I have been very busy with work in these past few weeks, and also I had hoped to be able to post more news about the progress of the webcam, so I have been waiting for more feedback from the IT professionals advising me on the matter. Sadly, for technical reasons, it looks like the webcam is a non-starter at the present time. The main problem is the distance from the house to the webcam position on the field, apparently. I was quite surprised at this outcome: one gets the impression these days that technology is all around us and everything is possible. Apparently this isn’t, so there we are. You will have to make do with my photos and videos but no webcam for the near future.
Maybe there is one advantage in the situation regarding the webcam: I had put some money aside to pay for the webcam and this is now available to spend on a replacement donkey cart.
The cart I bought in 2012 has been mainly used for training Morris. He was too small to pull it when I bought it, and Rubí was the intended work-donkey for the cart. Rubi never really learned to pull it, nor respond to commands, and Morris was the great bright learner once he was strong enough to pull it. We had a lot of fun last year going up the lane and Morris really enjoyed pulling the cart. Sadly, it was not very well made (I bought it secondhand from an English guy who probably constructed it himself and the welding was rubbish.) The left hand wheel support has now completely sheared off.
So, the money saved on the not-possible webcam project will now go towards a replacement donkey vehicle. “Add to cart,” as they say… I will start saving up and look around for a suitable replacement. There are a few local readers of this blog, so if you are local please keep an eye open for a suitable cart, if you see one that looks disused, sitting in a yard somewhere. It needs to be donkey or pony sized, not horse sized!