Camping with the Lizards on Unspoiled St. Croix

ST. CROIX - For those who crave sun, azure waters, and palm trees - but also the wildness and healing properties of untrammeled nature - there is a place, near and affordable.

It is in the rain forest on the western side of St. Croix, the largest and least developed of the US Virgin Islands, far from the pricey resorts and gambling meccas found elsewhere on the island and in much of the Caribbean.

At Mount Victory Camp, one can awaken to the murmurings of barbary doves, share living quarters with delicate, pastel lizards, offer picnic scraps to a colony of tortoises, and still be moments away from uncrowded white-sand beaches, snorkeling, fine dining, and museums that detail the island's history.

The camp, part of an eco-farm, is a sprawling, hilly compound with a few tent sites and several screened-in platform dwellings, a bathhouse with solar hot water, and an open pavilion. We and other independent-minded campers gathered there at night to cook and share the day's adventures - not to mention whatever wine or rum we had brought.

"Something I love being part of is the ever-changing community atmosphere that is created here, week to week," said Eric Paxton Stauder, camp manager. "People meet and form lifelong friendships through sharing meals, drinks, and stories by the campfire.

"In any given week we host a blend of local islanders and visitors from all over North America and Europe," he said. The camp "has a way of attracting really friendly and interesting people, people that seem to truly care about their world and the people they share it with."

Of course, Mount Victory is not for everyone - but that is part of its allure. Chickens and roosters strut the property; the solar showers can be more invigorating than anticipated on a cloudy day; and if a guest should forget to close the gate after driving into the camp, the neighbors' cattle are likely to wander in.

Driving, especially on the narrow, vine-strung, and pocked road leading into the camp, is an adventure, as "Crucians" drive on the left and some side roads are barely wide enough for two cars.

But these are small matters compared with the joys of discovering St. Croix: the forested hills, clifftop panoramas, plantation ruins, coral reefs, funky beach bars, and laid-back lifestyle that turns more than a few visitors into residents.

We spent the first seven of our nine nights at Mount Victory in a tent we brought from home and made day trips to hike, kayak, snorkel, swim, and visit museums and gardens.

But we also made night trips, most notably to the Sunset Grill, on the beach 1.8 miles from the camp. Having left Boston in a late March snowfall, we felt as if we had been dropped into a postcard: We were escorted to an outdoor table just feet from the water, with a palm tree framing the setting sun, given a lime coconut drink, and served coconut-encrusted mahimahi and a salad studded with hearts of palm.

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From the Ruins...
WARSAW, Poland - It was rebuilt from ruins after the Second World War and still hides a German bunker. This square in central Warsaw is named for a Catholic church and is also famous for a pro-gay rainbow structure that's repeatedly been set on fire.Plac Zbawiciela - Place of the Saviour, or Saviour Square - encompasses Poland's past and present in a nutshell, with all its conflicts and contradictions. Once grey and grim, the square is now a colourful place full of trendy cafs, reflecting the economic and cultural changes the country has undergone since toppling communism in 1989 and joining the European Union. Sometimes called Hipster Square, Plac Zbawiciela has become a magnet for tourists, students and professionals alike.On a recent sunny morning, actress and model Kamila Beres was enjoying a salad and a coffee with her mother at an outdoor table at a place called Charlotte. "I like this place very much," she said. "It's like a small enclave with very special atmosphere. 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There's a florist, a sushi bar, a shot bar, an Italian cafeteria, and a gay-friendly French eatery."We are very happy people engage in creating such captivating places that build the city's positive atmosphere," said Bartosz Milczarczyk, a city hall spokesman. "They have our full support." But that does not include financial support: A traditional Polish restaurant on the square modestly hides in a crumbling pre-war building that awaits renovation.Every evening, but especially on weekends, the square is filled with the sound of laughter and clinking wine glasses. Many in the crowd are students from the highly esteemed Methodist English Language College. The school, established in 1921, was closed during the war but survived during communism thanks to its popularity and protection from some communist officials who were students there.The school's 38-metre-high building was Warsaw's tallest when it was completed in 1910. It's now one of just three buildings in the square that predatethe Second World War, along with the church and the building with the Polish restaurant.Duringthe war, occupying Nazi Germans turned the elegant square into a district for their officers. Then in 1944, they bombed it and burned it down during fights with insurgents and in retaliation for the city's rebellion, in which some 200,000 residents were killed.Reconstruction was done in the 1950s in the so-called socialist realism style, which is known for pompous, oversize structures, but here resulted in a well-proportioned