Getting ready for hols…

Yep, its that time of the year again!
On Sunday evening, me and dad set sail to Santander from Plymouth. It will be a 20 hour crossing, and we will get to Santander about 12noon on Monday.
That will be the start of our two week camping holiday in France.

Yes, I know that Santander is in Spain, but we will only be staying one night in Spain.

This past week has been hectic for dad as he has been getting the car ready for the holiday. He has changed the air, oil, and petrol (its actually a diesel car!) filter, and has replaced the radiator.
The only thing that hasn’t been sorted is the rear suspension, which sinks down if anything heavier than a wet tissue is placed in the boot.

He has also got some stuff down from the attic.
Meanwhile….I have been carrying as normal. I have dug out last years Euros (€72.91) and have brought extra Euros (so has dad).

If I don’t post again before leaving,
See you in two weeks.

An Update

Well, its July 7, one year after the London bombing. I unfortunately missed the two minutes silence at noon.

In other news mum and my sister went off on their holidays on Saturday (1st July) leaving just me and dad on our own.
That weekend and Monday and Tuesday were hot, with the temperature reaching 30C (about 86F).
I have my computer lying on its side with the (other) side off just to get some cool air circulating. On Monday I had a fan pointing at it, and when I moved the fan away it froze. Since, I haven’t had any problems with it freezing.

Wednesday it was drizzling, and during the night it absolutely pissed down. During Thursday it was raining in the morning, and by the evening it was beginning to dry out.
The ford in Henbury was flooded, and nearly went up to the entrance of Crow Lane.
The bottom deck of the bus got flooded out.

On Sunday evening I drove on my own for the first time!
I went down to Clevedon via the A370 to Congresbury, then the B3133 to Clevedon.
I came back by the motorway.

I think that is all

I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST!! WOOHOO!!
Sorry about that, I got carried away!

I got six minors, its not brilliant, but it is a pass, and much better than what i got on my mock (a fail with 11 minors and one serious).

The day didn’t start out too well, as one of the rear indicators was broken, and my driving instructor drove away from the house, and found a garage on southmead road.

The two show me, tell me questions I had were, where is the brake fluid, and turn on the indicators.

I got no minors in the two manoeuvres, turn in the road, and left reverse.
a minor on control, gears, one on moving off safely, two for mirrors for change of direction, and one for change of speed, and one minor for use of speed.

WooHoo, time to get a car 😀

Its not a bomb!

Would you believe it, but that unexploded World War 2 bomb that some builders found 11 meters down is actually just some reinforced concrete.

Part of Broadmead was closed from Wednesday to Friday, causing traffic problems, and it was just a piece of concrete. 😆

Here is the links to the original story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/5060770.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/5065968.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/5065480.stm

The strange behaviour of customers…

I was on the checkouts queue-busting today, and I started chatting to a customer who was buying a load of apples.

He said that he fills balloons up with the apple seeds, and then blows them up with helium, and then lets them go.
Then when they reach 15,000 feet the balloon pops and spreads the seeds.

I let him ramble on as he was saying he is responsible for something like 80,000 odd apple trees, and that there is about 12 seeds per apple, and how one night he left the helium on by accident, and how he has started to make cider out of the apples. blah, blah, blah.

That got me thinking. What are his chances that the balloons pop? That the seeds are spread over land? or water? and how many of them actually germinate?

If two thirds of the Earth is water, then about 25,000 apple seeds reach terra-firma.
Lets round that down to 20,000 to account for balloons not bursting.
At worst 1% of the apple seeds will germinate, at best 100% will germinate.

So if 50% actually germinate then that is 10,000 new apple trees. Only a 1 in 8, or 12.5% success rate.

Poor bloke….

And then I stumbled across this site: http://www.pathtofreedom.com/pathproject/gardening/seedballs.shtml