Friday, 27 March 2020

Leftovers and Tidy

 Being confined to home as a result of the CoViD-19 pandemic, we are rationalising our supplies.  Left over cabbage and bread have been mixed with mash and stuff to make bubble and squeek burgers for the freezer.
 Carrots that are on their last legs have been turned into soup. The same treatment has been given to a few old sticks of celery in the 'fridge.  Old tomatos have been peeled, cored, sliced and frozen to be used later.  Nothing is going to waste.
 We are OK for Rhubarb which is doing well after the very wet spring weather and now that we have  a few good days, they are being used well.
 The greenhouse has been cleared and tidies ready for our next plantings, and Rosie has cleared up the and pruned the garden beds.
The lawns have been mown and loose ends tidied up across the whole garden.

I walked down to the Co-op today for milk and newspapers, but it was closed to unload a delivery and for shelf stacking.  Oh well - Tomorrow may be a better day........
....Just heared that the Prime Minister has Coronavirus and is in isolation - but still running the Country by phone.  We are living in unusual times.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Two new kids on the block

 These badgers know each other as they are reluctatly sharing space without agression.
 The local dog fox is also reasonably OK with this pair.  It will show its disaproval of their presence on his patch, but settle down to a non aggressive sharing of the space.
 Under the Infra Red light that this camera emits, the true colours are not visible, but the badgers always display their facial markings.  One of these badgers is not showing this and there is a question that it may be an albino badger.  This is 3am and I have not seen these badgers in the natural light.
They are large adults and bulkier than the badgers we have previously seen on the garden.  Last night the "Stripy Faced" badger was here before midnight.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Paul's Bread Pages - New version on-line

Today I have loaded the new and condenced version of my bread pages to the web server.

Gone are the java drop down menues and cut-and-paste restrictions. The recipes are still downloaded as .pdf documents, so the way they present depends upon individual browser settings. They will either display on screen or save to the users download folder. Then they are good to print directly (unzipped small files).

http://www.breadpages.org.uk/

Friday, 28 February 2020

A new tiger to play with

Yesterday, I downloaded a Tiger Moth II DH82 model designed by Johan van Wyk and Fred Stegmann of Aeroworx.  This is a design classic that was the main training aircraft for the RAF and most of British and Commonwealth civil aviation from the 1930's to the Second World War.  Over 400 of there aircraft are still flying today.

The cockpit layout is simple and basic, with only the essential instruments for Visual flying by map and compass.  With a stalling speed of 40 knots and a cruise speed of 80 knots, this is not a fast aircraft, but it will take off with a very short runway and is a very stable aircraft to fly.
So far, the only critisizm of this the fact that it does not have a dummy pilot in the external view.  It does sound and respond like a real tiger moth and flies like a biplane should.
The aircraft needs a low and slow approach to land.  The final touchdown needs to be on low power and just above 40 knots - too fast and the aircraft will bounce off of the runway.  The clean landing is the main skill issue with this type for anyone who is unfamiliar with biplanes.
Like all tail draggers, the pilot needs to lean out of the cockpit to see forwards, so taxiing is somewhat taxing.  In confined spaces, some pilots will taxi in a zig-zag path to see forward on both sides to avoid obsacles.
 A quick flight from Tigwall to Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands was a pleasure.  This aircraft should be in all General Aviation hangers for flight simulators.  I have a payware Tigermoth on Flight Simulator X, which is a good model, but this Freeware offering on X-Plane 11 flies in a more realistic way and is a far better representation of the real aircraft.

https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/57131-awxdh82-tiger-moth/

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Paul's Bread Pages - Update

My Bread Pages have evolved into a bit of a dogs breakfast of a website over the years. The files are somewhat disorganised on the server and the menus are Java driven which is not appropriate for some basic tablets and mobile phones.
Using the old site, there are a lot of links that are randomly located across the pages and the design needs a facelift.  Now is a good time to redo and update the whole thing.
My intention is to simplify the working of the pages and reduce the number of links to make its navigation an easier experience.

The new home page will split the site into 4 parts.  The old site had about 40 links from the home page.  Each part of the site will be contained in a simple folder structure and the recipes and information sheets will be retained as .pdf downloads to allow for easy printing of useful content.
The first section up for a refurbishment is the historical recipes pages.  These requires a global re-formatting and a few extra pictures.  Most are done now, but I discovered that I did not get around to doing the 19th Century recipies, so I now need to bake a few loaves and take some pictures before I can finish this section.

The website needs to be replaced in its entirity when I have completed the new pages.  The old pages and the new pages are incompatible with each other, so an entirely new website will be installed in a month ot two - when the deed in completed.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Badger Time

 At 2:28 we had a visitor to the garden.  This video frame extract from our wildlife camera shows a large Badger passing across the top lawn
I also noticed that the internal temperature of the camera is -4 degrees Celsius, which is quite cool considering the daytime temperature of +7 Degrees.  Now that I am leaving the camera active all night, we are picking up the badgers most nights.  Occasional divits appear in the lawn when badgers appear on the video clips.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Garden Birds

 Today Rosie did the Big Garden Bird Watch so I sat and counted with her.  Camera in hand, we sat through the normal morning flurry of activity, expecting to see a good range of the usual birds that visit our feeders.  Goldfinch numbers are high and the Chaffinches are now visiting regularly, a few years ago we would not expect to see Chaffinches.
 The Coal Tit visits in low numbers, usually accompanied by Blue Tit and Great Tit, but today the Tits were infrequent and alone.
 We had charged the feeders with a little extra this morning to account for the invasion if the Starlings, which was less intense than normal.
Our main residents, the sparrows were also under-represented as we know the garden contains 20-30 sparrows at any one time, but they were appearing in small numbers for the count.

Rosies count.