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Year: 2011

Today we sunbathed and went on a short exploratory hike. Yes, that’s right, sunbathed on the 31 December in the Northern hemisphere – I was impressed. Though to make up for this there was ice on the inside of our tent when we woke up.

My sunbathing was interrupted by a pack of horses crossing the creek, which confirmed my suspicion that there was a trail on the other side.

Penultimate campfire of 2011 – We were in two minds where to go backpacking this weekend. Piney Creek Wilderness, or the similarly sounding Paddy Creek Wilderness. Piney creek has around twelve miles of ‘official’ trails, and Paddy Creek has a twenty mile loop. [1 picture]

Photograph of Gary Allman and Tubby - a Burmese cat.

I was taking some family portraits and I forgot to include myself, so here I am with Tubby Ginger’s parents, her brother Sam and family came visiting today. I was (albeit reluctantly) persuaded to take some family photos, and once again I’m glad that I did. I’ll post a couple of sneak previews now – …

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Color Photograph of gary Allman taken on December 29 2011.

We seem to spend a lot of time in the office area at the moment Tonight we were researching a backpacking trip – the weather looks to be warm (for the time of year). We have family visiting tomorrow and they are taking Lanie away for a few days, so we have a window of …

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Making stuff

Today I made myself useful by making stuff in the garage In fact I’m being a proper Santa’s Elf helping Ginger make Christmas presents for the girls when they arrive on Thursday. Darn I missed an opportunity to wear my Christmas hat again.

Today we went Boxing day shopping. And we bought this nifty hand-held GPS receiver as a joint present for us both. One of the problems with GPS is buying the maps which cost more than the receivers – this unit allows you to create and load your own using Google Earth – which is brilliant …

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Christmas day Despite my preference for a lie-in we were up before seven, then it was non-stop with present opening, visiting family, food, drinks and finally a couple of card games. Somehow the evening slipped away from me while we researched our joint Christmas present which we may go out and buy tomorrow. Exciting. In …

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Here I am in my church Christmas finery Christmas has begun. The grandparents arrived this afternoon and are staying overnight to be with us on Christmas day. In the evening we all went to one of the Christmas services at church. When we got home we sat and chatted until late – and I slipped …

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We arrived home from Christmas food shopping to find this very kind gift of fruit and fruit dipped in chocolate had been delivered Of course it had to be eaten straight away as we knew it wouldn’t keep 🙂 and of course the fridge is full.

It’s been a while since I took a wall picture. Working late again – 2am.

That’s all.

Color photograph of Gary Allman taken on December 21, 2011

Gone twelve and still at my desk

Sprinky decided to fall asleep on my EfM lesson notes.

I checked my eyes; unfortunately you can’t see what she was doing. I can tell you that she was standing behind the camera and used a very effective technique to make me smile. If you’ve been wondering why there have not been many ‘Wall’ shots of late – the answer is quite straight forward. When …

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Gary eats a Tie fighter (cookie)

And swiftly dispatches Daft Cookie-Monster in the process Actually it’s the ‘H’ from Christmas; Lanie made some Christmas cookies tonight.

I promised some pictures of the sparkles (when the sun finally came out again) When we reorganised our office area Ginger put lots of glass and crystal beads in the windows. However, there was a problem, getting sparkles like this all over my monitors required the installation of the ‘anti-sparkle screen’.

Gary Allman checking his EFM Coursework

Ginger dropped me off early at church tonight. I used the extra time to sit in the classroom and go over my coursework.

I thought I was feeling better Unfortunately not.

The erratic focusing on the camera is starting to annoy me The camera software tells me the camera focused on my chest. So why is my hand in the primary focus zone? Sigh. I can’t wait to get this project finished and run some detailed focus tests.

Ginger said this picture is me. It must be the slight smile.


Gary, Tubby and Sprinky (365:344) [1 picture]

Are you wondering why the tree has a blue Santa hat? So was I. Lanie decorated the tree, I’m sure she knows. [Image updated 12/27/2014]

but I didn’t like that shot. It’s still there though – but only just visible in the background (yes the anti-sparkle shield is a huge curtain).

Oh dear another at the desk picture. I wonder what I have more of, pictures of me sitting at my desk, or me in front of ‘the wall’.

I’m not very well, let’s hope I get better quickly Last time it took me six months to recover – not a prospect I want to consider. 06 December 2011 | 365:340 | 365 Days blog | Copyright © 2011 Gary Allman

Turns out the water on the laundry floor wasn’t a backing up drain after all. No, the water was pouring out of the bottom of the washer instead. Today I learned how to replace a ‘tub seal’ which involved dismantling the washer and removing the washing tub to gain access to the seal. Here you …

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Tinted Black and White Photograph of Gary Allman, Springfield, Missouri

Turned out to be an awful picture This ranks up there with the worst I’ve taken this year.

We’re going to have to come back and finish cutting up the log we’re sitting on We’d already cut and split two 18″ long chunks from this log, and what with all the other wood we’d cut the pick-up and the trailer were full. Now all we had to do was get back to Tom’s, …

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(Feet up and take a break)

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