Friday, 2 August 2019

Acrylic Splashbacks & KitchenPi

Earlier this year we refurbished our kitchen & utility room.


With a new layout, new floor, new sink, a mixture of new cabinet doors and a few completely new kitchen cabinets, we are happy with the end result.


However, the choice of red splashbacks meant we also needed a new enclosure for our internet radio: KitchenPi.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

What we have learnt about hedgehogs

We have been capturing pictures & video of hedgehogs in our garden for the last 18 months.


Its been very interesting.


So what have we discovered?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

our Huffing Hedgehog

Apparently hedgehogs have a range of sounds that they can make depending upon their mood and situation.


The sound on our trail-cam has always been a bit 'iffy', but when it works it can reveal interesting behaviour.


We noticed a faint sound on some recent recordings, so I cranked up the audio level by 18dB...

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Switching from dSLR to micro four thirds


What is it like to use a mirror-less M43 camera after years of using digital SLR cameras?


Is the quality acceptable from the smaller format used in this new breed of camera?


Now that we have made the switch, for us the answer is yes.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Is my laminate floor de-laminating?

We recently refurbished most of the ground floor rooms of our house, finishing the job off with modern flooring.


However, some of the flooring board corners appear to be lifting.


So I've had to try a simple glue job to affect some kind of repair...will it last?

Friday, 3 May 2019

BirdBox2019: great tits & robins

Unlike 2018, we haven't had the excitement of birds being evicted from their nest [so far] this season.


Developments in the 'maple tree' birdbox are continuing as you may expect.


But we do have the added interest of robins nesting in an old analogue camera box.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Putting Facebook back in its box

It really annoys me when I've been searching for (say) a new Zimmer frame, and the next time I log into Facebook I'm swamped with adverts for new Zimmer's.


I then imaging some androgynous, bug-eyed, American geek leaning over my shoulder saying "Hey buddy, what are we looking at today?"


I needed to put a stop to this...

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Newts, hedgehogs, bats & BirdBox2019

I wasn't really prepared for this spring.


There was too much going on inside the house for me to be able to keep an eye on the garden.


Fortunately, time waits for no man...

Thursday, 14 March 2019

DNA Testing: what can it tell you?

Personal DNA kits have become very popular over recent years.


Many are sold to those looking for long-lost relatives, or to people just curious about their 'roots'.


But what can they tell you about your origins and relationships to other people?