Before I go into that, can I just say...wow! in 19 months we've had over 10k views. I know that's not 10k different people but it's still very impressive.
This one was actually during a school half term so Jo got to visit too.
We had a nice sized turnout this time and folks mingled well. It included five Tiree folk which was rather cool.
I did manage to snap some shots of folk.
Also achieved "photoception":
This is Peter; he was having fun with his camera and is also a Minecraft buff:
Even 2" long hair can get windswept:
There were also some not-so-human wavers:
This is "Ducky" The most spoilt duck in the country. Amanda was woken by her brother and the cry of "There's a duckling, it's Mum stood on it, you have to look after it!" So after taking it in, trying it with a surrogate duck and it's mother Ducky is now Amanda's pet. She's (assumed to be female) a muscovy duck and the claws on those feet can be a tad scratchy.
Rumble also visited for a day:
The two animals were most amusing to adults and children alike and both needed some serious snoozing afterwards:
So, what did everyone get up to?
Well, the Lancaster team are investigating energy sources and usage. I'm still not entirely sure to what end, I don't think they were either.
A regular was writing either a short book or a dissertation, depending how he was feeling.
We had some new folks doing a video documentary and I got some great camera advice for night sky shots. Turns out you can get a Canon G series 9 or later with manual shutter speed reasonably priced via EBay so I can do that in the future.
Amanda was doing some fantastic graphic design of a "bad guy" character she'd come up with. She also helped me design a sheep sillhouette tea cosy pattern for my mother in-law.
The days were full of planning and doing.
Amanda and I had the idea at the previous wave to see if we could start a Tiree mapped Minecraft server. This wave we put together Jo's old PC, put Ubuntu on it, installed minecraft server and Jo and I spent a few hours faffing and reading up. Rhoda helped me understand Ubuntu and between her and Google I got it running! Right now it's in test phase. Partly because we need mods to "lock down" some aspects and partly because places like Crossapol bay, which should be a short cliff, are 10m+ high sheer faces. It's the issue of using greyscale to map height, there are hundreds of shades and each is defined as a different height, yet human eyes can't differentiate quite as easily so what we *think* is a smooth gradient is read as a drop off.
There's also the fact that the PC is sitting in our house and we're unsure of the bandwidth usage. The next stage is to get the map finalised; install mods and then approach people in the Trust and at the school and make the whole thing public. That's new year we think; lots of bits to faff with and stabilise.
Apologies it's not a longer write-up, I was distracted by server things.