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to blog or not to blog ...

ok so its been a while ...  not much going on horologicaly (sp?) speaking ... same 7 fairly cheapies for a while now . might sell a couple in the new year with a view to one or perhaps 2 slightly 'better' watches. or i might not. winter is coming - no i still haven't watched any of it - i read the first three books that was enough for me. same house , same job. same 710. same two cats but both now with kidney issues, they have made it to 18 and had a good run so far, so we shall s

Rotundus

Rotundus

 

star date - tuesday morning brunch time

ok, been a while but i am back.   7 watches in total.  possibly 2 too many.  a cull is on the way, just a matter for time really.  Summer being a rubbish time to try and sell i will hang on until later in the year.  PB have sent me the email so ... i have downloaded the only album on there i really want to keep (some holiday snaps froma few years ago) and the rest can stay there until the account folds or i get around to killing it.  somewhat motivation free re next purchase - losing the

Rotundus

Rotundus

 

New cams, and old memories.

I put new cams in my bike to give better mid range power, and went for a run in the glorious sunshine to make sure everything was fine. Ended up going a route that took me past where "it all began". Andra (Andrew) Cochran's at Roundyhill. One shed, surprisingly still standing. There used to be another two to the left. Always something ratty and interesting to be had, Rudges, Norton's, etc. I once bought a Triumph Grand Prix for £30, and rode it home 17 miles when I was 14. There w

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WRENCH

 

Travelling light 2

There are many television programs showing entertaining viewing about surviving alone in the wilderness, but you know that somewhere out of camera, is a truck load of supplies. The o!d, "now if this goes wrong I'm in serious trouble" is nonsense, are the camera team really going to run away and leave you ? Back when the world was a safer place, me and my pals would take off during school holidays and wild camp. Basic tents, fishing rods to catch fish to eat, and a diet of beans and soup. We

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The Gask Ridge.

After a pleasant night under canvas, the day is decidedly dreich. Overcast and rain. Today's journey is to the nearest town via the Gask Ridge and an old drovers track. From above Auchterarder to Perth. The Ridge is around ten miles long, and was fortified around ten years before Hadrian's Wall was built, and is believed to be Rome's earliest fortified frontier. There was a system of towers strategically placed along its length, the foundations are still clear to see. The roa

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Travelling light.

I got this book years ago, its a 1975 edition of an original print from 1947 briefly mapping old Scottish drove roads. Over the years I've worked my way through some if them, and where overnight stays have been necessary I've always used the latest high tech camping gear, but this year it's retro only. Tent is ex Polish army canvas. I've had it up in all weathers and has been 100% waterproof, and goes up in less than 2 minutes. Walking pole in the center, and no guy ropes.

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Torches.

Here's my first torch, definitely older than me, and works perfectly well, on paraffin. My next one is this, now converted to run off a led gell battery and fitted with a three watt Cree bulb. It gets charged via a solar panel. Both simple. Now this. Modern technology, adjustable beam, an array of settings; high beam, low beam, strobe, and S.O.S flash mode. What a pain in the @r$e. 

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Curing the New Year blues.

I detect a certain degree of crabbieness at this time of year, so looking for a cure, I discovered that the term should be "lobsterness" as they seem to require more cheering up due to the wide variety of lobster tickle sticks available. So any forum member suffering from lobsterness send me your coordinates and I shall endeavor to "post" a tickle stick. U.K. delivery guaranteed same hour, and proven to be a satisfactory homeopathic alternative to proprietary drugs and alcoho

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1/1/2017.

Annual morning trip to the lochside.   Met up with good friends, and sadly reminisced about those who are no longer here. This year, I have ordered some portable digital recording gear, and as part of the community collaborative I take part in, I am going to start a social history project, all recordings done with real people. We did a trial last year which was a great success. It's all about the history of reality of life, which all too easily gets lost and forgotten.

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The times they are a changing.

My first experience of work was delivering this stuff, at the age of 11. Most of the households round about relied on it for heating, and some for cooking as well. Paraffin ovens like this one were quite common. The drums held 5 gallons / 25 litres, so a full one including the weight of the drum was around 26 kilos, and I used to carry two at a time. I remember there being a huge outcry when the price went from 1 shilling (5 pence) to 1 shilling and 3 pennies. A lot of t

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Secret society of the Scottish gardeners

The secret society of the Scottish estate gardener is a little know subject that I shall now offer, at risk to my personal safety, a little insight.   In days gone by, an apprentice gardener would be carefully vetted and chosen by the estate factor, more commonly known as the "wee laird" or " the lairds sooker". Once employed the new boy would be handed down a simple bonnet as uniform, from a previous worker. These bonnets always showed signs of wear and alterations as a result of being pas

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Baby, it's cold outside...part deux.

While I get to stay working on the estate, the other lads who work on our building sites were busy demolishing an old garage, ready for a rebuild. They bought back a truck load of the old roofing timbers....joists, roofing batten and old chipboard flooring. Rather than just chuck it in the skip, where it would take up valuable space (...and I mean valuable, the price of skips today!) and as it was freezing cold, we made it into a bit of a bonfire. Kept me warm for most of the morning....

