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    Aw. That's kind of you. Thank you and you're welcome.
  2. Well thankyou!

    I feel guilty now because I should've posted something incredibly positive about you after your brilliant, generous first post on the " Old Members" thread.

    You were missed.
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    I think you are delightful around and about on these forums. I'm bad at remembering to compliment people, but I consistently enjoy your posts.
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    I was getting my morning Sandy Denny fix and found this version of "Who Knows Where the Time Goes". Thought you might enjoy it.
    (we briefly touched on Fairport Convention in the past)

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    It's a cheap keyboard that you use instead of your built in one. There are cheaper (and nastier!) ones, and many that are more expensive and much better (like the Wolfteam backlit at about ten bucks more (has three backlight colours to choose from (except red unfortunately). Just do an ebay search and click lowest to highest. Probably best to ensure it's usb over ps/2, which I doubt laptops still support. Don't know what this one is - go for the Wolfteam actually.

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    It's not for lack of trying. That type of writing is a talent, you know... one that you seem to have.

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    What have you, given up blogging? You stinker.

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    Part II
    Small cores were taken from the logs in order to evaluate the tree rings.
    This sectional view through a wall gives you an idea of the construction. The core of the wall was less refined, but as they reached the exterior faces, the stones were carefully selected, shaped and laid to obtain a flush face.

    No mortar was used, but the exteriors were often coated with a sun baked "adobe" stucco, reinforced with fine shreds of grass or yucca fibers.
    The National Park maintenance crews typically mortar (portland cement mortar) the top few courses of stone on all walls for preservation.
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    Part I
    "Walling" is interesting stuff indeed. Lichens on the south and algae on the north means you don't need a compass. Kind of like the algae on the north side of a tree.
    The climate in that region of New Mexico is extermely dry. in fact most of NM and the southwest U.S is very dry, therefore no algae. You will find some lichens. In fact it is due to the dry climate that accurate dating was able to be obtained through tree rings. The wood used in construction doesn't rot. The wood lintels here are roughly a thousand years old...

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    “…go on for hours”
    That’s fine with me. It is music to my ears, carrying on about the primordial masculine traits that are intrinsic to the working of rocks.
    I can relate to rocks much better than I can to mutilated hemp smokers who swear.
    “throughs” I equate to “headers” in double wythe brick masonry.
    How many generations, in your family, does your wall span?
    Is that concrete vault part of a septic system?

    I found this pic among a pile of slide photos I converted to digital. This is from my first trip to Chaco in the early 1990's. The stone was actually covered in a layer of mud "plaster".

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Running- off the tractor

by prendrelemick on 08-08-2014 at 01:03 PM
Running off the tractor.

Dad's tractor, a 1958 Massey Ferguson 65, was a monument to his optimism. He kept it
parked up the "Strips", a steep track above the farm. This was because it had no
working starter motor, or battery, or in fact any electrical systems at all.
It had to be "run off", and then kept running until the day's work was done.
"Whatever you do, Don't stall the tractor!" was the mantra

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by prendrelemick on 10-15-2013 at 03:50 AM
The new pup, Gwen, has arrived. The house is a tip and has a slightly unpleasent fragrance, we are tired due to the howling in the night. However, I think it is important that she lives in the house for a week or two so she knows she belongs.

I can just about get the sheep jobs done with Meg but she'll only ever be a stop gap and then a yard dog - I just can't trust her - she sets off to round up some sheep and I can't be sure she'll come back -or stop when she needs to. She won't

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More Meg

by prendrelemick on 09-02-2013 at 08:10 AM
Things have settled down with Meg, Mainly because I have resigned myself to the long haul, abandoning all her previous training and starting afresh - as though she is new to sheep doggery. We're getting along fine and we are completing tasks together. I am working on the principle that REAL work is the best training, so I take her out on her own and we round some sheep up, it often goes a bit wrong, and usually takes longer than it should, but I don't bring Nelly along so we HAVE to manage, and

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Meg again.

by prendrelemick on 07-12-2013 at 04:22 PM
Meg's training is now on phase three. Phase one was fairly disasterous, where I tried her with sheep straight away and she kept running off in ever increasing circles. Phase two was to take off all the pressure and have nothing to do with sheep for a bit, so that the "come to me" command now means come here and have a cuddle, and "lie down" means roll over and have your tummy scratched. This has worked as far as it goes, she has become alot more relaxed.


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Meg -Disaster and back again.

by prendrelemick on 06-30-2013 at 06:01 AM
My son has been in California for a week or two (working) so his body clock is all to pot. Yesterday he got up at 2 am and took the dogs for a walk (he didn't know about Meg's behavior). Anyway, she ran off at the first sight of sheep and would not return to him, and eventually disappeared. This is fairly serious in sheep country, when it comes to loose dogs, farmers tend to shoot first and ask questions later .

When I got up I noticed there were alot of sheep in front of the

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