Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First Mendip based in Wells, Somerset. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Harvey the dog and Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBfF600. As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at St. Nicolas Church in Radstock. These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

30 May 2011

New Bike

Well you may not know that my HT125 was written off by a gent pulling out in to me. It would have been good for them to see http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html. Anyway I now have Suzuki GS500 It is a bit tatty and needs a bit of TLC but at the moment seems to go ok. I have to say as my first 'big' bike in 30 years it is VERY fast. This I hope will keep me out of trouble in the rush hour.

Weather Station

The weather station has been a little intermittent for a while so yesterday took the pole down to have a look. I found the transmitter was full of flies and flies eggs. I cleaned it all out and it seem to work. However it has failed again. I hope it is the batteries, which I did not change. I hope to get the pole down latter when the rain stops.

29 May 2011

Blue Lights

I am always amazed at how people behave when a blue light appears. This video shows how the emergency services want you to behave.


15 May 2011

Bit of a downer

Long weekend this weekend but I have to say I have had better weekends. First the insurance company paid out but insist I was partly to blame so have only paid out 50%. This means the hire bike has to go back so I am without my own transport after Friday. I will of course have to get another bike but that takes time, and money. I have had a few problems with my ankle and a trip to the doctors seems to point to another operation. As you know I changed my shift and working longer hours. The idea was that we would have some spare cash to enjoy these long weekends. However things do not seem to have worked out and we still seem to have no spare cash after paying our bills. The result of this is I assume a period of depression which meant I have found it difficult to motivate myself to do any thing including church this morning. I am feeling a little better this evening but still feel very tired and find everything a struggle. I hope things will only get better from now.

13 May 2011

Ankle Update

it has now been nearly a year since I returned to work after breaking my ankle. It has healed well and only minor pain which I would think is to be expected. However over the last few weeks it has begun to click and grind so I took a trip to the Doctors. They have referred me to our local hospital to have it x-rayed to see if anything has changed and if it is necessary to have any of the metal work taken out. Also after finally getting my scanner to work I have included a couple of pictures.

5 May 2011

Web Cam

I have managed to get the web cam to work again but still have the problem with Dynamic Address. I have signed up to a DNS provider but as yet have not set it up. That means there may be times when the web cam link will return a 'website not found' report.

My weather data