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« Reply #1875 on: March 13, 2020, 05:49:47 PM »

We all need a little pick me up in these troubled times ......
We all need to be a little healthier , and after a dry  week ,and  3lbs lighter , i have just opened a bottle of home brew  stout and an Aldi Shiraz awaits.......
A weekend of logs and allottment awaits ....... bliss .....
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« Reply #1876 on: March 23, 2020, 09:41:06 AM »

Silence is golden,
                 That,s what they say, So my eyes can see, This morning, as I opened the gates at the top of the driveway , I could see that the traffic was non existent, no noise, my Phonacks revealed the still silent clear air, Even the songbirds are lying low. The contrary Freda is missing but she will turn up in time. The dry driveway gravel crunches underfoot, I stand still, a lone engine hums in the distance. The school at the top of the hill 300yds away is closed,
 The local shops compete to deliver. Masked drivers deliver and wave goodbye. We take it very serious up here. There are some grumblings about holiday makers moving into their holiday homes in the various Donegal communities. The fear is that they will bring the virus with them but I don,t know how we can answer that one. Everything has suddenly changed. You cannot get a driving test. A MOT or even go to a public office to meet an official.There is no point in advertising something for sale because you do not want strangers on your street and You cannot take their money. wackoold.
  We are pretty well organised, I split my time between Der Shed and the house. I am doing some plumbing alterations and redesigning a boiler which I have used for over 2 years. Der Shed is getting warmer., so I have done some small jobs like stripping out the front brake calipers on my car and freeing them to work properly. Mrs Biff suffers. Her shop is closed and she misses the interaction with folks. I miss my visits to the local engineering works. But we have projects and plans, so that is positive and productive.
      We had brilliant sunshine yesterday, The wind blew in from the Atlantic, It was different, I am not imagining this but it was different. Don,t ask me how the wind could be made cleaner after a 3,000 mile trip across the water but for some crazy reason, it felt and smelled that way to me but I may have got the wind direction wrong, That would make sense.
   I have redesigned a small Lifan 152f / valeo 180amp alternator combination to sit on a battery/inverter box. I will post pics of this if anyone is interested,? It is a really satisfying project.

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« Reply #1877 on: March 23, 2020, 10:46:56 AM »

Sadly our road was really busy as everyone went to the coast. It's still busy today but is quieter on a night.

We have relatives that went out shopping and to the coast over the weekend and they have been 'told off' by the rest of the family.

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« Reply #1878 on: March 23, 2020, 01:53:31 PM »

The THING has not changed my dog-walking routine as I rarely see anyone at all on the cross-country route. At around 8am I stumble to the farm to collect 3 of the 6 collie nutters. For a couple of minutes its like a jail riot with all the barking and Tan tossing her stainless food bowl in the air repeatedly. Then were off, downhill to follow the brook. What has changed is that after 6 months the rain has stopped and the ground is drying fast. It was soul-destroying to have to walk funny through waterlogged pasture and always end up with sludge on my knees and in my wellies.
What I do differently now is to wear gloves when handling the dog cages and the catches on stiles, gates etc to reduce the risk of transmission.

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