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Muscott -> Long Buckby and Google Pixel stops working

Or thereabouts. Actually Buckby Wharf. Google Pixel 2 – Red light comes on and stops working That’s right my phone, pictured below. Left it on charge overnight. Shortly after I got up in the morning, whilst it was still on charge, the red light came on and started flashing and the picture of the battery sign came on the screen. Checked the Google Support website. “The battery is fully discharged. Re-charge for at least 30 minutes then re-try”. I knew... Read More Read...

Or thereabouts.

Actually Buckby Wharf.

Google Pixel 2 – Red light comes on and stops working

That’s right my phone, pictured below. Left it on charge overnight. Shortly after I got up in the morning, whilst it was still on charge, the red light came on and started flashing and the picture of the battery sign came on the screen.

google pixel 2
google pixel 2

Checked the Google Support website. “The battery is fully discharged. Re-charge for at least 30 minutes then re-try”.

I knew this was not the case, because it had been on charge, and when I checked the cable, it was attached securely.

So…. The phone had just stopped working.

I only bought it in December, not more than 7 months ago….

Luckily, being a PCworld/Curry’s purchase, it was easy enough to take it into the store.

The guy had a look at it, turned it around in his hand a few times. Attached it to the PC using the USB 3 charging cable. The red light came on, solidly, pressing the power button did nothing.

Basically, the phone didn’t work.

Not a problem. Google had stopped making the Pixel 2. The replacement choices were a Pixel 3 or a Pixel 3a.

The Google Pixel 3 is £549. Google Pixel 3a with an extra large screen £469. So I got £30 back from my previous purchase.

Within 36 hours, I had a replacement.

google pixel 3aXL
google pixel 3aXL

Google Pixel 3aXL

Is a much better phone, for me.

One of my consistent niggles with the Pixel 2 was that the screen was too small.

Moving from a Motorola, I was used to using the swipe-type feature, never moving my finger from the screen just moving it around the virtual keyboard and let G-board figure out what it was I was trying to say.

This worked well on the Moto G5. Less so on the Pixel 2. Because of it’s significantly smaller screen, it had problems working out what it was I was trying to say, and often mis-read and mis-typed the words I was trying to input.

Very frustrating. Made me very angry 😡

I liked the Moto G5 plus more than the Pixel 2 tbh.

Pixel 2 radiation made my leg sore

You may think this is a joke. Everyone knows that mobile phones are terribly safe. They could never cause you damage or be carcinogenic in any way.

I don’t know about the second bit. But the Pixel used to make my leg ache when I kept it in my pocket with the Bluetooth turned on.

Yes. My mobile phone used to cause me pain when I kept it close to my person.

And, yes. I’m 100% certain it was my phone that was responsible.

I’ve noticed this with the fitbit also.

When I first got it, it made my wrist sore. That dissipated after a time.

Luckily, there is very little flesh and tissue on the wrist to be effected.

On your leg, there is plenty of flesh and tissue…

For these reasons, I wasn’t the greatest fan of the Google Pixel 2.

And now it’s gone… 😀

Long Buckby Wharf

Not far from the A5.

Long Buckby is a big old village with a co-op. Buckby wharf is where the industry used to access the grand union canal for it’s transactions.

Buchebei it was once known as.

Buckby Wharf - Grand Union Canal
Buckby Wharf – Grand Union Canal
Buckby Wharf - Grand Union Canal
Buckby Wharf – Grand Union Canal
Buckby Wharf - Grand Union Canal
Buckby Wharf – Grand Union Canal

The solar is very good here, as is the mobile signal. Batteries are full by 9am.

What more can you ask for…

Glass Barge

Was moored up next to these,

who had stopped to do some trading over the weekend.

The Glass Barge it’s called. And they have a kiln in the back which they fire up using the solar panels!

Not a lot going on apparently. And moved on down.

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Muscott -> Muscott

I guess more Muscott than before. This is the Muscott real, or thereabouts. Muscott Is an ‘abandoned settlement’. Featured in the domesday book and abandoned in the past, the last historical mention being in the 1300’s. I took a wonder around there today, my curiosity excited by the prospect of seeing the ‘raised earthworks’ of the now defunct village. Here’s an exerpt from historical england The monument at Muscott lies just to the north-west of the village...

