I haven't yet got around to putting together a note of the things I've
been doing since my last update. I haven't done a lot so really I've
I'll maybe do something after Christmas.......
Meanwhile, I have a house guest. Her people are away visiting family
in the UK for Christmas. She likes climbing trees. Even Christmas
My very best wishes to you all for a super
Christmas and no matter what sort of year you had in 2009 I wish you
the very best for 2010, happiness, health, prosperity, success,
could possibly want.
10th January 2010
I've called this my Christmas update. I know it's after Christmas, but
I did actually think about doing it before Christmas.
Since I returned from my tour of the Pyrenees last summer I haven't
done a lot. I didn't do much at the end of the previous, year, 2008,
less at the end of 2009. I like it that way. So I've got a list of
things I haven't had time
to do. Now, if I just got on and did them instead of listing
Early 2006, after I had finished improving Eleanor's bedroom, I used
some left over insulation to completely close off the fireplace in my
bedroom and pulled down some rotten timber that was the fireplace
surround. I propped some temporary timbers to hide the very rough
plaster exposed when I pulled away the old timbers. I've got the wood
to rebuild the surround. Just not had time to do it. Too busy
relaxing. As you can see it seriously needs fixing. That is
definitely not up to standard.
When I bought the house the bedroom floor was a funny yellowish colour
although a very hard smooth surface. I painted it with a nicer grey
colour. Unfortunately the floor paint I used did not adhere to the old
surface, and after a while started peeling off in patches. You can see
this bottom left in the above photo.
It was I think early 2007 I replastered under my bedroom window and
decided I needed to repaint the bedroom, and repaint the floor. I
bought the paints, and for the floor bought some expensive floor paint
in the hope it would stick better than the cheap stuff I used before.
So that I was ready to start I put them under the window together with
a few tools.
That was 2007. I took this photo a few minutes ago. The things have
been there for 2 years.
During 2007 I noticed on one of my balloon instruments, one that gives
of climb and also altitude, the display giving the altimeter reading,
was turning black.
This is the photo I took at the time.
Now I've had this happen before with a similar instrument so I know
what to do. Just fit a new display. I bought a new display from the
US supplier, $30 plus $30 postage. Ha! There
are 40 terminals on the display, 20 each side. It is 2 inches long.
This is the new display, I got it before Christmas 2 years ago. Note.
Each of those terminals is 1/10 inch away from the next.
So, snip off all the legs on the old display, unsolder them one by one,
suck of the solder with a solder sucker, then solder in the new
display, and it's done. Piece of cake. I've had
the instrument parked next to my television for two years to remind me
to get on to
I suppose now is a good time to remind you that if you are not
interested to read this stuff, please drop me an email, I'll drop you
instantly. Of course the flaw in that remark is that anyone bored by
this info won't have reached this far. It's like saying turn right 100
yards before you reach the church.
To keep you in
suspense I'll ask. Will there be a Christmas Update, part 2?
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