It might sound daggy, but lately I’ve been watching the old BBC series The Good Life (a friend at work lent me the DVDs). Megan thinks I’m getting old.
You’ve got to admit, though, that there’s something about Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal). It never sat right with me that that Tom guy wound up with her!
Watch a few clips at the BBC site to refresh your memory, and then listen to Emma over at The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast. Is that awesome or what?! Same subject, same voice, same accent, same vocal mannerisms – I could listen to her all day. And there are seventy-odd back issues for me to work through! I wish I lived further from work so I had a longer commute.
After a lot of searching, emailing and ringing local breeders looking for silky pullets, I finally found a lady up in Marulan with some chicks for sale. I originally didn’t want to get chicks because of the mucking around with heat lamps etc, but since it was the only way to get some silkies for the girls we decided to go for it.
We bought nine chicks, 4 for us and 5 for my mate Danny. Ours have been named Seraphina, Ro, Luciana and Molly (yes, Barbie movies are big in our house!). Turns out they’re not really that much hassle to look after.
First thing Hannah and Sarah wanted to do was draw pictures of the chicks, so they could show their grandparents and friends what they look like.
Rather than give them out to people, Sarah decided to turn her pictures into a book about chickens:
It’s not just for use when Outlook stops working – it’s a useful preventative action you should run occasionally to repair little problems before they become big problems. Anytime Outlook starts running slower than normal, give this a try.
The Problem: When I send anything to my networked printer, Windows XP pops up a yellow confirmation bubble telling me the item printed. How can I turn that annoying option off?
The Solution: In Control Panel, choose Printers and Faxes. Click File, Server Properties, and select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom, uncheck the box for “Notify when remote documents are printed” and also uncheck the box for “Show informational notifications for network printers”.
In Vista, follow the same steps, but uncheck “Show informational notifications for network printers”.
Another great video series from Milkwood, this one explaining how to make compost without too much effort.
Don’t these videos have great music? I also really like the way they use the “Benny Hill effect” of speeding up the video, so you get a good idea of what they’re doing without needing to sit around and watch someone turn a whole pile of compost. Nice opening and closing credits too.
The web pages for each of these videos are worth visiting, as they have a lot of useful info:
By default, Internet Explorer opens Excel and Word files within the browser window. This can be annoying if you want to work with them in the real applications. To get IE to always open these files using the correct application:
click Start >> Control Panel >> Folder Options
click on the File Types tab
find the XLS file type in the list and click on it
click on the Advanced button
uncheck the “Browse in same window” option
click OK to close the Edit File Type dialog
find the DOC file type and repeat the above three steps