Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Y Newyddion

I don't normally read newspapers, but I bought one yesterday and just wanted to share these two things that made me laugh out loud:

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Y Canol

My snazzy new dynamo has been slipping in the rain, and my wheel has been out of true since day one -- so I decided to have a go a truing my wheel in the hope that it would stop the dynamo slipping...  If this works, I owe you a pint hairy American dude!

However, easier said than done...

The theory works if you know that your brake pads are straight and centred - but what if they're not?  In the end, I just aligned the wheel to the dynamo, so it's a straighter wheel now, but not necessarily a centred one!  There's plenty of rain in the forecast though, so we'll find out if it worked soon enough...


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Ar werth...

The things that you find when you're having a tidy-up -- we all own far too much stuff, and it clutters up our minds as well as our houses...

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bwyd...

So these are black radishes that I planted -- completely different to salad radishes.  These ones are quite small but they are just my thinnings, so they will get bigger.  They need to be cooked, and you see them here with my turnip thinnings -- quite nice really!


Yummy yummy challah which is always gone too soon!  L'shanah tovah!


And Sunday dinner with Dave's lovely baby carrots -- and boy were they carrot-y!


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Bwyd

Who needs Tesco when I have...

...blackberries from Rea:


...runner beans from Gerry:


...eggs from Bridget:


...parsnip wine from D:


...apple sauce from Arriva Trains Wales:


...and baby root veg from my own garden!




Thursday, 11 September 2014

The world has now gone officially completely mad...


Okay, so as any intelligent cook knows, you must pierce eggs before boiling them otherwise the air trapped in the shell will expand as the egg heats up and you'll get random trails of egg white in your water...  I've always just used an ordinary sewing pin for this for years and years and years.  Then, quite some number of years ago, I acquired this lovely little gizmo -- it's quite handy because it's got a magnet on the back so you can stick it on the fridge.  I think Dorothy might have given it to me but can't even remember, it's been that long...

So today I was piercing eggs ready to make a batch of egg, potato, and bacon mayo, and the lovely little bit of plastic broke...  Oh well, slightly sad, but not the end of the world, I'll just go back to using a sewing pin...

Then I foolishly Googled "egg piercer" and found this bit of shocking-ness -- with a built in "integral safety lock" -- so we're going to let you use the stove with a pan of water full of eggs, but we don't trust you not to prick yourself on what is not a particularly sharp pin???  Save me!  What ever happened to personal responsibility???

Off to go run with scissors...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Goleuadau!!!

At long last, it's finally here!!!!


So Saturday before last, we took the train down to Cardiff where the lovely Ian at Cyclopaedia had a chat with me about my lighting needs and he said he would sort out a dynamo kit for me and post it to me and he had complete faith in my ability to fit it myself...  Well, the parcel arrived yesterday afternoon, and I spent a good two hours last night fitting the dynamo every which way except the right way and finally, with the help of Peter White, whom I would love to visit in person if I lived even remotely near there, I figured out which way it SHOULD go...  It doesn't help that all this stuff is made in Germany and doesn't come with clear fitting instructions for English speaking people who didn't grow up somewhere where bikes are required to have lights by law and they've probably all been fitting dynamos since before they could walk...


So this is my kitchen table about 45 minutes ago when I was slightly starting to despair...


...but I persevered...  and I now have working lights!  Woo hoo!  Here's Sally II (batteries not included!!!) in all her glory:


I am going to do as my Mother said and not say anything at all unless I have something nice to say, so the MANY unhelpful bike shops in West Wales, Swansea, and Cardiff that I contacted will not get named publicly here, but if any of them happen to be reading this, they know who they are: If I've told you I'm looking for a dynamo system, please don't ignore me and tell me how much better battery lights are.  You've now all just lost my business forever...