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Hanbury Circular Walk

Saturday, February 13th, 2021

This is a way marked route by Worcestershire County Council. Starting at Gateway Park near Droitwich Spa Marina (approx. postcode WR9 7DU). it goes along the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal, and then across fields passing Hanbury Hall (National Trust). Distance: 7 miles (including walk around the outside of Hanbury Church). Click the map for a […]

Webheath to Banks’s Green Walk, Redditch

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

This is a walk starting at St. Philip’s Church in Webheath Redditch. It goes to Bank’s green by using a combination of the Monarch’s Way and country lanes. Approx 60% of this is on roads. The route is based on one that I have followed as part of the Scout’s Shirehike. Distance: 3.8 miles Click […]

Batchley and Enfield Woodland Walk, Redditch

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

This is walk around the Batchley and Enfield areas of Redditch. It goes through 3 different wood areas, the Memorial Garden and 2 local parks. It also includes the site of the former Enfield factory and the railway. Distance: 4.5 miles Terrain: Woodland and tarmac paths. Includes some stairs (alternate route available). Click map for […]

Creating 2D Animations using Blender 2.8 and Blender 2.9

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Blender is well known as a 3D modelling tool, but it is also good for creating 2D animations. It includes the ability to create timeline based animations using Keyframes with automatic tweening and fine control over all the objects. If you don’t know what that means then hopefully this video for beginners will provide a […]

Star Wars Day – Raspberry Pi RGB Matrix Display

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Today is the 4th May, which means Star Wars day. So I’ve added a new scrolling image showing a series of images from each of the 9 films in the three trilogies playing on my Raspberry Pi controlled RGB LED Matrix Display. It’s 4946 x 32 pixels long. Shown on my 64 x 32 Matrix […]

Using a gamepad or joystick on a Raspberry Pi with Pygame Zero QJoyPad

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Pygame Zero is an easy way to get started in game programming. It used Python Pygame, but makes getting started easier by reducing the amount of code required. I’ve previously created a tutorial getting started with Pygame Zero programming. One feature that is missing from Pygame Zero is support for joysticks or gamepads. It is […]

Amazon Dash Button Home Automation with Raspberry Pi, Sengled home automation lights and pi-power Energenie Power Sockets

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

I have recently been upgrading some of my home automation. I already use Energenie Pi-Mote to control some electrical power sockets, I’ve now replaced some of my light switches with Sengled home automation light bulbs. Initially I’ve been using my Pi-power software running on a Raspberry Touch Screen and some timed actions to automatically turn […]

Home automation light bulbs from Sengled

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

I have created some DIY home automation in the past. This was based around using remote control of mains electrical sockets (Home automation – controlling Energenie power sockets using a Raspberry Pi) but I also used a home automation light on one of my home lights. Since then the number of commercial home automation devices […]

Raspberry Pi Birthday Party – Birmingham 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

I was again involved with the Raspberry Pi Birthday Celebrations in Birmingham. This years event was held at the STEMHouse in Birmingham. A makerspace / startup space designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to create a product. There was a strong influence of 3D printing and games programming at the event, including my own […]

Raspberry Pi Christmas Project – Christmas House and Neopixel Snowman

Monday, December 17th, 2018

New Christmas House Project web page Since this post was written I’ve now created a new version of the Christmas House circuit based around a printed circuit board. For full details then see: Raspberry Pi Christmas House Electronics Project. Original post from 2018 This year I’ve been creating a 3D model of a building for […]


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