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Jon Freeman De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021 (1228* d) RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021 14 Apr 21

I got round to doing my little bit of trunking and the 3 perspex sheets for the small greenhouses yesterday.

SRSís comments persuaded me I ought to a look at our outside lights (all sealed LED flood lights with stand alone PIR sensors wired in parallel so one sensor triggered lights the whole section) too. They are:

Front and side of house leading to path. 2 x 50W for the front, 1 x 20W for the side, 3 PIR sensors to pick up returning from the field, approaching house from gate and from leaving house and one time switch in the porch. They started triggering a lot in daylight recently. I may have solved that by adjusting one of the sensors.

Path to field. 3 x 20W on path, 1 x 30W towards field, PIR each end and PIR in the middle. One light has needed replacing (flashing a lot) for a long while. I fitted the replacement Iíd bought over a year ago...

Weíve not used the motion sensors on that section since the new central heating boiler was located outside over 2 years ago as itís plume triggers at least one of the sensors. Iíve got a microwave sensor to replace one of the PIRs coming tomorrow which might solve this. I donít think an alternative solution of extending the flue above the level of the sensors would be worth while as the flue pipe extension is expensive so I think itís this or just having the lights working manually.

I also did a bit of mowing and strimming and broke the Ryobi battery trimmer. It got tangled up with a bit of thick plastic coated wire that had been used when we had a row of raspberry canes and I didnít spot Ė a proper booby trap.... I couldnít see how to remove the spool holder but on a closer look, noticed the casing in that area had been damaged. A replacement trimmer should be with me today. Fortunately, the tool itself is not terribly expensive (£60, actually less than one of the genuine Ryobi batteries I power this and other things with) but we could do without things like this.

My aubergine and pepper plants are growing their real leaves and Iíve noticed something. The plantís Iíve labelled pepper are looking like aubergines and visa versa. Bloody mumÖ When I planted them, I used the seed packets to mark which was which (and I wasnít going to remember) but I came to them one day and the packets had been taken out, apparently as mum wanted to show someone what was growing. She assured me she remembered how they wereÖ. Oh well, this one is simple to sort, things werenít as clear the year she mixed my hanging basket, greenhouse salad and plum tomatoes up. Luck was on my side that time though and I did correctly guess which were the small variety for the baskets.

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