Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Multiplatform Electronic Drawing Project

Unable to find a decent electronic circuit diagram drawing application I decided to brew one of my own.

Here is a screen-shot of my first version I am happy with...

Monday, 26 April 2010

The not-so-famous Famous Shoulder

Sunday and out on the bikes again. This time an expeditionary route to Sheffield, or at least to as far as time allowed.

Much of the journey is urbanized and passes through many of the former colliery towns of North-West Nottinghamshire. Leaving Nottingham via the A60 Mansfield road after about 8 miles we turned west through the villages of Papplewick and Linby to join the Annesely road at the junction with the Hucknall bypass. Up along the split duel carriageway, to the left of us Byron's walk and to the right Annesley Hall, home of the Chaworths at the time of Byron.

After a small climb to Mutton hill we turned left down into Kirkby-in-Ashfield, through a new build and garishly painted shopping precinct, through some rather sparsly populated industrial estate land and then on through a pretentious and rather horrid new-build housing estate. A right turn onto the road to Sutton-in-Ashfield and then on to Huthwaite - home of the world famous Thornton's chocolate factory.

The road from Huthwaite to Tibshelf changed from urbanised small town road to open country as it climbed up into the foot-hills of the Peak District. Just past the turn-off to Hardwick Hall and 22 miles into the journey we decided to call it a day and stopped at the The Famous Shoulder hotal and restaurant just short of Chesterfield for snacks and drinks.

The way back was very easy going a brisk tailwind and lots of downhill to help us on our way made for an average return speed of neigh on 15mph - a record for us.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Bradgate Park

Saturday we decided to forgo the usual shopping arrangements and go for a bike ride instead. The destination was the Deer Barn tea-shop in Bradgate Park in the rolling hills of the Charnwood forest, Leicestershire.

Our ride took us through the charming villages of South Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire - Plumtree, Keyworth, Wysall, the delightfully named Thorpe-in-the-Glebe (which sounds to me like something out of Jabberwocky), Wymeswold - where we stopped at a smart pub, 'The Windmill' for a reasonably priced lunch, Burton-on-the-Wolds, Barrow-on-Soar, Quorn and Woodhouse.

The ride from Wysall to Wymeswold was an olfactory experience. The road is small and quiet, and, apart from the odd agricultural building little housing. Along the way the air was filled with occasional pungent wafts of sweet and sickly silage, then fish smells, then warm, fresh manure and damp hay, fresh cut grass, then silage again. On the horizon appeared the wooded hills of the Charnwood forest.

A short distance after Quorn we stopped on the bridge crossing the GCR railway line to take a few photos of Quorn and Woodhouse station and any trains that might be passing.

After Quorn the journey became noticeably more hilly, but it was only a short distance from there to our destination. Here we enjoyed a slice of cake and a cup of tea by the Cropston reservoir at the Deer Barn cafe.

On the way home we called at Rothley station - another station on the GCR line and were lucky enough to see a couple of historic Diesels running.

Downhill for most of the way we had enough time to stop at Wysall for a pot of tea before the last leg back through Tollerton and home.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Melton - Closed on a Sunday

This weekend we decided to take a ride to Melton Mowbray (about 22 miles). The weather was dry - but a cold wind kept the temperature chilly. Sticking to the b and unclassified roads rather than the long and windy route of the canal we made good time to Hickling where we happened to chance upon the Bread & Bitter cycling group stopping for a swift (or not so swift) half or two. They set off on their way back home and we ploughed on to Melton, up the rather long and steep hill just past Long Clawson, along the undulating road through Holwell and then down into Melton.
As expected, Melton was closed. Even the much promised tea-shoppes that one might expect to find in such a quaint little market town did not materialise. Melton are missing a trick here. For such a pretty and historic town famous for it's food and particularly its Pork Pies you would have expected a nice selection of independent Cafeterias etc to draw tourists and provide a pleasant day out for locals. Not to be. All we could find was a Morrisons, a Cafe Nero and a Pizza Express. All chains, hardly peculiar to Melton Mowbray.
In need of sustanance we plumped for the Pizza Express and admittedly a nice vegetarian salad (The Bosco I think it was called). The Pizza Express was lovely, but a tea-shoppe would have been nicer.

Friday, 2 April 2010


I found this whilst looking for stuff about blurring for my Drop Shadow code.


It's experimental at the moment but it looks very promising and already does some impressive stuff with images.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Tatties & Asparagus Peas

Just a note to remind me that I have just planted the Red Duke of York potatoes and the Asparagus peas.