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Steampunk in Swindon

Tas, MiniBoyGeek and I had a quick walk round the Steam Punk Spectacular at the Swindon Steam Museum (will have to do Photos of that some other time). Podpad Studios were there with some of their cool steampunk stuff, and… Continue reading →

Some one else reading @MiniBoyGeek a book

Tas has been reading to MiniBoyGeek tonight. The photo is taken with her reading “Where’s My Cow” by Terry Pratchett. Like Sam Vimes, Tas is good at doing the noises!

Books 28 to 34, Over a third of the books :)

Even more books with MiniBoyGeek! Book 28 – Jason Hook’s “Where’s the Dragon?“ Book 29 – Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo“ Book 30 – Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo’s Child“ Book 31 – Neil Griffiths’s “Grandma and Grandpa’s Garden“ Book 32 –… Continue reading →

Books 23 to 27 – More reading with @MiniBoyGeek

Some more books: Book 23 – Julia Donaldson’s “Fox’s Socks“ Book 24 – Beth Pountney’s “Scatty Catty Where is Your Milk?” Book 25 – Mary Murphy’s “Slow Snail“ Book 26 – Kali Stileman’s “Peely Wally“ Book 27 – Jane Clarke’s… Continue reading →

Cheap Chinese loco and secret plans

Well that is MiniBoyGeek up to three working electric Lego Duplo locomotives, only the Chinese one to go… I spoke to the seller: > Item died within 10 minutes of putting batteries into it. refund required. > I am still… Continue reading →

@MiniBoyGeek is Two! off to @IceCreamFarm

For MiniBoyGeek‘s birthday, Tas, MiniBoyGeek, Lindsy, the Munchkins and Granny all went out to the IceCreamFarm!

Fixing an Duplo Intelli Train

In a previous post about Duplo trains I mentioned that I had acquired a dead Duplo Intelli Train from eBay. A bit more research tells me that it is Lego Part number 2961, it is from Duplo set 2932 ‘Passenger… Continue reading →

Duplo loading gauge, Locos, and PWay

Since the the last post on Duplo Trains, MiniBoyGeek has been given a lot more Lego Duplo by both his Granddad, and other family members for his second birthday: He has now got two of the Duplo Locomotive base engines… Continue reading →

First Urbex at South Marston Hotel, Swindon

Recently we found ourselves in Swindon, Joe offered us a free Urbex (Urban Exploration) trip round the old South Marston Hotel (Joe’s previous visit), I didn’t get many photos, but next time I do an Urbex I will :). I… Continue reading →

We found @MiniBoyGeek’s first Geocache 

Went to Savernake Forest with MiniBoyGeek and Tas for a walk, MiniBoyGeek helped me find his first geocache 😀

With @MiniBoyGeek on big trains

Today I took MiniBoyGeek out on the big trains from New Mills Newtown to Manchester Piccadilly, on a Northern Rail train much much older than him (pre privatisation).

Duplo training

Everybody loves a train set and LEGO Duplo tracks make it very easy to build your own set, I have watched YouTube videos of peoples Lego Train Sets, and thought that they were cool however if you look at the… Continue reading →

No longer a ‘Narrowboat’ but now a Narrow Ship

Simplistically, a ship can carry a boat, but a boat cannot carry a ship. But you could debate this for a long time. I have done. To quote a friend (and Ship Science graduate) that I have posed this question… Continue reading →

Up a windy hill

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been… Continue reading →

Look what @MiniBoyGeek made me at @CreateItCheadle! 

MiniBoyGeek and Tas went to Create It in Cheadle / Stockport and made me a new mug for work! Tamarisk made this short video showing all sides:

Books 18 to 22, from Dinosaurs to Butterflies!

Tas and I are listing to the Harry Potter Audiobooks at home, and I have had The Tales of Beedle the Bard at my parents for a while, and had not got round to reading it as of this. I… Continue reading →

Git stuff and 52 Weeks of Code

Sometimes I feel that my geek credentials are lacking given the lack of code I write, yes I make cool things occasionally, I work as an EMC Engineer for a small Stockport Company, I am a Director of Squashed Fly… Continue reading →

Books 13 to Book 18 some with @MiniBoyGeek, one on a train

Some more books, Book 13 I read on the train too and from work, I have got some more free Kindle books to read soon, and some other books to re-read and hopefully finish, but first: Book 13 – Titanic:… Continue reading →

More books with @miniboygeek

Mini Boy Geek and I have read some more books 😀 The List now sits at: Book 7 – Roger Priddy’s “Alphaprints 123“ Book 8 – Jane Cabrera’s “Floppy Ears“ Book 9 – Disney Level 1 – “Finding Nemo in… Continue reading →

More books with @miniboygeek

After the success of book 1, Mini Boy Geek and I have had some more books 😀 The List now sits at: Book 2 – Terry Pratchet’s “Where’s My Cow? (Discworld)” Book 3 – “Grampy Rabbit In Space” – A… Continue reading →

Narrowboat Empress is for sale

This boat is on our old morring, she is a Beautiful, spacious, unusual 45′ narrowboat for sale in Manchester city centre: Moored at New Islington Marina, Ancoats (10 minutes from Northern Quarter). The waiting list for this city-centre marina is… Continue reading →

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