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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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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!

@MiniBoyGeek is Two! off to @IceCreamFarm

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

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

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 19 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 →

At the beach

Boat painting and new name

While reversing out of our mooring at New Islington Marina we suffered a slight technicals issue‚Ķ the engine stopped making happy happy noises and started sounding sad. So to continue our way up the Ashton Canal to Packet Boat Company… Continue reading →

National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition 2015

Tas, Bob and I headed over to the National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition 2015 in Harrogate.

Some news

Bran Mabon Kay McGaw – 2014-03-18 18:57 – 3160g 6lb 15oz.

Crossing the Barton Swing Aqueduct

The Barton Swing Aqueduct is a moveable navigable aqueduct in Barton upon Irwell in Greater Manchester, England. It carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal. Bob joined us for our trip back up to New Islington Marina, but… Continue reading →

Eagle and PCB design with Matt Venn

At Wuthering Bytes in Hebden Bridge, in the afternoon Tas and I attended Matt Venn‘s Eagle cad workshop, if we had been there all day we would have made a Shrimp board. But since I have been using eagle a… Continue reading →

New web project: SoYouWannaBuyABoat.com

Over at Just Vigilantes we have been working on a new project, soyouwannabuyaboat.com, The main domain name is kind of Maffi’s fault, and subsequently was bought for this project back when I was first looking for a boat, however it… Continue reading →

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