Sunday, 16 December 2018

Pre Christmas

After a few weeks of Pre Christmas activity, most things now sorted out. Presents for my wife all wrapped and a pre Christmas gift to us both, we bought, a 55 inch QLED smart TV which has now taken over our living room, but an excellent picture and sound.

The bi-annual cleaning of the tri-wall plastic porch roof which collects grit from the roof tiles and obscures a lot of light, successfully done. This activity involves climbing on to the garage roof and using a soft broom and elbow grease to remove the muck, followed by hosing down and cleaning the resulting spills from the plastic barge boards surrounding the porch. It was so cold and there was ice to melt as well. 

External Christmas lights all set up in the porch, one set of LED lights gave up the ghost after one night, so investigation revealed a badly soldered wire connection, which have just re-soldered and all working well now.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Web site

My website which has been running for a while, mainly built to try and drum up some business in the photo restoration field, has not been very successful and have decided to redesign the site with a view to documenting my 22 year RAF career. I already have a pdf file which will be used to copy and paste from. This may generate some interest and if not, may well be time to ditch the site altogether. Have made a start on the first page

Content now complete, just some minor details to add. Missed a few hyperlinks but now all sorted, 5 pages to read.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A touch of winter

Yesterday the weather took on a near winter temperature which has continued today. Cold damp and not conducive to outdoor activity. Managed to capture this rainbow before it disappeared.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Prep for Winter weather

Now that the first frosts have arrived, it was time to tidy up the greenhouse of old dead plants, remove weeds and empty the green waste buckets, nice and sunny and warm in the greenhouse, so a nice day to do it.

The exterior garden hose, all wrapped up and disconnected from the tap, stowed in the greenhouse. The water supply to the exterior tap is now isolated to stop any freeze damage in the event of extreme cold this winter.

All our dahlias have given months of flowers of unusually large blooms, lots still flowering, so dead headed them all and hope they keep flowering a bit longer.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hedge cutting

Annual hedge cutting done for yet another year, used a pair of hand shears, so arms and shoulders ache. Looks a lot tidier and ready for the winter.

Monday, 10 September 2018

New Car

We have been looking for a new car for a while, checked out a few Vauxhall cars and decided on an SUV Mokka design/nav 1.4 turbo petrol model 2018 reg with delivery mileage. Reason for change being a higher seating position and the fact our Astra is quite a few years old now. We should pick up the new car at the weekend hopefully.

Car was picked up on Saturday morning by my wife, I had a test drive on Sunday to get the hang of all the new bells and whistles. Found it a great car to drive, very smooth ride. Took a couple of stops to get the hang of the stop/start function, but am really pleased with this car. Spent the rest of Saturday clearing out all the junk from our old Astra and gave it a wash. My grand daughter is now the Astra owner and she is well happy with it.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Ex Military Forums

Had an email from a forum I occasionally visit, informing me that the forum is to close down tomorrow Monday 13th August.

 Since I retired from the military in 1993, I have enjoyed several of these forums, meeting some characters and generally having a bit of banter and some nostalgic moments. The forum that I count as the best of its type was the Biscuitsbrown one, where the site owner had the knack of creating great topics and was also a friendly place to be.

But unfortunately Biscuitsbrown had to close down. The bulk of the members were transferred to another new site, Servicepals, again this site closed recently.

It would appear that the days of exciting ex military forums are at a premium and nothing I have seen so far have come anywhere near to Biscuitsbrown.

Sunday, 29 July 2018


After 2 months of scorching hot temperatures and the garden taking a hit, it started raining on Friday with accompanying thunder and lightning, Saturday was back to hot sun again, but rained in the evening, today it has rained non stop. At least it has soaked the dried up garden and cooler temps at night for an easier sleep. Forecast is for more heatwave next week, so summer is still with us.

Saturday, 21 July 2018


Have been using vaping for some time now, kicked the cigarettes and have been using the least nicotine level for some time. Today as I had just run out of e-liquid, I bought some Menthol flavour liquid with no nicotine content, so slowly kicking the nicotine habit. Back home tried the new liquid, and it is fine.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Plastic Model Decals

Last year I needed some out of print decals, so bought some inkjet water slide decal paper. Found the images I needed and printed them out, so far so good. Had to spray the prints with acrylic lacquer to seal them from when soaked in water. Got the job done and a satisfactory job on my model.

A year later, the decals have faded so badly that I need to replace them. Spoke to the local Colour Graphics chap today and he said he would print an A4 sheet for £1, so have ordered some laser water slide paper 5 x White and 5 x Clear, worth a try.

Should arrive next week, so will let you know how it goes.

Took the new paper and artwork down to Color Grafix and they said that they could not risk damaging the Laser printer drum as the paper looked a bit too glossy in their opinion. Suggested try a home laser printer. Given up the idea now, just glad the new paper was not expensive.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Bought my wife an iPad for Christmas from eBay and one of the cameras has stopped working. Tried a factory reset and still not sorted. Contacted the seller on eBay and after being told to do a few resets which did not solve the problem. The seller has agreed to replace the iPad and currently trying to source another before I have to return the u/s one.

I reported the problem to the seller 5th June and by the 10th they started trying to source the replacement. Contacted them on the 14th June asking for a progress report but not had a reply since.

Hopefully this will get resolved before I have to ask eBay to take up the case. The iPad had a 12month warranty from the vendor.

