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Sunday, 15 October 2017 Dereel Images for 15 October 2017
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More Misery
Topic: photography, gardening Link here

I wasn't really happy with yesterday's photos, mainly because of the exposure, so I headed off again today before breakfast and had another try. After all, with travel it's only 30 to 45 minutes.

It took an hour, and I didn't really have much to show for it. Yes, I got a better exposed Pimelea humilis, but it had started to wilt:


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Also another plant that I still need to identify, but not well taken:

 
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Certainly part of it is the viewfinder issue. Apart from the position of the camera, it's difficult to look through the viewfinder with a rail protruding to the back. In fact, the automatic viewfinder switchover doesn't even work:

 
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What I really need is some kind of goggle that will display like the electronic viewfinder, but away from the camera.


Garden flowers in mid-spring
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It's the middle of spring alraeady, time for the monthly monthly flower photos. The evidence of recent severe frost is clear. The Strelitzia nicolai pups that we transplanted three months ago have suffered badly. Here then and now:

 
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The parent plant doesn't look much better:

 
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Other plants that I had expected to survive well were the Paulownia kawakamii and the Metrosideros excelsa, but no such luck, though the Paulownia has developed a new side branch:

 
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And one of the Hebes is also looking very unhappy, though that's probably due to near-drowning.

 
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On the other hand, the Box elder sapling is doing relatively well:

 
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There's really not very much of interest at the moment, though the Gazanias are looking happy enough:

 
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Then there's this flower that Yvonne planted in front of the house, and which I have yet to identify:

 
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I can only hope that things look better in a month's time.


Monday, 16 October 2017 Dereel Images for 16 October 2017
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Pump problems
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Chris Bahlo is on a freebie in New Zealand, and Yvonne is looking after her horses for her:

 
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But there was an unexpected occurrence. “El Reverende” (“Rev”) managed to destroy (and hide) the tap in his pen:

 
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So I had to come over and rummage through Chris' collection of random bits and pieces to find a replacement:

 
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And how about that, I found one:

 
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That proved to be the easy part. Next, turn the bore pump back on.

 
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But nothing happened. What's the reason for that? We have a very similar pump at home, and there's not much to it: connect power, press lever, and it runs. But here we heard nothing. Does it need priming? Is there something special required by the solar electric system? Back home and finally contacted Chris. No, nothing special, but the thing is set up so that we can pump rainwater into the system as well. Just open the blue valve in the middle:

 
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So we did that, and it worked, in the process showing that the replacement tap didn't work. But why didn't the bore pump start? Took the cover off the switch and found the usual collection of spiders:

 
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And the second image clearly shows burnt contacts. Tried cleaning them up, turned on again and... blew the RCD. OK, before I do any damage to the system, time for Chris to decide. We can run off the rainwater pump until she gets back.


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