Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Today was largely spent doing all the non-scary parts of fitting solar panels. James helped put on the biggest and second-most expensive sticker we've ever bought, and everything went very smoothly. Tomorrow, a grown up, with special tools and an understanding of the dark and sorcerous art of 12v electric, is coming to finish everything off. Thanks to the extraordinarily helpful Midsummer Energy for their advice and assistance so far.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Question is, how do you gently persuade a duck that your front deck isn't the best place for their nest? We don't really want to have to stay put for a month or so whilst they hatch and then take a trail of confused ducklings with us everywhere we go like an aquatic pied piper...
Sunday, April 8, 2012
In what will hopefully be a warm up for a longer trip in the summer, we took the boat out for a few days up on the canal.
The moorings at Pulteney Wier in bath have changed - rather than being managed by aqua terra at the sports centre, they're now being managed by a new firm who will be charging all year - £10 per night. You can now moor on both sides of the river; under the park as well as along the railings by the rugby ground. There's talk of putting facilities in - even pump out etc., but as with all things on the river, we won't hold our breath.
Moorings near Trowbridge and Hilperton, where the 'canal effect' was most strong. Amazing how along the canal, everybody says good morning, everybody says good afternoon, everybody stops to chat and everybody smiles. Attempt the same out of sight of the water, and you're greeted by blank and slightly frightened stares. Something very special about the effect of the water on people. The sea does the same.
Wow, blogsy, you really failed me there- not sure why all those photos have uploaded so badly.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Wow. Blogsy really makes the iPad a much slicker way to blog. Pretty sure I should have known that ages ago. Not even sure I should post really. Have a bad feeling that this might be like saying "woah! You can send short messages to your friends using a mobile phone using SMS!"
Realised we never posted anything about the boat's most wallace and gromit style invention - this movable towel rail which was made from a found broom handle and two window opening mechanisms which were in the B & Q bargain bin for 25p each. Happy tinkering times.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
In my experience, working from home is both glorious and unproductive. Tea on tap, silence all around and few distractions in human form. However, there is a radio which it is socially acceptable to listen to, a window to look out of, tea on tap and in the winter, a fire to tend. Whilst PhDing I have come against all sorts of challenges I didn't envisage. I do not, however worryingly, mind the solitude - we luckily see lots of friends and we live in one of the most sociable communities either of us has ever experienced. What I have found tricky is finding the right place to work, the library is crowded and chatty, the graduate centre is full of well meaning procrastination and home is, well home and I thought I would keep it that way. But I'm now on a mission to train my mind to focus at home in my lovely little study corner Chris very kindly made for me and, whilst still coming into Uni to teach twice a week - I plan to work at home and hope this brings with it some new creativity - and perhaps more biscuits.