Saturday, 21 January 2023

La Fibre arrive!!

 

A strange glow in the Office

Yesterday a friend wrote this about "La Fibre"....
"Will our internet speed be noticeably faster? Stay tuned"...
because they are about to be connected....
"Noticeably faster" is an understatement of the 20th Order....
we were connected last Saturday....

Fast?
Not 'alf!!


Firstly..... using the Cloud now makes sense.... files transfer like lightning.... and putting photos on Flickr or Photocrowd is superb... I can upload the full sized picture, not one that is 2048px on the longest side [the FaceMangler required size if you want to avoid their alogrithms ruining your hard work

Secondly..... we have had to buy a new TV.
Our Sony of 25 years isn't Smart and communicates using Scart/Peritel.... that meant finding a TV that was HDMI and could communicate with our combined VHS/CD video player/recorder.... fortunately that is kitted with Red/White/Yellow AV output and we found an 80cm TV that had all sorts of inputs [except Scart] including RWY AV!
The new TV is 73cm wide and borderless, the old 23" Sony is 63cm wide with a 9cm border around the screen.... so a much larger picture.... the old one has always been like trying to watch a laptop from the opposite side of a rugby pitch!
I think we are going to be watching TV a bit more.

Thirdly.... the increase in speed is really quite amazing... we had Cable in the UK which was Fibre to a box at the end of the street then internet RJ45 copper to the house and was fast.... I've missed that since moving to rural France and ADSL.... missed it a lot.... but now, with "La Fibre" actually coming into the house to a box on the wall.... from what I can remember, we must now be at a fourfold or more improvement on Cable.... files travel like greased lightning and things like U-Bend allow video watching without spinning arrows.

Yeeehaw!!


The source of the glow....
our technician had a laser that plugged to the end of the fibre.
This allowed him to check the "connections" he'd just made....
and identify the correct fibre back at the centre
!




And the light passes down the fibre, across the road to the pole and
down to the....


... hub on the pole.
The top wires are our mains power, which also crosses the road...
The thin, third black line is La Fibre de la Forge....
the second and fourth are the main power line that continues to Bezuard....
and the main line of all knowledge that continues to Petit-Pressigny.
For some unexplained reason, they went above ground between
us and Bezuard, then underground on our side of the road to le P-P.

What happens if something breaks that optical fibre....
they just replace it. The engineer described it as "assez court"!

 
 



Saturday, 31 December 2022

Meilleurs vœux, bonne année et bonne santé... Surtout une bonne santé pour 2023

Happy and Healthy New Year for 2023


Fairy Lights (ICM)



ICM is when you deliberately move the camera... often night time lights.
This is two different ICM photos of our 2021 Christmas lights, combined then mirrored.

Saturday, 17 December 2022

'Bout time I changed what I look at in the mornings!!

 I haven't posted for yonks.... mainly because there's been nothing like the hare incedent happening here at all.... and I had very nasty legs for a while and that and Covid kept me from doing things that I could blog about.... so what have I been doing.

With the help of Alex and Nicole, I have managed to get on top of the potager.... just in time to start gardening properly and get hit by this years drought!! Gah!!!!

I have been putting data up to iNaturalist because it is important for data to be collected and publicised during this period of rapid climate change and it is a worldwide site.... and very easy to add your observations to as all you have to do is post the photo and it lifts date and time from your photo's metadata.... and your position if you are using a 'phone or have your camera's GPS turned on.

I have also been posting photos to a site called Photocrowd.... you put photos in for adjudication under different themes and the "crowd" rate your photographs.
I am currently in the top 3.5% out of 17,000 photographers.... which is quite a boost to the old morale.
And because of that, I thought I would post some of those pictures on an irregular basis, but more frequent of late.....

Now, how do I add photos on this.....


Grasswaves

He'd smoked all his life

A Fly on the Curve

Clouds? What clouds??
{A pre-Covid fine day with contrails}

Point of Impact

Monday, 22 April 2019

Mad March Hare pays a visit.... in April!

Well, what a surprise just now.... a mad March hare in April.... at the backdoor [almost]....

