The older I get, the more I am amazed at how time has sped up.
I thought it was around this time last year I stuck up my little security camera in the front garden, but on doing a simple piece of research [i.e. looking back on my older scribbles – this site is better than a diary] I discovered it was actually over fifteen months ago.
I originally bought it purely on a whim. I’m not that worried about burglars as I’m usually around the place myself, and the presence of a dog helps too. The camera was just a toy to idle away a few hours playing with it, but with hindsight it was a great purchase. I am delighted with it and it does give that extra feeling of security.
There have been a few break-ins in the neighbourhood – nothing serious, just gardening tools or in one strange case, a patio umbrella. Over the period I have caught a couple of suspicious characters who wandered in and wandered out again, usually after they have spotted the camera. Unfortunately I caught nothing at the time of the local break-ins.
I am having a few small problems with the system though. One simple one is that the camera isn’t mounted as securely as I would like and it can wobble a bit in a very strong wind. This of course is detected as movement and the camera then starts recording. On one strange occasion it wobbled [and recorded] on a dead-calm day. I checked for local seismic activity but there wasn’t anything so that was a mystery.
Another problem is rain. If it rains at night the rain drops trigger the motion sensor. There is fuck all I can do about that but it’s a great meteorological tool for measuring rain duration.
Then there is the local wildlife. I have caught foxes wandering around but cats are too small. Birds occasionally trigger the system if they fly too close, and moths are a regular feature. The latter always appear on screen as little white spirals [like pasta spirals] shooting around the garden. Weird.
The worst offenders though are the fucking spiders. I don’t know what it is about the camera but they insist on building webs across the lenses. The are a pain in the hole as they trigger the recording all night and render the system almost useless. Every morning I have to clean the front of the camera and every evening the little cunts build a new web.
It gives a whole new meaning to Webcam?