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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 12:07pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Vote on the poll or add your suggestions here :)

    Poll

    What should be on the site next?

    A view 'outside of the coop'8
     
    24%
    Coverage of the hencam family firework part on Sat 4th1
     
    3%
    The camera angles/positions changed1
     
    3%
    More blog posts3
     
    9%
    More pics4
     
    12%
    All the above!16
     
    48%

    Total Votes: 33

    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 12:17pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     
    MORE ?? I think Hencam is already an amazing achievement, but I guess different camera views of anything is a good way to keep us on our toes.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 12:27pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ok, I think though to let you choose the camera angles, you'd need to get a better idea of the coop and how it's laid out. Once the camera arrives.... :huh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 1:31pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay, i voted for more blog posts but recent updates of pics in the gallery section would be nice too...and i'd like to add a gallery to put all my rubbish pics into too :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 7:39pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     
    I'm hoping that there is a different way to acknowledge donors.

    I like the little titles, but I don't like the constant reminder in every thread that I can't even afford a Hencam donation right now, and I hate the flashing chicks. Makes me feel like having a seizure...

    I want to vote on the poll itself - that's a very cool idea Neil!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 10:36pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     
    Yrs, I agree with that to an extent, Diane; the people who've donated know they have, and the others don't need to know! :)
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 1:09am (Nov 5th 2008) edited
     
    OK .. so how about a title in your profile? Not so obvious who donated and who didn't.

    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyI hate the flashing chicks.


    "Hate" is a strong word Diane...perhaps some self-counseling is in order ... ... :rolling:

    [edit] Oooh I just re-read that .. that sounds mean .. possibly .. not meant to ..

    I'll donate 1 pound for all our regulars [furiously calculates how many regulars there are].. on Credit of course.. :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 1:26am (Nov 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm sure my dad explained in another thread why the manic chicks were there...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 9:45am (Nov 5th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, I'm devastated that the little text thank-you has upset people - I really didn't intend that, or intentionally make anyone feel better or worse just because they had or hadn't helped with the camera fund... :(

    It was intended as a tongue-in-cheek mark of my gratitude, and certainly wasn't meant to cause a split or bad-feeling or be devisive in any way - the hencam forum is so brilliant because we're all friends and have got to know each other on an equal footing, so I obviously don't want to spoil that.

    The text + chicks are gone, but my sincere thank you to those that were able to help with the camera fund, and also to those who clicked an Ad, or Amazon ordered through hencam's link, it all helped more than you know when I was feeling pretty down about the whole situation.

    On a lighter note, Jonny said he was going to donate a pound for every hit so that's just over a million he owes us ;) what do you mean, he did't mean a pound for every hit?!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 10:22am (Nov 5th 2008)
     
    Hmmm... I should have been more specific.. 1 pound for each person who regularly contributes postings...can't be more than 10..or fifteen..maybe..hopefully. :crying: ... :sad: ... :scared:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 10:57am (Nov 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no, there's hundreds at least! ;)
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 12:01pm (Nov 5th 2008) edited
     
    Ohh Dear!! Did I say British pounds....umm..I meant the Lebanese pound...yeah..thats the ticket
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 10:22pm (Nov 5th 2008)
     
    Blimey, he's so slippy he should've been a politician! :D
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2008 9:46am (Nov 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Either way he owes me about 48p now :D

    Wow those Lebanese pounds are even worse than ours!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2008 9:29pm (Nov 6th 2008)
     
    Don't be devastated, Neil; it's not that we're ungrateful for chicks with ADHD, but we're shy and retiring and diffident. Hadn't you noticed? :D
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2008 12:03am (Nov 7th 2008) edited
     
    OK..sigh..I donated one BRITISH pound ... 2,381.1 Lebanese Pounds.....that should be [calculating..bbrrr.click..click] 88p?? ....more than enough for some grapes...jeeesh! :jumping:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2008 12:44am (Nov 7th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Jonny, you so do not want to know how much a bag of grapes cost me from Select 'n' Save the other day...Select 'n' Rip You Off more like!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2008 9:32am (Nov 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no Jonny, you really shouldn't have!!! :D

    If I move to Lebanesia (?!) I would be rich right about now!

