One of the objects in the night sky that I have been wanting to image was the Comet Lovejoy. This comet initially was only visible in the Southern Hemisphere. But over the last month or so, it has been gradually making its way up to the Northern Hemisphere and is visible now in the night sky. Sadly the skies have been cloudy over the past few weeks until Monday night. The skies were initially cloudy when I got home in the evening, but around 8:45pm the skies became clear and revealed the many stars in the night sky (there is always significant light pollution here in Oxford). Hence I took the opportunity to do some astrophotography. Continue reading Comet Lovejoy
As our friend was with us on Sunday morning, she decided to teach my wife how to make the Bao (chinese bun). As we had red bean paste at home, they decided to use this to as the filling in the bao. It seems like it has been a food festival at our house in the past week. Continue reading Red bean Bao (chinese bun)
My wife went to London on Saturday to meet up with a few of her friends. In the evening, she came home with our friend who stayed the night with us. As she owns her own bakery in London called Bread Story, she brought quite a few cakes she made for us to savour. Continue reading Bread Story
When I was growing up, music played a big part of my life – as is the case with my daughters now. Back then, the Sony Walkman cassette player was the hottest technology of that time. And the earphones we used were just as important. I recall that back then, we had to turn the sound up to fairly loud to be able to hear the music (and block out the ambient noise). More than 10 years ago, I had bought a Sony MP3 player, and needed a good pair of earphones to go with it. After all the research, I decided to buy the Etymotic ER4P earphones.
Last night, we celebrated our friend Janet’s birthday. My wife did the bulk of the cooking, as well as bought the very nice looking chocolate cake from Coco Noir. Continue reading Coco Noir Chocolate cake
There are times you will encounter when it is necessary to mend things. I am sure all of my readers at some point have used at least one of these to mend things: super glue, epoxy resin, sticky tape, PVC tape, duct tape. Last year I bought a new product called Sugru, which is supposed to be a mouldable rubber compound capable of gripping onto many different materials and bond them together. Cost between £7-10 for packs of 5. Continue reading Sugru – mouldable rubber
As our niece will be returning to Ireland tomorrow, my wife decided to do some special cooking for dinner. Surprisingly it did not take her very long to get the cooking completed – all within one hour of her returning home. Continue reading Dinner last night
There was a brief period of clear skies on Sunday around noon time. Hence I decided to set up the telescope to image sunspots. The seeing was not great but did allow me to catch a few of the sunspots visible. This is my first proper attempt at solar imaging this year. Continue reading Sunspots from 11/1/15
I’ve just added a new category – Review. This is where I will have all the reviews I have done of various equipment and accessories. Hopefully this will make it easier to find them.
On Sunday morning, Rosie had an appointment early in the morning at the grooming salon. For once, my oldest daughter was up before 10:30am to make that appointment. Continue reading Rosie’s grooming