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Site History

 

 

6th August 2019

Significant update (finally)!! Updated a number of pages including nice new pics of my garden! Also updated TV/Radio, latest news and archive news. Also check out my new webcam setup! :)

 

26th April 2019

Updated/removed some dead links.

 

4th June 2016

Updated Selected webcam images with some pics from my new IP cameras.

 

29th August 2015

Updated latest news, archive news, my plants, my involvement, climate, how it's done and TV & radio :).

 

27th February 2015

Updated my webcam and "how it's done" pages - both of my webcams are now up and running. The new Stardot took much more effort than expected to commission, but I'm now at the point where I'm pretty happy with the settings. This camera also has a more extensive overlay (caption) with a lot more info thereon. Enjoy.....

 

24th January 2015

My new Stardot Netcam SC has arrived! It will take me a few weeks to get it installed and commissioned in the spot formerly occupied by my old Creative webcam, however a temporary image is already live on my webcam page. (Note that until fully commissioned this image is subject to interruption and alteration). There is also a picture of the Netcam itself on my How it's done page.

 

3rd January 2015

Updated my webcam 'how it's done' page with some information on my new camera 2 setup. This page will need to be updated again once my new camera 1 arrives!

 

2nd January 2015

Made some changes to my webcam archiving such that from now on both webcams will be archived. Note that my original camera, now "_cam1" in the archives, is inactive pending delivery and installation of my new Stardot Netcam SC.

 

1st January 2015

Hard to believe my site is 15 years old! Updated front page, climate page, TV/radio. Watch out for new webcam early in 2015! :)

 

30th December 2014

Made some updates to my webcam pages in anticipation of the exciting arrival of my new Stardot camera!! Also - there are now TWO WEBCAMS! - for more details visit my latest news page. Also updated archived news.

 

5th January 2014

Updated latest news, archive news, TV & Radio, climate and webcam video pages.

 

26th August 2013

Updated latest news, archive news and 'About us". Updated climate page.

 

15th June 2012

Updated latest news and archive news. Updated climate page.

 

28th December 2011

Updated photos page with pics from Everest Base Camp trip! Updated latest news and archive news. Other smaller updates.

 

11th May 2011

Much-needed wide ranging update, mainly centring on garden and climate info. Update to 'latest news'.

 

21st August 2010

Updated garden pics (finally, yay!!!)

 

8th June 2010

Many updates - latest news, archive news, church, climate, my plants, TV/radio. Much needed update ;-).

 

4th January 2010

Minor updates.

 

24th December 2009

Updated climate page. Merry Christmas :)

 

12th December 2009

Added pictures from our recent Kilimanjaro/Kenya trip to my photos page!!! Updated latest news, archived news, TV & radio, climate. Also new picture on homepage!

 

30th September 2009

Updated my PPL diary with the FINAL entry!!!

 

10th September 2009

Updated PPL diary with 3 more lessons and my PPL skills test!!!

 

4th September 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

28th August 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

27th August 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

21st August 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

15th August 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

7th August 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

31st July 2009

Updated PPL diary with cancelled lesson.

 

24th July 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

21st July 2009

Updated PPL diary with another cancelled lesson.

 

17th July 2009

Updated PPL diary, latest news and archive news.

 

10th July 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

5th July 2009

Updated pics on front page.

 

3rd July 2009

Updated PPL diary with yet another cancelled lesson. And this hasn't even been a bad summer up to now......

 

2nd July 2009

Changed pics on front page.

 

25th June 2009

Updated PPL diary with my QXC!!! Pics from QXC here (opens new window).

 

19th June 2009

Updated PPL diary with yet another cancelled lesson.

 

17th June 2009

Updated PPL diary with QXC cancelled for 2nd time.

 

12th June 2009

Updated PPL diary with cancelled solo QXC.

 

5th June 2009

Updated PPL diary with my dual long cross-country flight.

 

3rd June 2009

Changed my index page to temporarily display a message raising awareness of my church's Kilimanjaro climb due to take place in October 2009, in aid of the church's childrens' hospice in Nyeri, Kenya. I am a member of this team and would really appreciate any help you can provide. It's for a really worthy cause!!! Go to my index page here, or to the Kenya page on the church website here (opens new window). THANKS!!!

 

22nd May 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

21st May 2009

Updated PPL diary with a chance to fly the ATR-72 (in a full simulator!).

 

16th May 2009

Updated PPL diary with a visit to ATC at Belfast City Airport.

 

15th May 2009

Updated PPL diary with another cancellation.

 

8th May 2009.

Updated PPL diary with a cancellation.

