Well that was an uneventful weekend.
Of course the weekend isn’t technically over yet because it’s a bank holiday. This means the village is out of bounds because the Great Unwashed will be going for a drive in the mountains and cluttering the place up. I prefer to visit the village when it’s quiet.
On Saturday I decided to fix this laptop. It’s been doing [slightly] irritating things lately and I have been meaning to reload Linux. A new version of Mint  came out on Saturday so I went for it. I did the whole format and load business and got everything running smoothly after about an hour [are you listening, Microsoft?]. However and old problem cropped up again.
For reasons that baffle me, nine times out of ten when I switched on the laptop it just gave a blank “Grub” screen. Luckily I had archived instructions for a fix and that sorted that out. It’s a Dell problem, not a Linux one as far as I can gather.
Another weirdness on Saturday was that for some reason Germany took an interest in me. Over the course of three or so hours I had a couple of thousand visits to this here site from all over Germany. I don’t know why or what they were looking for, but they have gone away again since. A strange people, the Germans.
Another little achievement is that I finally assembled my new pipe. I actually bought it many moons ago [Trombone-set 01] but for various reasons it was never fully assembled. The original set had a small logistical problem – I found that the bowl was very close to my face which meant I was half blinded by the smoke! Being the genius that he is, Elie sent me a longer mouthpiece but I hadn’t ever managed to assemble it for reasons too tedious to mention.
So this weekend my Trombone was finally assembled and now takes pride of place at the top of my collection.
Damn but his prices have shot through the roof since I bought it!