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Tuesday, 15 February 2005

PC upgrades and hammering

Fallen TreeThere's been plenty going on - I've just not had much chance to document it, which is rather frustrating. Take yesterday, for example, when the next-door neighbours rang the doorbell to ask if we'd noticed the tree in our back garden? Er... no - I hadn't. It turns out that the man on the other side of their house had been digging up his garden and dislodged half the roots of their forty foot fir tree, which toppled across their garden and ours! There's a tree surgeon due today to take it away, which will be something of a relief - click on the picture for (much) bigger.

The weekend was spent at work, rebuilding all the PCs in 1Xtra so they have the latest version of the playout software on them (a long overdue job that I've been waiting months to do - thank heavens for weekend shifts!) The job went very well indeed, although the only negative report I've had so far is that half of the machines have Radio 4 screensavers on them (oops!)

hammering 1hammering 2Over the weekend, Beth found a toy on special offer at the Early Learning Centre which really appealed to both of us. I remember doing 'hammering' as a child, and this differed hardly at all from the version we used to play with, which just goes to show some toys are timeless! Christopher showed an amazing adeptitude from the start, and can express himself much better with shapes than with pens and pencils - see the pictures either side. Having seen a few episodes of the programme A Child Of Our Time, it's reassuring to see that - for example when Christopher doesn't include arms in his creations - our boy is completely normal!

Links of the day

  • www.foon.co.uk/farcade/hapland : sometimes the seemingly simplest puzzles can be frustratingly tricky. (It took about an hour for me to finish it - if you need a clue, give me a shout!)
  • www.orisinal.com : honestly, I don't spend my whole life playing games! Yet another fine puzzle/game site (thanks, Sunshine!)

Posted by james at February 15, 2005 9:54 AM

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