Thursday, April 2, 2020

Two Parts

Where Are We Today
"The Ridge"

"Part I"
Each year at the end of our winter travels, I like to post/record mileage and fuel statistics for the truck. The data is taken from the trucks dash computer and is an average from the time we left "The Ridge" to the time we returned whether it was pulling the trailer or not.
We departed from "The Ridge" Oct. 28th, 2019, with our return on Mar. 20, 2020. During that time, we travelled
13,926.4 km./8653.4 mi.
we used
3125.3 l/825.6 U.S. gal. of fuel
for an average of
22.4 l/100 k / 10.5 mpg
We are still driving the same truck, 2015 Ford F 350, 6.7 Diesel, crew cab, 8 ft. box and dual wheels.

Mother Goose taking a nap

Part II
 When I finished "Part I" of this post, I realized it was a very short read, and although some may like that, I wanted more substance for a post. So I decided to make it a "Part I and Part II" read.
Part II is about a new model airplane  build, which many will know is all part of  my hobby of building and flying RC aircraft. Usually you build in the winter so you can fly in the summer, but for me, we are not here in the winter and there is nowhere to build in our 5th wheel when we are in the southwest.
Scratch or kit building is becoming a thing of the past, as ARF ( Almost Ready to Fly ) kits are so easily available and quick to put together. From the beginning of my time in this hobby, I have built from kits, with the exception of a couple of ARF Kits, and enjoy the process very much.
Building the stab
The plane I am building, I have had before, a World War 2 fighter, F4U Corsair. I must admit that the first one was built for me by a club member who couldn't fly anymore, but loved to build.
Now, I haven't built in a few years, so I am slowly getting back into it.  I consider myself a good builder, my planes come out true and fly well with very or no trim needed on maiden flights.
Building the elevators

Recollecting how when I first started to build, I would  spend hours at night, trying to get as much done in an evening as possible. From time to time that would lead to mistakes, mostly from not reading instructions carefully and forging ahead without completely understanding  what I was supposed to do. It is better to read each step a couple of times and remember that old saying, "measure twice and cut once".
The fin

With the current health issues, businesses being closed, not being able to work at CanAm and physical distancing, I thought this would be a good time to start this. I am in no hurry. This kit was given to me by a neighbor, Wayne, who had a heart of gold and bought the kit to build and hang in his home. Before he had a chance to start it, his eye sight went and he couldn't see well enough to build it. He knew I was in the hobby and offered it to me many years ago, and I have had it tucked away for far too long.
As building continues, I will post my progress for you to see and follow along. Thanks for dropping in, until the next time take care, practice social distancing, stay healthy and safe. The sooner we all do this, the sooner it will be over. 

Mr. Robin


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Where Are We Today
"The Ridge"
Here we are, at The Ridge, in day five of self isolation, no better place to be as we can go outside with no fear of coming into contact with anyone.
Being able to do that is allowing us to open up all the sheds and start to get some things out for the season.
Solar light on Bunkie

We have motion sensor solar lights that are mounted on "the Bunkie", "the Restroom" and "the Hangar" that I put away for the winter and have now reinstalled.
Solar light is inside the restroom, panel on the roof

 Our Canadian Flag and our wind socks are back up, blowing in the breeze. The mailbox that we purchased and had painted in Los Algodones , Mexico, was put up at the end of the lane to receive our mail.
New Canadian Flag up

Windsock up on the shed

Our new mail box, ready for mail delivery
Last fall, Rob welded new screens into the frames of our fire pit for us, so I reinstalled them with nuts and bolts that I was fortunate to have along with a set of hinges that I had kept from an old cupboard.
Fixing the fire pit

All back together, ready for a fire

I even opened up my cargo trailer to find that my airplanes had survived their winter hibernation. When warmer weather arrives, I want to paint the inside of the trailer with paint left over from the inside colors of "the Hangar". Since re configuring the inside to accommodate the 15 foot Telemaster, I thought a change in color is due, away from the grey that it is now.
Cargo trailer opened up

When we arrived here last Saturday, we found one of our small trees had a broken branch. In an attempt  to try and save it, I have stood it back up and put tie wraps and a cargo strap to hold it in place. When we can get some fertilizer for trees, I will see if I can spray the broken area and wrap it.  We can only hope as it warms up and the sap starts to run, that it might heal its self, time will tell
Standing the broken branch back up

Cargo strap holding it place

As weather permits we will gradually get more seasonal items out and set up, along with other projects to accomplish. Hope you stay tune to either here or Patsy's Blog to see what we are up to.
Until the next time, take care and keep up the physical distancing with hopes and prayers that this soon will pass and we can once again be together.