    I just refunded your 2381.1 Lebanese pounds :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2008 11:47am (Nov 7th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bought 6 apples today from Select 'n' Save and they cost £2:49...that's just wrong! In future i'll just buy in bulk from Sainsbury's. These apples are all horrible too, one had a cut in it that was growing mould :ack2:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2008 2:01pm (Nov 7th 2008)
     
    Take it back, then!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2008 5:58pm (Nov 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Eh, just binned it. I'm not very good at complaining...the Sneyd gave me chicken korma the other week instead of vegetable, and i just meekly took it back and asked for a veggie one...if it'd been my mum, she would have had the place shut down! :D
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2008 12:08am (Nov 8th 2008)
     
    I can't remember which thread I first mentioned this, but here will do as refunding seems topical... I recently bought a new bike to ride to work, as I am selling my car. The first day the chain broke, dwindling my expectation that the remainder of the bike was a quality product. So I requested my money back from the store, and they happily obliged.
    I then went around the corner to a shop that specifically sells bikes, spent a little extra, and am now a lot happier with a brand name bike.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2008 12:39pm (Nov 8th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    What type of bike is it?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2008 6:37pm (Nov 8th 2008)
     
    It's got stabilisers and a trailer full of tinnies...:D
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2008 11:39pm (Nov 8th 2008)
     
    Red, it is a 24 speed mountain bike, branded "GIANT". I will post a pic in the pic thread soon.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 1:44am (Nov 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    GIANT!!! Jonny, my bike's a Giant too! :hurray: They are amazing bikes, absolutely fantastic...I'd choose a Giant any day :)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 10:11am (Nov 9th 2008)
     
    ^^^I think you mean Trev! ;)
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 10:30am (Nov 9th 2008)
     
    lol, I think Red got confused in all the excitement.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 2:07pm (Nov 9th 2008)
     
    ...and Trev forgot to mention the stabilisers and the trailer full of tinnies. Just like Red's...:D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 3:19pm (Nov 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: RedGIANT!!!Jonny, my bike's a Giant too!

    Sorry trev :P
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 6:42pm (Nov 9th 2008) edited
     
    Yes, excellent bikes. You two have a club now. You can meet for rallies, etc...

    Oh! I came here to ask: Neil, would it be very hard to put the vanillicons into a greater number of categories? The reason I ask is, as a representative of Persons World Wide on Dial Up (That's right CC - I've formed an organization: PWWDU) - its takes a long long time for the Cons to load. I'd love it if there was an Animals section, a Celebrations section, a Food section, an Environmental section (for weather, work, images of activity - like driving a car)and if the "emotional" sections were divided into: Mad, Sad, Glad, Scared (which - if you think about it, covers every emotion.) Examples though. Do other people have sections in mind that would help them find what they tend to look for more quickly?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 8:45pm (Nov 9th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll see what I can do - but the last time I added more directories (they were originally going to be much better organised), it killed the whole vanillacons selector so that's why I just stuck them all in 'cool'...

    Probably easier for you to get broadband ;)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2008 10:28pm (Nov 9th 2008)
     
    I don't tend to use them because I can't be bothered to search for an appropriate one! Don't know if that's a good thing (less vanillacons on the posts!) or a bad thing because I could be repressing my emotions by not using them!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2008 12:43am (Nov 10th 2008)
     
    LOL - thats funny Kate. :)
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2008 4:39am (Nov 10th 2008)
     
    LOL, yeah, anyone else want to join the VERY exclusive "I ride a GIANT bike with stabilisers and a trailer full of tinnies, and am a hencam member" club ??
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2008 8:48am (Nov 10th 2008)
     
    That will be a long badge to put on the lapel..

    I'll try abreviate it -
    IRGBWS+TFT+HMC
    Still too long.

    I'l just walk thanks.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2008 10:17am (Nov 10th 2008)
     
    LOL, good work, thanks for trying.... maybe just "Giant Hens" would suffice. Ollie, will you join then ?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2008 12:38pm (Nov 10th 2008)
     
    I have only been twice on a bike in the last 50 years, before that I rode quite a lot locally.

    I'll carry the can opener and possibly on the bus = less carb than the car.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2008 7:18pm (Nov 10th 2008)
     
    FOFL - Trev, unless you know the topic is an Italian bike, you now have a club of Humongous Hens. So, I'll join!

