Politics aside how is everyone doing ?

SethBullock

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All that white stuff in the pictures is not snow. It's an accumulation of all the ice that it rained on us.
 

HBS Guy

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I do not recall that happening in 1950s Holland! Must be to do with moist wind passing over mountains?
 

SethBullock

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I do not recall that happening in 1950s Holland! Must be to do with moist wind passing over mountains?
Probably just a combination of moisture and cold air configured in such a way that doesn't create the ice balls we call hail. It came down like dried rice. And it was sustained, not momentary. I didn't see a single large hail ball. Just little frozen rain drops. I suppose it's not really all that weird, but it was sustained for a long time. And with temps hovering at freezing, sometimes it would start to melt and then freeze again, creating a thick layer of ice on everything. Lol, it kicked the crap out of the magnolia in our back yard.

Anyways, it's melting right now. I've got a 72 mile round trip to work and back tomorrow, so I hope this stuff all melts off today.
 

SethBullock

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Yeah, be “fun” driving on ice!
Yeah. I don’t think I would drive 72 miles on a solid sheet of ice. My truck is very good on snow, but ice is treacherous. I’ve driven to work and back in 4WD before at about 25 mph because of snow. I’ve done it a couple of times. Long slog, but my old Ford truck gets me there safely.
 

SethBullock

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For the first time in nearly a year, I went out to dinner at a local pub last night with a friend. The place was packed with people. Tables were socially distanced, and you wear a mask until you're seated.

It was a nice feeling all around, almost electric.
 

pinkeye

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Yeah. I don’t think I would drive 72 miles on a solid sheet of ice. My truck is very good on snow, but ice is treacherous. I’ve driven to work and back in 4WD before at about 25 mph because of snow. I’ve done it a couple of times. Long slog, but my old Ford truck gets me there safely.
What about snow-chains... would they work ? I mean I know it means you go slow but..?
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
Had a big brief thunderstorm this arvo. Did some serious damage elsewhere, but got some amazing claps of thunder and 11 mm of rain in about 30 minutes.

After it passed I phoned my neighbour, and I said one of those strikes was so close I thought it was on my place at first.. then I figured a bit further up slope. (where he is)

He said he was standing outside under his verandah , watching the storm and he saw it come down somewhere in front of him. I said I knew it was close because I heard it sizzle as it passed over my house.

He agreed, said he received a shock, and it knocked his dog off her feet, and thats hard to do to a nuggety little blue heeler.

He heard the sizzle too, I've NEVER heard that before..!! and he said this was the third time in his life he'd been almost too close to a lightning strike. WOW.!
 

HBS Guy

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Apart from red bellied black snakes in the street reserve in front of my old block—just fine and dandy.
 

pinkeye

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Nothing wrong with red-bellied blacks. They are shy, not aggressive unless they feel cornered by you, and eat much more poisonous brown snakes for example. Red bellied blacks are friends.
 

HBS Guy

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Yeah, and I stomp around in work boots and only saw the back half of one snake slithering away. Not sure there are brown snakes in Tassie.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
It happens. Mice plagues are just another issue for those on the land.

I reckon the floods will take care of quite a lot of them.....
 

HBS Guy

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Had a year of mice in the brew shop—everything the little bastards liked in one place: grain, sugar, flour. They CLIMB! They were getting in 4m/12' above the ground!

Poison is the way to go.

The typists and my staffer for the brewshop found a mouse caught in a trap but OK. They let it go outside! I said they should have flushed it down the loo or given it a tap on the head with a hammer!
 

SethBullock

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This is what I've been working on, a little at a time for the past couple months. I've been replacing 100 feet of wood fence that I built 30 years ago. A mistake I made when I first built the fence was to allow the picket boards to touch the ground. They lasted all this time, but now they were rotting from the ground up. So this time I installed a pressure treated base board, and the bottoms of the pickets are screwed into it with all of them above ground level to prevent rotting. Also, when I first built it, it followed the lay of the land which is a gentle slope. I used a stepped method this time by adding 2X4 extensions to the posts so the tops of each panel would be level. Yesterday I finished the last panel, and today I loaded my truck with the old disassembled fence for later transport to the dump. The one remaining thing I'm planning on doing is to finish each panel by framing them with 1X4. Not necessary, but I think it will add to the appearance.

I have found this to be a sort of fun and pleasant pastime except for my aching back at the end of the day.

Here's how the old fence looked.

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