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Happy Halloween from andysworld!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Let the pumpkin masacre begin…

and as is customary in andysworld!

here are my carved pumpkins for 2009! (keeps those evil spirits away!)

pumpkin2009-3

pumpkin2009-1

pumpkin2009-2

and a Big Happy 60th Birthday to that witch - my Mum!

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Arnie the Arrowana

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to get some photographs of Arnie for a while, But he’s very difficult to photograph, as he moves so quick, so here’s are a few quick photos

Arnie The Silver Arrowana

Arnie The Silver Arrowana

Arnie The Silver Arrowana

Arnie The Silver Arrowana

Arnie The Silver Arrowana

Arnie The Silver Arrowana

and here’s a quick video clip

I’m trying to rear him off muscles, because of the high fat content may have caused slight drop-eye, in one of his eyes. So he’s currently on a diet of raw tiger prawns, I’m going to try him soon on crickets, wax worms and earthworms. He’s not keen on a dry food at present.

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Environmentally Friendly Air Filters for cars

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I’ve just fitted a K&N High-Flow Air Filter to my new car.

  • Designed to increase horsepower and acceleration.
  • Washable, reusable, lifetime product.
  • Wash every 50,000 miles.
  • Warranty for 1,000,000 miles.

K&N air filter

K&N air filter

Yes, another car, it’s a Citreon Xsara LX 2.0 HDi (turbo diesel).

Over 100 million disposable air filters are discarded each year. This filter is cleanable and will last for the life of the vechile. My bit for the environment. and I don’t have to change it for another 50,000 miles.

I’ve got some nice K&N stickers for my car as well!!! (I’ve stuck them on!), I think these could be to warn the doppy mechanics not to through away the lifetime air filter.

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Someone fiddling with my Broadband!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

My sync speed has fallen to 19,200 this is ridiculous, so I thought I would just get another Draytek Vigor 2600G router out of the box to test, the router has not failed. I have three routers as backups, all the same with the same basic config and firmware on each, I just backup the config off the current active router and transfer to the new unit after power-up. Seems a little overkill, but with three routers exactly the same, it’s easier and quicker to configure, it times of need, and this is one of them.

After connecting up the new router, the sync speed jumped up to 3,136,000, this is the highest I’ve ever seen it, with a SNR Margin or 4.5. So I thought maybe the router I was using was duff, until I connected up the old, current unit and it reported the same!

sync speed as reported by Draytek Vigor 2600G

sync speed as reported by Draytek Vigor 2600G

I think someone is fiddling with my broadband connection as I type. I’m happy to say that my speed has returned to about normal at 1.6Mbps, but I’ve just run another speedtest, and it’s up at 2 Mbps, I’ve not seen 2 Mbps for many years.

2 Mbps results

2 Mbps results

speed tests over the years

speed tests over the years

Yes, I know this may appear sad, but all you City folk that live with Cable and 24Mbps, just take highspeed internet for granted, us rural folk have to put up with slow speeds. This speed increase will not last long, I have a theory, it would appear, that when we get these sunny warm spells in the village, my speed slows down, I bet it’s cold and clear outside at present!

But at least I’ll be able to work tomorrow…

unless it breaks again overnight …

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Broadband gone south for the winter!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

my broadband’s gone south for the winter and I’m getting 271.55 Kbps ( 0.3 Mbps )

Low threshold breached says Eclipse, whatever that means.

Broadband Speed Test

Broadband Speed Test

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Pinocchio Chillis

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Considering I only had one Pinocchio Chilli plant germinate, I’m very happy with the number of 10 inch “Pinocchio Chillis” it’s produced. I think I may concentrate on growing more chillis indoors next year, if the weather is poor for tomaotes.

Pinocchio chillis No.1

Pinocchio chillis No.1

Pinocchio chillis No.2

Pinocchio chillis No.2

Pinocchio chillis No.3

Pinocchio chillis No.3

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Final Harvest of potatoes

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

As the local farmers lift the potatoes before the frosts from the fields, I thought it was about time to lift all my potatoes, I’ve had a good crop of Anya, Edzell Blue and Lady Balfour this year, the first earlies Epicure, weren’t very good, so I’ll be dropping them from my grow list next year. I’ve had bumper crops from Anya, so I think I’ll be growing more of this salad variety next year. The potatoes have certainly done better than the tomatotes! Here are some pictures of the final harvest this year drying on the rotten porch in the sun.

Salad Anya potatoes

Salad Anya potatoes

Salad Anya and Edzell Blue potatoes

Salad Anya and Edzell Blue potatoes

Edzell Blue and Lady Balfour potatoes

Edzell Blue and Lady Balfour potatoes

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Garlic at 1 month

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

These are photos of Iberian Wight and Elephant garlic just sprouting, the larger plant is solent white from last year (a clove I missed), planted approx 1 month ago also.

Iberian White sprouting

Iberian White sprouting

Elephant garlic sprouting

Elephant garlic sprouting

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Christmas Potatoes at 1 month

Monday, October 26th, 2009

These are my Christmas Potatoes 1 month after planting. This variety is Maris Peer. No show from Estima as yet.

Maris Peer No.1 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.1 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.2 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.2 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.3 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.3 1 month after planting

Maris Peer earthed-up

Maris Peer earthed-up again

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Happy GMT

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Happy GMT everyone!

welcome to those long winter days…

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