Yet more observatory works

On Saturday afternoon I was messaged on Facebook that I was needed rather urgently at the observatory.

The guys had been sliding a new I beam into the floor void to reduce the bounce on the floor of the old section of the building and they had come across a problem. The fire alarm supply wire was in a really bad place and was going to cause major delays.

I went up there straight away, cut the wire, and removed the power from the panel.

Whilst I was there I snapped this photo under the floor of the new beam, now in position and ready to have the joists lowered back onto it.

Rain. Real rain.

Today is what is known as a “rainy day”. After 50 odd days with hardly any rainfall, coupled with temperatures in the high 20’s most days it feels amazing to get a change in the weather.

Especially now as Lancashire is under a hosepipe ban, this is such a relief.

So much cooler today!

At last this heatwave has broken. It developed into an intense burning heat yesterday afternoon which in turn became heavy thunderstorms.

From a rather horrible 30°C on Thursday we ended Friday with a very pleasant 18°C.

Today I actually felt like wearing leather, and sure enough I did.

I did try latex, which felt great after so long not wearing it, but it was still a little too warm to remain in it.

If you’re a latex wearer, what do you mix in with it?

A new van!

After much complaining from my poor wife, I’ve finally decided to sort myself a new van.

I have chosen… a Ford Transit Custom 2018 model. Not in orange though, it’s in “Blazer Blue”.

2 litre diesel engine. Should be pretty amazing to drive, especially compared to my rather knackered old Fiat lady.

Transit-Custom-Trend-front-dynamic