White horses

28°C, humid, hot and a terrific thunderstorm in the evening.

FSX: after buying a book of aerial photography in Britain, I had a go at adding a prehistoric white horse from Wiltshire to the flight sim. It was easy! See picture.
Shopping: bought some new shoes, the same as the old ones except not decrepit.


27°C, 40% cloud, humid, still air.

Cycling: 71 miles, but at no real pace, it’s too hot to go fast.
Linseed: Hmm, strange, the colours look a bit de-saturated in this photo. Anyway, the last effort was to reduce the slightly flat tones in the legs.

Stac Lee for FSX

27°C, Hot.

3DS – FSX: faster taster…built a usable 3D  model of Stac Lee for the Flight Sim. From testing, it appears that other people only see a flat area where this rock should be, so for reliability, I had to go down the custom 3D route. The project needs another sea stack that I can use as a generic model, then this Island archipeligo will be complete. The released folder will include a library.bgl for this to work on other people’s machine. No problem, looks alright doesn’t it?


23°C, warm, sunny and very nice indeed, more please.

3DS for FSX: Built a 3D model of Reactor No.6 at Chernobyl. Also spent ages rebuilding the scenery so that it is easier to edit, now the cooling channels have concrete linings. I’m going to try fixing LOD models for this since the whole scene is now weighing in heavily.


19°C, overcast but not as muggy.

Sick:one of the dogs recently stole a packet of butter. Later she threw it up and left a persistent smell that has been scrubbed and scrubbed to remove. Curiously, it smells of human spew. So that begs the question- does human vom’ smell that way because of the amount of dairy food in our diets? Sorry for talking of such repulsive matters.
Linseed: Getting there, now it’s obvious that the shadows need development.


19°C, hmid & light cloud cover. The wind has dropped.

Dogwalk: what a fab place, Woodhouses is an area of land that is hardly maintained, it’s full of wild grasses, scrub and mixed woodland. Walking there you could imagine  that you are on the Kazakh steppe, or the US plains.
Cycle: better today, 36 miles and it didn’t feel hard this time. The biting insects were out in numbers today, I have three bulls-eyes on my legs now.
Linseed: first linseed layer on today, this will take longer to dry enough to do the next layer, so I’ll have to do the other canvas tomorrow.