Have just had my brother and his wife staying for the weekend during which time we made a trip up to Donna Nook, grey seal sanctuary. First time visit for me, and was amazed at the number of seals and newly born pups, seemingly a record number this year. Viewing is at close quarters, so are able to have a unique close up.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
A month or so back I bought a jewellers saw with assorted blades and a few days back I got a chance to use it. My daughter wanted a coin ring making, so although I have very few pre-1921 UK coins which are sterling silver, I used a post 1921 florin coin which has 50% silver content. Once the coin was formed using the hammer edge method, a hole was drilled in the coin, the saw blade fed through the hole just drilled and the blade re-tensioned.
I have practised using the saw previously, so had a feel for the correct blade tension, and with no effort at all, sawed out the centre of the coin. This was followed by filing the hole size to fit a size P ring gauge and checked out on a steel mandrel. Happy with my efforts, the ring was shaped further using files until I got the shape I wanted. Final polishing was done with a medium and finally a fine wet and dry paper, all imperfections removed and the final polish was done using Brasso, am happy with the result, just hope it fits OK.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Attended the Lightning twilight reheat run at Bruntingthorpe on Sat 9th November, the last display of the year. The event was well attended and despite an extremely cold evening after the sun went down, 4 degrees, the Lightning put on a good display, although after performing a static reheat function of both engines, the number 1 reheat decided not to play on the actual reheat run itself, that’s Lightning's for you. All in all I think the crowds enjoyed yet again a spectacular unique display.
The Lightning was brought back to the Q Shed after completing the run, and positioned next to the other Lightning where floodlights lit them both to allow for the many photographers to get some fantastic photos. My camera managed to get one acceptable shot before the battery gave up ( teach me for not checking it out beforehand ).
The next occasion for public open days will be the May bank holiday 2014, where with a bit of luck, both Lightnings will be fully serviceable and ready to entertain once more.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Really pleased that for the third year running we did not have any trick or treat visitors, due to the fact that there are no kids living close by. Never used to mind the event till one year we had teenagers round, gave them fruit and sweets as usual, only to find the fruit lying in the garden the following morning, so guess they were after money, which was not in the spirit of the occasion. In my youth, it was an occasion for kids, usually escorted by their Mum’s and that to my mind was what it was all about. Changed days indeed.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Today received an email from BT telling me that from January next year the line rental price is going up 50p a month and to start charging for the 1571 answer service at £1.75 a month, methinks that one will be disposed of and would be cheaper getting an answerphone.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Attended an annual check-up at the doctors yesterday, cholesterol test OK at 4, blood pressure was OK so it looks like the pills are doing their job. Had a blood test a month before, and it was four weeks later the appointment with a nurse was made, seems like a long time for such an appointment, such is the NHS these days I guess. So that is it for another year hopefully.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Got the brass sheet from EBay, lovely stuff 1.2mm thick 12" x 9" @ £20 so after many a Google search, found a site that does Decal paper for inkjet printing, clear paper for what I want, but they also do white background if you need white printing done. Have ordered 5 sheets of clear stuff from here and looking forward to giving it a go. Thought it might come in handy for model rail layouts and other projects. only other requirement is acrylic spray to seal the inkjet image before immersing in water.
Update, found a can of Clear Acrylic car spray in the garage, gave the decal two coats and it worked a treat, colours remained fast and can now use the paper with confidence. Think I will buy some of the white decal papers next.