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Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth

Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth

In my very short existence on this planet, I have seen and experienced very little cool space stuff. I have seen a lunar eclipse a solar eclipse and a few shooting stars. (Shooting stars are not the rare actually. Go lie on your lawn one evening for an hour. I bet you will see one).

Tomorrow at around about 6pm South African time, Asteroid 2005 YU55 or (chunky as I would like to call him) will be passing by earth.

The asteroid will be passing a little bit closer than the moon’s orbit. Don’t worry this will have no detectable influence on the tides of the earth and also no effect on the tectonic plates. To give you an idea, the moon is 3475 km in diameter this asteroid only 400 meters.

Amateur astronomers will need a telescope with an aperture of 15cm (6inches) to view this beauty passing by.

It is always nice to get a new gadget or electronic toy to play with, but how do we dispose of it when it is outdated or broken?

What is classified as E-waste?

All end of life, old or discarded appliances that use electricity can be classified as E-waste. These include;

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • Office equipment
  • Telecommunications Equipment
  • Electronic and Electric Tools
  • Consumer and Entertainment Electronics
  • Light bulbs and Batteries

Why not just throw it away with normal household refuse?

  • E-Waste contains recyclable materials like metals, glass, and plastics.
  • E-Waste contains hazardous materials like mercury that need special handling and recycling methods.

How can I dispose of E-Waste?

  • E-Waste can be refurbished for reuse by someone else.
  • E-Waste can be dismantled and the components can be individually recycled into new products.

Where can I dispose of E-Waste in South Africa?

You can find bins at E-Waste Initiative Partners.

These partners are:

Have lookout for E-Waste bins at Makro stores nationwide.

Also visit www.ewasa.org for more info on collection points.

For information on recycling go to http://www.desco.co.za/

To recycle lamps and batteries go to http://www.reclite.co.za/ for collections sites.

For any other recycling information visit http://www.recycling.co.za/ .

I hope you found this how to informative and that it will make it easier to dispose of those old electronics and without harming the environment.

Sweet Treats

These scrumptious little treats are fantastic for a chill out Sunday tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puff Pastry Sweet Treats

  • Preparation 5 – 10 minutes
  • Baking 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius

Ingredients:

1 x rolls Puff pastry

1 cup Sugar/ Castor Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Egg

 

How to:

Roll the defrosted puff pastry out onto the counter and cut 20 or so strips.

Now we need to weave the strips together. This is very simple.

Place half the strips horizontally and fold every second strip back from the middle as shown below.

Place one strip vertically and fold the rest back, now repeat the process. Your complete weaved sheet of pastry should look something like this.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the pastry into circles or just cut into squares with a knife. This is all up to how you like it. I like the round ones better because they look good!

Beat the egg and spread egg onto pastry.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle a good amount of the sugar onto the pastry. Don’t be shy, these are sweet treats and they need a good amount of sugar to make sweet.

Now for the remainder of pastry (or you can just use another roll of pastry). Pour the rest of the sugar onto the leftover sheet of pastry and roll the pastry from both sides till they meet in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

Then cut it into 1 cm pieces. Lay flat on the baking and sprinkle with some more sugar.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or till slightly brown. Let it cool down completely before serving.

The sweet treats are super tasty with hot beverages like tea or coffee.

 

 

 

Archery

After years of wanting to get involved in archery and having to save up for more important things than hobbies, I finally just closed my eyes and bought myself a bow.  Buying a bow is not something you do without doing a little bit of research. Find out where to purchase the one that will suit not only your wallet but also yourself.

Getting started:

What you need to know before purchasing your bow.

1.       Which eye is dominant?

In a lot of cases, a right handed person might not have a dominant right eye. To check which eye is dominant you can do the following. Take note that you will buy your bow according to which eye is dominant, not which hand is dominant. 

·         Extend both hands in front of your face. Place your hands together to make a triangle like in this picture.

·         Keep both eyes open and look through the triangle at any small object.  The object must be in the centre of the triangle. 

·         Close your left eye. If the object stays in view you are right eye dominant. If the object does not stay in view you are left eye dominant. You can repeat the test, by looking through the triangle again with both eyes open and closing the right eye. If the object stays in view you are left eye dominant. If the object does not stay in view you are right eye dominant.

