Thought of the day – Piggybank Plan


It’s Sunday afternoon on a bank holiday weekend and things have been rather slow over the last week and a impromptu dash to collect family for a holiday here took some getting over due to travelling on the hottest day of the year and being stuck in a traffic jam for nearly two hours in 40ºC and the very energetic niece and nephew have slowed progress in all things but hey..

So to down to the point of the post here is a picture of a wallet, a wallet with some money in it, my wallet. Something that I once took for granted and used every day now it sits forlorn on a shelf sometimes for weeks but now is the time to start changing that. I have managed to accumulate surprisingly a grand total of one hundred and seventy pounds through a number of avenues and adventures and I am now trying to think of ways to grow this. There are so many things out on the internet on how to spend money, save it and make it that it is somewhat fuddling and there are plenty of experts to tell you how you should be maximising your profit potential. In reality it is down to effort and determination both things I have a drought of at the moment but the intention is to see if I can grow this a bit up until Christmas to help pay for the inevitable present buying bonanza.

A couple of things are on the horizon for earning a bit of extra but I like the idea of using what one already has to make more. I suppose I should of been out selling umbrellas as we are having a typically wet bank holiday or it could have been wellies or ponchos you get the drift. But the idea of taking a seed and growing appeals to me just putting it into practice is harder but for now the thinking cap is fully on. The piggybank tales will continue.

Pins & Needles 

As one who comes from a long life in internetland I am surprisingly ill informed about what’s going on out there on ‘the street’ and as we speak I still haven’t tried the latest big things like Snapchat, Instagram and Pokemon Go. On the whole probably won’t as I find it hard enough to keep up with Facebook and Twitter so adding in more layers of distraction to the day is not productive for me even if it is to get one outside, I get enough of that anyway.

However yesterday I dipped into Pinterest and wow what a new world of distraction(s) I never realised I needed it till I looked at it and the ease which you can build up boards for in my case reference material is pretty slick. In the past I guess I would have trawled Flickr and Google images etc and then linked to them or built up my list of links in Notes whereas now I have one place I can go to and just the diversity and holes to disappear down are just endless.

Now I know I am probably the last person in the world maybe the universe to discover these wonders but if you haven’t taken a look over there now is the time. I can see some serious work going into browsing Pinterest and building up my home building reference library for one.

Just for the record you can see my fledgling pins over here

Early one morning

I set off on my early morning walk today and got a few step on my way and thought that this was such a lovely morning I should really get the bike out and give it a go. It is really hr best time to do it before the roads become clogged with traffic as the lanes are not very wide and meeting anything on them usually means having to get off and out of the way specially for all the farm traffic and with he wind in ones ears it’s not always easy to hear traffic coming.

Its a six mile circuit which doesn’t sound much but there are a couple of ferocious hills that need to be climbed and although my bike has a ridiculously low gear to the point it is quicker to get off and walk it is still a bit of an effort. Having watch the Tour de France and the Olympic road race it feels puny compared to that but it was a bit of a workout that I don’t normally get on my walks. I did get off and walk a bit as thought it might be safer and quicker to get up but if the weather is the same tomorrow I’ll give it another go and see if I can get up all in one go.

Interestingly it wasn’t much more calorifically than the walk I do but it did take less time so unless the weather is really nice I’ll stick to the walking as I enjoy this more and I can collect sticks which is a bit difficult whilst pedalling along..

Anyway lets see if the weather holds and if I can go a bit further next time. No pain no gain it is said..

Just a reminder

IMG_4379.jpegPopped out yesterday evening to see a bit of the sunset as not had the weather to see the Perseid spectacular in the previous couple of nights due to it being overcast and rainy. Well worth the little trek and maybe in a week the heather will really be a blaze of colour, hopefully we’ll get a similar opportunity to capture it at its best.

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After nearly three years I have finally got my Raspberry Pi2 out of its box and powered it up after having to hunt around for all the bits and bobs. I was surprised that I managed to find it all as I had packed away in different places and wasn’t sure it would actually start up.