    :cute-chick:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2008 2:56pm (Nov 15th 2008)
     
    What has happened to the Hits counter?
    On the main page it says 922084
    but it is no where to be seen on the side panel of the forum with all the statistics.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2008 5:24pm (Nov 16th 2008)
     
    thats what I was thinking before hhmmmm .... :001_icon_idea::_ouch::_ouch::_oh::Chevy_anim::iagree:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2008 5:49pm (Nov 16th 2008)
     
    Yep me too! ^^^
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2008 11:16pm (Nov 16th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ooh, it's the other counter I was on about before... it might be more accurate (as it can't be fooled by some people! :p )

    It wasn't counting forum hits, but it is now...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2008 11:48am (Nov 17th 2008)
     
    So this means we did NOT get to the million after all???
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2008 4:22pm (Nov 17th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Depends which figure you use - the one I showed on hencam was 'influenced' by a couple of people here, so it probably was artificially inflated. The one that is there now only counts 'real' hits/visits...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2008 4:32pm (Nov 17th 2008)
     
    Sorry Neil. :(
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2008 8:53pm (Nov 17th 2008) edited
     
    It was great fun though, wasn't it Ace???

    :bump:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2008 8:02am (Nov 18th 2008)
     
    Sure was. ;)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2008 9:23am (Nov 18th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Don't apologise - it was fun watching the counter fly up :)

    Just means we have two celebrations (haha!)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2008 4:04pm (Nov 18th 2008)
     
    Another party sounds like fun! ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2008 6:44pm (Nov 18th 2008) edited
     
    ANOTHER party? I'd better go and get another pot of Andrews...:ack2:
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2008 12:43pm (Nov 19th 2008)
     
    ooo im not sure about staying up till about midnight again on a school night buutt oohh welll !! :_party::woohoo::aparty1::bdayhappy_balloons:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2008 12:50pm (Nov 19th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    At least you can blame us when you are bleary eyed the next day :)
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2008 2:15am (Nov 20th 2008)
     
    Oooh that means I get to re-adjust my 1M hit counter! Yeah!.. {says a completely bored Jonny]
    • CommentAuthorDAP
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2008 9:06pm (Nov 28th 2008)
     
    What would it take to make a movable cam? Here's an example of one that's both high quality and movable by the user. This one is far north in Norway. I love it.

    http://www.mehamn.net/axis213.htm

    It would be interesting to see what Wilsden, Tan House Lane, or some part your community really looks like.

    Dan (DAP)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 9:48am (Dec 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Now there's an idea...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 10:47am (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    Wow Neil. That is a beautiful cam shot of what your views are like in Wilsdsen. Those snowwy tops are fantatic!
    Give us more, please.

    I haven't looked at DAP's idea of a movable camera yet. My computer is running on ice and very slowly this morning.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 10:59am (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    Yeah i agree, that shot of the hills is amazing. Thanks Neil. :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 11:45am (Dec 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw, it's like being back at home :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 11:51am (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    Awesome !!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 4:20pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    The house lights are coming on all across Wisden.
    It's a magical sight to see..
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 4:21pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    The tree in the foreground seems to be decorated up, just like a Christmas tree.
    Best on Full Screen.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 4:22pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    And now it's snowing too...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 5:58pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    It's dark outside now at hencam, but I'll try to get back tonight before I go to bed to watch the Sun come up on the hencam..Brilliant Neil!!! I just love it. Now we can see what the weather is like there too..I hear it raining..I guess I missed the snow today:frown:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 6:46pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's still kind of slushy snow that's falling - it isn't really laying as snow but it's keeping the roads slippy enough to be dangerous.

    I almost fell foul of this on the way home - there's a rather large hill between work and home and usually there's enough traffic 'over the tops' to ensure it's clear, and it's semi-avoidable if it becomes too bad to pass.

    However I was feeling brave and as Keighley was completely clear of snow, I thought I'd risk it. As soon as you left the main roads, the slush turned thicker and then to snow, over ice. As I reached the peak of the hill before it sweeps down into the next village, I saw a lorry leaning precariously in the ditch by the side of the road - it had slipped off. Still, I kept going, and the traffic was now at a standstill coming the other way meaning I couldn't really turn around if I wanted to.

    The drive down the first part of the hill was ok because a gritter had been down just before, however there's a bit where it sweeps round a corner and then drops quite steeply, followed by another even steeper section. The gritter's reverse lights came on and he reversed to where I was and the bloke got out and said he'd just seen a car completely lose it on the way down and that there was no way he was going that way he'd prefer to be stuck in the traffic going nowhere and advised me to do the same!

    I reversed into a little lay-by (I couldn't get out of the way completely as I'd started to skid when trying to reverse) so I was completely stuck with what to do - I was about 3 minutes away from home on a normal day but if I slid on the steep hill bit then there was a large stone wall to greet you on the corner...