Had an online chat with eBay last week and because of the time frame covered by eBay and Paypal, they are unable to do anything to help. A seller report on the vendor will be compiled and that is about it. No emails in response to my queries since 10th June, so looks like I am stuck with the ipad..

My next move is to leave follow up feedback and warn others of the way I have been dealt with by 


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Premium Bonds

Opened my mail this morning to find I had won another prize of £50 this month. It is normally a £25 prize most months, so am well pleased. Of all the safe investments I think that Premium bonds pay out more than any savings account or bank account interest, well worth the investment.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Dug out this tie the other day, it was a gift from my younger brother Chic when he worked out in Saudi at Tabuk, a RSAF Lightning tie with logo. Over the years whilst in the RAF, I collected pin badges from units either stationed at or visiting stations.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

First cycle ride this year

Dusted off the bike, pumped up the tyres, and went for a run round the block to test out my Strava app. A bit windy, but enjoyed the ride.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

What if

Messing about in P3D flight sim and created this shot of what it was like at RAF Binbrook in it's heyday. XS904 back where used to fly from.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Windows 10 update

Very large windows 10 update yesterday, had wondered why my PC was running slow all day, due to the downloads. The only thing that usually gets messed up is that my sound settings get altered ie: no sounds from the front headset ports, and the sound manager does not work. Eventually reinstalled the realtek sound manager and sorted out connections which now work.

The biggest annoyance is that all desktop shortcuts have returned with arrows on the icons, so, again had to download the latest Windows Tweakui program which gives the option to remove the arrows, saving having to edit the registry to do the same job.

All back to a working system now.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Real Flight Sim

Last Thursday was a special treat, my son in law Matt shared a Xmas present, 2 tickets to fly a 737 at a proper flight sim in Peterborough.

Loved every minute of it. we each had half an hour and I managed to not crash land it. Quite an experience. Have now loaded a 737 model in my own flight sim, to have a bit more practise.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Dual monitors

Stuck in the house due to the foul weather, got to thinking that as I use a flight sim program, it would be good to have a second monitor set up to spread the screens for easy viewing. Remembered that I was given a spare monitor years back, got it from the loft, and spent the day setting them up. Took a while to get the drivers sorted out, but now have a dual display.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Another Lightning

 Decided to build my 4th English Electric Lightning this one for a friend. Have never made a flying model before, so something new. The aircraft will be of XS904 BQ which is based at Bruntingthorpe. Will be using silver leaf for the underside. Progress is going well so far.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Flight Sim

My old flight sim joystick has been playing up for a while and getting a bit old for modern sims, so have just bought myself a new Joystick and will collect tomorrow from Argos. Will report back on how good it is later.

All set up and working, amazing bit of kit for the money and what a difference it has made to my flight sim experience, very smooth. I have only pre-programmed a few buttons and this has made a huge difference from having to use keyboard presses.

Have decided to keep the throttle and joystick together and build a sliding shelf under my desk to place it on, but highly recommended.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets days for 2018


Well we had a week of snow and ice which now seems a distant memory, nights are getting lighter too, so will get out and tidy up the garden in a week or two. Looking forward to getting back out on my bike as it has been ages now.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Squadron Plaque

For some time now I have been thinking of designing and making a Squadron plaque, so have got some air drying clay to model a maple leaf for my 5 Squadron plaque which will be made from solid oak wood. Now to get the design drawn.

First attempt using DAS clay, easy enough to work with and at the minute drying out, progress.

I found the clay easy to work with, a finger moistened with water helps to take off any sharp edges. Drying took a few days and I found it is best to turn the object over each day, as it tend to warp from the flat whilst drying, luckily I made a couple more and learned from the first one.

Project on hold for the minute as am busy building an Airfix F6 Lightning, but will return to the project when the Lightning is finished.

Demise of our Hoover

Our Hoover decided to pack up yesterday, stripped it down and found the motor housing where the drive for the belt was had broken away, no way of repairing the plastic part unfortunately. Time for a new machine, duly selected by my wife and being collected today, it is a Dyson this time round.

Hopefully this one will do the job and last as long as our old upright Hoover, time will tell

Friday, 9 February 2018

Binbrook Q Shed vandalism

Just read that the Binbrook Q shed accommodation buildings have been vandalised, the perpetrators using a stolen fork lift truck smashed the brickwork and virtually demolished the building.   

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

P3D Flight Sim

Like to fly the English Electric Lightning model designed by Dave Rowberry and bought the F6 package from Aerosoft. Incredibly realistic and a far superior sim to Microsoft FSX which has now been abandoned, with no further support for the program. I have most of the models I like to fly apart from XR728 which was the mount of Gp Cpt John Spencer and alive and running at Bruntingthorpe Airfield where as one of the Lightning Preservation Group team work on occasionally. 

Managed to find a really good model repaint of Xr728 and XR713 yesterday and have added them to the sim, making my collection more complete. Dave Rowberry also designed the F3 and T5 models which are available to buy and at present is designing the F53 model which will be out soon.

Friday, 19 January 2018

New Boiler

After many months of our old central heating boiler not performing as it should, decided to invest in a modern more efficient boiler. Had a few quotes from local plumbers and chose a worcester/bosch condensing boiler. With twin controller and a water filter, which keeps the water clean.
This was installed on 16th January and am really impressed at the efficiency and quiet running also opted for a remote thermostat which is easy to use. Just wish I had had this done years ago, but considering the old boiler was 16 years old, had done a reasonable job.