May 2018

Weedon’s Wanderings: 30th May 2018

Clanna lake

Welcome to my new office!

They say that home is where your heart is, and now my office is where my internet connection is: on a bench by a lake in a wood just ten minutes strenuous rural walk from home. 

We’ve tried, and failed, with everything else: landline; 4G mobile; even a gurt antenna  strapped to the roof of the house. But we are now officially termed ‘unconnectable’. So dear old EE have supplied me with a data SIM for my mobile which I put in when I reach the lake, via which I can connect to their mast on the hilltop. Then I link my laptop to the phone and data flows like water.

Which is all very pleasant on a dry May morning. I’m just wondering what it’ll be like up here in November...?

Weedon's Wanderings: 18th May 2018.

Warsaw Radio mast, courtesy of Wikipedia

TRYING: VERY!

We've been exploring all the various methods for connecting to the Internet from our forest home.  I had hoped by now to be able to upload my blog by a method which, if not fast and furious, was at least more moderate in megabytes than our current 0.3.  We have trialled two supposedly foolproof mobile internet systems since I last wrote. One was fabulous - as long as we drove to the M5 near Gloucester, where we scored a blistering 40+.  But there had to be a better way. So they sent us the all singing and dancing Superfast home model - which managed ... 0.3. 

" But you're only 0.7 kilometres from the mast," the tech guy marvelled.  "You should be getting terrific speeds."

"Yep, but you haven't seen the hill in between," I suggested.  He got out his contour map.

"Oh, crumbs. I see what you...