Browsing Posts published on 17/04/2012

Watch this space…

You must have caught the news recently?  There have been items about the new ‘Raspberry Pi’ single-board computer that the government is hoping to get into schools to teach children proper programming rather than just how to use ‘Word’ or ‘PowerPoint’ (…shudder.  I HATE ‘PowerPoint’…).

We think this is a very, very good thing.

Of course, guys of a similar age to me will fondly remember spending hours and hours over their ZX80’s or ZX81’s typing in programs to play ‘Space Invaders’!  Aaaah…  Happy days!

Nostalgia aside, its great that the Government have finally seen sense and decided to overhaul the computing curriculum.

AnywayDad, what ARE you going on about?

I’ve been following the progress of the little Raspberry Pi with great interest.  As soon as it was announced that it was available, I was one of the hundreds of thousands of guys and gals who totally crashed both the Farnell and Radio Spares websites, all wanting our orders there and then.

When Farnell had put their servers back together (!!!), they mailed me and said that they had received my order, and that my Raspberry Pi would be dispatched late April.  Well, today I received a polite mail telling me that the dispatch is ‘imminent’.


So what’s this all to do with a growing project here in Sunny Sheffield?

Well Dear Reader, as soon as my little board arrives, I’m looking to hook it up to the Electric Bike!

Out go the LED displays and little LED ‘tell-tales’.  In comes a full HD display!  Full high-definition graphics!

Out goes assembler programming, in comes Python, C, C#, HTML and CSS.

As the title says: Watch This Space for further fun and photos!

(Yes.  That photo is obviously my cat, Alfie.  This was his look this morning from my knee as I shouted in glee that my Pi was on its way.)

A quiet and gentle day…

…Made even better by the fact that there was no hedge to cut!

Ian had already put the kettle on as I arrived -this time lighting a small fire in the barbeque that The Old Fella had left us.  And a fine cup of tea it made, too!

The weather today was forecast to be very rainy, but as it hadn’t started by mid-morning, we decided to light the ‘Big Boys Burning Fire’ in the old oil drum and see if we could get rid of some of the privet cuttings.Two red cabbages make a showing.

After a couple of false starts, we finally got it going, and were merrily burning at a great rate of knots when there was a loud cry from over the bottom fence; “Aaaargh!  I’ve got my washing out!!!”


Still, as soon as the lady asked us, we put it out very quickly -we had water on standby in case of; ‘Fire In The Hold!!’ (…Which when you really get it going, happens surprisingly often -and surprisingly quickly!..)

So, at a bit of a loss for jobs, we decided to properly stake the pear tree to stop it swaying alarmingly even in the slightest breeze.

Now, Diane has said that we probably shouldn’t stake this tree -she’s all for ‘letting it naturally be’, but I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I’m afraid I must disagree slightly.  The way it swayed in even the slightest breeze can’t have been good for the roots.

Ian had found a three foot metal spike some time ago, so I very carefully positioned it as close to the trunk as possible, then very gentle tapped it in using a lump hammer.  I’m sure I didn’t hit any roots as it went in.

When there was only about a foot of the rod sticking up out of the ground, Ian and I very carefully put some plastic sacking round the delicate trunk, then bound it securely to the stake with some of that blue rope there seems to be so much of.

Of course, in all the excitement, I didn’t get a photo of it, but promise to tomorrow!

We then went to ‘play’ in the greenhouse.  We planted some more peas, and I went around taking photos of stuff.  That shot up to the right is one of the pots of red cabbage that Ian planted a while ago, and if you look carefully, you can just see the two young seedlings showing themselves.The early peas are making a go of it.

This shot to the left here are the first early peas that Ian put in, already making a go of it.  In a week or so, these will be ready to go out, and we’d better get some proper netting up to try to combat the ever-greedy pigeons.

After we’d done all this, we just sat on the patio, idly chatting; planning where stuff is going to go.

All great fun!

Tomorrow is a LEAF afternoon, but I’ll be down first thing to carry on pottering in the greenhouse.  Ian will be down later, so we’ll have to see what trouble we can get in before heading up the lane to LEAF!

And yes, I’ll get the photo of the pear tree!


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