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What I Did This Weekend - In Pictures!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by That-Crazy-Rat-Lady, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Gramaisc

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    One of today's projects was to fix a clock that would hardly run and didn't chime. The lack of chime was soon discovered to be the lack of an ability to wind up the chime spring. The lack of a rattle from the clock, when shaken was taken to mean that it may just need hooking back on - they weren't too bothered about it chiming, but, if it can, then it should. It also "wouldn't run at all".

    It's always worth taking a picture when you get the back plate off, to have some chance of putting it all back together...

    Shaw 1.JPG


    Getting the chime spring barrel open revealed that somebody had been in there before and removed the broken bit - bah! It's maybe not worth bodging it up, as it'll probably run out of chime long before the 14 day clock mechanism needs winding...

    Shaw 2.JPG


    It's a shame, because it's a nice clock - made some time between 1890 and 1930, probably around 1910 from the style of the case. It's had a clean and oil, but it's a very short pendulum, so unlikely to be a good timekeeper, although it runs fairly reliably now.

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    The case needed a few fixes, as the century-old glue had gone a bit brittle.
     
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  2. Gramaisc

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    All this rain (and talk elsewhere of moss) has led me to dig out the old hollow tine aerator, which may get some use shortly, after a decade's hibernation.

    Hollow tine 1.JPG


    A quick tart-up will do for now. I may try to bodge up some sort of collecting tray affair, we'll see.

    Hollow tine 2.JPG

    The internet suggests that is fairly original.

    I imagine it to be from around 1900ish.
     
  3. Gramaisc

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    Some of my previous 'weekends' are coming into their own now.

    I returned to the Big Island a week last Sunday, intending to head west again next Wednesday, but circumstances there and a discussion with the neighbours who are supplying my mother, who is now restricted to remaining 'inside the gate', led me to decide to head west a bit earlier. One of the other main neighbours had fallen prey to a 'contact-tracing' isolation, as well, which was leaving things a little precarious, although there are many back-up systems.

    They were also concerned that she wasn't coping too well with the isolation. As an 89-year-old, who was the youngest of four sisters and who got married at seventeen and had my brother in tow before she was nineteen, she is unaccustomed to being on her own, as she has been when I'm not here, for the last nine months. Until this 'movement restriction', she did still have people popping into the house most days.

    So, I ventured off to Holyhead last night, non-stop, and got here this morning around 9am.

    Having arrived from outside the island, I am subject to a 14 day movement restriction, which sounds handy in these times of bog paper issues...

    Over the last few years, I've added facilities to the shed, to the extent that I am going to live in it, as a 'neighbour', leaving the house unsullied by anything that I might be carrying. We can live parallel lives, meeting in the day. In the shed, I have a gas cooker, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, wood-burning stove, stereo, internet.

    So, I'm living in the shed for the next fortnight.

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    The bedding was only out to air, I'm not sleeping on the lawn...

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    Then it spent the afternoon in the greenhouse, being nicely toasted.


    Ah, "But what about toilet facilities?", I hear you ask...

    When I drew up the house in the early 90s, one of the features was that there would be a bathroom and a shower room, each with a toilet, and the shower room was provided with an outside door, to stop my Dad dragging mud through the house from the garden, so we can have separated facilities, with the shower room inner door bolted now. That's the bathroom on the left and the shower room window and door on the right, with a push-button lock, to avoid even needing to carry a key.

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  4. Gramaisc

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    I've just had an evening snifter on my patio.

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    Glad you got there safely, but a little annoyed that you didn't like the look of my shed! :dance:
     
  6. Gramaisc

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    Get it sorted - the lad'll need a bolthole....
     
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    I just noticed that you can see @Carole's butt from there...
     
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    I'm so happy that my butt can be seen from such a distance and has continued to have been of use, and perhaps some ongoing pleasure.
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    I'm sure no one could ever tire of seeing your butt.
     
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    I've always thought that you were a gentleman of exceptional good taste.
     
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    Something to keep you warm on a chilly night...
     
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    Perhaps, but Gentleman please, one at a time, please form an orderly queue.
     
  13. Gramaisc

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    Two metres apart...
     
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    I'm worried that your butt is green, was it always that colour?
     
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    No, it’s usually Barbados Brown, but when the photo was taken the butt was feeling a bit off colour and was slightly green about the gills.
     
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    Jesus, that sleeping bag! I had one of those!

    Army surplus, duck down, integral waterproof groundsheet, weighs a ton, packs down about as small as Andorra.

    Do you want clothes in your pack?
    Or a sleeping bag?

    Coz you can't have both!

    Good times.
     
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    Is it the weekend yet?

    Anyway, after putting it off for months, i finally got around to making this pallet -

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    - from an old picnic bench i had lying around.

    Bit rough but i'm quite happy how it turned out.
     
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    I've run out of wood to build my camper van interior, and no 30 mm screws, no plywood no 2x1 or 1x1, I've even sneaked into a few shops that have diy and groceries, but no luck, I'm down to scavenging wire for the lighting for something to do.
    Looks like i will have to buy stuff on the internet thingy for a while and wait for delivery.:ohno:
     
  19. Gramaisc

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    I failed to achieve the correct settings to keep the fire in overnight, but I did sleep for almost twelve hours, so it would have been impressive, if it had stayed going for that long. Anyway, with the greenhouse-dried wood to start it up and an east facing window, it soon warmed up, whilst I microwaved my porridge.

    This tray was obtained from the Hospice shop a while back, and its renovation will be delayed, as it is suddenly very handy for transporting my washing-up. The handle is secure in the 'up' position, for transporting stuff, but also folds flat, should that be useful.

    The old radio intercom has been resurrected - we can use that as a 'call button' each way.

    I've intended to renovate the clearing axe for a while, but it should have a rest period for a short time. I've done one necessary modification to it, but there is another that has come to light with repeated use, so I'll do that, as well. I bought it from a woman at the boot sale many years ago, who surprised me by knowing what it was.

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    Earlier in here, I did mention fitting an LED light in the greenhouse, operated via a remote-controlled socket. This will become extra useful for the time being as, although I have found that I can do the push-button shower room door lock by 'feel', it would be handy to have some illumination available.

    http://www.staffordforum.com/xf/ind...weekend-in-pictures.15307/page-17#post-329586
     
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    Hope you've got enough loo roll to wipe it properly :)
     
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