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

Baby, it's cold outside!

This week, as the temperatures continue to drop, It's time to set up the 'hot house' within the main greenhouse to cater for those plants which need to be kept at minimum temps during the winter. I have some Hibiscus and Mirabilis that need to be kept at 10°C until next spring, so need to partition off part of the greenhouse to acheive this. Later, at the beginning of March next year, the temp will be raised to 20°C to germinate the seeds that will form the backbone of next years border displays

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

Small little balls

Well, one small ball and how I got it out. It's not as bad as it sounds.....honest. Once I got the bezel off, all that was left was the remains of a spring and no ball bearing for that wonderfull "click" when you rotate your bezel. Being pointed in the right direction from Jsud2002 and a link to one of Roys hacks as I like to call them, I proceeded to find a Bic pen and my clippers and followed Roys instructions which can be found here. Roys ball seems bigger than mine, so once I get a

retro72

retro72

 

It runs and runs and runs

Just a quick update I have tested the run time on the Seiko. With a good shake, it lasted 48 hours before stopping. The time keeping was a bit hit and miss but with roughly an overall 30 minutes too fast by the end of the 48 hours. How can this be rectified? Anything to do with the plus and minus on the movement? You will have to forgive the terminolgy I use in this blog. It is lamonese with plenty of thingys and lots of majigies Feel free to point me in the right direction. Its t

retro72

retro72

 

bloomin'eck friday again already , Jimmy and Leonard

casio for the run - and for the first time in ages i miss-pressed the buttons so instead of starting a stopwatch i did bugger all to a down timer. good run anyway - i have a start slow and slow down after a mile strategy which seems to be working. anyway down 11 pounds in weight since mid September; the huge drop in beer and cider consumption may have as much to do with it as the resumed training. finding it a bit too cold for the rowing machine in the mornings (garage).  some free weights

Rotundus

Rotundus

 

Cheap Macro Pics

I like macro pictures, but could never really justify forking out a shed load of money on camera equipment. Then one day, I was in TK Maxx having a mooch and see this weird gizmo. A smart phone camera attachment from National Geographic. A 30x lens for £6.99. In for a penny in for a pound. I trust national geographic,  but even the demo images seemed to be digitally enhanced. I got home and attached the lens to the smart phone. All I could see was a blue tube with a close up of my watch len

retro72

retro72

 

Bezel Off

OK, I couldn't wait and made a start tonight. The bezel was stuck and full of **** crud. I took it off with my trusty bezel removal tool** and proceeded to clean the crud off the bezel and case with my son's electric tooth brush. Better than it was and I am happy I made a start. It has lost it's click as I think the BB has gone. (can this be replaced?) ** You dont want to know my tool list, but the work. Just dont ask me to work on youe Rolex    

retro72

retro72

 

Why have I bought a crapped up watch??

Before I continue, I must make a confession. I am not a watch maker nor am I skilled in any form of watch making wizardry. I like to take things apart, clean them up and make them presentable. Some of you like the "Wabi"  look and some of you like the restore the hell out of it. I am somewhere inbetween. I am more of a "modder". I have, from an eBay buyer I have bought from before several times in the past, a Seiko 4205 mid size watch. The bezel wont rotate, but I think that is just crud un

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retro72

 

Up on the roof.....

When the alterations were done to the 'big' house a couple of years ago, one of the features added was a large roof light to allow natural daylight into the stairwell and hall below. Unfortunately, the local crow population thought that this would make a great place to perform their morning ablutions.....and when a crow lets go, it makes a hell of a mess! Brings a whole new meaning to the term 'logging on'.  The glass was soon covered in a layer of crow crap which didn't look very nice from belo

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

The times, they are a changing....

As we progress further into Autumn, I always love to see the changing colours on the trees. The bright greens of Spring and Summer give way to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. This year is going to be an exceptional one for the Holly berries....the trees are absolutely covered with them. Many quote the old wive's saying....'Oooh, that means we'll have a hard winter!' Absolute poppycock!...how does the tree know this? What it actually means is that we had a mild Spring earlier in the year, wi

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger

 

Leaf it out and stripes

For that final cut, first the leaves decending from my ash trees require collecting, there are various forms of equipment for the job, here is my preference. It has served me well over the years. Next, the proper equipment for that low impact cut, and compaction to ensure perfect stripes.

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Leaf it out, mate!

As today was a lovely sunny autumn day, it's time to start collecting up the leaves while they are still dry, ready for the leafmould heap. There were quite a few down already...two trailer loads, but that is just a drop in the ocean to what will come later! These go into my leafmould coralle, and in about a years time, they will have broken down into a lovely soil conditioner, ready to be dug in or used as a mulch. Leaf mould in itself has no nutritional value for plants, as the tree withdraws

Roger the Dodger

Roger the Dodger



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