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Sunflowers and Butterflies

I am working on making a time laps camera for this; I have already put Rasbian on an SD card ūüôā

Sunflowers and Butterflies 

The butterflies are here from @insectlore!

I recently ordered a butterfly garden with 5 live caterpillars kit from Insect Lore, and it arrived today at work (because having stuff sent to work means I don’t need to be at home when they deliver). I opened it… Continue reading →

Sunflowers

For Easter MiniBoyGeek was given some Sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus) to grow ūüôā Tas and MiniBoyGeek planted them. Each of the three pots has a different variety of sunflowers: A. Giganteus B. Teddy Bear C. Evening Sun

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Eden Project

While we were playing guess where, MiniBoyGeek, Tas and I went to the Eden Project in Cornwall

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Following on from my post last night… this is the same place in the day!

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Coate Water Railway with @MiniBoyGeek 

Today MiniBoyGeek, Tas, and little lion went for a dog walk down to Coate Water, in Swindon. Being it was a Sunday with nice weather North Wilts Model Engineering Society were running trains at the Coate Water Miniature Railway. This… Continue reading →

Books 35 to 36 Finally

Looking back over Books I have read, 1, 2-6, 7-10, 13-18, 19-22, 23-27, 28-34 I have spotted that I can’t count as I seem to have missed books 11 and 12! drat. Book 11 – Anna Milbourne’s “Peep Inside Animal… Continue reading →

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‚Ķ 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 ūüėÄ

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).

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