colonnade that fit the scale of the square.Still, the area's charm remained hidden under the era's general gloom. People visited the church for Sunday mass, or to check what the fish shop and lamp shop had to offer. In times of shortages, locals could get some supplies from illegal vendors who hid under the arcades and were often fined by the militia.The bleakness began to dissipate when the communists were ousted in 1989 and a market economy was ushered in. The changes accelerated after Poland joined the EU, when open borders allowed young Poles to travel and bring back ideas and fashions from elsewhere. Gradually, the uninspiring shops ceded room to stylish eateries, and even the untended central green was replaced with beds of colourful flowers.But not all the changes have been celebrated: A 2006 movie named for the square and partly filmed there showed a merciless side to Poland's new capitalism.And the nine-metre rainbow in the centre of the square has repeatedly been damaged by arson. Churchgoers, who have a strong say in this predominantly Catholic nation, object to its perceived pro-gay symbolism. The city pledges to restore the rainbow - a metal structure covered in colourful fabric - with fireproof materials.A hidden piece of the square's past came to light in 2011, when the installation of new tram tracks led to the discovery of a wartime German bunker. Though not unique, it was supposed to be taken to an army museum for preservation. But that would have cost too much, so instead it was covered with soil, and the tracks were run over it, forming yet another layer in Plac Zbawiciela's history.
From the Ruins...
WARSAW, Poland - It was rebuilt from ruins after the Second World War and still hides a German bunker. This square in central Warsaw is named for a Catholic church and is also famous for a pro-gay rainbow structure that's repeatedly been set on fire.Plac Zbawiciela - Place of the Saviour, or Saviour Square - encompasses Poland's past and present in a nutshell, with all its conflicts and contradictions. Once grey and grim, the square is now a colourful place full of trendy cafs, reflecting the economic and cultural changes the country has undergone since toppling communism in 1989 and joining the European Union. Sometimes called Hipster Square, Plac Zbawiciela has become a magnet for tourists, students and professionals alike.On a recent sunny morning, actress and model Kamila Beres was enjoying a salad and a coffee with her mother at an outdoor table at a place called Charlotte. "I like this place very much," she said. "It's like a small enclave with very special atmosphere. It attracts nice and interesting people, artistically minded." Her mother, Janina Beres, said she remembers the area from the time when it was "dormant," adding she appreciates the stylish way it has been revived.Despite its contemporary vibe, the square - built on a star design, like many squares in Paris - manages to retain its quaintness. The idea for the square originated in the 18th century as part of a road linking royal residencies under the reign of Poland's last king, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. The first buildings, a few inns, appeared a century later and were linked to the city by a horse-drawn tram in 1882.The Church of the Holiest Saviour, a Renaissance and Baroque style building with twin towers, was completed in 1927 after 26 years of construction delayed by the First World War.Today, the square's many businesses cater to various tastes and purses. There's a florist, a sushi bar, a shot bar, an Italian cafeteria, and a gay-friendly French eatery."We are very happy people engage in creating such captivating places that build the city's positive atmosphere," said Bartosz Milczarczyk, a city hall spokesman. "They have our full support." But that does not include financial support: A traditional Polish restaurant on the square modestly hides in a crumbling pre-war building that awaits renovation.Every evening, but especially on weekends, the square is filled with the sound of laughter and clinking wine glasses. Many in the crowd are students from the highly esteemed Methodist English Language College. The school, established in 1921, was closed during the war but survived during communism thanks to its popularity and protection from some communist officials who were students there.The school's 38-metre-high building was Warsaw's tallest when it was completed in 1910. It's now one of just three buildings in the square that predatethe Second World War, along with the church and the building with the Polish restaurant.Duringthe war, occupying Nazi Germans turned the elegant square into a district for their officers. Then in 1944, they bombed it and burned it down during fights with insurgents and in retaliation for the city's rebellion, in which some 200,000 residents were killed.Reconstruction was done in the 1950s in the so-called socialist realism style, which is known for pompous, oversize structures, but here resulted in a well-proportioned colonnade that fit the scale of the square.Still, the area's charm remained hidden under the era's general gloom. People visited the church for Sunday mass, or to check what the fish shop and lamp shop had to offer. In times of shortages, locals could get some supplies from illegal vendors who hid under the arcades and were often fined by the militia.The bleakness began to dissipate when the communists were ousted in 1989 and a market economy was ushered in. The changes accelerated after Poland joined the EU, when open borders allowed