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Time for a haircut.

Today I'm going to cut this Leylandii hedge as it's looking a bit shaggy and I want to get it done before the weather closes in. This will ensure that it looks neat and tidy all through the winter months. I like cutting this hedge, as planting it 19 years ago was the very first job I did when I started here. I'll be using a Stihl long reach hedge trimmer, as I find you get a better perspective of what you are doing when you are stood back slightly, plus I don't need a ladder to reach the to

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

Inappropriate use of an axe.

Mrs Wrench is barely 5ft 2" and size 8, but she swings a mean axe. Apparently as an end of day therapy for anger management. Oak being her choice to split, but on inspection I noticed my vintage Canadian Black Prince axe head has been coming into contact with stones as I was unable to shave with it this morning. So it looks like more tool service tomorrow. Had a camera malfunction so no pics, as I was going to show "Roger" my mower. New card ordered, and my diamond file and axe stone at the read

WRENCH

WRENCH

 

First go with new Cobra.

Those that follow the 'Mowing the Grass' thread will know that I have looked after an estate owned by a local property developer for the last 19 years. Whilst I am normally based there, I am sometimes called upon to look after the grounds of properties that we are building/built until they are sold. This one is in Surrey, and is a £2M property. I come here to cut the newly laid lawn on a fortnightly basis, and this was a great opportunity to put the Cobra through its paces....not for much longer

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

day 87 - still no ships on the horizen, low on fresh water

working locally today - not much over 100 miles there and back. late call out - some inspired troubleshooting on my part concluded that the system was fine the monitor was buggered  .    nicked another monitor from a nearby pc and Bob's yer mother's brother.  its a good temp fix until i sort something out  speedbird today - nice to see i have honed my skill from setting watches exactly an hour fast to exactly a minute fast.  fine as it happens as it runs about -5s/d. way down the s

Rotundus

Rotundus

 

Greenhouse work on a dreary day.

As  it's so wet and dreary here today, I'm spending the morning in the greenhouse getting my collection of tender plants ready for the coming months. These plants are more commonly found in Spain and Portugal....or any of the Mediterranean countries. They are quite happy in the UK during late spring, summer and early autumn, but must come inside for the winter months into a minimum temp of 10°C. The plants here are the very large flowered Hibiscus, and the Shrub Verbena. The Hibiscus are all gro

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

day 2 - Tuesday (surprisingly)

just under 300 miles today - same watch.  might swap to the speedbird tonight for the remainder of the week. muck donalds for lunch - what was i thinking ?  YUCK ! - except for the banana milkshake  again no training today   - too much work and driving - on standby tomorrow so might get a run in before it all kicks off. not enough stuff for sale in the classifieds and not much horology in the forum as of late - lets hope things improve as the night draw in ... must look into t

Rotundus

Rotundus

 

Service day.

As I live off grid and the daylight hours are failing, reducing the reliance on solar power for the next few months, it's time to give the old diesel generator a service. So that's my job today. I made the genny 29 years ago out of a 1968 Lister LR 1 engine driving a 12 volt alternator, charging a battery bank, which in turn supplies the house with 240V a.c. via a step up D.C. to A.C. inverter, and 12 V D.C. with the huge jumps in technology over the past few years and the increase in L.E.D. lig

WRENCH

WRENCH

 

day 1 - monday

casio 5610 1er on bracelet. squeak under 400 miles today to work with a prat who had fixed the problem for which he had called me out, then decided he wanted me on site anyway.  turkey and ham subway for lunch, yogurt and tea for supper. no training as had to spend almost 9 hours driving in biblical rain and m4, m5 and A30 with more road works than bloody road ... bedforshire tomorrow - cant wait       

Rotundus

Rotundus

 

A new toy today!

After many years of using our faithful Honda 536 mower, the poor old girl has finally come a cropper. Part of the cast aluminium deck where the rear roller attaches has sheared off, making it impossible to use. Over its 19 year tour of duty, it's had a couple of new gearboxes, a few springs and cables and numerous new blades. So we've had to buy a new one. Like the watch world, it seems that there are plenty of 'looky-likeys' in the mower world. The new mower is a 'Cobra', but looks almost ident

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger



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