Another bodkin arrowhead forged today. This time I started with 12mm stock (Β½ inch for the decimal challenged), which proved a lot easier. A nice firm fit to the shaft and not too heavy.

Wasn't gonna list it until tomorrow but then Etsy lost my draft for a little while so I went ahead and made it live so I can yell at them if they lose it now because I've paid my fee. 😁

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You'll notice I haven't posted much about lately

That's because IT WORKS

Seriously: it WORKS

I've got a z-wave sensor node, arduino sensor node and some other stuffs stitched into the main HADashboard and home-assistant core. I even have an MQTT deployment feeding some ohter stuff that I'm testing (aka: plant dashboard and sensors).

Once I swapped out the sopine micro sd card for an emmc it got incredibly stable and sits on my desk with a 5" HDMI touch screen HUD without much hassle day to day. Sure, there are some minor hiccups but nothing worse than those commercial offerings from the 9th circle of hell.

If you want home automation start with and build up from the basics.

It may take some time but it's totally worth it.

My sensor grid is FINALLY a reality ; It's been 10 years in my head and it's not in a repo at

Seriously: 10 years and it's working wonderfully.

The plants are value-add and something I wanted from the outset but are way more difficult to integrate than a lot of other stuff.

I just used a semicolon in an email and it wasn't part of a winky face so yeah I guess you could say I'm a business communications professional.

I had to light the forge today to harden and temper a blade for the workshop, and so after doing that, I hunted around for something to make.

It's been a while since I last made a hairpin, so I went with that.

Made from garage door spring, this time I drew out the steel somewhat more to thin it down and reduce weight. @Leadegroot says it is noticeably lighter.

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Today, I forged arrow heads. The first attempt was way too big, and misshapen, but the 2nd was a lot better (standard bodkin, from mild steel). The third attempt is in spring steel and has a smaller tip, and is therefore lighter. It suits my low draw weight bow nicely.

Koala shaped Ayrshire lemon shortbread that I’ve donated to the local hall fundraiser for Election Day.

These three however managed to escape and stayed at home for later consumption ;-)

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The average price of Italian White Truffles at the moment is $1211/kg.

Yep, $1.20 per gram of underground mushroom.


I roasted a ΒΌ of a Kent pumpkin chopped in approx 1 inch chunks.
I also caramalised 2 brown onions.

In another saucepan, I sautΓ©ed a diced carrot and diced celery and 2 rashers of bacon (diced) in some butter, with salt, thyme and rosemary.
When almost ready to serve, I added 1 Β½ dessert spoons of double cream, and after a couple of minutes, folded in the onions and pumpkin pieces.

Served the ravioli, with the sauce, and topped with grated pecorino di romana cheese.

O.M.G. that was sooo delicious.

(no photo I'm afraid, we ate it)

I picked up some chicken and mushroom ravioli at the shops (yeah, I'm not making fresh pasta on a weeknight)


It is too windy to light the forge today, so instead, I mounted the swivel arm I made last weekend, and started on a small bow.

The bow is pictured here in a tillering stick. You draw it bit by bit, shaving off various parts until you get an even bend. This one has a long way to go, but I've closed up shop for the day as it's time to start preparing dinner.

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Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

Decided to try a few new things today and push myself a bit.

I made a swinging arm bracket, and in the process made my first tenons (three in total, with one being peened over into a rivet holding the arm to the swivel).

All up, took 3.5hours.

I'll probably mount it near the forge to hang my charcoal bucket off.

This was a bit of an experiment to see if I could do it, because the eventual plan is to make a small crane to hold stock long stock in the forge.

Today’s job was to install a roof and front wall on the forge to try to prevent some of the rain getting in.

Roofing is a pain, but we got there in the end.

The front wall panels were a doddle in comparison.

Yay! Got the admin interface on my backup NAS working again.

QNAP faffed an update a while back and after that I could not login to the admin webpage. NAS worked fine, just couldn't manage it.

Today I finally got around to trying to fix it. Turns out there was another firmware update released recently that fixes that issue, so a bit of command line stuffing around and a reboot, and it's back in business :)

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