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Spring is Here

No doubt it won’t last long, but it feels as though Spring is here. The skylarks are singing, there is a definite dawn chorus and I even saw my shadow whilst walking back from the beach, which means the sun must be out. What’s more, I mowed the lawn at the weekend as well. I’ve...

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Shrimps by Post

I’m not entirely sure of the ethics from an animal welfare point of view or sending shrimps in the post but it seems to have worked OK. Battling Algae I was getting something of a build up of algae in my planted aquarium so need some Amano Shrimps to help keep on top of it....

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Ynyslas Perfection

My usual morning routine is to get up at around 5am, chill for a while eating breakfast and getting the fire going. I then start work early. After an hour or so of work and as the sun rises I generally wander over to the beach to take a look. It’s nice to grab a...

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Traces of the Geologist

I haven’t really considered myself a geologist for a while now. However, once a geologist always a geologist and we just can’t help ourselves ‘geologising’! Depositional Detectives One of the ways that this manifests itself is in the examination of depositional environments and wondering how they would appear in the geologic record if preserved in...

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Mole Hills from Space and Robots in the Garden

Now, if that’s not the title of an epically bad Sci-Fi film I don’t know what is! It’s not though, it’s the latest news from our little garden here on the windswept coast of Wales. Mole Hills from Space! I probably don’t complain about the mole hills too much here. I should as they are...

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Tea Break Adventures

There are advantages to lockdown and working from home. Tea Break Adventures is one of them! The main advantage is that it allows for some flexibility in working patterns. Take today for example. I usually work at the University Weds-Fri 9am-3:30pm. However, when working from home I almost always end up doing some University work...

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Power!!

The weekend just gone was all about power! A lack of electrical power some of the time, and plenty of power from the Forces-of-nature. The Forces-of-Nature Saturday saw strong wind here at Ynyslas. 50-60mph all day long and with temperatures close to freezing it was quite an adventure just going outdoors. Anna and I took...

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Katsu Curry Thursday

With lockdown here in Wales continuing we had literally been nowhere for months. To the extent that we’ve been wondering if there is still a world outside of Ynyslas. The camper van hasn’t moved for almost a year now and is going to need new batteries and no doubt some TLC to get it back...

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A Snowy Surf Ski

I’ve not long got back from a nice Sunday morning snowy surf ski. We did have some snow here this morning, but only a light covering and it didn’t last long. There is of course plenty in the hills. Unfortunately the hills are just a little too far away to get to without driving. Driving...

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Garmin Fenix 6 vs Garmin Fenix 7 vs Garmin Descent Mk 2

You know I can’t resist a good gadget, and my Garmin Fenix 3 watch has to be one of the best. I use it every day, not only as a timepiece but also many of its other features too. It has so many features that there probably are some that I don’t use (I don’t...