VW T5 LED Headlamps

I’ve just changed my Phillips 110% headlamps for some Dubflecta LED lamps. Results are good – very bright. Just have to sort out the warning light problem. These lights are meant to be Canbus error free – emailed Dubflecta and waiting for a response.

I thought it might be useful to add a description of how to put these lamps in. It’s not difficult but it’s not trivial either.

  1. Remove rubber sealing cap from around the back of the headlamp assembly.
  2. Locate the 3 pronged electrical connector and remove (simply it pull backwards towards the rear of  your Vdub)
  3. Locate the spring fastener and push this down and back – it will then spring off.
  4. Remove old bulb. Note thick tab is the upper, vertically oriented tab of the three locating tabs
  5. Put the new bulb in place. Best to locate the bulb connecting wire behind the spring fastener i.e. inside it towards the front of your Vdub.
  6. Then ease the spring over the bulb body and place the bulb with thickest tab vertically up. Pushing the spring back on requires a little bit of a push, and you should feel a noticeable click back into place to secure the bulb.
  7. Then attach control unit to the bulb wire (has a locating lug to assist this). Place the whole assembly inside the headlamp housing and reseal the rubber housing cap.
  8. Repeat, test.
  9. Voila!vwh4.JPG
  10. I’ll report back on bulb issues/ performance.

Ramsons, Ramsons Everywhere

We had to pop down to the area around Swansea for a quick visit. The place was carpeted with wild garlic. Walking though the woods it even smelt like you were immersed in a garlic scent bath. The ramson buds were particularly tasty. Here I fried them with our breakfast of ham and eggs – absolutely delicious!

Hop Shoot, Cook

Last year, around 10 months ago, was the last time I collected a fist full of these delicacies. Today on my lunch-time walk, I spotted a bevy of hop-shoots just waiting for me to pick. They really are nice. A subtle flavour when blanched and then sauteed in butter. The blanching helps get rid of the hairy texture – which I actually quite like. They are meant to be one of the most expensive (when sold) foraged items you can find (apart from truffles!). They are good — but not that good. Worth having a try if you find them. Most of the ones I have found tend to grow up hedges made of other plants, and so look like weeds. They have a distinct leaf shape, and the hoppy aroma when you squeeze the leaves between your fingers is a sure give-away.

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Wonderful Lime Tree Leaf Salad

A few years ago I purchased a couple of small leaved Lime trees. They are meant to produce good salad leaves on a perennial basis. And, I have to say that this year the leaves taste outstanding – a delicate almost nutty flavour. This will be part of my dinner tonight!

Standing Desk – Giving My Back Half a Chance

Gardening Peril

Spring was in the air and I managed to do my annual trick of pulling my back while gardening. It happens most years and it’s not only annoying but very inconvenient and embarrassing.

On My Knees

I had a trouble-shooting workshop up in London that I had to keep, so had to conduct half the meeting on my knees. Thankfully that was with some lovely clients that I know well.

Need to Change

I have virtually no problems throughout the year – just the first foray into the garden when my body hasn’t got used to extending the way gardening requires. Apart from banging my head on the wall while chanting, “I will exercise first before I do gardening”, I’m putting some other changes into place. I’ll be doing some remedial yoga and I’ve changed my office desk system around.

£600 – No!

There are  plenty of standing desks available online, but I couldn’t bring myself to part with upwards of £600 for one.

My wife had a great idea. Why didn’t I plonk the top of my desk onto a waist high bookshelf?

Standing Desk Come Bookshelf

The result is a lot more than impressive, it’s highly functional, very stable, doesn’t look half bad and cost me the sum-total of about an hour of my time to get in place including clearing off my old desk. See what you think.

 

 

Fats not Carbs

A lot of people, myself included, turn to carbs or sugars when we feel we are running out of energy. There is an alternative point-of-view that seems to be gaining a lot of ground: fats are good for you – carbs, less so. In particular, athletes can benefit from more sustained energy from shifting from a carb based metabolism to a fat focused one. The biggest problems I’ve found with this are established habits and taste. Slowly but surely though, shifting away from carbs is getting easier and easier – the effects are noticeable and the new recipes are generally interesting and inspiring.

Here are a few select statements from an article on the subject:

  • From a biological perspective, the body’s requirement for dietary derived glucose–which is in fact only needed by the brain–is absolutely zero because our livers can actually manufacture glucose.
  • When we consume a diet primarily composed of sugars and carbs we can begin to rely on glucose metabolism for energy.
  • This can lead to a number of problems including becoming resistant to important hormones that regulate blood sugar and hunger levels, and possibly even losing our ability to burn excess body fat at all.
  • When we become fat-burning machines we will have more energy, we will need to eat less and we won’t crave food any longer.
  • By switching to foods that are high in healthy fats–and potentially incorporating eating strategies such as intermittent fasting–we can actually retrain our bodies to be fat burning powerhouses, giving us longer lasting, more predictable energy levels and allowing us to shed unwanted pounds effortlessly.

Enjoy!

http://www.welcomevitality.com/home/how-to-burn-fat

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