Thanks to the unique way that Norton Ghost works, the repair took a little longer than I'd hoped for....but everything is back to normal now! Ghost is a cracking program that allows you to copy your hard drive then re-install it at a later date to avert disaster and the need to re-install everything. It also backs up separate data folders like the pictures and video ones on a regular basis so that you can re-install those if they get deleted.....unfortunately this isn't as easy to do as I'd hoped if you have to use the 're-install the whole drive' option.....As my machine was restored to just over a month ago it then lost the data for the backups that were made after that date?!?!?
Anyway, after a little fiddling and RTFM everything is back where it should be....I think.
So as promised, the video and pictures I took the other day are here.
It's not much, just a VERY quick trip through the kitchens as they appear on any normal day....it's a little like being on a fairground ride at times I'm afraid, but at least it will give those of you that have never visited a rough idea of what the kitchens are like to visit.
It transpires that I didn't take as many pictures as I though I had....apart from those that made up the panoramic image in the earlier post.....just 2 that were worth putting on Flickr it happens, one of which is this one
It was perishing cold when I took this on Monday and you can clearly see that the smoke isn't going up the chimney like it should be.....why is this? The fire isn't big enough to generate enough heat and hence updraught to overcome both the atmospheric pressure and the cold air that dams the top of the chimney stack...so the kitchen fills with smoke. This is the main reason for the huge black stain on the wall above the fireplace, something that wouldn't have happened if the fire was running at a size that the Tudor cooks would have experienced.
Off to work tomorrow to receive all of the food deliveries for next weeks cookery, then home and some time off for a family Christmas to recharge in time to get cooking next Thursday. No doubt there'll be a few more posts before Christmas, so keep watching this space!