young Poles to travel and bring back ideas and fashions from elsewhere. Gradually, the uninspiring shops ceded room to stylish eateries, and even the untended central green was replaced with beds of colourful flowers.But not all the changes have been celebrated: A 2006 movie named for the square and partly filmed there showed a merciless side to Poland's new capitalism.And the nine-metre rainbow in the centre of the square has repeatedly been damaged by arson. Churchgoers, who have a strong say in this predominantly Catholic nation, object to its perceived pro-gay symbolism. The city pledges to restore the rainbow - a metal structure covered in colourful fabric - with fireproof materials.A hidden piece of the square's past came to light in 2011, when the installation of new tram tracks led to the discovery of a wartime German bunker. Though not unique, it was supposed to be taken to an army museum for preservation. But that would have cost too much, so instead it was covered with soil, and the tracks were run over it, forming yet another layer in Plac Zbawiciela's history.
From the Ruins...
WARSAW, Poland - It was rebuilt from ruins after the Second World War and still hides a German bunker. This square in central Warsaw is named for a Catholic church and is also famous for a pro-gay rainbow structure that's repeatedly been set on fire.Plac Zbawiciela - Place of the Saviour, or Saviour Square - encompasses Poland's past and present in a nutshell, with all its conflicts and contradictions. Once grey and grim, the square is now a colourful place full of trendy cafs, reflecting the economic and cultural changes the country has undergone since toppling communism in 1989 and joining the European Union. Sometimes called Hipster Square, Plac Zbawiciela has become a magnet for tourists, students and professionals alike.On a recent sunny morning, actress and model Kamila Beres was enjoying a salad and a coffee with her mother at an outdoor table at a place called Charlotte. "I like this place very much," she said. "It's like a small enclave with very special atmosphere. It attracts nice and interesting people, artistically minded." Her mother, Janina Beres, said she remembers the area from the time when it was "dormant," adding she appreciates the stylish way it has been revived.Despite its contemporary vibe, the square - built on a star design, like many squares in Paris - manages to retain its quaintness. The idea for the square originated in the 18th century as part of a road linking royal residencies under the reign of Poland's last king, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. The first buildings, a few inns, appeared a century later and were linked to the city by a horse-drawn tram in 1882.The Church of the Holiest Saviour, a Renaissance and Baroque style building with twin towers, was completed in 1927 after 26 years of construction delayed by the First World War.Today, the square's many businesses cater to various tastes and purses. There's a florist, a sushi bar, a shot bar, an Italian cafeteria, and a gay-friendly French eatery."We are very happy people engage in creating such captivating places that build the city's positive atmosphere," said Bartosz Milczarczyk, a city hall spokesman. "They have our full support." But that does not include financial support: A traditional Polish restaurant on the square modestly hides in a crumbling pre-war building that awaits renovation.Every evening, but especially on weekends, the square is filled with the sound of laughter and clinking wine glasses. Many in the crowd are students from the highly esteemed Methodist English Language College. The school, established in 1921, was closed during the war but survived during communism thanks to its popularity and protection from some communist officials who were students there.The school's 38-metre-high building was Warsaw's tallest when it was completed in 1910. It's now one of just three buildings in the square that predatethe Second World War, along with the church and the building with the Polish restaurant.Duringthe war, occupying Nazi Germans turned the elegant square into a district for their officers. Then in 1944, they bombed it and burned it down during fights with insurgents and in retaliation for the city's rebellion, in which some 200,000 residents were killed.Reconstruction was done in the 1950s in the so-called socialist realism style, which is known for pompous, oversize structures, but here resulted in a well-proportioned colonnade that fit the scale of the square.Still, the area's charm remained hidden under the era's general gloom. People visited the church for Sunday mass, or to check what the fish shop and lamp shop had to offer. In times of shortages, locals could get some supplies from illegal vendors who hid under the arcades and were often fined by the militia.The bleakness began to dissipate when the communists were ousted in 1989 and a market economy was ushered in. The changes accelerated after Poland joined the EU, when open borders allowed young Poles to travel and bring back ideas and fashions from elsewhere. Gradually, the uninspiring shops ceded room to stylish eateries, and even the untended central green was replaced with beds of colourful flowers.But not all the changes have been celebrated: A 2006 movie named for the square and partly filmed there showed a merciless side to Poland's new capitalism.And the nine-metre rainbow in the centre of the square has repeatedly been damaged by arson. Churchgoers, who have a strong say in this predominantly Catholic nation, object to its perceived pro-gay symbolism. The city pledges to restore the rainbow - a metal structure covered in colourful fabric - with fireproof materials.A hidden piece of the square's past came to light in 2011, when the installation of new tram tracks led to the discovery of a wartime German bunker. Though not unique, it was supposed to be taken to an army museum for preservation. But that would have cost too much, so instead it was covered with soil, and the tracks were run over it, forming yet another layer in Plac Zbawiciela's history.