I was just about to take some compostables outside when I spotted a hare lolloping towards me, out in the potager... it then turned down towards the big rhubarb and out of my site.
We do get hares from time to time... usually in the field next door or out in our watermeadow.
But always too fleeting, or too fast...

"Compost be damned!" I thought, as I grab camera and carefully open latch on back door...
and lo, the lievre comes lolloping back round the corner of the wall.... and towards me... WTH!
So I start taking photos as it comes right up to the grassy side of the Woodchipio®, pausing only to taste the grass... it was a wet hare... needed a blowdry?
It would have come via the roadside fence... so had probably been in the Winter wheat or barley on the other side of the road... 

Until this morning, I hadn't really appreciated just how big they really are...
the normal view being, always, from a distance... with little to give scale!
It was as large, possibly larger than Baron our small black panther....
as long in the body, the head was half as big again as Baron's...
and the hoooooge ears, amazing....
it may not have weighed Baron's eight kilos, but I think it was possibly not far off!

So, please... share in my "wet hare" moment....
I rather like the punkish topknot!

This was the closest it came... and I couldn't fit it in the frame!

This, however, was what I thought would be my closest view... the inspection hatches for the fosse filter bed!
Was I about to be surprised... it suddenly turned towards me just as I had zoomed out to get a better shot...
so, I got this...

Terrible picture.... ears all cut off, but still somewhat magical to me!

After having a nibble of the grass along the edge of the Woodchipio®, it turned and lolloped away towards the potager... much the way it had come... but, as it went... it did the Mad March Hare routine....


I had zoomed back out enough... but it decided to keep exploring..
so off it went!

This is a more normal "hare shot"... going away!!
As it lolloped it showed a clean pair of heels... but muddy feet!


Then... it stopped, sat on its haunches and did a bit of "shadow boxing"....

Followed by getting really "wild" with its opponent...
standing on tiptoe... and really throwing those punches!!

And then away it went.... much in the opposite direction to which I saw it arrive...



Although it may look to be in the classic "hare at speed" pose...
it is, still, just lolloping along...

.... and, after this last shot, it stayed around for about five more minutes.... having a nibble here, a nibble there... not, seemingly, worried by being near habitation!
So, an Easter Monday Mad April Hare came to visit.......


Sunday, 21 April 2019

A happy Easter surprise...

Happy Easter everyone...
We had a rather nice surprise yesterday... after seven years of feeding the birds here.... a male Great Spotted Woodpecker [Dendrocopos major) Pic Épieche discovered, after around twenty minutes of hesitation and failed attempts.... how to use the bird feeders... well, the fatball feeder.
And he was back this morning... rather a lovely sight... and very interesting to see how delicately it feeds. But I suppose that is down to not having to chisel its way to the grub!

So, here's a picture post.... with captions to tell the story as events unfolded....

I suddenly saw him arrive... they never usually come this close...



He then moved even closer to the feeding station....


Then he moved up onto the feeder....
you can clearly see the red patch at the rear of his cap...
that clearly shows he's a he!
Females have no red on the head.

He hopped closer to the fatball feeder...
watching what the female sparrow was doing.

He hopped all around the feeder, studying it....
and watching what the sparrows were doing....

He made an attempt to reach the feeder, but he branch...
well, twig actually....
was too thin and he lost his balance!!

He let go and flew to the other end...
he was a little shocked I think and raised his crest!

He then hopped back and forth along the main feeder branches...
he spent quite a while doing this....
when, suddenly everything seemed to click....

And he was there....
and stayed for quite a while...
and came back twice today!!

This is a cropped area from the previous shot...
you can very clearly see the long, thin tongue that woodpeckers have...

So a rather nice Easter weekend treat... even if I was taking photos through the double-glazed kitchen window.... a today, a female has also been seen closer to the house than normally... spotted by Pauline that one....
other bird news, we think we must have robins this year... there are two still around and seem happy in each other's company... so probably a pair.
This year's dominant male Black Redstart is one of last years brood and still looks like a juvenile/female but with a noticeably darker face.
The male Stonechat is not impressed and keeps chasing him!!