7 May 2017

Still here, still on the Midlana forum daily, not so much posting to midlana.com due to taking time off. It was surprising to realize I’ve been doing nothing but car stuff for oh, around 20 years so it’s a welcome change. Still working on the pond and it’s coming along well – even when I’m digging in the backyard and the voice in my head asks, “wouldn’t you rather be working on the car?” Mmm, nope, though I will start driving it again once this late-season cold weather and rain let up.

A couple non-car related pics. The first really surprised me, as here in urban Southern California, if someone says there are a couple turkey vultures in a tree, you just assume they’re wrong, or a bit nuts. Nope, they were right. I’ve lived here all my life and never saw these before around here. No idea where they came from but was happy they stayed in a tree long enough for me to go get my good camera and lens.

The hummingbird pic was taken with a really nice macro lens which allows shots like this at a distance to not spook the subject.

3 April 2017

Well it’s been a while!

Still burnt out working on Midlana; just thinking about finishing the sanding is enough to be happy about continuing work on the fish pond. A ton of time has gone into RDF V2.0 (Rotating Drum Filter). This one is a from-scratch kick-ass unit which should last for many years. The garage looks like a tornado hit, such was the cost of spending all the time building it instead of cleaning up.

With the filter nearly done, attention will turn back toward the fish pond proper; need to get all the hard work done before the hot weather arrives.

In other news, while walking the dog I saw this little guy sitting in the middle of the street, a very young bird just learning to fly. At that age they either don’t know yet what to fear, or just freeze when something comes close, but once on my finger he seemed fine, singing away. I put him in some bushes so hopefully he’ll live to see many days.

Once the garage is cleaned up I’ll finally have time to get back on Midlana. I need to drive it… it’s been sitting too long.

15 Feb 2017

I’m still here, just not doing much car-wise, but a lot related to the fish pond. As mentioned, a new rotating drum filter is under construction – bigger, badder, and overall better, I hope. The idea is it’ll be pretty much bulletproof and can be ignored for months on end.

Finally bought a router, a wonderfully versatile tool limited only by the user’s imagination. With the appropriate plastic cutter bit it worked great cutting up the HDPE (high density polyethylene) sheet. Below are various pictures of the new filter under construction; the drum was first to be built (looking oddly like an enormous air filter element). The stainless sprocket was cut with a water jet. The last two pictures show the effect of a vastly improved filter and UV – they were taken 4 weeks apart.

I post on Instagram (#Midlana1) about whatever I’m doing and am also very active in the Midlana Builder’s forum, which you can find the link to above. There are about a dozen Midlana builders now so stop by and read up on some of the threads.