From the Ruins...
WARSAW, Poland - It was rebuilt from ruins after the Second World War and still hides a German bunker. This square in central Warsaw is named for a Catholic church and is also famous for a pro-gay rainbow structure that's repeatedly been set on fire.Plac Zbawiciela - Place of the Saviour, or Saviour Square - encompasses Poland's past and present in a nutshell, with all its conflicts and contradictions. Once grey and grim, the square is now a colourful place full of trendy cafs, reflecting the economic and cultural changes the country has undergone since toppling communism in 1989 and joining the European Union. Sometimes called Hipster Square, Plac Zbawiciela has become a magnet for tourists, students and professionals alike.On a recent sunny morning, actress and model Kamila Beres was enjoying a salad and a coffee with her mother at an outdoor table at a place called Charlotte. "I like this place very much," she said. "It's like a small enclave with very special atmosphere. It attracts nice and interesting people, artistically minded." Her mother, Janina Beres, said she remembers the area from the time when it was "dormant," adding she appreciates the stylish way it has been revived.Despite its contemporary vibe, the square - built on a star design, like many squares in Paris - manages to retain its quaintness. The idea for the square originated in the 18th century as part of a road linking royal residencies under the reign of Poland's last king, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. The first buildings, a few inns, appeared a century later and were linked to the city by a horse-drawn tram in 1882.The Church of the Holiest Saviour, a Renaissance and Baroque style building with twin towers, was completed in 1927 after 26 years of construction delayed by the First World War.Today, the square's many businesses cater to various tastes and purses. There's a florist, a sushi bar, a shot bar, an Italian cafeteria, and a gay-friendly French eatery."We are very happy people engage in creating such captivating places that build the city's positive atmosphere," said Bartosz Milczarczyk, a city hall spokesman. "They have our full support." But that does not include financial support: A traditional Polish restaurant on the square modestly hides in a crumbling pre-war building that awaits renovation.Every evening, but especially on weekends, the square is filled with the sound of laughter and clinking wine glasses. Many in the crowd are students from the highly esteemed Methodist English Language College. The school, established in 1921, was closed during the war but survived during communism thanks to its popularity and protection from some communist officials who were students there.The school's 38-metre-high building was Warsaw's tallest when it was completed in 1910. It's now one of just three buildings in the square that predatethe Second World War, along with the church and the building with the Polish restaurant.Duringthe war, occupying Nazi Germans turned the elegant square into a district for their officers. Then in 1944, they bombed it and burned it down during fights with insurgents and in retaliation for the city's rebellion, in which some 200,000 residents were killed.Reconstruction was done in the 1950s in the so-called socialist realism style, which is known for pompous, oversize structures, but here resulted in a well-proportioned colonnade that fit the scale of the square.Still, the area's charm remained hidden under the era's general gloom. People visited the church for Sunday mass, or to check what the fish shop and lamp shop had to offer. In times of shortages, locals could get some supplies from illegal vendors who hid under the arcades and were often fined by the militia.The bleakness began to dissipate when the communists were ousted in 1989 and a market economy was ushered in. The changes accelerated after Poland joined the EU, when open borders allowed young Poles to travel and bring back ideas and fashions from elsewhere. Gradually, the uninspiring shops ceded room to stylish eateries, and even the untended central green was replaced with beds of colourful flowers.But not all the changes have been celebrated: A 2006 movie named for the square and partly filmed there showed a merciless side to Poland's new capitalism.And the nine-metre rainbow in the centre of the square has repeatedly been damaged by arson. Churchgoers, who have a strong say in this predominantly Catholic nation, object to its perceived pro-gay symbolism. The city pledges to restore the rainbow - a metal structure covered in colourful fabric - with fireproof materials.A hidden piece of the square's past came to light in 2011, when the installation of new tram tracks led to the discovery of a wartime German bunker. Though not unique, it was supposed to be taken to an army museum for preservation. But that would have cost too much, so instead it was covered with soil, and the tracks were run over it, forming yet another layer in Plac Zbawiciela's history.
