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    well had the Birthday boy for a celebratory cup o' tea this afternoon big 3-1 .. half my age
    .... None other than Ruben himself of the BCEF fame, with his lovely lady ... Lost in the Welsh hills .... again

    - Only a few months since they called in last

    -- text -- "what's yer post code again mate"
    .... great to see them both ....

    missed Pam,
    who'd just departed for Plymouth with her daughter and Clara, supposedly to visit Shem and Co.

    ..... apparently she was a tad confused when Vicki went sailing past the Plymouth turn, at Okehampton

    ...... heading for a Birthday surprise week of 'pampering' at a secret Cornish location, with her kids and theirs

    ... shocked was the best description I think
    .. did tell her to pack more clothes this morning - "never know what the weather's gonna do Pam"

    on the phone earlier, when they got there .. "did you know about this??? " ... " who me -- nah "

    ........ sadly someone's gotta 'hold the fort' , look after the mogs and maybe/almost certainly, take 'that' phone call

    .... might get down there for a day or so perhaps
    ... we'll see
    best kept secret, so far, this decade
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    was a very long day yesterday .... ended about 04.30 this morning after being called back to the hospice at 18.00 ..... we lost Ken at 02.10
    I've been on screen saver all day !!


    was relatively quick, painless and peacefully in his sleep .... a shame the same could not be said of the ten year run up to it
    it was a relief for them both TBH ..
    his bro. did well, to enable him to stay at home for so long, but he was exhausted and Ken's quality of life was not great
    he said to Pam last Friday, he'd had enough! .... went from a horse of a guy to a frail shell in days .... just gave in to the inevitable and stopped fighting it.
    as the saying goes .... "life's a bitch ....... ....etc."
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    it's been 'some' week .... a lot to get sorted and done .... a lot already sorted


    in between appointments and phone calls, I've 'relaxed' finishing off the second area that needed some additional soil ... extending a 'flower bed' and raising the ground level a bit here, to channel run off when it pees down, away from our septic, which has been known to get flooded occasionally, when the monsoon style rain we seem to have been subject to now and again, has swamped the field above and our lawn











    I'd raised the GL here a while ago, but not far enough 'up' the run of the lawn, so has been an opportunity to increase the area of it.
    no sooner gt it all topped off and graded, when Squeak came tearing down the lawn, raced around it all, dug a few holes and legged it with my cursing ringing in his ears lil' bugger!!!


    Up at the church yesterday, checking out the 'space' for Ken, next to his sister ... gonna be tight ...... been a while since I was last there and had forgotten just what a 'crooked' old place it is .... built on a bit of a landslip, centuries ago ... and has moved a lot over time ...








    the flying buttresses, that have been there as long as I've known it, keep the tower 'put'
    pix do not do the lean justice ... has to really be seen to appreciate the degree of lean and of the twist down the entire length of the old place ... the other end leans and twists in the opposite direction .... significantly .. and the whole place bows like it has a broken back .... a testament to the builders, that it still stands at all .... the end in the pix above must've sunk 2-3ft, judging by the size of the very low door way inside into the tower and its cockeyed shape


    one of the guys on another forum asked if I was taking the 'Drema up to dig the grave ?? I'd struggle to get the Fleming in to where the hole's gotta be ....





    beside from the road up to the church ... the 'Drema'd widen the lane as it went up, ... with the blade down - or up


    Les the local grave digger (who incidentally suffers with a very similar genetic blood disorder as me ) runs a 2 t Kub ..... thinking of ringing him to see when he's going up there to dig it ...... I wanna see HTF he gets his Kub in there


    the funeral director struggles to get the hearse up there .... and his limo.s are out of the question .... we all choose the smallest cars available to us ... and pile in ...... the P38'll not be in use for sure
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    well didn't get to Plantworx again for another 2 years .... had a begging phone call Monday night ... could i please go help with the heated vacuum mixer again at Simon's bro.'s place ... the seal that didn't get replaced last time'd given up the unending struggle with the atmosphere and was in need of some expertise


