Life at the end of the road

March 3, 2013

System error :-(

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:43 pm

Not a great deal to ‘shout about’ today, in fact it’s been a bit of a downer with very little achieved Sad smile Just couldn’t seem to get motivated despite getting up at 6:30 full of enthusiasm and going out early to feed everyone armed with my .22 rifle. Yesterday I strode forth into the morning to be confronted by several pigeons stealing hen and bird food and at least four crows eating the pig food. This morning I props myself discretely behind a tree with the old Anchutz and saw not one single hoodie or flying rat Sad smile I swear that they know the difference between wifey and I, the blighters spotted me yesterday and thought ‘time to take cover for a day or two’ Smile

Returning to the toasty kitchen for a bowl of muesli and hour on the laptop I ventured forth once more to find rain!!!! Not the normal ‘pishing down’ stuff but that aggressive ‘Scotch mist’ that fools you into thinking you don’t need waterproofs but leaves you covered in a kind of dew and soaked in a few minutes.

 

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The ‘wee dug’ must have known for she steadfastly refused to join me outside, settling instead for a pair of my socks and the warmth of the stove.

 

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I quickly gave up on repairing the new ‘hen hoose’ that was a little rotten around the base and broke out the power washer. Power washing is one of the few jobs that is actually better done in the wet, as you’re likely to get soaked anyway so are usually wearing waterproofs Smile Well you are if you have a decent one like mine and not some ‘Mickey Mouse’ thing from Aldi, pressure washers like compressors are only as good as the amount they can pass and not the pressure that they can do it at. It is no good having a washer that will clean at 200bar if it will only pump 5lts in a minute, you really need something that will do at least 10 or 11lts a minute or 600lts an hour, one with a brass pump and ceramic pistons. Not some piece of carp from China made from plastic, I’ve had mine for twenty years and it’s done a lot of work, a good sturdy Honda engine and an Italian pump is what you need. Most of the good ones, be they Ehrle, Clarke, or whatever use an Interpump  http://www.interpumpgroup.it/interpump/uk/Default.htm unit anyway and parts are readily available from Bruce at http://www.washdownsupplies.co.uk/ for a fraction of the cost of the retailer.

So until the sun showed up around 14:00 I spent most of the day cleaning paths and walls around the house, only returning to the hen hoose after a coffee and cake with friends that popped round for a visit.

 

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I cut out most of the rotten wood and spliced in a few new bits but could go no further until I bought some timber preservative. Had it not been for ‘livestock’ I’d have improvised with some old engine oil and diesel but thought I’d better get the right stuff for the hens sake Smile So with plenty of daylight left I reluctantly went inside to eat some roast lamb and do my VAT return Sad smile No wonder I’m depressed Smile

 

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Then after several hours of head scratching I was confronted by this, why is it that every government IT venture is friggin useless Sad smile

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9 Comments »

  1. “why is it that every government IT venture is friggin useless?”
    because they employ folks who don’t have a clue, just like the bods on the benches! 😦

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — March 3, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    • Hey watch it, not all government IT is rubbish. I build them some very nice systems indeed. We aren’t all numpties working in the civil service! 😉

      Comment by Simon — March 4, 2013 @ 11:15 am

      • The online system for road tax renewal always works a treat 🙂

        Comment by Derek — March 4, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

      • The online system for road tax renewal always works a treat

        So does the TV license Derek but they would wouldn’t they because the barstewards are screwing money out of you. When it come to anything that repays money like HMRC it’s a friggin epic. Just wasted 45 minutes of blog writing time submitting it, what the feck was up with the paper return??????

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 4, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

      • Hey watch it, not all government IT is rubbish. I build them some very nice systems indeed. We aren’t all numpties working in the civil service!

        Aye Simon, you can be sure all the IT systems designed for screwing Joe public work just fine 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 4, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  2. Crows do recognise faces and know which people have guns and shoot at them, studies have been done 🙂 also they can count to around 6 or 7.

    Comment by knotrune — March 4, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    • Crows do recognise faces and know which people have guns and shoot at them

      I can well believe it 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 4, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  3. This is unrelated, but since you’re a diver, I thought you might be cheered up by this fascinating discovery; an 1854 shipwreck, the most miraculously intact in the entire Great Lakes: http://www.michiganmysteries.com/#/westmoreland/4555946929
    http://record-eagle.com/local/x1047882330/Diver-says-he-found-Westmoreland-shipwreck

    Cheers, Flora

    Comment by Flora — March 4, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    • Very interesting Flora and incredibly well preserved.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 4, 2013 @ 9:39 pm


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