Sundials & Horses

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This is me - Patrick...

You've reached the Web page of the Powers family (Patrick, Catherine, Victoria and Mark) in Harpenden, Herts in the UK. It should now be clear what the interests of at least one of us are!  To those interests you can also add canal Narrow Boats and a reasonably rare (only four known of the actual type and year) 1932 Morris-Cowley two-seater..

Now a second grandchild!!

Mark and his wife Jane announced the birth of their lovely first baby Evelyn Siobhán, on 31st December 2009.  As at the end of May 2010, Evie was well over a stone in weight and by June 2011 she was walking and now at 4 she is chattering all day long. Here's a pic at six months. How time flies. Now, Evie has a little sister, Anna Róisín born 18th January 2013; shown here, on the right, sleeping. She is now 1.


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Sundials come in many shapes, sizes and styles. They represent a fascinating link with a past technology. A little bit of explanation here and some hints on how to find out more... You can also learn how to join the British Sundial Society (BSS). There's also information here too for anyone wanting to know more about the society and to explore an independent archive of documents, information, policies etc relating to the society, current news and comment on sundials generally as well as some reflexions on recent conferences.
If you are looking for accurate Equation of Time figures they are here: Equation of Time for 2014 and Printable version EoT 2014     Oh Yes, the drawing on the left is of a dial in Kent.

The Barrow-on-Soar Dial. Declared open on 3rd July 2004 by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, this is the new Millennium Park and Sundial at Barrow on Soar. Pictures of this imaginative dial on its opening day will be placed here shortly.

The Amble Dial

The Amble Dial. Opened to the public in May 2001. Photos of the 12 metre diameter Millennium Dial and of the opening ceremony can be seen by clicking Here or on the photo on the left. I did the calculations (it's called the 'delineation') and following some excellent work by the artistic consultants and the building company, the dial has proved to be remarkably accurate.

The Amble Development also won the 2002 RTPI Planning Award for Town Regeneration!!

Car Restoration

 

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Here are some photographs of the on-going restoration of my 1932 Morris-Cowley Tourer.  Owned by me since 1956 but not driven since 1965!  Stop by from time to time to see progress. Together the Cowley & I have seen a lot. The photo on the left was taken in the winter of 1962-63 and I still have it framed, here in my office at home.  Yes, it started first time after the snow had been cleared off!  The Cowley has been away for the engine to be un-seized, for new wings to be made and for certain other works.  But it is now back - though still in pieces. Its 80th Birthday was on 18th June 2012! The Cowley was first registered on 18th June 1932 you see. Not much work done on her since though and we passed its 80th Birthday last year!!....
Click HERE to see more photos of the car and the state of its restoration as at 2002...



Miscellaneous Restoration Details:

I - Details of the wiring and operation of the Lucas 'PLC' Ignition Switch, the Lucas 'CFR2' Cut out, the Lucas 'A900R' Dynamotor as used on a 1932 Morris Cowley Tourer  are HERE. Mention is also made of the original Lucas 'CF1' cut out that was originally fitted to this car AND there is a diagram of the wiring of the dashboard.

 

II - Details of the chassis layout, operation of the fuel gauge, component parts of the hydraulic brake master cylinder and even how to fit the doors and locks back on are HERE.

 

III - Replacement hubcaps in stainless steel are easily obtained for this car but not so the nuts that attach them to the wheels.  Details of the necessary hubcaps and nuts and how they may be obtained are HERE.

 

Then, as a sort of 'taster' HERE are some pictures of some of the cars that came to the 2013 Kop Hill Climb! Sadly my Cowley was not amongst them..

 


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And now for Horses!! Click the image on the left to go to the Horse section of this site.

My horse Domino was covered by Dandy, her new owner's stallion, in late June 2006 and she finally gave birth to a colt on the morning of 3rd June 2007 at something like 07:30 BST. He wasn't there when they checked Domino at 06:15 but was when they checked again at 08:30! He's a piebald (black - or nearly chocolate - and white) coloured colt and was named Patrick!  He has four white legs and a white blaze just like his Mum. So, there was great excitement all round. Photos? Well, some pics of him can be found here


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*** DOMINO - UPDATE ***
Also see my Blog at:- http://sundialshorses.blogspot.com/

Regular readers will recall that the 20th August 2005 was a sad day! After a lot of thought I had decided to sell my horse, Domino. I had not been riding for a while and she was not getting enough exercise or attention so I sold her to a friend in Ireland who had known her when she was here and who had just started up a new riding school in Malin, Co Donegal - Rose Cottage Riding School which, following expiry of the lease on the land has now sadly closed.  Domino was collected around noon on the 20th August to take only her second trip in a horse box (the first was when she first came to the yard aged 4) and her first sea trip as far as we know! Her journey took over two days but she had rest stops overnight en route in Carlisle and Omagh. I went to see her in Malin on Tuesday/Wednesday 30th/31st August. She had of course settled in perfectly, I think I worried more during her journey than she. She had immediately recognised the lady to whom I sold her as she came off the box and has never looked back. I have since been over a few times to see how she's doing - I am spending nearly as much on trips to Ireland as I did on her! Well, not quite of course!!

Her new owner, Kate, had Domino covered by her own black and white piebald cob stallion, Dandy, in July 2006 and on 3rd June 2007) the result of this union was finally born as you will have seen from the above!!

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They always say that converts are the worst...<gg> A late comer to riding, I have come across a little bit about horses in recent years... This is really an excuse to put up pictures of Domino - she the 'cutie of the huge hooves' - and of Badger a mischievous horse owned by a colleague. As of 2009, Domino was 18 years old but by 2005 she had not been ridden by me for ages firstly because of a foot injury which seemed to flare up whenever I rode and then just as that got better I was prevented from riding because of the Foot & Mouth epidemic!  Even though that was eventually lifted and we could ride out again, I seemed to find more excuses not to than I should....  Before going to Ireland Domino had lived and wintered out in her field where she was No1 (or sometimes No2 to a 'pushy' gelding) and was used in the School on a few days a week. 

Some photos here of a sometimes dishevelled Domino!!

In 2011 the Riding School in Malin closed following the expiry of its lease.  Domino was then transferred to another riding School in County Donegal where she does much the same!  She is now (2014) aged 23.  Patrick is currently with a lady in the South East of England.

**** Sadly we heard on the 16th July 2014 that Domino had been found dead in her field on Thursday 10th July 2014.  She was lying with her head between her knees and is thought to have probably died from a heart attack****

Coming soon! (?)
Some light relief from Sundials and Horses! "Can that really be?" I hear you all cry. Well, Yes - no effort spared on this web site.... We shall shortly have views of some of the Temples of Egypt taken on a trip there in March 2003 and some photos of the Narrowboat we used to have. Come back soon to see them... (Oops sorry - it's 2014 and still none of these are up. Soon though....?
Now, you Maths freaks....1
Question: What's the significance of this sentence?

How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics. All of thy geometry, Herr Planck, is fairly hard...

For the answer click here.

Now, you Maths freaks....2
Have you recently taken A-Level Maths?:  Want to see if the paper you took is the same or harder than one set 60 years ago in 1954?  If so then CLICK here and join in the 'Dumbing Down' debate about by sending in your comments too.... You may need to print the papers out to see all the detail.
   


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