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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Sunday, 8 December 2013

DISTRACTIONS. (08/12/13)

I’m stopping on a sheep farm, I love handling animals. Friday I had a day without heavy painkillers so agreed to help with foot trimming and arse cleaning. I used to think this was the easy bit of sheep husbandry. Not anymore; I could barely get out of bed on Saturday. My clothes went in the washer on their campsite….It has a large notice suggesting; ‘Hanging Drawing and Quartering’ is not good enough for anyone caught washing dog bedding. It didn’t mention washing trousers and a jacket dripping with lanolin and sheep shit so I should be fine.

I took the dogs out for their last walk of the day. We only wandered a mile but then found Jodie's goats had escaped. Why the silly girl thinks a dry stone wall can contain goats is a mystery to me but not to her._MG_2380  The grass is always greener. I phoned Jodie to let her know her Pygmy Goats were away again and on the road. She suggested I bring them in. I shouted “Goats This Way”. It had about as much effect as my hollering dogs this way…..No effect at all. I’ll be stricter with animals in the New Year. I don’t know how though. It’s hard to be assertive when they ‘Cock one the deaf Un’.

_MG_2381   They are cracking little beasts but Alf and Moll know not to play with them; like sheep, they think bashing heads is a game. Dogs don’t play like that.

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On Friday evening my Kindle screen gave up the goat….sorry.. Ghost. It is 372 days old. Just my luck. I know there is not very much that can be done with thin film screens but dived into it’s innards for a look. Re-seated it’s little wires, they look like orange sticky backed plastic to thee and me but it is the screen connector or appears to be. The screen goes blank if you tease them out with a hammer and chisel. In retrospect I’d advise a bit of judicious wriggling with plastic tweezers.

_MG_2390   It’s not a big job to pop a new screen in. Two screws to remove the battery, that’s the big silver bit, Three screws to remove the mother board that's the green bit with silver heat sinks on it and another six screws to get at the screen. They are not posidrives but little Allen sockets. A half hour job with a following wind. No soldering or vacuuming. Easy Peasy. I went on ’tinternet. Forty five pounds for a screen!!! I looked again. £25.00p for a screen. Robbing devils. I rang Amazon. A new Kindle is coming tomorrow for fifty pounds. With all my books on. Great service but I have to send the old one back. I haven’t mentioned to Amazon that I’ve been poking about inside it. I doubt they’ll notice and finders is keepers.  I hope it is. They could stop me downloading books. Even books that inspire adventure.

I was going Christmas light shooting, I dug out a couple of star filters, loaded two camera backs, one with Velvia 100 reversal and the other with Ilford HP5. I’ll get to the Christmas lights but not tonight.

churchinnpandec13  I’m just back from a good afternoon at the Church Inn Chelmorten. A couple of pints and a roast beef dinner with she who I used to obey. Poor lass is feeling a bit stressed, she deserved an afternoon off driving me to the pub and back.

Anyone know what this was used for?

_MG_2376   I do and I’ll give you a clue. It’s not for book binding.

Have a great week.

29 comments:

  1. Sounds as if you've had an eventful few days Adrian?...clogging up the washing machine with sheep shit - you're yet to be found out on that one! Being outdone by three cute teeny weenie little goats.....And failing the audition to become a mini-computer mechanic, hope you didn't leave any fingerprints?
    I assume that you did the gentlemanly thing and paid for the poor woman's dinner, especially after she took the time to be your chauffeur for the day?

    Now that scary looking piece of apparatus.....It's not where her who should be obeyed places your dangly bits before she turns the screw in the hope that your priorities will be refocused in the right direction, is it?.....[;o)

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  2. Trevor, I'm back to almost Par.
    I am bomb proof on the washing machine. I took a couple of old towels down and my other jacket. I had to wait as a lady was loading the machine and said it smells of sheep in here. I commended her on her sense of smell and said it could be me or the sheep next door. Nice to meet a polite lady.
    Time will tell on the Kindle. It's like a power cut just in the middle of a film or in this case a Bernard Cornwell.
    Dinner is the least of it. I had to pay for tyres, discs and pads on my sons car. I told her this is the last time. My resolution is to use and abuse and not visa versa.
    No Trevor, I'll not keep you waiting.....long. The answer is being posted tomorrow.

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  3. You must not have gotten the memo. No one repairs anything anymore.

    I like the first picture very much even though the goats are a bit fuzzy. The second one looks furry and beautiful. Apparently Jodie understands goats. They are like old men named Adrian. You can't fence them in.

    I was un-curious as to what the innards of a Kindle looked like but am grateful to know there is no fire inside.

    The inn is great looking. Convey and obey? Only if you must. I would use the stone to crack walnuts if I had a lot of them.

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    1. David, repairing has never been easier. There is little soldering to be done. Mother boards are just a push away. Or a slide away. I would like to mend this.
      The goats were shot on the fly at near dusk, I wasn't expecting them. I accept it is crap. There is no excuse.......hoped you liked the story though,

      I'm surprised you don't know what it's for but it isn't a nut crusher.

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    2. Yes, I liked the story! You have a way of phrasing that gets either a grin, a chuckle or outright laugh out of me every time.

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  4. Adrian Goats never listen but never. I would use the stone. biestukvermalser as

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    1. Bas I reply to you in Dutch. Het is een kaas pers. Voor degenen die niet begrijpen uw taal. Hard luck!

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  5. Phew - I could smell this post as soon as I opened it - very sheepy and goaty!
    I found your analysis of the kindle very interesting. I shall bookmark it in case mine ever goes bung. When my elder boy was still at home, I saw lots of things like this as he would always take the backs off computers and things to look inside. Mostly he could reverse the procedure. I can't remember what ails you (back?) but I hope you are mending, Adrian.

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    1. Katherine it is repairable. I like looking inside such things.
      I am old I still struggle to believe I can have two tons of library in my hand. I also know that the most expensive part of technology is the interface.
      I am good for a bloke that was drounded and crushed unfortunately I thought I was mended. I wasn't and did't bounce when I decided it would be fun to descend a quarry heap . Yet another two weeks on the machines. They won't give one a Marlboro in instive care. Mean they are,

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    2. Drowned, crushed and fell into a hole!? (In what order? - the mind boggles). Good gracious. And then to deprive you of your smokes? Unforgivable!

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  6. The last picture - is it a traditional Clegg press? Deputy PM's place their skulls on the base stone and the upper stone is wound down very slowly to gradually squeeze the brains out of the Clegg - grey matter seeping from every orifice like brain-coloured toothpaste which is then dried and fed to the pygmy goats?

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  7. No. It is far too good for him.
    You seem to be a Cleggy, you are the first to suggest he has a brain or at least one worth squeezing.
    The avatar is brilliant. Who does it remind me of? Not Cleggy but the other one.
    Have fun.

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  8. So there is a new Kindle out with a HD screen and your's goes bust, hmmm....
    In the first image of the goats it looks like the goats have skillfully placed some wood behind the wall to aid in the escape.
    Was the thing in the last image to "press" something like cheese/hops?

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    1. Douglas, Kindle HD be buggered, I just want to read a book.
      You are near enough.
      I'ts a cheese press.

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  9. Nice to be with the animals like that. I miss that when I'm not in the valleys.
    Whatever happened to proper books?
    I was going to suggest a trouser press, but it looks like I'm wrong.

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    1. Keith, I enjoy the company of animals.
      I succumbed to the Kindle a year ago. It doesn't have the appeal of a book but does save an awful lot of space.
      A cheese press it is.

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  10. You're a very handy fellow. You work with sheep. You fix kindles and you find lost goats. I'd say that's pretty good for one guy! I'm disappointed that you didn't get photos of the Christmas lights.

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    1. Red, I didn't fix the Kindle.
      I'll get out for the lights this week sometime.

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  11. That looks like a bit of overkill for a cheese press! At least goats and sheep wouldn't knock it over when they were on the loose. Love the goat portrait, she's a beauty.

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    1. Pauline, it is a bit on the large size but it no doubt made big cheeses.
      The are wonderful little goats. Very agile.

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  12. As entertaining a post as I've read since, well, yesterday anyway. Seriously, and at the risk of accusations of sycophancy (wow, spelled it correctly without the spillchucker) your posts usually are great value. Coincidentally I was presented with a Kindle looking similar to that when I was away recently on the basis that "I knew about these things". Presumably because I'm an oldie and I use an iPhone and Macbook. I hadn't got a clue what to do with someone else's Kindle. I might take my own apart but....

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    1. Graham, looking on-line it seems to be a common problem.
      It will mend but it is hardly worth it.

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  13. Yes, hilarious ~ you should take this show on the road!

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    1. Carol, I should. I will be back on the road early next week.

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  14. Looks like you're on your way to recovery (or 'discovery' with your travels).

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    1. Maria, yes, good days and bad but the good days are becoming more frequent.

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  15. Very entertaining :) It's those rectangular goat eyes that are really weird looking with their rectangular pupils, the same as sheep.

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  16. Nice shot of the goat, interesting that it comes in the same post as she who must be obeyed with the instrument of torture just after it !!

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