Hard to do home renovations without being wounded, and I was, just as my hospital injection and catheter sites were nearly healed. It was rehanging the metal sculpture with the mirror wot did it. My skin is becoming thin and my heart medication makes my blood thin and it takes longer to stop bleeding. What fun. That's my forearm btw.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The first Peregrine falcon egg was laid on the 26th of August. Not yet three months from fluff balls they are readying themselves for their first flights. It is unlikely they will return to their nesting site and their parents will teach them hunting skills, but once they make their first kill, probably a pigeon, they will be on their own.
I tune in for maybe ten minutes every few days but it is amazing the information your pick up from the chat system.
While when younger they waited patiently in turn to be fed, in the last week they have become more impatient and one chick attacked Dad Falcon and took the bird carcass. Dad took it back and and fed another less aggressive chick. You can see that happen here.
I expect the aggressive chick will be the first to fly. Today she (all three are she) hopped up and down the gutter while flapping its huge wings. They all sat for some time on the gutter observing the city in action. Even between Friday and today, Tuesday they have changed so much with down nearly all gone.
While I don't believe they have natural predators, their first year on their own is the hardest as they learn about human made hazards such as windows and power lines.
It has been a wonderful thing to see the eggs laid, the chicks hatch and nearly become fledglings. Thanks so much to the volunteers who maintain the camera, which now automatically switches from both boxes in the gutter as they chicks move around. And thanks to those who have offered knowledgeable comment in the chat and those who have stopped spammers and other chat nonsense.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I think I showed you a photo of the wall in our laundry cupboard (the real estate agent term is European Laundry) and it was a bit of mess. We bought some floating shelves to sit where the clothes dryer was once hung.
But firstly I patched the holes in the wall. As well as the clothes dryer mounting brackets, we had two different hand held vacuum cleaners attached to the wall and both needed their own holes. For a number of years we've used a stick vacuum cleaner, which made a hand held redundant and the stick vacuum is mounted within the cupboard but in a different place.
Yorkshire Pudding has recently undertaken some painting and I wonder if he agrees with my formula for painting. That is estimate the time required and the amount of paint needed and double both.
Anyway, the shelves are so easy to install. Drill a few holes in the plaster board. Don't use the supplied weak fixings but use butterfly bolts or gravity bolts. Twenty minutes max to install two shelves.
Two and half hours later with both of working on them, the shelves were installed. We put up the top shelf first. See the power point? I needed to find out which side of point the wires were. I hoped the far side, and my stud finder, settle down kiddies, indicated so, although it is not so reliable and is nearly as antiquated as me. I put on my rubber thongs, hey come on, they are footwear here, just in case of shocko. The drill bit became tangled in insulation material and stuck. Again the drill is antiquated and the bit is not clasped very tightly. Eventually got it right.
The right hand hole had me hit galvanised vent ducting. I had to drill into the metal so the butterfly bolts could go in deep enough. Again the drill bit became stuck in the metal work. I overthought it and tried to pull the drill bit out while spinning. I shut it off and it just pulled it out.
We were pleased we did the troublesome top shelf first. The lower shelf was not really a problem, except for gravity bolts not dropping like they should have. Did I hear more than once 'for f**** sake' from both of us.
The shelves were up and we had bought paint for the wall, and to also repaint another small wall.
Tomorrow I have given Household Management a day off and we will brunch at Altona Beach, where we will also drop off surplus household chemicals we discovered as we cleaned out the laundry. at the nearest convenient place for us.
How floating shelves work. I never knew about them.
Holes are filled. Top shelf up. I thought to put a detergent bottle in front of the sealed off extraction clothes dryer vent.
We decided the lower shelf was too high. Another hole to fill.
What a great idea of mine to put our paint colour information on the lid of the painting crate. What a shame we forgot that we did that and only discovered it by accident.
The area was painted and one coat was enough. Both shelves up and R covered up the vent with a piece of cardboard covered over by tin foil.
Grub screws went in the next morning but for some reason did not line up well. Maybe we will investigate why or maybe not ever notice that they are not quite right. The shelves were loaded and everything put in place.
Strangely these two walls were marked, so R whacked a coat of paint on them and touched up a couple of other marks on other walls. Job done.
Monday, November 09, 2020
Sunday, November 08, 2020
In four years time Biden will be nearly 82 when he comes up for re-election. Just a thought, and even though I know nothing about Vice President elect Harris, maybe if she performs well as VP should he stand aside and allow her a shot at top office?
When you have blogging for a very long time, you can repeat yourself and it will be all new to your latest blogmates and your very time blogmates might have forgotten what you have posted.
I have posted a photo of this Swiss village before, but this is a much clearer photo taken by Frank Kaiser. (no it's not. It is the same photo)