I have now fixed my helicopters’ ski using some transparent plastic that was part of some packaging from a present which one of us received from Christmas.

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I also built the Spite Fire which I was given for Christmas, it took longer than I expected, almost an hour and a half I think, It was great fun. I now plan on getting my wood glue from work and sticking a few of the parts in and on as some are a little lose.

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We got some good pictures of Tigger recently:

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On Saturday afternoon we set off from home with our snow shoes, a sledge/toboggan and headed North on Elm Street. We passed through Chelmsford and shortly before the next gas bar we spotted fire wood for sale. We bought $10 worth, loaded it into the sledge on the back seat off the car and then continued on our merry way. We arrived at Windy lake, parked up and got our snow shoes, hats, gloves etc on. We set off, me with my knife and survival tool. We walked for at least a mile to the edge of the lake, now frozen so thick that there is an ice fishing hut on the lake. We cleared an area of snow and piled up the wood in the center of it; I later discovered that what I thought was a “cleared” area, was just a hard layer of snow; there was a good 3 inches more snow under that. Soon we had a good little fire going. We enjoyed it until it burned down such that it was no longer giving off any discernible heat (at -19 I guess we might just not have been feeling it!). During this time the light had bounced off on it’s merry way to a new day on the far side of the planet leaving us surrounded by the absence of light. Luckily I knew that we had to make our way due north, so using the compass we set off following our own foot steps right back the way we came.

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When we got home we had some dinner, for desert we had a slice of Christmas cake with English custard, made in the county of Devon in England!!!

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