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2017-11-19

It does work,but why?

This town clock was repaired a couple of years ago after somebody had noticed that it had stopped but without giving the bits around it a good refurbishment I can't see the point of bothering.

2017-11-04

We can hope.


Olivia took our budget but pretty decent S32 camera to the pool today but it drowned. I think the back became unfastened for whatever reason but now I'm hoping it can dry out and become serviceable again, I do wish the battery had been immediately removed but at least it isn't seawater.

2017-10-19

A welcome visitor leaves.

My Father Fred has been at our place for the last four weeks, he's getting on a bit now and was fairly crook when he arrived but most of his health has returned now so he's heading back south to sort things out with my Mother regards them possibly moving north again.
We had 138 mm of rain here on the day he left so hooking up the trailer was a pain, and a nervous one for me as I had fitted and wired new lights on it but happily they all lit up in the correct manner.
I took of photo of Fred and Olivia a few minutes before leaving, since it's a nice photo I'm posting it, Olivia's own parent's died a long time ago and it's been a surprise for her to marry into having in-laws.

2017-10-01

A pair of Sunbirds.



I just noticed a pair of Sunbirds feeding in our front yard, not an easy subject to photograph but I'm glad they're hanging around, they're tiny little things.

2017-09-30

Jimby's now on the NBN.

Finally after the rest of Ingham was connected to the NBN a year ago our end of town has been switched on.
I used to get a pretty good ADSL connection with about a 16 Mbps download, and now despite having the inferior fibre to the node optical connection I'm getting a pretty impressive speed.
The added bonus is this being cheaper than the old service if you take the VOIP phone service into account.

2017-09-24

7th anniversary.

Dad brought up a coffee machine with him and this coffee, I thought it might be a fair idea to try it before it got old enough to vote.
It was OK but OK isn't the reason for making fancy coffee, a wow factor is what's desired but it won't be wasted.
Amazing coincidence the date, I only noticed after taking the photo since my eyes don't manage so well these days.

2017-09-23

Ready to bolt back on.

Another little problem on Dad's drive here was the mudguards had broken off the trailer.
I've welded the broken bits back together in my Mr Blobby fashion and hope it'll stay in place for a while.
I know I'll have to do a bit of work to my welding mask so perhaps I might be able to see what I'm doing next time, but then it just wouldn't be me if my work had a professional neat look to it.
Americans also deserve a little bit of credit for naming the welding tool a stick welder, quite clever actually, we merely call them arc welders which is only half as descriptive, but at least our native 230 Volts is better suited to them.

A real convolution.

At enormous expense I managed to find a new belt and pulley this morning, it would have been much easier if the belt was ~15mm longer but it's fitted and things are good again.

New pulley and belt required.

This calamitous ruin is what was on Dad's Commodore when he arrived, incredibly it was still operating the things it needed to, a very lucky lad was he.
I'm off shopping in a few minutes to source replacements.

2017-09-22

Jimby attacks a VT Commodore fuel flap.

My Dad Fred has driven up here in what may not be just a little visit but I have a few things on his car that I have to sort out, more to follow.
The catch of the fuel flap was broken and held on with *shudder* duct tape (naturally it's pronounced duck tape but I shouldn't write that), since the car is pretty badly marked these days I just used some steel I've bent and a couple of pop rivets (not rivots as I've seen in a Ford manual).
Just to make them a little less obvious I sprayed a bit of blue paint over them, blue being the closest colour I have to purple. The scratch here is part of the reason I'm not bothered about changing my leopard spots to pretty boy Jimby.
There'll be more to come with this little tale.


2017-09-13

"I can't see a bl**dy thing"

A capture from the classic film The Great Escape, I post this because the way my eyes are now I'm saying the same thing as Donald Pleasence did here.
I've been meaning to wait another year until seeing an eye doctor again but this may be a difficult thing to do if Olivia leans on me a bit to do something, a man has to follow the easiest option and face his fears of the system feeding off medicare. It's only been nine years since I did an eye test and I wanted to last a whole decade, although I know a standard test is useless to me as my issue is rather deeper and I don't have any faith in the system.
I need to do something about my hearing too, my ears hear loud enough but too often what my they decode is a scrambled mess, hence why I've given up on phones.

2017-09-10

I hope this restrains a naughty washing machine.

Our washing machine wanders about a bit so I wired it up to a screw I put in the wall.
Of course a plain screw wouldn't warrant any attention, so I welded a bit of scrap steel onto the end to help me feel a bit more useful.
There's never much danger of my handiwork ever looking pretty.

Jimby makes a face.

