40 days of rain…

It was Gran’s birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday, Gran. 85 not out. It was also St. Swithin’s day and it rained. According to local tradition it is now going to rain for the next 40 days and nights as a reminder not needlessly spend money and time on displays of wealth and ostentation when it could be better spent on serving the needs of the poor. Check here for more history. The BBC forecast for the week seems to support it as well as we will be having sunny intervals between heavy showers and heavy rain through to Friday. Summer really did happen this weekend. Saturday, in fact.

Esmerelda the Valiant

Well, she is valiant but she is not a Valiant.  She’s a Vauxhall Astra 1.4i (hi-torque model) and her alternator has stopped working.  But she is a real little trooper and thankfully her battery is new and fully charged as I have done about 10 miles in her since the light came on.  The manual said to stop driving immediately but I only read that after the 10 miles.  So, she is going in for some minor surgery on Tuesday to get her running again.  We’ll let you know how well she recovers.

I’m on a training course

Editing in ArcGIS 9.2  Right now we are about to create a personal geodatabase as I right a personal note to myself on my blog.  Personally I think we should be moving towards file geodatabases but there are issues with interoperability as feature classes would have to be converted to shapefile before sharing the information.  Unless other users are also using ESRI’s file geodatabase.  Better get back to doing some work…