Tag: Family

New Puppy

We had been planning on getting another dog, however had been waiting for the right time.

This is Coco who is our new puppy and new addition to the family.

Coco - Beagle cross with King Charles Cavalier
Coco – Beagle cross with King Charles Cavalier

I am sure Buddy and Bindi will be looking down happy that we got another dog, however we did wait some time before doing so as we wanted to grieve for them.

Still miss them both. Long RIP Buddy and Bindi.

PC Gaming

I recently acquired a 2nd hand video card, and proceeded to purchase Battlefield 4. I really like the game but after a week of playing it. I soon determined I wasn’t so good and perhaps PC Gaming is not something I should be doing.

Think I will give PC Gaming a skip and stick to the odd game of Minecraft with my kids.

Retaining wall damaged

Went to check out the land yesterday and noticed house over the back is getting ready to start, and it appears during the machinery being used to performed this it must of hit the wall causing some damage.

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As you can see, it already has some battle scars.

I should get a photo, as I noticed another lot down the street had been driven across by trucks and in the process has destroyed the water hydrant pits in the ground. Something that will need to be fixed too. This hasn’t happened to us.

YAMS – Yet another Minecraft Server

Several months ago I had been running a Minecraft server for my son and I to play on. He thought it was wonderful. However, the machine got rebuilt and the server was unavailable for a while. That was until last night.

Couple weeks back I found a program called YAMS, which per the subject of this post means Yet another Minecraft Server. I liked how you could run multiple servers, and some other key features. So I decided to install it, since I could run it on a Windows computer, rather than use Linux like I had been previously. I love Linux, and it runs fine, but I just wanted to use Windows so I could take advantage of the hardware to perform other things.

I finally got it installed and configured last night. Now all we need to do is to test it. I also download Bukkit and setup a server using it. So we can now run a couple of servers and just use a web based GUI to configure it. Now the what plugins to download and install. Guess we have some playing to do.

If you need to download the Bukkit library, it was taken down due to legal issues. But a mirror exists and I found the following mirror here (Yive’s Mirror).

Below is a picture of the YAMS Control dialog;

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Minecraft – New fan

My kids are both very interested in Minecraft and basically would love watching it played by others.

Recently purchased it for my oldest child, and while he hasn’t played much yet, I have played it a little and surprised I actual like it.

I think you could say I am a new fan to Minecraft, and will probably play a little myself. I like the challenge in survival mode. It’s pretty difficult at times when you have no real resources.

A friend has recommended I setup a server and that way my son and I can both play on that server and be on the same map etc. Will certainly give this a go in coming weeks.

New antenna installed at Caravan

The in laws bought a caravan some months ago that is permanently on site. However the antenna was completely broken. Basically no TV reception at all. Not surprised as the antenna was missing items that are important to how it works.

Arranged to purchase a replacement from Jaycar and when I went down to visit we installed the new antenna. It was easy enough to install and after it was done, we can now tune in the TV channels with no problem. However, we installed it on the last day of the visit. So they won’t get to use it until next break at the Caravan.

Oh well now you can watch the news and/or other items as needed while at the Caravan, vs previously being unable to get any TV at all.

Signed with builder

After a process that started in April 2014 we have FINALLY signed with a builder which is Rawson Homes.

It was only recently that we came across Rawson Homes, which was by accident really. Funny how things work out.

We have decided on a modified version of this:

Rawson Homes – Fernside in the 38 version.

It will look something like:

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The land release and block progressing nicely

Went for a drive out to the land and was able to get some access quickly to take a few photos.

In recent weeks they have closed off the other streets around us, so the only access to our section is via the main road which was extended. This access will be temporary until the the second stage of this land release is done, and that temporary access will be closed.

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Our Land – Nov 2014 Update

Below is a photo our block of land after being able to access it for the first time since purchase.

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Our Land – Nov 2014

This area had been completely off limits due to construction equipment movements and progress. This is the first time we have been able to go stand where our actual land and house will be.

The plan will be to continue to narrow down the houses/builders we like so that we can be in a good position to start the next phases of the process along once land registers in March 2015.

Carnival Spirit – 8 Day cruise

Just got back today from a cruise on Carnival Spirit. We went for 8 days and it was good cruise. Had a good time, got to relax a bit and see a few ports I’ve seen before. Will be posting more pictures from the trip in the coming week, however below is a quick tease.

Captured this one from Noumea, where the Spirit docked in the Freight Terminal, as it cannot fit into the Passenger Terminal.

 

Freight Terminal - Noumea
Freight Terminal – Noumea

I’ve parsed the photo via a filter to give the picture a miniature look.