I have recently been giving some thought to the overall look of these pages. For some time, the theme I’ve been using is Weaver Xtreme, and I decided an update was in order. There were also a couple of things I wanted to do, that I couldn’t find a way of doing in Weaver Xtreme.
The Twenty Sixteen theme looks as though it will fit the bill perfectly, so I installed it and clicked the ‘Live preview’ button, only to receive a message that it will only work with WordPress 4.4. That is still under development and won’t be available before December. Clearly, I can’t use that theme yet, then.
Looking around, I came across one called Tiny Framework. It seemed to fit the bill nicely, so I installed and activated it. Tiny Framework is exactly what it says; a framework on which the user can develop to produce exactly what they want. There were two things I did not like about it, but given its nature, I thought it would be easy to change them, right? Wrong.
I wanted to do was to reduce the width of the sidebar, and make the font used in it a little smaller, as I had already done with Weaver. However, while Weaver offers a number of selector screens to make these changes, Tiny Framework just offers some tips to change the theme files. I managed to reduce the width of the panel, but that’s where it stopped. I wanted to change the way it handled large quotes. I show responses to Kreative Kues as quoted text. Weaver shows them in a block with a pastel background and italicised text. Tiny Framework shows an enormous double-quote, and puts the text in a large, green font. After two hours, I had to admit that, whatever else I may be, I am not a CSS programmer and I wasn’t going to be able to make it look the way I wanted. That will explain why we are back to Weaver Xtreme for the foreseeable future, and hence the title.
In other news this week: we’ve achieved a hat-trick. All three of our vehicles have passed their biennial safety tests. Admittedly, the Astra needed some help to get through its test, but the camper last month, and the little Twingo last week, both sailed through. the camper, a Roller Team model ‘Team Roller 1’ was marketed in UK under the name ‘Arabella’. Nice name. More classy than Lizzie 2; It’ll do nicely.
Speaking of Christmas;
I wasn’t? Oh, sorry. I was talking about Araballa, wasn’t I? But there is a link.
Most Christmases of late, Clare and I have spent at home. Last year was different, and I wrote about it here. That was quite special. This year, we shall be piling into Arabella and travelling south to spend Christmas and New Year in Benecarló, in the Castallón area of Spain.
What’s that? No, we won’t change our minds. The campsite has been booked and a deposit paid. Barring serious unforeseen circumstances, we shall be heading off a couple of days before Christmas and returning a couple of days into 2016.
Arabella is ready to go, and even has a destination sticker on the back, courtesy of my
only best friend, Rob.Before that happens, though, there’s the small matter of November to get through, which I mentioned last week.
I also mentioned last week that we had bought a new Windows PC for Clare, and I’m delighted to say that she’s still ecstatic with it. Ecstatic may be slightly over-egging it, but she is happy. In the interests of fairness and market balance, though, we also bought her a new apple device this weekNot to be outdone, Trevor has a new feeding bowl (?)It is designed to stop dogs bolting their food. In fairness to Trevor, that isn’t one of his sins, but it does make eating something a little more complex, for which he needs to engage his brain, as well as his jaws.
You will have seen from posts during the week, that we saw our first murmuration of the season; possibly a couple of hundred birds flying to roost. While the Twingo was being tested, we took Trevor for a walk along the disused railway line, and I did some photographs around the old tunnel that I didn’t think were too bad. If you haven’t seen them, follow the links. You never know, you may also think they’re not too bad.
À la prochaine