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Ready for the snow!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

To help carry the shopping back from Pocklington this winter, I’ve purchased….

A sledge!

A sledge!

I just hope it snows, so Lindsey and I can go sledging this Christmas.

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar - Dec 14 - Andysworld! Traditional Norway Spruce Real Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

There are no “Norwegian Blues, pining for the fjords” nesting in my Norway Spruce!

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Vintage/Rare Pifco Christmas Tree Lights

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

This morning, I’ve been using a digital volt meter to buzz through the Christmas Tree lights, a regular Christmas tradition, because they’d failed, a bulb had blown! So meter in hand, checking through 20 bulbs working out which bulb had blown, the first fuse bulb had blown, and the last twentieth bulb in thre set had blown. It was quick thinking I purchased many replacement sets, man years ago, when  Woolworths were still trading.

Woolworth S1 12v 1.1w bulbs

Woolworth S1 12v 1.1w bulbs

Christmas Lights S1 Bulbs 12v

Christmas Lights S1 Bulbs 12v

Christmas Lights S1 Bulbs 12v

Christmas Lights S1 Bulbs 12v

These light sets are vintage (42+ years old)  Rare Christmas Tree Lights manufactered by Pifco. Pifco manufactuered many plastic items in the 70s, and bicycle lights, and also Christmas Tree Lights.

Pifco Christmas Tree Lights on Christrmas tree

Pifco Christmas Tree Lights on Christrmas tree

Modern christmas tree lights don’t have any shades, and are just bulbs or more modern LEDs, and I rather boring in my opinion. It gives our Christmas Tree that retro look…

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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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Christmas Potatoes

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Sorry to mention Christmas, but it is only 13 weeks and 2 days away!

As the sunsets, I’ve been planting Christmas Potatoes, a bit late, these should have been planted in August if I want potatoes for Christmas Day, but despite looking for them since July, they came into stock and were sold out in days. I managed to get some, pre-chitted ‘Estima’ and ‘Maris Peer’ tubers, I was notified by a supplier that had left overs, and despite only wanting ten tubers of both, I ended up with 40 tubers for the same money! These will sit in the greenhouse protected from frost, and I’ll dig-up on Christmas Day, I’ve got a little problem with my greenhouse at present, it’s split, but if I cannot fix, I know someone nearby with a polytunnel, that may trade space for some spuds on Christmas Day! (with this recent warm spell, and may make up lost time!)

christmas potatoes maris peer

christmas potatoes maris peer

These are planted in garden recycling sacks, and old compost bags. Something to occupy the empty greenhouse over the autumn and winter.

Since placing an order for my seed potatoes, I’ve seen excess tubers available at garden centres, suitable for planting now, Large pots, compost bags or animal food sacks will do, just make sure you protect from frost, if your lucky you’ll have potatoes for Christmas Day.

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Keep the vamps at bay

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

We’ve been tidying up the garden before the Autumn starts on Wednesday. Lindsey cut the front lawn, maybe for the last time, and I’ve been clearing up and emptying the potatoe bags and planting my garlic that my friend (thanks Paul) bought from the The Garlic Farm, on The Isle of Wight. (keeps away the vamps!). It’s probably a little early, but I wanted to get it in the ground while it was still warm, and the autumn starts on Wednesday, so it’s probably not that early. I’ve planted Iberian Wight - a soft-neck early white garlic and Elephant Garlic - these cloves are massive. I’ll be planting my potatoes shortly for Christmas, and keeping them in the greenhouse.

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

External temperature probe has reset itself! It’s very mild, wet and damp outside!



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Okay so I fibbed!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

This is our Christmas Tree!

Christmas Tree 2

The other tree is in the local village! I think it’s better than the Christmas Tree in the City of York!

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Christmas Tree
Do you like our Christmas Tree!?

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Do you have problems with your suckers?

Monday, October 8th, 2007

One annoyance of keeping tropical fish I have is suckers!

Failing suckers…..!

Let me introduce you to the MagClip. Ideal stocking filler for Christmas!

Do your suckers keep failing after a few weeks/months. If you use heaters, sponge filters, airline, external filters pipes, spray bars in your tanks you’ll know what I mean. In the fish house, I’m constantly replacing failed suckers on equipment, sometimes it can be dangerous, if a misplaced spraybar or external filter inlet pipe “jumps” out of the tank because the sucker has failed (oh, yes this has happened when my Eheim 2600 spray bay sucker failed, and sprayed water all over the fish house at 1,500lph!).

I’ve found the solution, it’s called a MagClip, a very clever simple device, which uses a magnet to secure the plastic clip, inside and outside the aquarium. The MagClip comes with 6 assorted sizes of nylon clips to hold all types of aquarium accessories like canister filter outlet tubes, aquarium heaters, filter intake tubes, filter spray bars, airline tubing etc. The clip is coated in plastic, remove the nylon clip suitable for your aquarium accessory, attached to the internal clip, it’s threaded, and just screws in, position inside the aquarium, and use the external clip outside the aquarium to maintain it’s position. Simply. No suction cup to fail! They can be moved around afterwards I’ve found to get into a better position. These last a lifetime, using the industrial magnets, I’m using one on a 10mm glass tank, and have others holding spray bars, and 25mm external filter inlets, and others on my Algarde Bio-Foams. I’ll get some pictures.

These cost me 7.00 GBP pounds each, a bargain I think, I’ll never have to replace my suction cups again.

I got them from http://www.magclip.co.uk

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