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A Cool Sunday in September

RenaultQuite a nice day, Saturday… the weather was sunny but not too hot, BBQ with our neighbours then off we went to Baza in the evening to catch the tail end of the horse show before returning for a mini-BBQ and a relatively early night (and I just got up at 10am!!). The horses were fairly boring but there was a mini-car show inside for Renault and they had their one-person “car” in there (see image) – granted it’s not REALLY a car as there no windows in the side (not much use in Britain then) – and here in Spain you’d end up covered in dust – but novel all the same – oh, it’s electric of course – lift a little cover on the front and plug into the mains! 

BazaWe did note however that (at least Renault) cars here are HORRENDOUSLY expensive – which might account for why the lovely modern rural roads are quite often empty!

This morning the weather is very different to anything we’ve seen up to now, it’s quite cool (relatively speaking) at 21c. Amazing what a difference a few days can make. This is more your DIY weather, but not today as we’ve a trip to the coast to take care of after checking the size of breezeblock tiles at Anna’s in town for my next building project.

Blew my first LED light to kingdom come yesterday, testing out one of the new 5w (5 leds) ES mains LED lights in the bedroom to see how it compares to Compact Fluorescent. This time I don’t THINK I can blamed the electricity – I’d left the lamps out in the damp overnight – so a lesson – these things are not waterproof.

Anyway, there was a loud BANG and the circuit breaker tripped.  I pulled the lamp apart to reveal basically a 12v lamp setup with a little power supply in the ES (screw) base which was basically reduced to charcoal. The LEDS themselves are fine in their top heatsink so I’ll find a use for that (solar?) but clearly there had been no attempt at waterproofing the lamps- but dismantled (takes seconds) it’s easy to see that they COULD be made waterproof! Something for another day.

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