Missing drive causes Windows Live Writer to crash

My favourite web authoring tool, however… … since an automatic update to Windows Live Essentials the other day, Windows Live Writer has failed to start, giving “Windows Live Writer has stopped working” immediately. Actually I’m not 100% it was working just before that, but I think so. I am of course writing this in Windows Live Writer, so what... read more

Wind and string sections

First the wind: as a birthday treat for Naomi we did the Mynydd Troed Race today. I don't think I've ever done a race in such foul conditions, with screaming winds and driving rain. Before the start I was a bit miffed that the course was shortened to miss out Mynydd Llangorse - this was my first race after busting the knee and I wanted my... read more

Starting work at Number 1

At last we are the “proud” owners of Number 1 Fronwen Terrace, and over the last couple of weekends we have begun the mammoth task of making it habitable for humans. Here’s the kitchen after lifting the lino to reveal the slime and mould… I removed the whole lot, along with most of the skin on my knuckles.  The quarry tile floor is in good... read more

Robin’s Eisteddfod

An exciting week at Priory School, with Zoo Lab introducing the kids to snakes and creepy crawlies, and then the Eisteddfod. Robin took the stage three times, here singing “hufen iâ” in duet with Amy. He also performed “Do Re Mi” on trumpet, and “Mis Mawrth unwaith eto…” (aka “Dewi Sant”) with Dewi House. Dewi House were victorious, of course!... read more

Setting up a book catalogue with magic porage

Our books are all over the place – bookshelves all over the house with mixed up contents, and loads in cardboard boxes too (we moved house only 11 years ago). not surprisingly, it’s rather hard to find that book I’m sure I’ve got somewhere about Greek mythology, or whatever. So as a masterclass in displacement activity (from DIY and real work) I... read more

A guest in the log store

With the weather turning chilly, a few days ago we put out a pot of lard and seeds for the birds. Robin spotted this little chap (?) popping up between the logs and helping himself. He’s been around much every morning since, and we suspect he will invite family and friends. I think the long nose, colouring, big eyes and ears suggest he’s a wood ... read more

New bike for Stewart, new injury for me

To christen Stewart’s sexy new Ribble, we met in Rhayader for a tour of the lakes (and hills). A glorious day, clear blue skies and about 2 degrees, and luckily most of the roads were free of ice. Simon and Stewart had their special booties, I just got cold feet. I was horrendously unfit and weak, and could barely get up the slightest... read more

Learning to run again

At lunchtime today Stewart and I tackled the fearsome Glider Club run. 2 miles of continuous uphill followed by a mile of mixed up and down, then a steep descent back to Talgarth, all on tarmac. Actually today the tarmac was pretty much covered in mud, twigs and rivers. This run re-wrecked my knee in November when I tackled it too soon after the... read more

Cramer Jacobs birthing tunes

Old friends Helen and Neil are over for the weekend with kids Lewis and Finn. Their birth tunes are: Neil Rolling Stones - (I can't get no) Satisfaction Helen Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime Lewis Atomic Kitten - Eternal Flame Finn t.A.T.u. - All the Things She Said read more