 

1st May 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

24th April 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

17th April 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

16th April 2009

Updated PPL diary with completion of my radio exams and a visit to ATC at Belfast International Airport. Updated latest news and archive news, also climate page.

 

3rd April 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

27th March 2009

Updated PPL diary with cancelled lesson.

 

13th March 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

6th March 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

27th February 2009

Updated PPL diary with my first solo cross-country flight!

 

13th February 2009

Updated PPL diary with a cancelled lesson.

 

6th February 2009

Updated PPL diary. Updated TV/radio page. Tidied up a few other things.

 

23rd January 2009

Updated PPL diary.

 

16th January 2009

Updated PPL diary with a cancelled lesson.

 

9th January 2009

Updated PPL diary. Added 'winter 2008/2009 (so far)' to the table at the bottom of the 'climate' page.

 

2nd January 2009

Updated front page. Updated PPL diary - no flying today, but got another 2 ground exams out of the way!

 

12th December 2008

Updated PPL diary with my last lesson of 2008, which was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. Updated 'my plants'. Updated latest news and archive news.

 

28th November 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

14th November 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

31st October 2008.

Updated PPL diary.

 

17th October 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

19th September 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

8th September 2008

Updated latest news and archive news.

 

29th August 2008

Updated PPL diary with another landaway, and completion of my required 3 hours solo in the circuit!

 

23rd August 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

16th August 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

9th August 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

25th July 2008

What a flying lesson!!!! You've *really* gotta read it!

 

18th July 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

11th July 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

5th July 2008

  Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me.......

Updated PPL diary with another flying lesson - on my 40th birthday, yesterday :-).

 

27th June 2008

Updated PPL diary with first cancelled lesson for some time :-(. Updated 'About us', edited latest news, and tidied up a number of other minor things.

 

21st June 2008

Updated photos page (been on holiday again :-). Updated family photos and (hurrah!) the pics at the top of the front page. Not before time too!

 

6th June 2008

Updated PPL diary. Updated latest news and archive news.

 

30th May 2008

Updated PPL diary with some encouraging news :-).

 

24th May 2008

Added some comments to PPL diary.

 

23rd May 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

16th May 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

3rd May 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

26th April 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

19th April 2008

Updated PPL diary and my plants.

 

18th April 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

11th April 2008

Updated PPL diary. Updated My Plants.

 

5th April 2008

Updated PPL diary with a brief on practised forced landings (PFLs). Once again, no flying was possible this week due to bad weather.

 

30th March 2008

Abandonment of the Palm Centre affiliate scheme. In the 3 years I have been a member of this scheme, I haven't earned a penny from it :-(. Aw well, better to have tried and failed........  this site was never set up for commercial reasons anyway.......

 

25th March 2008

Updated plant sections, climate, latest news and archive news. Added links to top of my PPL page.

 

22nd March 2008

Updated PPL diary with my 7th lesson to be cancelled due to bad weather. Updated TV & Radio page.

 

14th March 2008

Updated PPL diary.

 

7th March 2008

Updated PPL diary with yet another cancelled lesson. Updated TV & radio page with some FM frequency changes.

 

29th February 2008

Happy leap day! Updated PPL diary with another cancelled lesson.

 

22nd February 2008

Updated PPL diary with the completion of my 3rd ground exam. Updated climate page. Updated selected webcam images with a few unusual captures from recent maintenance!

 

15th February 2008

Updated PPL diary with another cancelled lesson - and it's my "fault" this time! Also tidied up a few minor things (a few lines with the font not appearing correctly in Firefox).

 

8th February 2008

Updated PPL diary with first lesson of 2008 (finally :-).

 

2nd February 2008

Updated PPL diary with another cancelled lesson :-(. On a more positive note, added a *NEW* feature - a timelapse video of my last 24 hours' webcam pics! Also fixed some small bugs on a couple of other pages.

 

26th January 2008

Updated PPL diary with another cancelled lesson :-(.

 

18th January 2008

Updated PPL diary with second cancellation in succession :-(

 

11th January 2008

Updated PPL diary with my first lesson to be cancelled due to poor weather :-(. Updated climate page with winter 2007/2008 minimum - so far). Updated photos page with a shot from my recent short break in Barcelona (nice way to start the new year by the way :-).

 

1st January 2008

Updated copyright stuff with new year :-)

 

28th December 2007

Updated PPL diary.

 

21st December 2007

Updated PPL diary.

 

15th December 2007

Updated PPL diary.

 

1st December 2007

Updated PPL diary with the second ground exam and another lesson.

 

24th November 2007

Updated PPL diary with 2 lessons.

 

17th November 2007

Updated PPL diary.

 

10th November 2007

Added another flying lesson.

