Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Model Boat Pt4

Work on the boat has continued.  The motor, stern tube and propeller shaft had been fitted to get the correct alignment before using a 2 part adhesive to glue the stern tube in place.  After a 24 hour wait for the glue to set the motor and propeller shaft had to be removed before gluing the cabin sides and deck supports in place.  Then more waiting as he had to give the inside 3 coats of varnish, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.  He is now ready to start building the cockpit and fit the deck on.

Spaghetti Squash

Success!  After planting close on 30 seeds we eventually had 3 that started to grow.  Maybe it was just as well that only 1 plant survived as it went wild and over took the raised bed that they were in.  We now have 6 decent sized squashes, ranging from about 6" - 10" tall, ripening on the window sill.  Quite possibly there could of been more, as there are still flowers and some fist sized fruits on the plant.  Unfortunately the weather has turned cold and wet so we do not expect them to grow and ripen any more.  Next year we plan on trying to grow different squash varieties, but intend to get them planted earlier.  I will post more pictures once we get round to using them.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Model Boat Pt3

Finally Nigel has got the hull sides to stick and has now glued the bottom pieces in place.  This time he is taken no chances and has used lots of tape and put a book on top to weigh the bottom down.

Even the extra weight of the book did not help. So plan 2 lots of glue inside the frame work more tape and pins poked though the front.  Its been sat like that for three days and he used so much glue it is still not dry.

At last Nigel is happy with it.  The hull bottom has stuck although he had to sand down a couple of spots where excess glue had stuck in places it should not be.  I think he is going to paint the bottom now before putting a coat of varnish on it.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

RC Model Boat continued

Work in the boat yard continues (dining table). Nigel has fitted the side hull pieces and lightly glued them in place, he says it's like a tack weld what ever that is, He is using paper masking tape to hold them in place while the glue dries.

Oh no disaster! After waiting 24 hours for the glue to dry he removed the tape only to find the side from where it changes shape to the pointy end had not set correctly.  He said back to the drawing board more glue and extra tape, not as easy as he thought it was going to be.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

RC Model Boat

It was Nigel's 60th birthday last Sunday. This was his birthday present, a radio controlled model boat kit.

He spent four days reading the instructions and
looking at the parts in the box and started to build yesterday.  He has completed the first stage and is waiting for the glue to dry before attempting to to fit the hull pieces.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Although last week we had some cooler weather and much needed rain, the week before was extremely hot and the poor sheep didnt know what to do with themselves their fleeces had grown so long.  Luckily our sheep shearer Adele was shearing at a neighbouring farm and took some time out to come over and shear our little flock.  She said they were very nice sheep.  The sheep seem much happier now although the flies do seem to bother them now they dont have their fleeces to protect them.

Aimee was also feeling the heat, she had a really thick long coat, so we took her along to a dog clipping service up in Corlay and had her coat cut off.  She looks so cute now with her moustache and eyebrows and her fur which is obviously her undercoat is like velvet.  Nigel keeps teasing her asking her what she's done with our Aimee.  I think we are getting used to how she looks now but it took a little time.

Veggie Patch Update

 As can be seen our veggie plot is coming along nicely, flowers on all the beans, swede and turnip tops standing up well, the brocolli is doing fine, sweet potato plants spreading all over and we have had our first harvest of mangetout! and very tasty they were too!