I put a face on this clock the other day, I even got fancy by penning in some hour markers. Dunno what was on the disk but I can always burn another if needed.

2017-09-09

This works, for now.

My old wire brush failed me when I wanted to use it the other day, while I'm waiting for a new one to arrive a brain wave just struck me to try welding a nut over the failed thread section.
It works but I don't think it'll be long before it fails again, the extra length of the assembly will doubtless add enough extra stress to cause issues but we'll try to get another job out of it.
I was welding a bit blind too due to the nature of these modern automatic shades, I'll have to try and fit a battery holder into one so a measure of reliability can be gained.

2017-09-05

A surprise date.

Olivia bought this pack of shaving irons today at a very good price, I would never have thought shaving irons would have a best before date but was it sheer coincidence it was date stamped with today's date?
Today the 5th of September also marks our faithful carriage Daisy's 3rd birthday, which also means the warranty has expired, since I haven't made any claims in that time it has been a fairly meaningless warranty, but then again I usually find all warranties rather more a nuisance than a help.

2017-08-26

Prize opening.

I had no idea what was in my raffle prize so I put it in the fridge to wait for Olivia to open it.
When I saw men's and women's prizes were different I was hoping for alcohol but this was a pretty good result.
Some razors and a shaving brush.
A tin of the best instant coffee International Roast, something our budget doesn't stretch to these days.
A bar of soap, useful but not something a man would get excitement from.
Some clothes pegs.
Some band-aids, I've never had much use for these, as a child our home didn't have them, and over the years I've just tended to use masking tape on finger wounds.
These were wrapped in a handkerchief to make the prize resemble a bomb. I was raised by a foster Grandmother for much of my younger days so I find handkerchiefs most useful and I actually disdain the use of tissues, I know I'm in the minority now holding that view.
The end result for me was a very well thought out prize, kudos to those who thought about what to offer.

2017-08-25

Smug Jimby.

At a social event today where we sang a few ditties I managed to win a prize from their raffles, I'm not used to winning anything of late so this was a pleasant surprise, poor George beside me had upped his chances nicely by inadvertently scoring two door tickets but didn't win a thing.

2017-08-14

Watch time again.

Olivia bought herself a new used watch today from the Salvos, I'm hoping looking at the worn coating on the face that it's using good old fashioned radium to make it glow in the dark rather than the new stuff that's fairly useless, but we'll have to wait until dark.
Of course it wasn't going when she purchased it but Jimby likes that since he enjoys replacing batteries, however this one had a major issue that was only found upon opening the case.
With my lousy eyesight it took a few seconds of puzzled looking until the tiny spark in my head realised "idiot! it's a wind up watch" a little wind had it ticking away quite silently.
We shall call this buy a win, Olivia's very happy.
I suppose in my defense I had to take a photo of the face in order to read the brand label, so the dead set giveaway words like jewels and incabloc weren't read.

2017-08-06

A learning experience.

I was asked to replace another watch battery in this somewhat fancier one than I'd usually play with, naturally as it has a fancy label it takes a slightly different cell than the ones I'm used to, but no worries I've ordered some in.
The worries started later when I wanted to see if the crown worked alright to set the hands.
That was the end of my easy job, the stem had corroded away a bit and the crown snapped off, and off I had to look online for a new (and overpriced) stem, I just hope I can get the bit of stem out of the old crown later.
I hope Kevin who owns the watch is in a good mood as he isn't going to like this and the reality is that it isn't really worth the effort of pursuing it but I do like the concept of maintaining things in running order.
It seems this model has a quite complex system of resetting things after battery replacement, and that's something I found out about after investigating it online, you've got to love the internet.

2017-08-04

A day out at Abergowrie.

There was a NAIDOC event at the Abergowrie school today which we putted out to experience and I can very happily report that I got myself a lovely little Aboriginal flag, a flag I like for probably all the wrong reasons. The singer in the background was a lass known as Casey Donovan, a name that I had heard of but this was first exposure to her, she has a fine voice but I think the material let her down.
This shocked me but in a very positive way, a Hyundai police car, that is so sensible.
This bit of machinery is a great target for a photo, what I found a bit startling was how wide it was, by my pacing I reckon 3 metres wide, you'd never get it registered even if it ran.
What must be causing nightmares is while it looks like it could us a fresh coat of lovely pretty paint it's riddled with metal cancer. No easy answer for this dilemma.
Another problem is that it appears to have become a rubbish bin.
A back view of chef Mark Olive addressing us visitors, he has a show on TV called The Black Olive but what I really liked about him was onstage earlier when after other presenters performed all I heard was mumbled words not knowing what they were talking about, then he came on and I could understand most of what he was saying, this made me feel better about my ears. I wasn't comfortable in the crowd in front of him so I shuffled of away from the hustle and bustle.
For a where's Wally (Waldo) moment Olivia is in this picture, and just to make it easier for those adventurous enough to have a go look up from the red cup.

