Tag Archives: Moisture

Relaxing with a Gin in Edinburgh

Differnt Edinburgh Gin Bottles

Edinburgh Distillery Gin

Just had another trip to Edinburgh. This was a pre-booked visit to see my mum, but if you have been reading my blog, you will know she died in early March. So we had two full days in the beautiful city of Edinburgh to relax and enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer. Two things-to-do were planned in the days before setting off to Dublin for our flight to Edinburgh. A favourite attraction for me is the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber’s Street and that was put on the agenda. Picking inside locations fitted with the weather forecast, which was possibly snow! Another event chosen was more of a touristy venue, the Edinburgh Gin Distillery that is amazingly slap bang in the city centre. We booked this online for the day after our arrival. You may be thinking at this point that I’ve run out of things to say on moisture and turned my blog into a travelogue. Not so, it was at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery that the subject of moisture jumped out at me, but not directly…. Continue reading

My Damp Sheet of Paper Mystery

I was feeding sheets of paper into a paper shredder and stopped suddenly when I felt a piece that seemed to be damp. The other sheets of paper in the same pile were dry, so how is it that this one sheet appeared to have picked up moisture? As far as I could see, this “damp” sheet came from the same place as the others, which was a stack of various documents, flyers from the post and envelopes with their plastic windows torn out. Curious is it not, to have just the one damp sheet in a pile, how can this be? Continue reading

Not always good to be cool, if you’re an egg!

Egg container

Hen container for eggs

I’m back to blogging after a short time away in Edinburgh. It was a few days of mixed emotions. I gave the eulogy at my mother’s funeral on Friday the 11th of March then two days later watched Scotland beat France in a great victory at Murrayfield. Returning to Ireland and checking my rainfall meter, showed that there was no rain whilst I was away. We’ve not had any rain since, which makes it 14 days rain free and a welcome break from all the wet weather of the past 3 months. Easter is arriving this weekend and thinking of eggs, I thought a few ‘foustie’ ones would be of interest. A dilemma I had was on which article to post first. This one about eggs, or, my previous one on chickens. Continue reading

Running Fowl of Moisture

chickens feeding backyard house

Chickens feeding

Sorry about the pun in the title. Actually this is a serious matter. Demands from a rapidly increasing human population means that food production techniques have to be maximised for efficiency. Moisture has a proven effect on the size of poultry grown in large numbers. Research on broilers (chickens for eating) and turkeys shows that their living conditions impact directly on their growth and health. Studies in the United States have estimated the cost of lack of moisture control to run into several hundred million dollars each year. But how can something that sounds so simple be such a big problem?

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Moisture in Transformer Oil

 

“Oil and water don’t mix” is a common saying and a scientific fact. But oil and moisture do mix! So how is it that moisture, which is also water, can mix with oil?

Why do I mention this?

Because I tuned into a webinar last week with a title that caught my attention, “Moisture in Transformer Oil”, to find out this is something that is very important to know about, if we want to keep our lights on!

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You say biscuit, I say cake!

Biscuit or Cake?

The Big One

Well done McVitie’s!

Imagine not knowing the difference!

I might say “Thank you very much. I’ll have a nice cake to dunk in my tea”. Doesn’t quite work does it?

What about a Jaffa Cake? A quick dip into the hot tea just enough to start melting the chocolate and into your mouth for a bite of warm chocolatey citrus delight.

Who cares about the difference? Let’s bring in the lawyers for a decision. Well, McVitie’s did, and didn’t have to pay the UK tax man VAT on about £1 billion yearly sales of Jaffas… Continue reading

Moisture – an essential part of microwaveable warmers

What’s his name?

Owl microwaveable warmer

His name is Twitt

 

“Think of a name” I asked. With a great stretch of imagination he was christened Twitt! Fantastic, the latest addition to our family of microwaveable warmers. We were just putting away the last of the Christmas presents and Twit was being taken out of his packaging when I heard “what’s the instructions?” Why on earth would you need instructions? Taking the path of least resistance I read out the instructions. And would you believe it, instantly I had another topic for my blog.….

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Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

Wasting food a “pet hate”

Fungus on sliced bread

Really mouldy bread

Wasting food is a “pet hate” of mine. I’m not sure where this comes from exactly. A number of reasons probably. When I was young I had a hiatus hernia that made it difficult to swallow food so never really enjoyed meals until the hernia was repaired. Now I enjoy eating most foods so not wasting food might come from an appreciation of just being able to eat properly. Another reason may come from a social conscious of being in a position of having plenty of food if I want when others in the world are starving. A third and probably quite significant reason is being self-employed. There were times when months would go by with little or no income so only buying food in small amounts and having minimal waste became a financially beneficial habit.So what’s this got to do with moisture-matters? The picture might give a clue. Continue reading

Predicting the Future

My prediction

Predicting Rainfall from Moisture

Predicting rainfall

Six years ago I predicted the heavy rainfall that that has hit Ireland and the rest of the British Isles over the past few days.

I am not a clairvoyant, I don’t even have a crystal ball. Using some basic principles that I describe in the first two chapters of my eBook A Wet Look At Climate Change I wrote about the consequences of global warming and the likely event of extreme weather hitting us. Of course I was not alone in this prediction. It comes as no surprise to those that know the principles that we are seeing heavy rain and feeling the effect of storm following storm.

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