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Tuesday, 23 February 2021 Dereel Images for 23 February 2021
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Potting the abutilon
Topic: gardening Link here

The flower has fallen off the last Abutilon cutting that we got last month. Time to pot it.

But how? It has quite long roots, and if I just put it into potting mix, I risk tearing them off:


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In the end I put a pot in a bucket of water, put the cutting in the pot, and gently added potting mix:


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Hopefully that didn't do any harm. But I don't know how I could find out for sure.


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More sprinkler stuff
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I'm pottering round at a snail's pace trying to get the sprinkler system working properly. Today I plugged a small hole, marvelling about how little water was getting out of it.

Checking the water filter showed why. It was clogged more than I have ever seen. I didn't take any photos in time, but the sludge was about 4 mm thick and fell in lumps on the pressure cell and in the kitchen sink:


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I only cleaned it a couple of days ago, and in the past it has kept clean for weeks. Do we have underground water supply problems?


Andoer ARCA quick release plate
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Yvonne uses an Andoer leveling head for her PIXIO “Robot Cameraman” recordings, but it has a problem: the top is so wide that I can't fit a normal Arca-Swiss shoe on it, as I noted months ago. The components team up to make it impossible: the top of the leveling base is too wide, and the adjusting screw of the shoe goes below its base line.

So I had mounted a macro rail between the two components. At the time I had thought that it could even be convenient:


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But Yvonne didn't like it, and recently I found a shoe that had a smaller screw, coincidentally made by the same company, Andoer. It also had a quick release lever and a horrendous (well, high) price tag, round $25. By comparison the bigger and more complicated macro rails come in at about $14, and the leveling head cost round $54.

And how is it? It works, and the lever is convenient. But somehow I'm left wondering whether Andoer doesn't have a left hand, right hand issue:


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It works, but it's somehow irritating that the lever fouls the bubble level. You'd think that somebody would have thought of that.


Foxed!
Topic: animals, photography, opinion Link here

Looking out the lounge room window this evening, I saw an unexpected sight: a young fox, quite a pretty thing, less than 10 m from the window.

Foxes! We don't need no steenking foxes in Australia! What have the dogs been thinking? Took Nikolai outside. Fox looks at him. Escapes to the neighbour's property, climbing over a 1.2 m fence in the process. Then Niko noticed him. I don't suppose we'll see him again in the near future.

And only then did it occur to me that I could at least have taken a photo.


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