1960s Silver Lake Home Retains Aesthetic of Architect Raul Garduno
In a moment of exasperation, Ileene Bernard told her husband, Herb: "If we don't get this house, it's the last house that I'm going to look at for us." Herb now jokes that he "should have seized that opportunity" to halt their yearlong challenge of house-hunting. He didn't even like the house."I fell in love with the house, but Herb did not like it," Ileene says. But he gave in, and since 1966 they have not just lived in the house but have been devoted to maintaining the original design by architect Raúl Garduno. The house has a barrel roof design.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) The 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath house in Silver Lake dramatically cantilevers from the hillside. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels offer views, an abundance of light and surprising privacy. The prefabricated plywood barrel-vaulted ceiling, reaching 16 feet at its high point, gives the home an airy feeling. Advertisement Ileene recalls looking at pictures of the house in their real estate broker's Multiple Listing Service book.Are you a real estate junkie who likes luxury homes and celebrity cribs? Sign up for our Hot Property newsletter"At that time there was no computer. You could not look things up on the Internet ... just this big book. I came upon a picture of what turned out to be this house. We drove by and from the street we saw the neighbor's house, we didn't see this house, which was all engulfed in trees."Fortunately, the homes were similar, both by Garduno. The Bernards were the second owners of their house, buying it from a Los Angeles Times typesetter, Fleming Drefeld, who had commissioned the home in 1961. Advertisement The Bernards committed early on to maintain the aesthetic of their home, working to keep the materials and finishes the same as when the house was new. In the living room, the floor-to- ceiling glass panels offer views, an abundance of light and surprising privacy.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) When the cork tile floor in the kitchen needed repair, the couple refinished the tiles instead of replacing them. The George Nelson Bubble Lights, which have hung from the ceiling since the house was new, remain fresh and contemporary-looking. Another aspect of the interior that the Bernards have kept up is the original warm color palette, created for the house by furniture designers Van Keppel-Green. Bernard sits at the piano, which holds a photo of Ileene, left, her brother Robert and sister Irene Martin taken in 1936 in El Paso, Texas.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) One of the period features of the house is the acoustic ceiling, which the Bernards like for the way it warms sound from the piano and the large stereo speakers. Ileene recalls the day when the piano made its way into their living room. "The movers put the Steinway grand piano on a sled, waxed the rails and then waxed all 47 stairs from the carport to the house, then slid the piano up into the house." Herb playfully adds, "I did not know what to do with the reindeer afterwards."Among the changes they've made are an enclosed wine cellar and storeroom under the house, and new storage space inside. Herbert and Ileene Bernard on the deck of their Silver Lake home.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) Garduno's original planters along the wrapped deck, which had suffered water damage and mold, were covered with marine-coated plywood and painted to match the house. Now they work as outdoor table tops. When the hillside at the back of the house needed securing, the Bernards put in a garden area and retaining wall that appear original, designed by landscape architect Emmet Wemple, who designed the grounds of the Getty Villa. Advertisement Home tours: A peek inside the houses of Los AngelesThe house has succeeded over a half century, Ileene says, because the people who have worked on it understood and appreciated its character.::Architect Raul Garduno specialized in tough hillside propertiesArchitect Raúl Garduno specialized in the construction of challenging hillside properties, thanks to some of his first homes.His first and second homes fit that mold. The first was built on spec, adjacent to the second - the house the Bernards bought from Fleming Drefeld, who commissioned it in 1961.Several hillside designs are part of about two dozen buildings in Southern California that Garduno designed in various architectural styles.The architect, who died in October, designed and started construction of his first house while working in the office of architect Ragnar Qvale. He eventually left the firm to complete the house and start his own practice. He is perhaps best known for his Modernist