 

6th November 2007

Added Marrakech 2007 photos, including a couple here. Added a flying lesson.

 

25th October 2007

Added a momentous flying lesson. Updated latest news and archive news. Tidied up some errors etc.

 

20th October 2007

Added some updates to my PPL diary page, with the result of my Air Law exam and another flying lesson. Also minor update to my aviation page.

 

12th October 2007

Added a flying lesson.

 

5th October 2007

Added a flying lesson.

 

29th September 2007

Added a flying lesson.

 

22nd September 2007

Added two flying lessons.

 

15th September 2007

Added two flying lessons.

 

10th September 2007

Added a flying lesson and an air shows page.

 

1st September 2007

Added Aviation pages :-) Updated latest news, archive news.

 

20th August 2007

Tidied up a few errors. More soon :-)

 

12th July 2007

Completely revamped my my plants pages. The old system of adding a new page for each year's plantings was just becoming too messy, so I have replaced it with a selection of pages depicting the various parts of my garden. I have also made mostly minor updates to virtually every other page on my site :-)

 

8th June 2007

Updated latest news and archive news. Updated 'My plants' page. Updated 'TV and radio' page. Minor update to front page.

 

9th April 2007

Updated latest news and archive news. Updated 'My plants' and climate pages.

 

10th February 2007

Updated latest news and archive news. Updated climate page with some historical winter temperature data for my location.

 

30th December 2006

Updated latest news and archive news. Added a selection of photos from my recent trip to Malaysia! To view them, go to my photos page and click on the 'Malaysia Photos' image to open the viewer!

 

5th October 2006

New garden pics!!!! (finally :-) See the 'my plants' pages! ALSO updated 'Selected webcam images" page and some satellite stuff which was starting to get out of date!!

 

23rd September 2006

Updated latest news and archive news.

 

8th July 2006

Added 2006 plants! Updated my plants list. Updated a few other pages.

 

12th June 2006

Added cars pages....

 

21st May 2006

Updated latest news, archive news, and my plants.

 

18th February 2006

Updated latest news and archive news.

 

4th January 2006

As you may know abuse of my guestbook facility has been a problem for me over the last few months. Tonight I have upgraded my guestbook to the latest version, this incorporates some protection against abuse of this facility. Guestbook entries will once again appear immediately. I will be monitoring the guestbook for the foreseeable future but will not make any more changes unless absolutely necessary.... sign it here!

 

1st January 2006

Updated front page.

 

21st December 2005

Added some 'winter solstice' photos to my photos and exotics pages.

 

16th December 2005

Minor cosmetic updates :-)

 

18th November 2005

I have had to make some changes to the way my guestbook works, due to one individual who has been abusing this facility. Your entry will now be logged but will not appear immediately. I will try to make sure that genuine entries appear as soon as possible.....G.

 

5th November 2005

Updated photos, TV & radio, and latest news. Minor updates to other pages, mainly to fix errors, typos, etc....

 

9th August 2005

Major update. Many new garden pictures, updated 'my plants', added new plants for 2005, updated some family pics, updated latest news, updated photos, satellite, TV/radio. Phew!

 

27th June 2005

OK... my ISP has launched a new CGI platform which hopefully should rectify the earlier difficulties. As of this evening I have transferred my guestbook to the new platform. Once again, if you signed my guestbook between December 2004 and April 2005, and your entry has been lost, please take the time to sign it again. Thanks, and sorry for the hassle....

 

16th June 2005

Updated latest news. Added pics of new church audio studio to church page.

 

15th April 2005

My ISP has let me down badly by losing all of the data on their CGI server. For me this only affects my guestbook, others I'm sure have lost more. I had a backup of my guestbook database, but it was 4 months old :-( so I have lost all entries made since about mid-Dec. If you signed my guestbook since then could you possibly sign it again? Thanks and apologies for this.... G

 

26th March 2005

Updated latest news. Updated TV & radio page. Changed the font on my webcam page to match that used on my other pages.

 

22nd January 2005

Added how it's done page to webcam section.

 

15th January 2005

General tidy-up and minor additions.

 

1st January 2005

A few minor updates. Happy new year :-)

 

27th December 2004

Added latest news and archived news features.

 

13th December 2004

Mmmm just carried out a browser compatibility test... something I should have done ages ago! Was unpleasantly surprised to find that my menu has not been displaying correctly on some browsers. This was just an aesthetic issue and no functionality was lost, however I have now fixed the problem and confirmed that the menu displays properly on the following browsers: IE 5.5, IE6.0, Netscape 7.2, Firefox 1.0. These are the only browsers which I have been able to test, feedback on others is welcome - e-mail me using the link at the bottom of the menu. As a result of this I have added a browser compatibility statement. Oh, I also tidied up a few bits & pieces, updated some info, etc...

