Tesco Hudl 2

Well, it has to be said the Hudl2 comes at a bargain price. I’ve had a couple of problems since I purchased it. On my very first day of ownership it crashed badly – one minute it was working, the next I couldn’t seem to even restart it. I ended up plugging it in and oddly that seemed to bring it back – even though it had a full battery.
It crashed again a few days later (the next time I actually was using it in anger) and the unlock screen was smeared across the landscape view. Again, I reset it and everything was fine. A few hours later, dead again – with only being plugged into a plug socket making it come back to life with 75% charge. Very odd!

Other days I’ve used it fine since, so maybe just bad luck. Today I’ve watched several hours of videos and one thing is clear – it’s a power hog.
First off, I tried plugging it into my laptop to charge. No dice, even though it’s a socket with the power symbol for charging devices on it (I assume 1A), whilst it “charges” with the screen on, you’re just delaying the inevitable – the device discharges quicker than it can be replenished.

So why not use a 2A plug? Fortunately I’ve got one of those too… but again, whilst watching video, it slowly discharges (albeit slower!)
So who caries a 2A and a 3A plug? I do. Well, I have an Anker battery pack which charges at 2A and outputs at 3A – and very handy it is too. There seems enough charge being output to satisfy the Hudl2 and I can watch video AND charge the device at the same time.

I’ve not checked the charger that comes with the Hudl2, but it may well be a 3amp charger, which puts it in league with my laptop and explains why most normal chargers won’t be beast enough to power the hudl.

Charging with 3A is noticeably faster than the 2A – in 20 minutes, my device has gone up by 6% whilst watching a video (this in itself is not surprising if you know anything about current) but it shows the draw from the device outstrips 2A supply sockets, so watch out, they will be getting fairly warm. Best to stick with the manufacturers plug – don’t use your other older chargers from previous devices.

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Leatherworking

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After a couple of weeks away at this year’s bushmoot I undertook a leatherworking course. One of my projects was a tankard, so I thought I’d have a go at home. Turned out much better than expected

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Afterwards on the Sunday I had a go wet forming a card wallet

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And a woggle or two for the scouts

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Pumpkin…

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Found this. It’s got a bit big.

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Garage

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So the old kitchen has gone into the garage and the brewery has its own space. Next is to make it food safe! Bodge job on the extractor fan to get steam out efficiently.

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Kitchen

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A while back now we decided to get rid of the old pantry and the boiler in it and put in a new efficient boiler. Loosing the pantry meant we had little storage space. Buying a new kitchen would have been pretty expensive, so we’ve ended up getting a second hand one from eBay. I think we’ve saved about £550 so far. I’m modernising by adding led lighting under the cupboards and new electrical sockets with USB inputs.

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Another Pizza Oven Build

Last year at the bushmoot I was intending to build an earth pizza oven.  As the area is built on sand dunes, sand was not going to be a problem.  Clay on the other hand was.  I ended up walking to the river, digging and finding… sand!  So this time I came prepared with some readily dug clay and some from a local potter.

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We dug in a load of sand from literally next to the tarp.  Two young girls did most of the work, the rest of us mucked in only when the camera was showing!

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For the base, we used wooden logs – these were chopped from a timber pile.  About 3ft long, they were notched so they wouldn’t roll.  We used a tarp to stop the sand running through the bottles onto the floor.  We laid bottles, then tucked the tarp over the bottles and layered sand over the tarp to both hold it in place and give us a firm bed for the fire bricks.  We then built the sand form over the top.

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Sand form getting there.  All done with eye.

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Layered a copy of the metro over the top and wetted ready for the oven clay mix.

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Clay being built up around the form.  This was done quite quickly and inside you could see the cracks where it wasn’t bonded quite as well as it could be.

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Smack the finished dome with a big stick.

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Straw dipped in clay slip and layered on.  Door is cut.

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Add another layer of clay with added straw for stability over the top – just a thin layer.

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Add decoration and immediately light!

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Used an arrow as a blow pipe

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The front did dip a little, but still worked fine :)

 

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Not quite so free ranging chickens

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Using the tree posts,  I half arsed together a temporary enclosure for the birds.   The can range in a restricted nature rather than destroy our rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, fruit trees, grapes, raspberries etc.   Neither our cats not the birds have worked out how to enter/escape.

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IBC cladding

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The IBC ‘s are now clad keeping sunlight, leaves and animals out.

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Double yolker

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So yesterdays large egg was a double yolk. Which might be nice if I was eating it, but Helen and Sam are. :(

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Rhubarb, comfrey and trees

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Not doing so well.

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Cherry doing much better than expected

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Peach not so well

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Victoria plum is starting to get going. Only its 4th year…

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Braeburn very well

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Granny smith is beating all the rest

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Comfrey very well in both parts of the garden. Need to make more comfrey tea.

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