Fri, 17 Apr 2009 06:10:22 -0600

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE ROOT OF http://ANDYSWORLD.ORG.UK. Look for the house category/section/topic.

It's been fives years since I've been blogging with out of date blog software, and I thought it was about time to migrate to WordPress. Sorry old friend time to retire!

I've finished the migration of all the data to WordPress.

New Aquablog Fish House posts will be posted to

POSTS ARE NOW CLOSED HERE (unless I need to return!)

Real-Time Energy Usage on Blog

Thu, 02 Apr 2009 16:18:27 -0600

Real-time energy usage readout of electricity used in our house is now available for all to see. Average consumption is approx 3000 watts (3kW). If it increases to approx 6000 watts (6kW) then someone in the household has put the kettle or cooker on for tea! Between the hours of 12.30 - 7.30 GMT Economy 7 starts and in the winter the storage heaters turn on, so expect some high wattage readings between these hours.

Just refresh the web-page to see it change.

I blogged about this here.

First Earlies

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 11:33:06 -0600

I've planted out my First Early potatoes today in exhibitor bags, and dug out over 216 litres of organic compost from the compost heap to fill the bags. I'm a little tired!

Real-Time Energy Usage on Twitter

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:09:58 -0600

I blogged about my gadget Wattson,[here] if you missed it.

Well with some super software from Crispin called Powometer over at, I can now link my Wattson to the Internet and update twitter on my energy usage!

UPDATE 2nd April 2009 Crispin has done some work that now allows me to show you all LIVE power usage in watts!

Hawthorn hedging

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:06:00 -0600

I'll just tell it how it is, after the local council sprayed around the village notice board, the exact same width of hedge behind the notice board died!

After some discussions, ERYC sent me some free plants. Many Thanks to ERYC.

So, I decided to also order 50 x 110-125cm Hawthorn bareroot hedging plants, canes and spirals to patch the holes that have appeared in our old hedge that surrounds the front garden. They were ordered from Scot Plant Direct in Scotland, as they were very competitively priced, arrived the next day in great condition, and been living in moist compost since. But I must plant them out soon.

Hawthorn No.1
110-125cm Hawthorn bareroot hedging plants

Hawthorn No.2 from ERYC
Hawthorn bareroot hedging plants from ERYC