2017-07-30

Wasted time.

I bought a cheap Chinese spot welder a while back but when I finally felt like giving it a go it tripped the house circuit breaker, being a fixit sort of chap I had a good look at it, then as I had the transformer out and was thinking I may have the difficult task of removing the laminations and rewinding it I had a bit of a look online and now just think its current draw is a bit to much for the circuit I was using, so this piccie shows me reassembling it, at least I have a sharper haircut than James May even if my house hat hides most of it.
I'm thinking of adding a home made ballast coil to the transformer input but I'm now in wait and see mode before I try something else.
I sort of wish I'd made up a unit using supercapacitors but this unit has a nice case as well as a pretty decent timer and physical welding probes, something I could rejig later if I decide to make a supercapacitor welder.

2017-07-17

A bit of watch practice.

The other week Susan observed her watch had stopped, and since I make a hobby of changing batteries I checked it out but was surprised it wasn't a common size (SR616SW/321) so had to order one in.
Today it arrived and Soosie brought in a couple more that thankfully took the common AG4/377 size, so I had a bit of extra practice.
The Perry Cardin and Donna Karan (DKNY) ones here even have essentially the same movement but while the Gold one was fairly simple the back of the DKNY one had four screws that thankfully were phillips head but I also had to remove the watchband.
A big boo to the odd battery Aquaswiss watch that also had difficult slotted screws holding the back on, I'm too old to cope with the extra layer of fiddlyness they cause.
I think I've heard that Perry Cardin name somewhere, I must check it out and see how much extra they charge for the name.

2017-07-07

More waffle.

Just a show pic, since sideshow alley is usually packed with our younger citizens this is also where the vast majority of smokers can be found, I'm unsure if there's such a person as a non-smoking carnie.
The woodchopping is a traditional event at Australian shows, and looking at the participants many of them must date from its origins many generations ago, sad really.
I took a long rest break in the grandstand and took some photos but really I should have moved closer and lower to try and get some good horse shots, a lesson for the future.
I think these three were being rewarded but the sound system used at the ground was merely loud, for some obtuse reason that had noise that was masquerading as music pumping out of the speakers in a purely distortion ridden fashion, it did a fine job of turning my smile upside down but I a frail old man now and needed to rest for a while.
Olivia posing with some sugarcane, this is something I'd keep in the show forever despite it being of no interest to me.
Our friend Sharon entered a few photos in different sections and cleaned up nicely, something like three wins and a couple of 2nds but this one which I had thought her best one last week got nowhere, further proof that I have no taste.
As we were leaving I tried to line up a shot of Narelle and Olivia with a reflection of Narelle in Olivia's eyes, but it's been that sort of day and even that didn't come off very well.
Oh well I've already worked out what photo I'll put in next year, hopefully I'll get a few more through the year.


More Show stuff.

An upstairs view of the exhibits pavilion, when we moved here 14 years ago the top floor was full of school displays, to a degree it still is but a few schools have closed since or don't display so the ones who do have expanded.
One of the school displays demonstrate why phone cameras are a bad idea for portraits, their wide lens and no zoom make for moon faces, I also would have thought all the sensors were colour ones now but I suppose the teachers are young enough now not to appalled as I am by B&W stuff.
We met up with our friends Narelle, Katie and Stephanie, three generations from old to young, Stephanie is blessed by still having a perfect complexion at 9 years of age, I'd asked her to look glum but it seems her good mood overwhelmed her.
In theory the show is a non-smoking event but I realised I was making waves when I asked the police who were standing near this smoker if that was the case, since they were only liaison officers and hadn't been issued guns I suppose that was a pretty fair attitude.

Ingham Show time.

We got a pretty good parking spot but somehow I'd forgotten to lock Daisy, but since we're in Ingham nothing happened.
Olivia got a shot of a racehorse getting judged, I doubt if it's any relation to Gunsynd as it's not a grey.
I had to check out the photo gallery where I had two entries which naturally didn't do any good, but my regret is seeing that the details that gave them charm were too far away and obscure for the public to see, the facial expressions of the girls and the odd difference of Olivia's camera screen and Mount Fox in the background were lost in the distance.
Rita and Debbie.
Mt Fox, with Olivia's Mount Mayon on her camera, and no it isn't photoshopped, I'd printed out one of my photos and she'd held it onto the screen.