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Without showing you pictures or video it's very difficult to describe just how quickly the new babies are growing. However, I hope to have a much better quality camera fitted next time around so you will be able to see high-definition video live on the Internet showing the blue tits throughout the whole breeding process.

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I came across this website that sells all kinds of clamps. If you are radio ham them this website should be right up your street as they sell just about every clamp and bracket you can think of.

aerialsandtv.com

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In August 2016 I decided to have my garden pond revamped. It was dug out nearly 15 years ago and hasn't really been looked after very well and gradually the garden is taking the pond back. So after doing a search on the Internet, I contacted a local Aquatics company called Richards Aquatics who had several aquatic shops plus a pond building business. Richard Muggeridge of Richards Aquatics visited me to survey my current pond in order to get an idea of what could be done and how much it would cost. He got back to me via email pretty quickly with the quote of £2600 to which I was quite happy to accept. He asked for £1300 as a down payment which I did think was quite a lot of money for a deposit but unwittingly accepted to and transferred the money into his bank account. 

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Posted by on in Nesting Box

Not really much to report to be quite honest. There are still only four babies in the nesting box +5 eggs that haven't touched yet. I'm very doubtful as to whether the eggs will hatch now. If the eggs do hatch then the babies will be three days behind the rest and I think they will find it extremely difficult to compete for food.

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Posted by on in Nesting Box

Four baby blue tits have now hatched out of the nine eggs that are in the box, five eggs are still intact.

Even though the female is still incubating the five unhatched eggs her and the male are spending quite a lot of time during the day collecting food for the young babies. They appear to be feeding them on small caterpillars. The young are still very frail and not able to sit up properly just yet.

I don't know when the remaining eggs will hatch, or even if they will hatched. However, when they do hatch the young will have quite a lot of catching up to do and hopefully will be able to compete for food with their slightly older siblings.

I was surprised to see the female removing small white sacks of faeces from the babies backside and then promptly eating them, disgusting individuals :-)

Come back for more updates

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Posted by on in Nesting Box

It was only about three months ago when I put up my new nesting box which is providing me with a live picture via a small camera located inside the box. It wasn't very long after the box went up that the blue Tits started building a nest. They laid eggs about two weeks ago and the female has been sitting on them almost ever since. She pops out for a few minutes several times a day but seems to be a very good mother.

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It seems that once you become disabled anything you want to buy, or services you want to pay for suddenly become far more expensive than they need to be. Here's a good example of something that happened to me very recently.

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Did you know that it is now legal to operate using SSB and AM on CB radio? After years of pressure, Ofcom finally allowed UK CB operators access to single sideband and AM. We've had the UK 40 since 1981 and around 1989/90 the European frequencies became available. The UK 40 will remain as it always has been. However, whereas we've only been allowed to use FM with 4 W on the European frequencies, we can now use USB/LSB with a maximum power output of 12 W and AM with a maximum output of 4 W on these frequencies now. 

Citizens band radio in Torbay started to decline in the mid-1990s and by 2000 it was almost completely dead on all 80 channels. However, in the last few years, people have started to come back to the CB and slowly more people are starting to use the band. Even though I have been licensed to use amateur radio since 1995, citizens band radio is still very close to my heart and I am very eager to get people involved again here in the Torbay area.

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Even though I have the blue badge I still require a Torbay car parking permit in order for me to park free of charge in Torbay car parks. This year the council have doubled the price of an annual car park permit for the disabled. It's gone from £20 up to £40. To say I'm quite dismayed is an understatement. If I was to calculate how many times I use the car parks I probably wouldn't even spend £40 in the whole year on car park tickets. How much will parking permits increase by next year, double again?

I'm basically stuck between a rock and a hard place. I don't use Torbay council car parks on a regular basis, but when I do I'm quite often on my own and therefore the parking permit is extremely important. There is not any other alternative, I just have to pay the money and live with it. 

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Posted by on in For Sale

If you take your dog out at night then these clever little rechargeable are very handy. Not only do they enable other people to see your dog but if your dog is dark in colour then you will always know where it is at night.

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After being in a wheelchair for 31 years I've learned a few do's and don'ts about how to sit in your wheelchair properly. If like me you use a wheelchair permanently then your body will get used to being in the same position every day so it's very important that your wheelchair is the right size and it set up properly to accommodate your posture and leg position.

The purpose of this specific blog post is to talk about how important it is to make sure that your feet are sitting properly on your foot plates. It makes me wince when I see people wheeling around with knees sticking high up in the air because they've set their footplates far too high. Alternatively, you see people with legs and feet dangling in midair because they've either got no foot plates, or the foot plates are set far too low.

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I purchased a pair of a couple of years ago and thought I would do a brief review on what I think of them. 

I've had a quick look at the Currys website which is where I got mine from and they seem to have reduced dramatically in price. The dearest ones I can find are around £299, I think I paid around £329 for mine. 

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Posted by on in Product Review

When you open the box containing the you're going to get a bit of a shock and you'll probably think "oh, that's quite small". However, don't let the size deceive you. Remember Naseem Hamed, also known as Prince Naseem Hamed? He was a boxer with quite a small stature, probably 5'3" tall. In most cases, a little bloke like that wouldn't be much of a cause for concern. However, you wouldn't want to be punched by this guy, put it that way. The same can be said for the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker. This little baby packs a real punch and I think you will be blown away by how good it performs for its size.

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I recently bought myself a new set of speakers for my main PC. I looked around at different type of speakers including Logitech which I have been using for a few years. Since buying the Bluetooth Bose mini speaker I decided to look at Bose may specifically for PCs. Their computer speakers range from £89.99 up to £299.95. Since I already have a mini sound system for playing music I really didn't want to spend £300 on a pair of speakers which would only be used with my PC so I decided to go with the priced at £89.95. If you shop around you can buy them for as little as £74

I decided to buy mine from Currys so I paid slightly more. I paid an extra £3.95 to get the speakers delivered next day so the final bill came to approximately £103.90. I deliberately went with Currys because there is a Currys store in Torquay and if anything goes wrong with the speakers it's quite simple for me to take them back so paying an extra few quid wasn't really an issue, more of a convenience.

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Posted by on in Computer Talk

If you are a friend of mine on Facebook then due to a divine please note I have had to create a new account. Basically, Facebook suddenly blocks my account accusing me of harbouring malware on my PC. In order to unblock my account, they insisted I download some software. Well, nobody blackmails me and I'm certainly not downloading any software until I know exactly what it is. So, unfortunately, Facebook has got me by the short and curly's and I have no alternative but to create another account.

https://www.facebook.com/PennRWooding

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Posted by on in Humour


If you have problems removing large spiders from your house then this video will show you how to do it really easily and without any problems

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Have you been greeted with the above message when climbing into Facebook recently?

Well, if you were then you are certainly not alone, it seems that lots of people have experienced exactly the same issue. I certainly don't have any malware or viruses because I run security. Anyway, even if I did, how Facebook would know is anyone's guess.

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 have owned a Permobil Corpus 500 electric wheelchairs since 2011. My previous chair was the Permobil Chairman. It goes without saying that I absolutely love Permobil wheelchairs, they do everything I need from an electric wheelchair and more. However, it seems I may have found a serious flaw that could very easily result in a catastrophic disaster.

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