So now to the fun bit, what actually to do with it? Probably the first thing to try out is a media centre as it is the easiest to configure. I booted with the standard Rasbian and set up the ssh and webmin servers so I can run it headless and looking at some forums should not have to worry too much about power outages though I may look at providing some UPS in the future if I start using it on a permanent basis. There are many, many projects out there for this little mini computer and I like the idea of using it for some home automation stuff and it might be a fun tool to run some solar power tests down the line. In fact there are many projects out there to get stuck into. For £35 you can’t go wrong and with the RPi3 being even better it would seem that the Pi is going to become quite an important part of the hacking/open sourcing tool kit for some time to come.

Anyway just though I would mark the point


IMG_1171.jpegAs a postscript to my post on carbooting I had and unexpected boost with something that sold after the event which doubled the takings for the day and made it a bit more worthwhile though I still am not doing it again although I really need to get cracking with ebaying the residue stuff and all the other bits I dug out yesterday and the rest of it is off to either charity shops or the tip although I am very reluctant to bin some perfectly good electrical items and cables that have plenty of use left in them but in this climate of health and safety where such things are seen with suspicion it is hard to find charities to take them on. But with a bit of hunting I should be able to re-home them.

So I have my seed capital for Project X..

Thought of the day

Were getting some great skies at the moment and it would be a cloud spotters heaven I suspect with all the different layers in fact I counted three maybe four. Also the heather is starting to turn so soon there will be a sea of purple covering the moors along with beehives to scent the honey. I have been slowly building up my daily walks over the last seven months to the point where I am doing ten miles a day now. As I look back at my tracking app it is interesting to see the progress from sporadic potters in in the countryside to now route marches across hill and dale and the corresponding downward progress of the (waist) line in these efforts.

Walking is the one constant in life that has got me out of the house and on dark days helped me either empty my mind or allowed me to think clearly, well try to think clearly about the future and as I have said in previous posts it is my form of meditation and am more than happy to tramp along for miles and miles emptying the mind with every step. I love seeing the seasons change and although I am not enamoured with winter and the run up to it, it has it’s own beauty. Here in what this year is call summer I look back to spring and coming out of the previous winter and shedding off the layers and then looking forward to the impending one with some in-trepidation as the nights get longer and the days get darker. But walking is the cure, the cure to it all although the opportunity to get out reduces with every encroaching sunset and sunrise. But hey were still in August and there is some way to go before those darkened days.


One of the things I enjoy is coming across unexpected things and the picture above shows what I mean. Coming across this pack horse bridge with its steep angles and narrowness is a view of the past that we have all but forgotten in our daily lives until we come across them. To me it is fascinating that I am travelling over a bridge that for four or five hundred years people have been doing the same thing and yet next to me cars drive by with satnav and mobile phones that even say sixty years ago were unimaginable to the masses. It is striking to me that though society and communities change the landscape changes little over the course of time and certainly out here in the countryside life goes on pretty much as it has done for centuries.

Park & Walk

IMG_1167Whilst taking a load of books to the charity shop nearby I came across this little book and its funny looking cover. Bit of a time warp really as the book comes from the early 1970’s and it certainly shows it just look at the cars and the hairstyles. Interestingly it was written at the time of decimalisation and so that there is a nod to the fact that we were joining Europe and that there was a need to integrate metric systems, bit ironic as we seem to be going back the other way.

I actually managed to barter the pile of books that I was donating in exchange for this and so spent no money which was nice though the lady at the till was very reluctant to at first, thinking I was trying something on or trying to get it for nothing. After a few minutes of explaining in ways that could not be simpler the penny dropped and was happy to let me out of the door with out releasing the hounds.

So what next, well maybe it would be rude not to try it out or at least some of the walks although most of the walks are somewhat shorter than I usually do but maybe I can combine with others. Being a bit of a completionist I feel that I should do them in the  original form and could maybe do a few in a day as I will be ‘motoring’ over to do them. Now I just need to find some driving gloves and some 70’s retro clothing..

We’ll see..