residential work. Advertisement Garduno grew up in Los Angeles and came from a long line of doctors. He started out his college studies in humanities at Loyola Marymount University and later studied architecture at USC, graduating in the late 1950s."Raúl always had an interest in architecture," says his widow, Barbara Jean Trembley. "After reading the 'Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand on the plane and identifying with its uncompromising lead character, he wanted to become an architect."ORE HOME TOURSMeghan McCain's home: She calls her style 'Scarface meets Graceland'Tiny Laguna Beach condo feels roomier with ship-shape design conceptsSee how this remodel perfectly captures California's indoor-outdoor living
10 Best Outdoor Tables That Can Withstand the Unpredictable British Weather
Whether as a casual side table or dining table for all the family, our list has a range of options to help make the most of time spent outdoors.Whatever the purpose, an outdoor table should be weatherproof (that's UV and water resistant) from the surface material to the bolts and screws.Powder-coated metal and oiled hardwood are the traditional choices outdoors, but modern materials are also popular for being low maintenance.Synthetic wicker or rattan, and fibre cement tables are easy to clean and are inherently durable.Just because a table is designed for use outdoors, it doesn't mean you should leave it outside all year round.Most should be moved into an unheated space (shed or garage) for winter, or at least covered, if you want to enjoy maximum use year on year.You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps to fund journalism acrossThe Independent.This coffee table, handmade by artisans in India, is inlaid with white marble mosaic tiles, giving it a stunning sparkling effect when the sun hits it. At 82.5cm in diameter, it has a good amount of surface area for holding plates and decorative candles, as well as drinks and snacks. It can be used indoors as well as out, meaning value for money all year round. It is supported on a contemporary black metal base.Buy nowFor small balconies or terraces, this affordable folding table is a perfect match. It comes in a range of bright summery colours (cobalt blue, saffron yellow, sage green or dusty pink) that make it an eye-catching feature among plants and flowers. It seats two comfortably for dining or four for drinks. It's made in powder-coated steel, making the set lightweight and durable (although it should be covered when out of use). A matching pair of chairs are £60.Buy nowIf you're serious about investing in a durable dining table for al fresco entertaining, thistable is a good all-rounder. The dark grey cement fibre top can withstand regular use, and the acacia wood base is thick and robust, keeping with the rustic style. It's weatherproof so you can leave it out during summer, but it's a good idea to cover or move inside over winter to keep it looking its best. It's sized to seat 6-8, but also makes a great buffet table for larger parties.Buy nowThis striking garden table has thick crisscrossed legs that connect through a square support. The top has a sunburst pattern of acacia wood pieces and a central hole for holding a parasol. Oiled acacia wood is suited to outdoor use because it resists water and UV damage. It's also cheaper than teak or oak. It should be treated regularly to keep it in good shape. This table requires some straightforward self-assembly and comes with either matte black or natural legs.Buy nowThe quality of this powder-coated aluminium table from specialist Danish manufacturer Skagerak is far superior to ones you can buy on the high street. Both or one half of the tabletop can be folded down for easy storage and portability. The built-in carry handle makes it easy to take to the park or beach for parties. Its size means it can be stored out the way in small gardens or balconies. It comes in dark green, black or grey and has matching stools (£249 each).Buy nowMade.com's Lyra table mixes traditional design with the contemporary. The top is a woven poly rattan(a weatherproof version of rattan) with a retro look, and the paired legs are metal coated in a bright blue. It has a glass top for protection that's easy to clean any food or drink spills from too. There's a hole for a parasol, and it sits four for dinner comfortably. It also comes in a 6-seater version (£299) and matching armchairs (two for £179).Buy nowThis extra-long table is great if you have a large patio in need of a focal point. It has two pairs of slim legs, which means plenty of uninterrupted legroom for guests sitting either side. It's made of strong but light aluminium, which comes powder coated in black, white, pink or blue. The slots in the table top mean that rain can drip away