Archive for October, 2011

Peg board

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The workshop is now equipped with a nice tool rack, all ready for some proper projects next weekend!

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Pizza

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With this stupid weather still upon us, what better time to have a pizza.

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Or garlic bread!

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Or dough balls!

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Work Benches

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This week my wife (and cat floss) and I built a work bench for the garage.

It mainly used 2×4 either scavenged from the destruction of my old car port or some well seasoned timber from round the back of my grandfathers shed.

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The top had to be purchased unfortunately! I also bought hardboard to cover the new wood. This is used as a protective layer and the smooth surface gives less to catch on.

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A quick visit to my grandfathers also turned up a large vice – as used by my grandfathers grandfather!

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And bizarrely what we believe may well be the first John O’Groats sign post showing Landsend. Apparently it was donated to my grandfather when it was replaced 15 (probably more) years ago!

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Over 500ltrs

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Are you worried about this obsession? I am… Over 500ltrs now!

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Sadly it’s come to this

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Sadly I seem now to be excited by rushing home to find out how much water has accumulated in the IBCs. Last night for instance, I got 100ltrs.. We’re now up to 275ltrs in the first IBC – over 1/4!

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Solar Panels – and who cleans them

Some people are waking up to the fact they can have free solar panels installed on their house – people like me can’t, I just don’t have the surface area and I’m a few degrees out for optimal use.

Costs are falling though… http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oct/02/low-cost-solar-panels-fuel-uk-boom?intcmp=122 but it raises an interesting question.

Who cleans the panels?  I’m assuming that the householder is responsible.  The company gets FIT payments, but the householder gets free electricity.  They may just not be aware that a dirty panel will reduce the generation of power very quickly… judging by the amount I wash my car (barely ever), if they wash their panels as infrequently they will hardly ever see optimum power generation.

So people, wash your panels!

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eReaders

The Amazon kindle is truely a revolution in ebooks – and personally I think they beat traditional books hands down.

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Sloe Gin

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I’ve been awaiting the first frost for a couple of weeks for the sloe heavy bushes near my house. Unfortunately instead I’ve got an Autumn heat wave instead!

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