    So I phoned Helen and warned her about the roads, and whilst I was on the phone I saw a couple of cars coming down, so I decided that there was safety in numbers (!) - I was behind a car and a van, and in front of a couple of cars.

    The car drove down the steep section VERY slowly, and the van followed suit after leaving a nice gap. I waited until it was clear and set off VERY gingerly. Luckily, although my car is the absolute cheapest pile of crap you could ever wish - complete with central locking which does not even lock anymore - it's quite good in snow and has ABS so when it does skid you can at least steer at the same time!

    I noticed the car behind had set off after me quite closely and I was feeling annoyed, but I kept on my slow descent then noticed that he had now lost control and was starting to spin. So there I am - stuck having to go down a steep icy snowy road very slowly, whilst a car quite slowly approached me and was quite possibly going to hit me! Nothing I could really do except carry on going. Luckily for me, the car continued to spin until it was completely side-on to the road (blocking both lanes - luckily for HIM nothing was coming the other way), and he managed to slow down and right himself although he was now on the wrong side of the road. Which made him want to quickly get on the right side of the road, which meant him driving towards me... again!

    I managed to half-skid, half-steer down the steep section, and thankfully the rest of the journey wasn't as 'interesting'.

    I really hope you all had a safe journey tonight.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 10:37pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    I also fell foul of all this - oddly enough on the last few mins from home too.
    Had been to see grand daughter perform in Leeds Choir thing. Hadn't wanted to travel in this lousy weather but one has to support the younger generations after all.
    I crawled round my very hilly estate trying to find a route had been visited by the gritter wagon. No luck so it was grit teeth and go for it!
    I had earlierin the day salt gritted the entrance to my drive, which slopes sideways, so knew once my nose was in there I'd be OK.
    Managed fairly well using gear and no brakes. Only a couple of hairy moments but got through without mishap.
    Must say I gave a weak chear when I got home.

    Forecast promises worse to come... Yheeew!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 10:44pm (Dec 2nd 2008) edited
     
    I love the 'Tree Cam' tonight.
    After watching the Wilsden lights coming on it really follows on well.
    What are you putting on for tomorrow???

    .. Holds breath in anticipation...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2008 11:36pm (Dec 2nd 2008)
     
    Well done for getting home safely you too! We had some sleet this morning when I was driving to work but it didn't last long. Think there's some forecast for tonight, or low temps and frozen roads at the least.

    I'd love to know WHERE the gritters dump their loads because its never when and where its needed!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 2:27am (Dec 3rd 2008) edited
     
    Good job getting home you two! But surely you have SNOW tires there (perhaps not as you don't get that much snow where you are.) :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 6:21am (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    I'm glad you made it home safely Neil and Ollie. I hate driving in rotten weather like that.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 10:42am (Dec 3rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Snow tires?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 10:49am (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    I had snow tyres for the winter when I was working but they don't fit the car I have now, which will be my last car, so I have let them go. (Free-cycle)

    Yes Red, snow tires me out too....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 10:52am (Dec 3rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    haha :D

    What are snow tyres? Are they like studded football boots, but on tyres? :o
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 11:14am (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    They have a bigger tread and pattern suitable for the conditions. Not actual 'studs' as these would damage road surface, like the chains did that we used to use on very bad days.
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 1:21pm (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    Ollie KNOWS everything!! Yeah Ollie! And oh yes..you spell it tYres over there.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 4:42pm (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    Go steady you lot...I saw a matrix sign on the M40 today saying 'Bad Weather Midlands Thursday'.
    Steady as you go Kate; stay home and play with the littluns!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 7:57pm (Dec 3rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Keele is reportedly going to get 8inches of snow in the next 48 hours!! :cool:
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 11:28pm (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    8 inches!! you lucky chucks!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2008 11:58pm (Dec 3rd 2008)
     
    Ah, the Matrix. Reminds me that I was going to call a rat Trinity! LOL!!

    Ooo, I hate driving in snow. Perhaps I'll be poorly tomorrow [cough cough].
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2008 2:59pm (Dec 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Jonny8 inches!! you lucky chucks!!

    Nope, they really goofed the weather forecast up this time. Even the snow from last night has melted now thanks to the rain :cry:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 1:16am (Dec 7th 2008)
     
    I have been watching Mel run around for the last half an hour. She is constantly running from under the lower end of the ramp to the rear of the coop, via the right hand end of the little wall.
    Often, after exiting the space under the ramp, she pauses, but is only just caught on camera.
    I am wondering if the cam pointing to the rear of the coop can be swung slightly left, to reveal the lower portion of the ramp. This may capture Mel at a good distance, while stationary. (providing her routine stays the same)
    Another thought, one night could a cam temporarily be placed under the ramp, looking toward the coop entrance door. This may capture Mel at close range, scurrying toward the camera.

