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lego mindstorms

lego mindstorms

This post is a mish-mash of things inspired by the photos in my camera.  If you remember, I told you that most of the Lego was sorted by colour into separate bins.  For some time, I had been irritated by the fact that two of our most expensive and complex sets were not getting used.  Thankfully, most of the pieces were still in their respective boxes, so I decided to build the models.

The set above is Mindstorms.  It has a unit that you can program with your computer and the sensors that come with the kit allow the model to sense light, sound and touch, and it can “see” and make noise.  For some reason, the instructions for the cool robot on the outside of the box have disappeared – they must be in the house somewhere, but right now I can’t find them.  So I made this wheeled model instead, which has a claw on front for grabbing a plastic ball.  All it needs now is batteries!

remote control dinosaur

remote control dinosaur

I also made this remote controlled dinosaur.  There are also instructions in the booklet for building a spider and a crocodile.  This one has batteries and walks backward and forward, waves its arms and opens and closes its mouth.   It should roar too, but the “sound brick” isn’t working.  I have learned a lot about Lego recently!  The boys have been helping me identify and find the pieces.  I am now choosing instruction leaflets at random and attempting to complete different sets.

sun ray shawl

sun ray shawl

When not building with Lego, or rummaging through piles of pieces, I have done a little more knitting on my Sun Ray Shawl.  Of course, with 4 extra stitches every other row, it’s growing fast.  Here, I’ve completed another 20 row pattern repeat.  That leaves me three more repeats which will go a lot slower.  I find that the knit rows seem quicker, as I’m following a chart and doing my knits, yarnovers, k2togs and ssks.  Purling back is easy but seems to take forever.

trampolining in the rain

trampolining in the rain

We were relieved to have some more rain today.  It was, again, accompanied by a thunderstorm, and the rain didn’t last long, but it was HEAVY.  These two crazy guys couldn’t resist going out and getting soaked!  It’s ironic that the weather is usually too hot in the summer for them to be out there jumping around, but they go out in the rain.

ronde de nice zucchini

ronde de nice zucchini

These three zucchini fruits came out of our garden today.  They’re called Ronde de Nice and we bought them from West Coast Seeds.   Tai Chi Man planted 5 or 6 plants and they are looking good.  These zucchini are an heirloom variety that are best eaten when still small.  I picked the three largest ones today and sliced them up, dipped them in home-made almond milk and seasoned flour, and fried them in olive oil.  We ate them with a raw tomato sauce.  They were really good.  (Thanks to Affectioknit for the how-to-cook inspiration.)

fried for dinner

fried for dinner

2 responses »

  1. Oooh, I love those kind of zucchini, I grew them one year in my mom’s garden 🙂

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