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Badger cam working, sort of

Aug
20
I spotted some wildlife at last on one of my cameras... I know there are badgers coming onto the garden, not seen one yet, but I saw a fox this morning.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. Married to Clare and father to two, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

New outside light is working nicely

Aug
19
When I went to Bunnings the other day I got a new porch light with PIR so it comes in automatically. The old one has been broken for more than a year but I struggled to find a suitable replacement. This one was twenty quid or so, is led and a lot simpler. No adjusting it, I wasn't confident it was working at first but first time I went outside in the dark it came on. So might get more of these! Any excuse to go back to Bunnings really.

Have been doing some clearing out this week so do need some black sacks to put things in the loft and some more Really Useful boxes, they're great fit keeping stuff safely stored.

Glossary:

pir: passive infrared sensor - a sensor you can get that detects warm bodies... like those we have in the hall that turn the light on
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Bike ride to West Hythe

Aug
19
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Fitbit sort of worked with my phone to track the route back from the awesome Unit One bar we went to today. I cycled there while the others took their bikes in the car, then we did a gentle walk and cycle along by the zoo. Found ruins of a Roman fort that I did not know existed, Stutfall Fort / castle, in the grounds of Lympne Castle. Then a couple of ciders in the bar, then I cycled home too. Fitbit only tracked the journey home, something went wrong on the way out, quite smart though.

Got some takeout from Unit One too of their rhubarb cider, very good indeed! Clare was driving so she could only have a taste, so we got a few points to bring home. Bit of a mix up, we ended up with six, as I didn't realise Clare has also bought some. We'll manage. I also had a regular Weston's when I first got there, waiting for them to arrive, and a cherry cider after our little walk. A proper treat.
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Doing it myself

Aug
17
Spending the afternoon painting the hallway. Painting a bit of the hallway anyway. There's one wall that faces you as you come up the stairs, and I painted it before I had glasses. In the dark I think. There are multiple shades of white on there and it annoys me, when I come in with glasses on, in the light. Hope I can get away with just painting this wall and not feel the need to expand across the rest of it. The same wall spreads over three floors really...
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I have fixed both my security cameras

Aug
17
Got them both uploading to the google drive again too so I have offsite backups of my security cameras...
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Hissing down today

Aug
17
We were lucky with the weather yesterday at Dreamland, it was roasting there. Have luckily decided on a local day today and it is tipping down.

A few more fun days out planned this week, though all relatively local, bowling and cafes and a bike ride and things.

Still in bed right now I need to get up to get some DIY time in. Think I broke my security camera in trying to update it remotely so need to sort that before I go out. Also doing the tip and hopefully some painting today, but need to sort through some boxes of kids clothes too.
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A game appeared on my Fitbit

Aug
17
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Not seen this before, a flappy bird type game just appeared on my Fitbit last night, though it has gone again now. Clare thinks it is because I got all my targets for the day, it was a reward.
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Dreamland

Aug
16
We added to our week of fun today with a trip to Margate. I will be back with more details for all of these but we are too busy fitting in the fun to be logging it all as I go.
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Avoid car number 7 on the Dreamland waltzer

We got stuck in car number seven on the waltzer a couple of times, it's a bit stiff and doesn't spin properly...
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The scenic railway was actually up and running

Last two times we have been to Dreamland the scenic railway was not running, but now it's fixed again. There were big queues for it, too big for me, and the little one was too small to go on it anyway. The other two enjoyed it greatly. We went on quite a lot, probably even nearly got our moneys worth.
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No picnics at Dreamland?

They have a new notice, no picnics allowed. They will search your bags on the way in and point out that you can't eat that food inside Dreamland, they want you to use the concessions. However there is clearly a picnic area there, tables set out. We took a picnic, we ate our picnic, I recommend you take a picnic too.
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Cheaper parking at Dreamland!

Third time we have been to Dreamland, third different parking option, best yet. First time we thought we were clever, and we went in the 瞿5 unofficial parking next door. Second time we went, that was full so we went in the official expensive parking that we had to sort out over the phone. This time Clare looked into it more and saw recommended that you park in Morrisons nearby. It's pay and display but only 瞿2.70 for 12 hours. Plus we got some wine and some doughnuts in Morrisons anyway so got some of the parking validated, which made it only about 瞿1.50 for the whole day. That's how to park at Dreamland...
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We are making the most of this week off

Aug
15
We have been on a hovercraft to the Isle of Wight, we have eaten most of our meals so far in the pub, we have also been to Brighton, life is good.
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We went to the Isle of Wight

Not entirely spontaneous this one, but we were planning to visit Mum and Dad, and Mum suggested we go to the Isle of Wight while we were there. We didn't book in advance, just drove and parked on Southsea Common and queued for the hovercraft, getting on the first one that came in. Nice and easy! We only walked up and down Ryde, went in some shops, bought some books in a charity shop and went in a cafe. We were thinking of eating lunch over there but decided just to cafe it and snack in the day and then eat properly when we got back to Southsea. The kite festival was on there so we walked aorund that and let the boys go on the bouncy castle and things. Really nice sunny day, a trip on the hovercraft made a real interesting change. It's so fast and convenient I'd be up for doing that again just to go in a few different pubs.

Instead of eating we held off, Mum and Dad took the boys back to eat and we carried on in Southsea and Gun Wharf for a bit. A night out as it was our anniversary.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I work and live in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to two, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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