    Just some thoughts anyway, thanks.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 8:05am (Dec 7th 2008)
     
    It is the day of rest after all. So lets find some work for Neil's idle hands.

    The chicks are doing their morning yoga stretches waiting for the coop to be opened.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 8:19am (Dec 7th 2008)
     
    How complicated is it to show a quartered screen and a facility to choose which we want to have as our 'Full Screen'?

    Hey I could see the Colour of Mel's coat then. So much better in day light.
    Have a little lie in Neil, we are really enjoying seeing Mel (and pal).
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 10:16am (Dec 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll try go through these in turn:

    - I can move the cam tonight, that's no problem at all (as long as I remember to do it!) - would the lower one (facing the water container) catch Mel if I angled it down and left?

    - It's beyond complicated to show a quartered screen, so forget it ;) The setup I have offers no possible means of doing this, sorry!

    - The idea of choosing which cam to watch is nice, but again it's just not possible. It would mean I would have to have the 4 cams available ALL the time, so that would be 4 encoders, 4 streams, 4 lots of bandwidth, just so that each cam was there if someone wanted to watch it. I can't afford the bandwidth, camstreams would lynch me, and I'd need god knows what equipment and software to do it so that's another no-go.

    There was mention of a movable motorised camera which has controls you can click on to point it exactly where you want it, but unless you have a grand or two to spare that won't be happening anytime soon too - I wish I could...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 11:25am (Dec 7th 2008)
     
    Our problem is that I/we are all into "Asking Santa" mode and wanting it all!!!

    Fully realise that these are unaffordable targets. After all this is a hobby and not a commercial project.

    Take your time with realligning cams. I am coming down with a cold too and sympathise + + +
    Taken my first Ibprofen (just one as 'elderly' & to use 'child' dose) and felt much better within a very few minutes.
    Now just to push body to follow mind and get going...

    You are doing a wonderful job, Neil. You've no idea how much time I spend gazing at those girls.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 11:34am (Dec 7th 2008)
     
    Yes Neil, that's the cam. It is just that Mel spent quite some time just off the lower left of the picture, so you will not need to move it much... and at your convenience of course.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 3:31pm (Dec 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Don't forget though, if she notices the cam has been moved (which she will) it might stop her from visiting that part of the coop...

    We have a nice sunset here :)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2008 8:15pm (Dec 7th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no! save your sympathy for someone more deserving - I haven't actually developed full-blown man-flu yet in fact I was hoping it might bypass me, I've slept loads and sneezed a couple of times but I'm still not full of it yet - definitely not like Helen, Scarlet and now my grandma...

    I've positioned the cam and some food so hopefully there will be some Mel viewing tonight - apologies if she cottons on!
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2008 12:17am (Dec 8th 2008)
     
    Good work, hopefully Mel doesn't read this thread...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2008 10:41am (Dec 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilOh no! save your sympathy for someone more deserving - I haven't actually developed full-blown man-flu yet in fact I was hoping it might bypass me, I've slept loads and sneezed a couple of times but I'm still not full of it yet - definitely not like Helen, Scarlet and now my grandma...

    I've positioned the cam and some food so hopefully there will be some Mel viewing tonight - apologies if she cottons on!

    I'm almost over mine!

    Bah, G.Grandma has it? And mum?? Sucks, they will so be ill for Christmas! :-\
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2008 12:15pm (Dec 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No hopefully they'll both be over it in time for the big day... :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2008 5:29pm (Dec 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *crosses fingers*
    Meant to say, i like the snowman on hencam main page, too :)
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 2:24pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    I always tick all of the above on forms. great. but not so great in elections. hee hee.
    Where did I put my brain, I had it a minute ago!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 2:36pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    I often wish the election form had a box for 'NONE OF THESE IDIOTS DESERVES MY VOTE'...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 3:20pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    Yep - I'd tick that box too CC!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 4:34pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    Me too, but i'm not old enough to vote! :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 4:36pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    Not long now though is it, Acie?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 4:38pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    I'm not 18 til June. How long is it then til an election?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 4:40pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    Ah, the big question....as long as Darth Vader can string it out for, I reckon...:\
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2009 4:41pm (Jan 3rd 2009)
     
    :rolling: