Future Foundry (by )

My father Lionel and stepmother Lynn were here to stay for a day again, so while Lynn took Sarah shopping, Lionel sorted out the little garage I am planning to make into my metalwork shop.

He did such a great job:

...that there's more space than I had hoped for, so I will instead make it into my full metal workshop. I was planning on just doing the forging and casting in here, and shouldering the metal machining into my grandfather's old workshop - but that can now stay as a wood workshop.

I just need to wait for the rest of my tools and the foundry stuff to arrive - hopefully not before I finish my backlog of work, because it would be frustrating to have it all there waiting to be set up when I don't have the time...

Lionel also found time to enjoy feeding Jean:

Whereas I, in an honest effort to (in one stroke) keep her warm, absorb any more partially-digested milk that should come out, and keep her sitting upright (which she likes, and cmplains if laid down when she's feeling inquisitive), managed to make her look like a Boohbah:

Experiments in Parenting (by )

We've been trying to implement a regime of cloth nappies, since they're a bit more comfortable (less tight elastic bits) and a lot cheaper than disposable nappies.

However, we have yet to find a way of tying them without making the poor girl look a bit silly:

Speaking of looking silly, why do babies look so odd when being winded?

Transistors (by )

Now, my knowledge of electronics really centers around digital stuff, so transistors have always remained a bit of a mystery to me. Sure, I know the gate or base input controls stuff flowing between the other two oddly-named pins, but I've never really known how this works out in practice - if a 12v battery is placed betwixt the collector and emitter of an NPN transistor, and the base is supplied from the +12v rail via a 10KΩ resistor, what would happen? Read more »

Our Idyllic Life In The Countryside ™ (by )

Today, we had lunch in the sun by the waterfall.

Home at last! (by )

Well, we're now settling in for good in Gloucestershire.


Now we need to start organising all the people who are clamouring to come and meet Jean...

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