Batten Down The Hatches: Winter 2012/13 Chat

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A few frosty mornings heralds the start of the annual Winter Chat Thread.


Enjoy! :-shh
 

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Actually, after a heavy frost and then dense fog in the Vale of Mowbray, it's quite pleasant so I've been out with the napalm and cut the garden down to size.
 

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Its a cold morning here - the bird bath froze overnight, but the sun is out and Ive tweaked the alignment of the 42E dish and got another 100 channels (I jammed a bamboo garden cane behind it to nudge it round a fraction!)
 

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I had this with the new 7W ................. every tweak brought more and more stuff in and I've never watched any of it!


Just booked a week's stay in a cottage up near Kirby Lonsdale (Ravenstonedale) for the beginning of November.

Warm clothing and some walking in The Howgills will be on the agenda.

Had thought of a cheap mainland Europe City Break, but it seems true cheap Air Fares are a thing of the past.
 

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The Kirby Lonsdale area is nice. :) I driven along the bottom of the Howgills on the M6 many times, but never made it up onto those fells yet.

I prpoably will never actually watch the new 42E channels - its more a matter of being able to get them :D
 

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That's just it - we have passed by and through many times on the way to the Lake District or to Dumfries & Galloway and always thought it very beautiful.

Plus, it's only an hour and a half drive from home.

And cheap(ish).

Apart from The Howgills, there's the Upper Eden Valley to explore and I've just taken delivery of a 1:25000 OS Exploder Map. Lots of detail, but a bit impractical for taking on the walks themselves as they fold out to something bigger than a tablecloth!
 

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The 42E dish tweak has worked nicely - Ive now got almost all the high frequency low symbol rate tp's.

There wont be much rain fade capability on the old 60 cm dish Im using, but its working nicely on the clear blue sky day we have today :)
 

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So how long before the Bamboo Cane slips or breaks?
 

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If I get 2 years out of it Im happy - by then I'll have set the dish up properly on a warm afternoon (remember those? :D ) - plenty more of them in the shed though as long as the missus doesnt realise Im nicking them!!
 

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I suppose the opening of this thread means I should really chase up the delivery of my anthracite (and peasants).

@Tivù : I agree, really cheap air fares are a thing of the past, even the dreaded Ryanair aren't quite the budget option they used to be.
 

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And Lidl seems to be selling a Silvercrest HDMI ready FTA satellite box for £60, if anyone's interested, I took a gander at the box, but unlike past Lidl stuff, it didn't float my boat... O-Ha

Main reason I went there was for the twin-tube (2x18w) fluorescent light fitting, for £9.99 it's surprisingly okay, I'll admit the metal casing is thin and flexible, but the ballasts inside are electronic, meaning it's epilepsy-safe(ish), so I can finally throw those god awful 200w-total halogen things out that are int he kitchen in favour of nice, soft, even light that doesn't need it's own power station to run... :-nuts

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Still, I suppose some people just don't believe in physics... :-rofl2
 

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No Frost here yet lads[And lasses]! temp this afternoon 27degrees,too Hot to garden but I could reinstall my motorised system.Trouble is I keep forgetting how to do it. Three years now since it worked properly! Where are the best and simplest setting up instructions to be Found .Its ok I can do it.Even at 87 i'm still good on ladders and roofs. Its the memory you see, keeps me running up and down the ladder to check the notes again !
 

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temp this afternoon 27degrees,too Hot to garden

Lucky blighter!! There's a vast north south divide today!! It's mild but really wet 'oop in t'north'.
 

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I duuno its been persisting it down here today.

If I get 2 years out of it Im happy - by then I'll have set the dish up properly on a warm afternoon

I didn't think they had those up in Scotland. I never saw one in the 8 years i was up there :D

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Raining here as well, and the weather forecast is for another four days of it.
 

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Fog this morning, burning away rapidly. Hopefully heralding a gin-clear, sunny day.
 

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Clear and bright, with a reminder from SWMBO to get some Windscreen De-Icer.
 

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Yes lovely sunrise today here a bright crisp and clear day
 

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Another sharp frost overnight, with the weather station recording the minimum overnight air temperature as 0.3C Brrrr!!!!

The field opposite the house still has hints of frost on it where the sun hasnt got to it, but its a beautiful morning with clear blue skies. Why couldnt it have been this clear last night when there was auroral activity being reported? :(
 

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Why couldnt it have been this clear last night when there was auroral activity being reported?
I did wonder whether you had seen it as there were reports going down to north Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire? Call for Tivu!
 
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