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Doing Dad's Network

Posted on 2005/10/08 11:35:43 (October 2005).

[Thursday 6th October]
I had retreated the previous evening to the remote rural idyl of North Wales, where my Dad lives in a tiny little village, just a stone's throw away from some truly beautiful coastline. This is one of the least populated areas of England and Wales, where the impact of man on the landscape is distinctly less noticeable than elsewhere. We had arrived late, the night before, to clear skies, and, given the almost complete absence of street lights I saw more stars in the vast expanse of the cosmos above us than I had seen in years. It is not difficult to spend days on end here without seeing another person or car, and the silence is only broken on occasion by tweeting of birds, mewing of sheep, or, if the wind is in the right direction, the gentle sound of the sea.

So as one would expect, given that I was surrounded by all this wonderful bounty of nature, I spent the first day there entirely indoors, setting up a network. None of this wireless nonsense, this was a proper old-fashioned cable job. Given that we had to cover more than one room, there was even some drilling involved, and, as always, the trusty kebab skewer proved a vital tool in assisting this operation. I had finally managed to bring my old ADSL modem/router box which I used to use back when I was living in England (thanks to Kev for looking after this the last few months!). This made for a much more convenient network setup, which was very gratifying...

...but it would have been nice to get outside a bit!

Comment 1

I think you will find that it is cats that mew. Sheep baa.

Posted by Mum at 2005/10/08 17:52:41.

Comment 2

Perhaps they are learning a foreign language?

Posted by John at 2005/10/08 18:00:41.

Comment 3

The sheep in Wales have a "tricky" reputation. It woudn't surprise me at all if they went around "mewing" at unsuspecting visitors....

Posted by Nigel at 2005/10/09 08:49:57.

Comment 4

Were the sheep nestin'?

Posted by Rob Lang at 2005/10/10 13:18:26.

Comment 5

Yes, it is my considered opinion that they're labouring under the misapprehension that they're cats.

Posted by John at 2005/10/10 13:23:26.

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