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Supports for garden pots
Topic: general, gardening, opinion Link here

We want to hang some flower baskets on the left side of the house entrance:


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Problem: the ceiling isn't strong enough. So we decided to put a rod between the house wall and the column in the corner. CJ along today with some brackets to be screwed against the column and wall:

 
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I'd had difficulties with this column a few years ago, one of the reasons I bought a new drill bit last week. But this time the drill went in like butter:

 
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Did I manage to get a gap between the brickwork, or had they applied a very large amount of plaster on that side?

The wall on the other side was completely different. After a minute of drilling, all I had was:

 
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That was with CJ's hammer drill. Would it be better with the drill I bought specially for this job last time? Not until I find it. But maybe it's the bit. Yet another problem deferred by a poor workman.


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While he was here, CJ brought his computer. He couldn't play videos from his Gmail index:


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What kind of error message is that? No details, no way to find any details. This stupidity really gets on my nerves. I'm beginning to regret that I installed Ubuntu on his machine.

Went looking on the web, with surprisingly little information, much of it out of date. Where do I go from here? CJ will want to take his computer back.

Does it maybe also not work on my machine? Yes! So at least he can have his machine back and I can investigate on my own.

What does it do under Microsoft? Tried on dischord: exactly the same problem. So we have a relatively general problem that nobody seems to find interesting, and which Google is too polite to report. What kind of world are we living in? At least this problem has nothing to do with Ubuntu.


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Yvonne and Chris ride Carlotta and Vicente
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Chris Bahlo and Margaret Swan along this morning with Vicente, Chris' new Andalusian gelding, whom Chris is planning to use for jousting:

 
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Chasing the Gmail video bug
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So why does Gmail not want to play the videos that it displays? Back to take a look:


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Marvellous. What's that? I couldn't get rid of it; close the tab and start it again, and I still get the error. I had to clear cookies (why can't I do that on a per-site basis?) to get rid of the problem.

Further messing around. About all I could establish was that if I press the Download button, it downloads correctly.


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Browser issue? That wouldn't explain it happening on four different browsers. Peter Jeremy took an interest, but I didn't hear back.


Irrigation issues
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

My hellebores are looking even unhappier:

 
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Once this heat is over (yesterday and today we had a maximum of 40°), I should transplant them to the front of the house, where the soil is better and they have less sun—if there's anything left of the first one to transplant.

Later we saw a particularly unhappy looking Hebe in the driveway. Time to run the sprinkler again? Did so and discovered that the dripper for that plant, and a number of others, including the first hellebore, was clogged. Changed them and left it run for a while. Even apart from the clogged drippers, it seems that the plants need more water in this summer heat. Increased the automatic sprinkler time per circuit from 40 to 60 minutes.

Was that the only problem with the hellebores? No, the other one was getting water, but still looks unhappy.


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