    Now at 200 quid a throw I could sort of understand the reluctance to not change it last time, when we had it apart .... but ....
    had it apart and ready to re-asemble just after lunch ... then fought for two hours with this bloody fragile carbon ring seal trying to get it back in to its housing ...










    persuading it into those three O rings is some feat .... especially when i discover that the seal is 0.5mm too big ... off the shelf, all they had were these half mil. oversize seals .. 4-6 weeks lead time on one the correct size .... so had a fettle of the old one ....





    got it looking half about and it was 18.00 was gonna have to be a tomorrow job .. the day I'd planned to go with Alex to the show
    ... I was up for a job and knock, but Simon'd got summat planned for the evening and was already running late ... so that was the end of my plans for Wednesday
    re-fitted the 'fettled' old one the following morning --- the loss of that half mil made all the difference and it went in a lot sweeter than t'other one that we'd spent two odd hours wrestling with the afternoon before and failing to get past the third O ring quite HTF we'd managed to get the other one in previously, on the last strip down is still a mystery as working the dim.s there physically was not enough room in the recess for all that rubber to be displaced/compressed


    anyway .... it all went back together .... eventually and ran the old girl up ..... achieved 75% efficiency -- slight air leak but the vac. pump held its own and is likely to improve with a bit of use .... it'd get 'em out the tish with their production schedule for a week or so, 'praps more.


    ordered up a couple of 130 mm lumps of 90 mm dia. carbon rod and lined up a guy locally to machine some new ones to the right diameter, when the stock arrives ... plus a couple of improvement mod.s to the design, (oh for a lathe of me own) ..... so'll probably be back there again next week for round three


    Carbon stock arrived yesterday and went off to be machined in the afternoon ... hopefully have some seals back mid week, next week


    followed this bloke up to Simon's bro's the other day .... God knows what was keeping half of it on there





    and sticking out in either direction left and right ... be surprised if he didn't have half of it off up the lanes !!!

    picked up a nice ISO 40 cutter / collet chuck the other day off fleabay for a fiver a piece














    the face cutter probably be 150 quid new ..... got 33 DA collets coming shortly ..... for 28 quid .... steal !!

    and a few more pix of the Old church up at Cwmyoy for you all .....














    crooked is one descriptor















    bloody miraculous it's still standing really
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    At those prices for that tooling they got to be had ..... already got plenty of ISO 40 stuff, but a shell mill is summat I didn't keep .... Tom Lomax at Exc@v8 had 'em with me miller he bought off me


    if it's the right price ... it won't eat or drink and Button B is an ad. away !!


    Got a nice Ajax lined up if I can find half a day to go eyeball and pay for it








    just a bit busy ATM ... between events and Clara three days a week ...... an' it's Pam's 60th next week



    got the last few bits out of the drainage trench the other day














    just in time for it to get a good trial ..... has it ever pissed down here recently

    managed to get me duct sorted, cut to length and the rest coiled up tidy this afternoon ....











    took some wrestling back into a coil after i'd wrestled it into a straight length to tidy up the excess


    dropped in an extension for one of the water lines ... the live one ... gravity fed





    just as it started to pee down again ..... pulled the stop end off, to find an old style fitting ... so the simple swap I'd anticipated happening turned into a wet swap in all senses
    .... combined with the annoying move of filling me one rigger, wresting the end of it trying to get the fitting's insert back out ...
    bloody weather .. been dry all day ... even dry enough to get the lawn knocked down


    t'other line will be for a pumped/pressurised supply, when I get the storage tank into the black shed, plumbed in and the pump installed, to feed it ..
    hence a further need for an electric supply to the shed. ....
    it's all about levels here, when it comes to water, plumbing and planning a system. We have a limited 'head' to play with to get it here
    must remember to extend that one too
    ..... after I've lifted it all back out to clean the trench bottom again when it dries up a bit
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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