhouse framing to accommodate the aluminum tubing. Here are the fixtures upside down, glue drying.


Right side up, but still wobbly.


On the outside of the greenhouse I routed the wires down through 3/32-inch shrink tube, and drilled holes back into the interior. I’ll glue the shrink tube conduit to the vertical leading on the outside glass, and re-gather the wires inside to connect to a coin cell battery concealed in an under shelf tub. All in all, an elegant solution to a lighting retrofit? You will please be the judge as I implement the plan :)


In other goings-on, I received a parcel from Keli, containing — among other things! — an astonishing bestowal of gifts from Charlene’s legacy. I will share in detail in future posts; I am still processing the magnitude of what I was gifted, and am in flat-out awe of the artistry of miniaturists. These things need to be shared.

I flashed on a fever dream/hallucination I had while living on the East Coast, and had contracted Lyme disease and was very ill. In bed, gazing out the window to the woods beyond, I had a vivid vision of all the people of my individual lineage, stretching back through time — all my ancestors — accompanied by a tremendous sense of comfort and rightness. Coupled with that biological heritage review, there was a sense of recognition of others who were of my tribe. Miniaturists are my tribe :)


This is my older granddaughter Maddie, who will be 5 years old in March. Photo taken by her mum (my daughter) on a family hike with her baby sister and Papa on New Year’s Day. The expression on her face… serious wonder.

13 thoughts on “Greenhouse Lighting, Lineage Legacy, Beauty

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, Marilyn! I’d like to think as I progress, “Oh OK, I’ll never have to do *that* again” but then another inexperience point presents itself :)

  1. Christina says:

    I’m terrified of electrificating so I’m watching with wonder to see how this all works out.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Good on you, Christina! LEDs and batteries are working out for me, especially with the haphazard way I’m adding them. Elegance will come with experience, and I learn best by doing :)

  2. Jodi Hippler says:

    I love the greenhouse fixtures – they are perfect in the space! Yeah for being brave with the lighting, and yeah for the gift of enjoying our legacies and legacy gifts!

  3. Keli says:

    Electrification, ugh. Retrofitting, ugh.

    They might be less wobbly if you ran the aluminum tubing all the way through the support beams, interior and exterior.

  4. Bennie says:

    They look very professional. I love your creativity in placing them upside down to hold in place. It really helps to share ideas like this so that others might use that technique. It’s good to think outside of the box now and then.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Professional, hah! But thanks, Bennie, for the props and recognizing what I’m all about: learn by doing, don’t be afraid to suck, keep practicing, and share your work for others to see. A large part of creativity is problem solving :)

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