I guess more Muscott than before.

This is the Muscott real, or thereabouts.

Muscott

Is an ‘abandoned settlement’. Featured in the domesday book and abandoned in the past, the last historical mention being in the 1300’s.

I took a wonder around there today, my curiosity excited by the prospect of seeing the ‘raised earthworks’ of the now defunct village.

Here’s an exerpt from historical england

The monument at Muscott lies just to the north-west of the village of Brockhall, although the two places are identified as separate settlements. The site consists of the earthwork remains of the deserted medieval village and of a double moated site, the location of the Muscott medieval manor house. The remains of the village are orientated with respect to a major hollow way between 1.5m and 2m deep, which runs from WSW to ENE through the settlement, with a further hollow way branching off to the north. Alongside the roads low scarps show the extent of property boundaries and, within these areas, raised platforms indicate the sites of former buildings. In the western part of the village earthworks, hollow ways and property boundaries cover the faint remains of ridge and furrow, indicating that the village was extended in this direction. To the south of the remains of the village lay further crofts belonging to the village and some of these were excavated in 1958 prior to their destruction. Within one of the crofts the remains of three buildings were discovered. One building was a stone house with a hearth and two others proved to be the locations of timber barns. All the buildings were dated to the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. To the south-west of the medieval village lie earthwork remains which originally consisted of two linked rectangular moats. The western moat island covers an area measuring approximately 90m x 75m, and is recorded as the location of the medieval manor house belonging to the village, and part of the south ditch of this moat, together with a slight external bank, can still be seen, although the rest of the ditches and much of the moat island have been destroyed by later building. The gatehouse to the present Muscott House is considered to be late medieval in date with 19th-century additions and is listed Grade II. The second moat lies just to the east of the main moat, is connected to it and covers an area 67m x 57m. The eastern moat island is surrounded on the north, east and south sides by a ditch 0.3m deep. To the west of the two moats lie the earthwork remains of water channels and a rectangular fishpond, 40m long, 8m wide and up to a metre deep which was part of the medieval site. The village at Muscott is recorded in Domesday Book along with the nearby village of Brockhall. Muscott village is also documented throughout the 14th century and is recorded as paying the highest tax in the county for the Lay Subsidy in 1334, but by 1377 only five people paid the Poll Tax. In 1547 records show that 300 sheep grazed the pasture at Muscott and in 1576 Sir John Spencer of Althorp bought the manor which consisted of pastures and meadow. In the centre of the field containing the deserted medieval village lies a stone cattle trough of the last century and this is excluded from the scheduling. Muscott House, the listed gatehouse and all outbuildings and farm buildings on the monument are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath the buildings throughout the site is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument’s support and preservation.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1009555

As I walked around there tonight, I could definitely make out the ‘moat’ just from walking down the bridleway.

Canal

Looks nice in this part of the world.

Only a quickie.

I’m not going to be here for long. It’s a stop-gap because the locks have operating hours restriction at present, that added to work commitments means I won’t be able to make it through them until after the weekend.

Here’s some pictures from the surrounding area.

Brockhall Northamptonshire
Brockhall Northamptonshire
M1 Bridge Brockhall Northamptonshire
M1 Bridge Brockhall Northamptonshire

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Dodford -> Muscott

A short move, probably a half a mile or so down the canal from Dodford to Muscott. Here’s a picture of what Muscott looks like. Last month, I went to Crick Boat Show which is a big deal national boat show specifically for narrowboats. There are so many things to do and spend money on at Crick. Luckily, I don’t have any money, so I looked at things that specifically I needed. Covering up Since this global environmental crisis, I’ve... Read More Read More The post Dodford...

A short move, probably a half a mile or so down the canal from Dodford to Muscott.

Here’s a picture of what Muscott looks like.

Muscot on the Grand Union
Muscot on the Grand Union near Weedon

Last month, I went to Crick Boat Show which is a big deal national boat show specifically for narrowboats.

There are so many things to do and spend money on at Crick.

Luckily, I don’t have any money, so I looked at things that specifically I needed.

Winter is coming – A showboat at Crick Boat Show.

Covering up

Since this global environmental crisis, I’ve decided to change my plan to fit a diesel heater.

Instead, to make the living environment warmer during the winter months, I thought it would be better to improve the insulation, and the best way to do this would be to insulate the area around the fire itself at the front of the boat.

