... with typical showery conditions has replaced the settled dry spell which occupied much of February and early March.
With some 11Kv lines running across our property, every 4 years the electricity company send round their tree surgeons to remove anything that comes within a specified distance from the wires. We have already removed most of the trees which formerly were in problem areas, but a couple remain.
Unfortunately, they leave all the debris where it falls, so there's always a major clearing up operation after their visit. At least the job is much smaller than it used to be !
... is continuing and it was wall-to-wall sunshine again yesterday. It got to 22c on the deck after lunch. The pool is gradually warming - 12.5°c, but the nights are still quite long, so it's dropping back noticeably by the morning.
Spares to repair the Z5200 are hopefully on their way from HP, but as yet there's no indication as to how long we will have to wait. Fortunately there is plenty of other work to be getting on with in the meantime.
... as I turned on the HP wide format printer yesterday, there was an uncharacteristic clicking sound and it failed to boot, producing an error.
Having managed to get the computer back to some sort of reliability after last week's problems, I was hoping things might run smoothly for a bit ! It was major trouble with this printer which led to my abandoning the blog around this time last year. Things seem to be following a pattern ... first computer, then HP Z5200, just like last year :(
The problem with the printer is physical this time, which in some ways is easier. A small plastic cog wheel has broken off ... it's part of the starwheel lifting mechanism.
Today's task is to dismantle the printer further and see if there is any way of effecting a repair. Meanwhile the print jobs are piling up.
On a brighter note, the weather has settled under some high pressure and we have had a feeling of spring for the last few days. We had lunch on the deck yesterday and it got to 21c in the afternoon, after a light frost to start the day. It seems the next few days will be similar. Just as well, as we need something to lift the spirits in face of these technical problems !!
A new addition to the HTF printer line-up finally arrive today ... it took a while to get it set up, and the control software seems very reluctant to talk to the printer, but at least it's up and running, with its first order of 6k labels for a local brewery.
When there's more time I'll look further into the laggy software ... I've tried connecting via wifi and ethernet, but both behaved in the same way :(
... passed overhead this morning, en route for their summer breeding grounds. This is a full two weeks later than last year. They will continue to be heard and seen over the next month or so ... it seems their migration route passes directly over us and we are now used to their twice-yearly commutes marking the changing of the seasons.
The current very cold snap has clearly delayed their migration this spring, not to mention the garden which remains very much in winter mode with very few signs of movement at all. That's just as well, since it was -4° over night, and tonight is expected to be even colder ! At least this cold dry spell has brought some sunshine which had been conspicuous by its absence during much of January.
The print shop has been ticking over quietly, as you would expect at this time of the year, and keeping me busy in the absence of my partner who returned to China to spend the New Year with his family ... bit it's two more weeks to wait before he returns !
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.