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The has arrived. I hope to secure it in place the next weekend.

Today I took another step towards . The is newly painted and the that will serve part-time as both the mast and the boom has finally arrived.
At the moment it serves its original purpose on my stand-up . It is really great and versatile tool for up-stream .
My friend is bringing me the from UK tomorrow.
Not much left to put this all together!

My will be basic; no leeboard, no rudder. Just a sail and a paddle.
There are two videos, that I find essential for what I have in mind:
- the first one shows actual canoe sailing with only paddle and sail: youtube.com/watch?v=HoY4V2EHQe
- the second one (almost 45 years old) shows several paddle techniques, some of which come in handy while sailing.
I look forward to actually trying it out. But the boat needs some work first.

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@neauoire @twistylittlepassages @cadadr I used to have an x240, now I have an x260. Both are marvellous machines. The x260 has an HDMI port, which is very handy.

This year's ginger harvest is rather small, due to the late planting.
Nevertheless I am very much looking forward to the taste of fresh ginger.

A new arrival - a bangle.js . I must say, I am pleased with the build quality. Though it cannot be compared to the late Pebble , after several minutes playing with it, I quite like it already.
Pairing with Gadgetbridge also works.
Time to start tinkering with it!

The result of my morning blender activity...
Poor man's wasabi:
- horseradish
- yellow mustard seeds
- sunflower oil
- Thai coriander from my balcony
- salt
- sugar
- apple vinegar

Testing my new dripper, that I have made myself in my friend's . There is a tiny hole at the bottom that lets the water into a cup below. It has very satisfactory sound and takes about 4.5 minutes to go through. The cup is then half full. Therefore, it is possible to add water, if the brew is too strong.
I am very satisfied with it. I think it will be excellent for Darjeeling and black teas in general due to the long dripping time.

What video encoding settings / filters would you recommend for achieving minimal file size to play on 640x480 screen (via Kodi Retropie add-on on Raspberry Pi 4)? I am open to wild suggestions like monochrome video, dithering etc. as long as it could be achieved non-programmatically with common, preferably free tools.
Boosts appreciated. Thanks!

Testing a new hand-made water kettle on a charcoal burning tea stove that I made several years ago. The kettle is unglazed. The water tastes a bit smoky, which will probably go well with some of the teas I have. The only downside of this setup is a longer time to boil and massive evaporation (the water that soakes into the walls cools off the kettle when evaporating)..

I am quite new to jazz, but this is my most favourite album so far:
Garden of Silence - Karel Růžička - 2020 | Animal Music

Today I needed Sahlep since I woke up. Maybe it is because I fast since yesterday and I felt a bit cold in the morning. Unfortunatelly, the last Sahlep I had is long time gone.

So I set to inventing a friendly alternative. Today I proudly present you with Ohlep (Oat milk based Sahlep alternative).

Just mix an oat milk with cinamon, cardamon and ginger. Mix for a longer period of time, so that the mixture warms up. This gives you a drink with satisfactory slimy texture and taste similar to Sahlep as I remember it.

You can optionally add a bit of black tea, black pepper and turmeric into the mixture. This turns the liquid into slightly swampy color, but it tastes good to me and turmeric with pepper helps your joints.

Old castle ruin "Košťálov" in Central Bohemia and plants, moss, lichen and succulents that surround it.

Baby catalpa trees sprouting on our balcony. @plants These are our future anti-mosquito sunshades that I would like to plant around our cottage.

Our younger son's of our . It was his project in an afternoon class he takes. The scene depicts a river bank in front of our cottage.

I had a that "in bigger airplanes, there are more mosquitos in the bathrooms". I find it to be an extraordinary achievement of my inner dream engine.

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