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  1. 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. lighting and usb powered equipment, it means my reliance on 240 volts is now almost nil, and instead of
    4 points
  2. 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 identical to the Honda....in fact it uses exactly the same engine as the latest version of the Honda. The
    3 points
  3. After a pleasant night under canvas, the day is decidedly dreich. Overcast and rain. Today's journey is to the nearest town via the Gask Ridge and an old drovers track. From above Auchterarder to Perth. The Ridge is around ten miles long, and was fortified around ten years before Hadrian's Wall was built, and is believed to be Rome's earliest fortified frontier. There was a system of towers strategically placed along its length, the foundations are still clear to see. The road connecting them now forms part of the modern local road system. Onto the drove
    2 points
  4. The secret society of the Scottish estate gardener is a little know subject that I shall now offer, at risk to my personal safety, a little insight. In days gone by, an apprentice gardener would be carefully vetted and chosen by the estate factor, more commonly known as the "wee laird" or " the lairds sooker". Once employed the new boy would be handed down a simple bonnet as uniform, from a previous worker. These bonnets always showed signs of wear and alterations as a result of being passed down over the years from employees with different head sizes. The bonnet would have to be worn a
    2 points
  5. 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 ready. Hopefully all will be working again soon.
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  6. 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 grown from cuttings,as they rarely produce viable seed, and were all purchased in the UK. They are mean
    2 points
  7. Here's my first torch, definitely older than me, and works perfectly well, on paraffin. My next one is this, now converted to run off a led gell battery and fitted with a three watt Cree bulb. It gets charged via a solar panel. Both simple. Now this. Modern technology, adjustable beam, an array of settings; high beam, low beam, strobe, and S.O.S flash mode. What a pain in the @r$e.
    1 point
  8. My first experience of work was delivering this stuff, at the age of 11. Most of the households round about relied on it for heating, and some for cooking as well. Paraffin ovens like this one were quite common. The drums held 5 gallons / 25 litres, so a full one including the weight of the drum was around 26 kilos, and I used to carry two at a time. I remember there being a huge outcry when the price went from 1 shilling (5 pence) to 1 shilling and 3 pennies. A lot of the local households still relied on paraffin lamps as well. The old Tilley lamps were the best and b
    1 point
  9. Well, one small ball and how I got it out. It's not as bad as it sounds.....honest. Once I got the bezel off, all that was left was the remains of a spring and no ball bearing for that wonderfull "click" when you rotate your bezel. Being pointed in the right direction from Jsud2002 and a link to one of Roys hacks as I like to call them, I proceeded to find a Bic pen and my clippers and followed Roys instructions which can be found here. Roys ball seems bigger than mine, so once I get a mitt full of spring bars tomorrow, I will be able to tell, but you get the idea of the job in hand.
    1 point
  10. casio for the run - and for the first time in ages i miss-pressed the buttons so instead of starting a stopwatch i did bugger all to a down timer. good run anyway - i have a start slow and slow down after a mile strategy which seems to be working. anyway down 11 pounds in weight since mid September; the huge drop in beer and cider consumption may have as much to do with it as the resumed training. finding it a bit too cold for the rowing machine in the mornings (garage). some free weights indoors but god that is boring... on call from home today after another busy week - almost up t
    1 point
  11. I like macro pictures, but could never really justify forking out a shed load of money on camera equipment. Then one day, I was in TK Maxx having a mooch and see this weird gizmo. A smart phone camera attachment from National Geographic. A 30x lens for £6.99. In for a penny in for a pound. I trust national geographic, but even the demo images seemed to be digitally enhanced. I got home and attached the lens to the smart phone. All I could see was a blue tube with a close up of my watch lens. I thought "Oh well, at least I didnt spend much". Then I pinch zoomed on my phone screen. WOW now
    1 point
  12. OK, I couldn't wait and made a start tonight. The bezel was stuck and full of **** crud. I took it off with my trusty bezel removal tool** and proceeded to clean the crud off the bezel and case with my son's electric tooth brush. Better than it was and I am happy I made a start. It has lost it's click as I think the BB has gone. (can this be replaced?) ** You dont want to know my tool list, but the work. Just dont ask me to work on youe Rolex
    1 point
  13. For that final cut, first the leaves decending from my ash trees require collecting, there are various forms of equipment for the job, here is my preference. It has served me well over the years. Next, the proper equipment for that low impact cut, and compaction to ensure perfect stripes.
    1 point
  14. 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 top. With a standard trimmer, I have to keep stepping back to look at what I've just done, which is a
    1 point
  15. 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, as it is now sold. Before cutting... And after....the Cobra did a fantastic job...well p
    1 point
  16. 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 southwest tomorrow - babysitting an engineer for a day before he goes for assessment next week, eithe
    1 point
  17. 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 that luxor with the Jenny case - its for sale you know - all i need is a decent offer - mind you actu
    1 point
  18. 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
    1 point
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