My new job packing kits of components seems to have expanded somewhat, which has given me the opportunity to rationalise and speed up the process.
The sorting trays work better with a wooden frame; as I pack the set nearest me, I can just slide them down and put the empty one at the ‘top’.
To avoid making mistakes, it does need quite a lot of concentration, so it’s best done in small batches!
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Now I’m (supposed to be) retired, I volunteered to help a Model Railway Electronics group pack kits of components. Most of the electronics that I initially used for my model railway came from this group, so I was keen to give something back.
First job was to 3D design and print some trays to sort the components into – I wanted something that would easily stack so it didn’t take up too much space when not in use – you can see the results in the photos below.
I also had to order some missing components, and learn how to program the specific microcontrollers that these kits use. I also built a sample kit to check that everything worked OK.
As we’re now ‘allowed’ to travel further for our exercise, we decided to walk around Oxleas Wood in the sunshine. This is actually a collection of woods and parks that interlink around the Shooters Hill area in South East London.
We then walked through Oxleas Wood to Severndroog Castle:
Severndroog Castle was built in 1784 as a memorial to Sir William James, once the Director of the East India Company, by his wife Lady Anne James. It celebrates his most famous exploit, the capturing of the island fortress of Suvarnadurg. Severndroog Castle is 132 metres (432 feet) above sea level, gifting it with exceptional views of the London cityscape, the Thames River and the edges of London’s seven surrounding counties.
A nice afternoon out!
We occasionally go walking in Shoreham Woods, but much of it is quite noisy due to the adjacent M25. However, with lockdown, there is very little traffic and the woods were nice and peaceful:
It’s also one of the best places to see bluebells at this time of year:
Rocco of course likes wearing himself out chasing sticks:
And paths that are horrible and slippery during the winter are nice and dry:
We went a slightly different way today, and looking back you can see the phone mast at the top of the hill badly disguised as a tree:
And in close up – whoever designed the fake tree has no idea what a deciduous tree looks like:
Next is Polhill Bank, where the ground slopes down from the North Downs to the Weald. Rocco does like carrying a pair of sticks as a large X:
The railway line comes out of the tunnel under Polhill here:
and it’s a lovely spot to sit and watch the world not go by:
By this time, Rocco is often thirsty, but he remembered a water trough just off the path. The water level was a bit low for him to reach, but he solved the problem in typical Labrador fashion:
Then more nice paths and bluebells on the way back to the car:
A lovely walk in warm sunshine. Worth driving a few miles on empty roads!
I was very surprised that Rocco actually stood still long enough to take his photograph – maybe he is finally growing up!
One of the biggest disadvantages for me during lockdown is not being able to chat with friends and enjoy a few beers in a pub.
We solved the beer problem by converting our social club into an off-licence serving draught local real ales – it does seem strange drinking beer out of milk bottles, but needs must!
The chat side has largely been solved with technology; not perfect, but better than nothing:
I was just about to plant some seeds in the electric propagator for next year’s chilli plants, and it was suggested that it would be better to divide the tray up.
Hopefully, this will help stop the roots getting entangled.
Now just need to print two more for the other trays!