Storm approaching

Warm and insect-free was the order of the day for the Early Walk which went without incident. There was a fine collection of stars but no cataclysmic events that I could detect. These events are when a distant sun, weighing in at 30-50 times that of our sun, collapses and implodes due to its own gravitational force when it runs out of energy. The event produces the same amount of energy in one second as our sun will during the 20 billion years of its life. The radiation produced by this massive implosion speeds through space and can be picked up on earth. Such an event will take place about once every earth day. It makes everything else pale into insignificance…

Skinny and I set off for Kountoura once I’d fed the hoards of cats and trimmed a couple of branches from a tree which were interfering with the network cables between the kitchen and the workshops. Our run was equally uneventful and we returned intact some thirty-five minutes later. I got a shower and set up my breakfast.

I’ve been wanting to make more use of the CCTV in the camping especially as Xanthippos and others will be working here over the winter. It is possible to look at the cameras on an iPhone or iPad using an APP produced by the company that manufactures the recording device. Like other security arrangements, it’s possible to view several cameras at once in a matrix of windows. Georgia has asked for more cameras which I’m happy to install as these will provide greater coverage of the camping. Up until now, I’ve not had much success with the ‘tour’ feature which strangely enough, provides a tour of the cameras at five-second intervals. At present, there are eight cameras of which three are in the bar and restaurant areas. One is in the kitchen, two around the storeroom and one looking up the drive past reception. It’s only possible to comfortably display four windows on my iPad when it’s at a distance. There are three cameras I’m particularly interested in, the two around the workshop and reception. The others are still useful. The kitchen is closed up for the winter so we don’t care! I’ve not been able to get the tour feature to work as I want as it insists on cycling through all sixteen camera possibilities which is annoying when there are physically only eight cameras of which seven are useful. However, I think I now understand the tour feature so have been able to configure it so it works more or less the way I want it to. Of the four windows on my screen, one constantly tours around four cameras and three are static on the reception and workshop cameras. If I wish to view any interesting event on the constantly sequencing cameras I have only to flick the page across where I have set up the other cameras on a four-image static page. I’m now happy with this arrangement which enables me to keep an eye on what is going on in the camping from the comfort of my chair.

Xanthippos was working on his own today and is making good progress with the dwarf walls for the building conversion. Georgia came to the camping earlier to admire his work as I saw her pickup leaving just after Xanhippos came to put back the tools. He seems to be making a good job of it.

Mrs Mop, the [new] cleaner came in today to switch around some of the covers which were on the furniture in Georgia’s residence during the flood. This gave me the opportunity to pass on the €10 which Ursula left for her as a thank you for her efforts. We had a brief chat about taking things out of the washing machine as she will not be able to come back to hang them up as she’s working in the greenhouses. Her and the rest of Kountoura.

I had a support call with a lady in Scotland who is an EG member. She’d been struggling to set up her new EG email account. She told me she’d been to Barcelona but not to Crete. Her friend, who I helped yesterday, had obviously told her where I am.

It is starting to rain so I went out to feed the cats and to make sure everything important is in. The forecast is for around half of the rain predicted in yesterday’s forecast. It will fall mainly through the night. The approaching thunderstorm seems to be heading further north and the remainder seems to be fizzling out. Unless it suddenly acquires a new lease of life, the night should remain quiet.

The white blobs are the most recent strokes, the yellow older with the shades of red the oldest. The bulk of the most active part of the storm is heading northeast

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