November 2018

I finally managed to get a decent picture of one of our hummingbird visitors, These little guys are only about 3 inches long, with VERY thin beaks that can get down into the slots in the base of the feeder, which other birds can’t do.

Ah, the dumb things we do sometimes. I was Dead Ending some cables this week, which involves stripping a length of sheath off the end, slicing it along its length, and sliding back over the rest of the sheath, so that the jack can get in there and tension a Dead End Anchor onto the cable, and then sliding the sheath back into the Anchor. I was wearing gloves, but on the last cable to be done, the hook blade slipped out from the sheath and went right through the glove on my left hand. I was very proud of the calm way that I handled the situation (after cursing loudly, of course), keeping pressure on the cut while keeping it inside the glove, then calmly grabbing the First Aid Kit from the truck and spreading its contents out on the work bench to find a suitably sized gauze pad. Once the glove came off, staunched the vigorous bleeding, wrapped it up in the gauze, then used some of the repair tape I had been using on the cables to tape it up. Not exactly elegant, but it did the job, and by the time I got to the nearest Urgent Care Clinic, it had closed over. Once it was anaesthetised, I was able to watch the doctor stitch it up. Then there was the problem of getting the cables to the customer. Called him and told him what had happened, left the lock on the workshop door unlocked, so that he could come and collect them, and went home.

I worked from home the next day. This picture was taken on the following day. Very hard to get the phone’s camera to focus on the thing in the foreground!

Back to the hummingbird feeder. Equally hard to get a decent picture through the dirty glass of a sliding door, but it’s the first chance I have had to catch one in the sunlight. According to Julie, this is “the green one”. We didn’t know until now that they come in different colours.