Finally! I put this Bug Hotel up over a year ago and had nothing but a few spider’s webs. Then last week I had 2 guests! Two lovely bees – which I am assuming are solitary bees. One stayed the night – well at least it was still there the next morning. It did my heart good to see it’s lovely little face peeking out 🙂 I hope they left me a good review on Bee Trip Advisor 🙂
My last post on Blogger – PreciousLittleBirdy.blogspot.co.uk (8th January 2017) was about building a new nest – a new home on the internet – which is here. It felt a little bit sad because I had that blog since December 2008. I have been thinking about moving to WordPress for sometime now and also re-doing my website so it seemed like a good time to do it all in one go. Blogger seems to have gone very quiet and I began to wonder if they would soon pull the plug on it and I would be left homeless?
I have imported all the content from blogger to my new WordPress blog and redirected everything to here. Some of the formatting has been thrown out a bit and a lot of the photos – embedded from Flickr have not carried over very well. However, I want to give credit to the excellent post on WP Beginner which helped me re-direct from Blogger to angelacallanan.com and also keep the links from old posts – e.g. if you do a Google search and it links to one of my old Blogger posts it re-directs you to the post here – which is brilliant.
So this is my first post on here! Just a short one to say hello and I hope there is a bit more activity on here than there was on Blogger 🙂
Lovely Tamworth Sow & piglets at Cardiff County Show
I have just re-designed my website in iWeb. For a while I had it redirected to my blog. I had fun and games with Blogger so had to do web forwarding in the end.
I decided just to have it as a landing page with links. I found there never seemed to be the time to update it and I update my Blog, Flickr and Shops regularly so it would be better just to have links to these than an out of date website.
I find iWeb very easy to use. It is very basic but enough for my needs 🙂 Unfortunately it is no longer supported in OS 10.8 but this hasn’t given me any huge headaches – yet!
The Build Up
Last night I was printing some book cloth. The printer decided to have a hissy fit and although it had printed one side perfectly when I turned it over to the print the other side it said that the “paper size was too small”. A common error message when there is a mis-feed with custom paper sizes. Tried the usual switch it of and again but then it started doing ludicrously long cleaning cycles and print head servicing. Normally I would persist determined to print but would most likely end up having a hissy fit myself. I am not sure if its my age but I decided I would walk away. So I switched the printer off for the night and decided to cut some book board instead. Later in the evening I heard a little noise come from the printer like something very small dropping down inside but thought it was my imagination.
Today I decided to clean the NEDD (New Electrostatic Drop Detector!) as is recommended when you have excessive cleaning cycles. It was indeed filthy and looked like there was a small hair stuck in it. After I had cleaned it I decided to be safe and print my endpapers using the main tray (I didn’t want to stress myself out printing curly book cloth). I put the paper in the main tray and found a teeny little spring – the noise I had heard last night. That’s odd I thought, I was a little worried but decided to continue on. I printed the first page and along with the page out came the first tiny little cog wheel. Oh dear. I opened up the top of the printer to look inside and saw another little cog wheel just sitting on top of where the paper feeds through. I removed it.
I found out where these bits came from. The little cog wheels are what is commonly referred to as the pizza wheels and these help feed the paper through. If you do a Google search on ‘pizza wheel marks B9180’ you will find that these are the bane of many a photographer for marking their prints. However, I have never had any problem with this. Basically the 2 little pizza wheels sit either side of the spring and form part of the rollers that feeds the paper through. I now have one of these missing. I dread to think what would have happened if I had not opened the lid and removed the second cog wheel – if this had fallen into the printer’s workings anywhere I am sure it would be end of it .
Conclusion (sort of)
Should I be worried that my printer is falling apart? I managed to print 15 pieces of book cloth using the speciality media tray after this. The wheel that is missing is close to the edge where the paper feeds through and it was occasionally making unpleasant clicky and grindy noises! At them moment I have printed what I need for my current edition of 15 books so that’s all I care about for now, but long term I don’t know. HP discontinued this printer at the end of 2010. That’s the end of support and any new drivers.
When will this post end?
I have a love hate relationship with this printer. When it works well I get the most beautiful prints, not only are they exactly as they are on the monitor (with a colour calibrated set up) but they look as I want them to look. I have tried on a few occasions to take my work to have it printed elsewhere but the prints were awful.
Is she still talking?
I should be looking at a replacement but the main option would be an Epson (I haven’t read any good reviews for Canon). I have been ‘scarred’ by a previous experience with an Epson which was a complete ink guzzler and they were very lax about providing good Mac drivers. So the answer is – I don’t know 🙂 I use a very good printer forum and website and have always good advice on help from here – but if anyone has any recommendations for a good A3 Pigment Ink printer let me know 🙂
Step 1 – Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award!
Step 2 – Share 7 random things about yourself
1. When I was a student nurse I had a severed hand flung at me by a surgeon who had just amputated it. Instead of waiting for me to walk over to the other side of theatre to allow him to put the hand in a plastic bag, he thought it would be much funnier to throw across the room and watch as I tried to catch it in the bag (I did).
2. I love spiders and bats.
3. I was once told I looked like the Corrs mad cousin that they lock in the attic. My sister was horrified when I told her – but the Corrs a good looking I replied 😉
4. I used to love Percy Pigs until I found out there was real pigs in them.
5. I love pigs.
6. I fell of my bicycle once when drunk.
7. I am learning to speak Welsh.
Step 3 – Award 15 recently discovered bloggers with this award.
I am not exactly sure what ‘recently discovered’ means, but here are 15 lovely blogs.