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2017-04-23

Hoy.

Our friend Narelle was calling the Hoy at a social meeting that Olivia and I have been going to in recent months fortnightly on Fridays, her daughter Katie makes use of the wi-fi in the foreground, coincidentally it was also Narelle's birthday last Friday.
Until a fortnight ago I had never played Hoy which is merely a game of chance that fills in time but does give the mind a little bit of exercise as we have to react to the called card. We are given 13 cards from a deck and many decks may be used if the house is large but the tendency is to deal any persons hand from a single deck, the game ends when your 13th and last card is called.
My reason for long windedness is on my first ever game a fortnight ago the very first five cards called were in my hand, odds that by my calculations are a bit over the 1 in 2000 mark, then of course things rapidly returned to the usual failure and I didn't win, nor have I ever won a game but we do get to socialise a little, something for me that was lacking for many years.

2017-04-19

Lost and found but it's not all bad.

Olivia lost her eyes a week ago and we found them tonight, however I don't consider them repairable, due by the looks of it to being used for parking practice for a few cars, a shame because they were a lovely set of eyes.
What's not bad is that we have closure to the mystery, closure being an important release when tragedy strikes.
The loco is added just to make the picture a bit happier, not to illustrate the train wreck it's become.

2017-04-18

Rest in Peace Errol.

Our friend Errol Handy died last night, this slightly blurry photo was from Sunday when Olivia went to their place for the weekly Philippine girls get together, he looked pretty good then but he has been crook lately and had a heart procedure recently. Errol was about the first Aussie husband of a Philippine lass who we met and helped Olivia to join into the social circle here so she doesn't feel as isolated, he was a good man.
Again from Sunday Errol's now widow Van whom we give all our best wishes to.
Errol from the information I have was 68 years and 335 days old, sadly and coincidentally his aunt died within hours or even minutes of his death.

2017-04-01

A couple of Jimby modifications to a Nikon S7000.

I grabbed this useful little camera some time ago at the right price but a couple of things I didn't like was the shutter button didn't feel right and the selector dial twisted far too easily, too often causing drama by turning whilst being pocketed/unpocketed.
After testing it out I figured I had no real need to change it from the green auto setting so I've used a bit of UV setting fingernail paint to fix it in place, if needed the knob can still be rotated after a bit of extra force breaks the seal.
Some rhinestones padded the shutter button to give it a nice feel.
This S7000 camera ticks a lot of my boxes for what I like in a camera, fairly good picture quality, a useful 20x zoom, comes in a non-black colour, is USB chargeable, small and light enough to carry anywhere in a pocket, and at the time I bought it a sharp price.
I have used it to post a fair number of shots to this weblog but you'll have to check the EXIF (which I leave in the shots I take) to see where it's been used.

2017-03-29

Defeated.

The lens on Olivia's Nikon J2 has been cactus for quite some time and I got serious today about effecting a fix for it, the problem has been the aperture iris thingy shown in the middle here stays in the closed up position, rendering the lens quite useless.
After much work I finally gained access to it but the years do condemn and I consider it somewhat beyond my ability to fix.
Happily this prompted me to seek a replacement lens which to my surprise I found one at a not too outrageous price and grabbed, the new lens is a 10-30mm job which is a technically superior unit to this base model 11-27.5mm one. I say technically because I was struck by how good the images were from this inferior lens.

2017-03-25

I may have to prod the council about this.

The gutter outside our place doesn't drain, due to water being reluctant to flow uphill, I suppose I can be fairly laid back about it for now but if a council inspector ever comes here and says anything about mosquito breeding places in our yard I'll let fly about their gutter.

Skidmark.

Not the sort of skidmark you'd expect but whoever laid this one in the small hours of this morning did manage to awaken me. We don't get many incidents here so this can be put down to boys will be boys.
Note the lovely blue sky and lack of breeze, now thanks to the wonders of satellite we know there's a cyclone approaching but in the past it would have come as a surprise. I don't think that "Debbie" has our name on it, for us I just think we'll have a bit of wind and rain but nothing major, I'd be more concerned if I was further South in Ayr.