Improving insulation

As you can see, the fire is located right at the front near the windows and door, which lead out into the bow area.

I’m pretty sure that the fire heats this wall and door, and the heat is immediately dissipated out into the environment. It’s instantly lost. A large proportion of it, I’d say.

Instead of that, what we’re going to do is fit a cover over this front area, called a Cratch Cover.

 

Cratch Cover

A cratch cover is a layer of PVC or acrylic and aluminum frame measured and attached specifically for your individual boat.

Fitting the cratch cover will mean that immediately after the fire has heated the wall and door, the heat escapes out into this ‘cratch area’.

As well as providing an additional area of insulation, it can also be used as a STORAGE AREA, possibly for a washing machine, some log storage and fuel bins, maybe a few plants. Who knows.

Possibilities are endless…. Almost.

But it will do both of these things. And unlike the diesel heater, it’s going to be much less than £3,000.

Other than that, life plods on at the very slow pace of the canal.

Here’s some couscous I made for dinner the other night.

Couscous
Couscous

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Weedon Bec -> Dodford

Or thereabouts. In the fields really. Very nice and placid. It’s nice being able to draw the curtains and not have gongoozlers look onto your boat all the while. I have some nice orchids growing outside my window. It’s close enough the I can see the insects moving up and down the stems. Closer to nature, I guess they say! A45 Weedon Bypass Has been completed. Last November to be exact. Flowers of conciliation are now growing across the earthworks.... Read More Read More The post...

Or thereabouts.

In the fields really.

Very nice and placid.

It’s nice being able to draw the curtains and not have gongoozlers look onto your boat all the while.

I have some nice orchids growing outside my window. It’s close enough the I can see the insects moving up and down the stems. Closer to nature, I guess they say!

A45 Weedon Bypass

Has been completed. Last November to be exact.

Flowers of conciliation are now growing across the earthworks.

Weedon Bypass A45
Flowers grow on the Weedon Bypass A45

It was definitely noisier last year when their were less plants to absorb the sound and vibrations.

Can hardly hear it now.

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Flore -> Weedon Bec

Moving up past the waterpoint and sewage farm. More into the center of the village. Solar Since putting the solar panels and buying a new PWM controller for the portable panels, I’ve only been having to start the engine to move the boat. What I used to have to do every morning for 2 hours. I now do only every other week for about 1 hour. What’s left is free energy. By 6pm at night, there is a lot more... Read More Read More The post Flore -> Weedon Bec appeared first on Michael...

Moving up past the waterpoint and sewage farm.

More into the center of the village.

Solar

Since putting the solar panels and buying a new PWM controller for the portable panels, I’ve only been having to start the engine to move the boat.

Solar PWM controller
Solar PWM controller

What I used to have to do every morning for 2 hours. I now do only every other week for about 1 hour.

What’s left is free energy.

By 6pm at night, there is a lot more left, meaning I can watch TV and do those other things I want to.

By 9am the next morning, the batteries are full again.

Who can say this isn’t good value?

Government increases tax rate on domestic solar panels to 20%

The government is trying to discourage people from using these by increasing the VAT on them to full rate, whilst a VAT reduction remains for other fossil fuels energy items such as gas, diesel and coal.

Goods or services VAT rate
Electricity for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity 5%
Gas for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity 5%
Heating oil for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity 5%
Solar panels for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity 20%

Just shows how serious our government is about renewables and climate change.

Thankfully, I’ve got my panels now and I won’t be paying this charge.

The charge comes in in October, so it’s time to getting fitting your panels now.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-solar-panels-vat-government-fossil-fuels-sian-berry-a8906361.html

https://www.michaeltyler.co.uk/fitting-solar-panels-narrowboat/

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Nether Heyford -> Flore

Or Stowehill, whichever way you want to see it. Moved into the bad weather. Been buying logs and coal. Mooring here is on pins, technically, but I managed to get chains behind the railings. It’s opposite the campsite. The post Nether Heyford -> Flore appeared first on Michael...

Or Stowehill, whichever way you want to see it.

Moved into the bad weather. Been buying logs and coal.

Mooring here is on pins, technically, but I managed to get chains behind the railings.

It’s opposite the campsite.

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