Two more problems to contend with regarding the computer . The weekend before last , the computer was getting really sluggish , and I noticed that the blue indicator showing how much capacity was left on 'Local disk C' , the internal hard drive , had turned red . showing just 26GB free out of 223GB . Fortunately , we had a family get together that weekend , and took the laptop along to show my brother , whom I had bought it from . We didn't manage to solve it on the day , but after a couple of evenings on the telephone , and him directing me to areas of the computer that I didn't know even existed , the reason was found . I download pictures into Windows Photo Gallery , and process them from there . The ones I want to keep , I copy to an external hard drive , then delete all into the Recycle bin , which I empty when I remember , thinking that was the end of them . But , Windows Photo Gallery keeps the original image in another file that is not deleted , and builds up , eating up the Local disk C space . When I found the file , there were some 28,000 images in it , from both my and my brother's snapping . No wonder the computer was sluggish . Thanks to my brother , cheers John , the computer now runs much quicker , and I now have 170GB free of the 223GB . If anyone has a similar problem , I'd be only too happy to point them in the right direction .
No sooner was that sorted , getting on line became almost impossible , and the phone had a constant loud crackle on it . Yesterday morning , the engineer arrived and found a bad connection up the pole in the road outside the house . That solved the crackling on the phone , but hoped for better performance with Broadband is still a long way away , with the Broadband connection constantly dropping out , or taking ages to engage .
Catching up on the last few days , on Saturday afternoon a look up on the Common found things very quiet and after failing to find a Brimstone or Peacock butterfly on the wing , I went to see how the Long Tailed Tits were getting on with their nest , that they started some weeks ago in a thick clump of Gorse . They must have stopped building during the cold weather , as the nest was not much further on . It was obvious that the pair were very selective with the materials , as after every visit , they flew well out of sight and didn't return for several minutes . This time away gave an opportunity
Just before publishing this , I got a call from my ISP to make sure all was well with the telephone repair . I confirmed it was , but also told them the Broadband problems . They say it could take 72 hours from the repair for the Broadband signal to settle down , we'll see . Can't say when the next post will be , the Broadband connection has failed about six times whilst trying to do this one . Hope things pan out soon .
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