2.       What is your draw length?

Take a measurement of your “wingspan”, this is fingertip to fingertip. (If you know your height this should be exactly the same as your “wingspan”.  Here is how to calculate your draw length.

If you are 1.7 meters the formula would like as follows.

170cm / 2.5 = 68cm

68cm / 2.54 = 26.77inch (this part converts it to inches)

The above is my draw length, but my bow is still set at 25inches because I use a trigger/release.

3.       Price range. Bows range from about R2500 – R12000 for a naked bow. (Bow with no extra’s added on) Then there are some extras to make your bow more accurate and reduce the noise.  This is what I added on to my bow. 

·         Sight

·         Arrow Rest

Arrow rest helps guide the arrow when releasing it. The one I chose is actually called a whisker biscuit. Due to it being a little circle of whiskers that support your arrow.

Other arrow rests look like the picture below where it is a forked piece of metal that lifts up when you draw the string back.

·         Stabilizer

This obviously helps stabilize the bow when aiming.

·         Peep

The peep is used with the site to aim.  The peep can be set higher or lower on the draw string when setting up the bow for the archer.

·         Sling

When drawing the bow, to ensure a natural shot, the archer must not grip the bow but let it rest again his/her hand. This will ensure that when releasing the arrow the “grip’ on it will not influance the shot. The sling is there to stop the bow from falling to the ground when the arrow is released.

·         Release

When setting up the bow a little loop it put onto the bow string for the release to clip on.  This is then basically a trigger that you release to shoot the arrow instead of using your fingers to hold the string when drawing it back.

·         Carry case

·         Couple of arrows 

·         Butt

The butt is just a backing to stick targets on, so your arrows won’t pierce the target or shoot through.

 

·         Targets

 

The final product looks like the below picture when all the extras have been added.

My “Mission Craze” cost + – R2500. The extras I bought were all beginner level; (sight, whisker biscuit, stabilizer, peep, sling, release, carry bag and 6 arrows) which came to an additional R1900.  A butt will cost you an extra R600 and targets are about R10 per paper target.

All the information I have added above is for the bow I bought. This is a compound bow not a recurve bow or crossbow.

I was looking for an easy treat to make without having to use my oven. I remembered my friend Riana used to make a triangular sherry cake that only needed some fridge time. So yesterday I asked her and she could not remember the recipe but sent me something similar, a Triangular cheese cake.

This little cake is easy to do and looks very impressive when done. The golden recipe is as follows.

Ingredients:

130g Butter

120ml castor sugar

1 egg yellow

250ml cream cheese

10ml vanilla essence

24 tennis biscuits

12 cherries

125 dark chocolate

How to:

Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla.

Add the egg yellow and mix well.

Add the cream cheese and mix well… again.

Place 12 biscuits on foil in rows of 3 (thus you will have a 3 x 4 layer of biscuits).

Pour half the cream cheese mixture onto the biscuits and spread evenly.

Place another layer of biscuits.

Pour the rest of the mixture onto the biscuits and spread evenly.

Place the cherries evenly in the middle row. (This is where I deviated a little. I don’t like cherries, so I used little pieces of chocolate instead. You are welcome to go wild and do what pleases your taste buds.)

Here is the tricky part: Fold the two outside rows in to make a triangle; use the foil to help you here and fold it in tight to help it keep the shape.

Now place it in the freezer and leave for 24 hours to set.

When removing from the freezer to serve, you can melt chocolate and pour over the entire cake, or slice the cake and pour over each individual piece (nom nom). Also to spice it up a little, you can sprinkle some nuts on, or whatever you fancy. It all depends on how you would like to serve your little piece of heaven.

 I have not tried adding sherry yet, but I am sure if you add one or two teaspoons to the mixture it should work. (Will report back when I know the result.)

 Thanx again to Riana for sharing!

In The Beginning

My husband and I have been dating for 5 years now and we tied the knot on the 19th of Febuary 2011.  This  inspired me to start a new blog. A new blog for a new life.. together.