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  1. I like the look and feel of divers.The weight and (usually) easy to read dials are also a plus for me.
  2. I ordered a white faced chrono on Friday 6 feb.It came today.£69 delivered.UK seller.Looks good, though i have not had chance to unpack it properly yet.
  3. I thought that garden centres were open.
  4. It is a Sarcococca.Not sure which species and variety.Very sweetly scented flowers.
  5. Not sure if all of these are available but series i have recorded and enjoyed are.Jamestown,Poldark,Band of Brothers,Pacific,Boardwalk Empire,Rome,Spartacus,and the recent re make of Black Narcissus.There are many more but my wife has just put her soaps on the TV and my brain has scrambled!
  6. Its another for Vostok from me.The Amphibia range especially.
  7. That chisel looks similar to the one i was using at school around 1968 at age 14.I was finishing the centre of a bowl with my left hand on the top of the handle and my right holding the end of the handle.The chisel was resting on the tool rest.Next thing i knew,the chisel flew off and my left hand became trapped between the still spinning bowl and the tool rest.Luckily a fellow class mate saw what was happening and banged the large red stop button on the lathe. I still have the scar between the two fingers where the spinning wood burned rather than cut my hand.The woodwork master was not overly concerned.I remember his first comment well. - "I hope you havent left blood on my lathe" . Different times !.
  8. A stunning watch.And some fascinating history.
  9. Any chance of a pic of the Christmas brogues Nigelp ..............
  10. Hartlepool Mr Bond.I had a look at the distance.Over 300 miles from me in sunny Somerset (well it was Today). Happy nearly new year
  11. Wow!.Well done WRENCH.There it is the real Chain.
  12. A friend called into the nursery just before Christmas.He was laying a hedge for someone close by.His family have done this for generations.He was trained by his father and uncles.I sometimes visited when they were carrying out a job,though must confess that i was more interested in warming myself by the bonfire they lit to burn trimmings as they went than the actual work. The measurement the old guys used for payment was the Chain.I remembered that his father kept their Chain measure in the boot of his car.To my surprise my friend still has it!.Brian still charges by The Chain though paces the 22 yards these days as modern customers are not so fussy as old farmers. Some other oldy fogey measures were on the back of my school jotter.Rod,Pole or Perch instance.Does any one else remember these measuring names?.
  13. I had three books for Christmas.Two of Robert Gooddens butterfly books and "A Single Swallow" by Horatio Clare where he really does follow swallows on their migration from South Africa to South Wales.I am looking forward to starting this one when i finish 1356 by Bernard Cornwell.
  14. Best wishes everyone.Merry Christmas and a safer 2021 to all.
  15. My Chiltern seeds catalogues came this morning.Just the job.I can have a look through and prepare my order over Xmas.
  16. Thanks Roger.Yes a fantastic variety of ornamentals and vegetables in the Chiltern catalogues.Their motto Grow something new from seed is backed by their very wide range to select from.You really can try something new from their listings.Robinsons vegetable seeds are worth a look if you fancy growing some show/huge plants for a bit of fun. We also use the Jelitto and Ball Colegrave trade lists for the nursery.
  17. My wife likes watching the Aussie gold programs.I quite like them as its very hot there which makes me feel warmer in this dismal winter UK weather. Oh i forgot to ask.Does anyone know where gold actually came from and how much there might be left after all these years of prospecting.
  18. If i had the money i would buy a Rolex Sea - Dweller.It would be my pride and joy!.
  19. I adjusted the strap on mine.The strap edges are burnished (?) and are mostly very hard to see but if you look closely you might be able to see the odd one or two which will give an idea where to place the punch.They are quite hard to get going but once one is done i found it fairly easy to tap out and replace pins.I had never done this before and it is my first Vostok.
  20. Many thanks.I was impressed with how the belt block and punch system worked.My Vostock has a cheap watch strap so i did not mind having a go.I never thought that i would be able to do it and assumed i would be using a Nato strap or similar.Would the block and punch be used on expensive watch straps,and are quality pin removal tools used often?.
  21. Cheap kit arrived.Had a go at removing links from the bracelet on my Vostock Amphibia.The directional arrows were plainly visible.The pin ends were not as the brushed finish had obscured them.I tried the pin removal tool first.After a couple of goes the pin removal punch broke!.The belt block was next and although it was tiny the strap would fit.I select the largest punch,guessed where the pin end was and gave it a hard tap with the hammer.To my complete surprise it worked.I must admit that i had to down tools and walk away three times,but once i got the hang of it i was able to take out four links,re join the bracelet and wear he watch for the first time.These cheap tools cost £4-75 for the set.I doubt if any of it would do more than a handful of jobs but it was a useful purchase for starters.
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