 

11th November 2004

Abandoned frames. Site appears amost identical and navigation is unchanged, however visitors arriving at pages other than the index page (via a search engine) should now always see the menu to the left. Also some other minor updates.

 

16th September 2004

Some minor plant-related updates. I have also joined the Palm Centre's affiliate programme, which means that some of my pages now bear their banners... now personally I hate advertising banners, so I have tried to keep them as small and unobtrusive as possible, therefore they shouldn't slow down the loading of my pages, nor should they make viewing my site an unpleasant experience :-) Of course if you're reading the pages in question then you're probably already interested in palms & exotics, and if you live in the UK or many other countries then you may even appreciate a link to a supplier of these plants. I have used the PC many times and would recommend them on that basis, so I'm not plugging something without basing it on my own experience!

 

7th August 2004

Multiple minor updates. Also added many more new garden pictures & lots more info.

 

2nd July 2004

Updated some more plant stuff.

 

19th June 2004

Updated exotics pages, pics of some more new plants :-).

 

8th May 2004

Tidied up menu structure and made minor updates to several pages.

 

24th April 2004

Added pictures of new plants and some new pictures of old plants.

 

19th April 2004

Re-introduced "e-mail me" facility (only on index page). Added webring nav code.

 

16th April 2004

Exotics: Added new plants, also visit reports from Mount Stewart, Kew Gardens, and the Palm Centre - you can find these on the UK exotic gardens page.

 

16th March 2004

Added some new photos. Restored the menu link to the photos page (just noticed it has been lost since my recent menu update...). Updated my church page and added some photos here too!

 

13th March 2004

Updated more of my "exotics" pages.

 

10th March 2004

Updated some of my "exotics" pages. Changed the "apology" note on the front page regarding the server work currently being carried out by my ISP :-(.

 

4th March 2004

Updated some miscellaneous bits and pieces.

 

31st January 2004

Expanded menu structure, making it easier (in theory) to navigate and more difficult to miss sub-pages.... also added a page with selected webcam images (from the archive!)

 

28th January 2004

Added temperature stamp to webcam image.

 

8th January 2004

Major update! Most importantly, "Gavin, Fiona and Rachel's homepage" has become "Gavin, Fiona, Rachel and Andrew's homepage"! Andrew was born on 19th December 2003 and weighed in at 8lb 14oz. Other updates as follows: Complete overhaul of the "About us" and "Palms and exotics" pages (including lots of new pictures of my garden!). Multiple minor updates to most other pages.

 

11th December 2003

New GUESTBOOK now available! Sign it here!!

 

8th December 2003

Removed mail facility. Various other small updates.

 

19th May 2003

Updated guestbook. Various other updates.

 

6th April 2003

Updated guestbook.

 

31st March 2003

Minor updates to tidy up navigation menu page. Added webcam archive!

 

29th March 2003

Multiple updates. ADDED WEBCAM!!! On a less positive note, fixed an embarrassing problem which prevented guestbook entries from being received. THIS PROBLEM HAS NOW BEEN FIXED! Please sign it again if you read this....

 

4th August 2002

Multiple minor updates.

 

11th August 2001

Updated info, pictures, quite a lot really.

 

4th August 2001

Updated guestbook.

 

12th March 2001

Changed counter.

 

4th January 2001

Updated many of the pages. Added temperature converter to climate page. Fixed bug in sunrise/sunset javascript.

 

12th November 2000

Updated guestbook.

 

2nd November 2000

Updated most of the pages, removing dead links and renewing outdated information.

 

9th September 2000

Updated guestbook.

 

11th August 2000

Updated guestbook. Removed a dead link.

 

6th May 2000

Made some much-needed changes to meta tags etc. Hope this will increase the number of hits. Also updated a few things.

 

8th April 2000

Fixed a couple of minor errors.

 

2nd April 2000

Updated meta tags, changed counter.

 

24th February 2000

Tidied up a couple of bugs.

 

22nd February 2000

Added loads more palm pics etc and a few more links.

 

18th February 2000

Added Guestbook, site history, and some more palm pics. Tidied up a few odds and ends.

 

15th February 2000

Completely overhauled site. Added frames, more graphics, provided more links and made every page look an awful lot better! Added pages about Eagle Fellowship, EGR. Added javascripts.

 

25th January 2000

Published first web page with a homepage, info about us, photos, church, satellite tv, tv & radio, palms & exotics, and miscellaneous links.

 

5th January 2000

Uploaded first ever page. Just contained a heading, a picture of us, and a message announcing that our website would be published soon.

 

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