rather than sit on the surface after a shower. It's been well designed for outdoor use and great for big parties and dinners.Buy nowThe Dante round table is reasonably priced considering size and quality. It easily seats six around a large wood-effect top that is easy to keep clean and can withstand a rain shower. It's made in handwoven synthetic wicker and has a rust-free aluminium frame that is designed to last well outdoors but could equally be used as conservatory furniture too. It comes with a 1-year guarantee and is available in a grey or natural colour.Buy nowThese handy tables are useful to have around the garden for parties, by the side of the lounger, or even as additional seating. They are made of fibre cement which is strong, as well as water and UV resistant. The matte surface, solid shape and bright colour all look great on grass and among softer planting. The built-in handles help you move these tables around easily as you need. It's easy to keep clean with soap and water but should stay indoors over winter.Buy nowThis bargain of aset includes two benches as well as a dining table that can seat six. The design is basic but practical enough to meet most needs. The table is made of oiled eucalyptus with galvanised fittings that won't rust. The table and benches are slatted to dry out quickly after a rain shower, there's also a hole for a parasol if you want to add one. It's easy to put together and maintain - treating with oil regularly will keep it working well.Buy nowWest Elm's table is stylish, with a mosaic inlay that gives your garden a Mediterranean feel. It's a coffee table, but large enough for casual eating, drinking and creating a focus for a seated area in the garden. It's among the more expensive on the list, but it can be used indoors too.IndyBestproduct reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.
Design Scheme of Multi-channel Voltage Measurement Based on Stm32
Design Scheme of Multi-channel Voltage Measurement Based on Stm32
This design proposes a design scheme of multi-channel voltage measurement based on STM32 chip, and the measurement range is between 0-10V. The built-in A / D of STM32 samples the multi-channel voltage values to obtain the corresponding digital quantity. Then the corresponding analog voltage value is obtained according to the proportional relationship between digital quantity and analog quantity, which is displayed by TFTLCD display equipment, and the multi-channel collected data is stored in SD card.1. IntroductionIn recent years, data acquisition and its application have attracted more and more attention, and data acquisition system has developed rapidly. It can be widely used in various fields.Data acquisition technology is one of the important branches of information science. Data acquisition is also a process of obtaining object information from one or more signals. Data acquisition is an important link in industrial control systems. It is usually realized by some single chip microcomputer systems with relatively independent functions. As an indispensable part of the measurement and control system, the performance characteristics of data acquisition directly affect the whole system.Voltage measurement is the most universal. It is of great significance to study and design methods and instruments to improve voltage measurement accuracy. In the design of voltage measurement, single chip microcomputer as controller is the core of the whole design. In addition, there must be an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in the design. ADC is used to directly collect analog voltage and convert analog signal into digital signal. It directly affects the accuracy and speed of data acquisition.2. System overviewThe microcontroller of this design adopts STM32 single chip microcomputer.STM32 Series MCU is designed based on the Cortex-M3 core of arm company. Its clock frequency reaches 72mhz. It is a high-performance product among similar products. It has the advantages of high performance, low cost and low power consumption. It is a good choice in embedded application design. The A / D converter in the design adopts STM32 built-in ADC. STM32 ADC is a 12 bit successive approximation analog-to-digital converter.It has up to 18 channels and can measure 16 external and 2 internal signal sources. The A / D conversion of each channel can be performed in single, continuous, scanning or intermittent mode. The conversion results can be stored in the 16 bit data register in left or right alignment. The maximum input clock can reach 14mhzThis design can measure the voltage value of 8 channels, the measurement range is 0-10V, and the display error is ± 0.001V. LCD displays the voltage value and waveform in real time, and microSD card synchronously stores the data. The system principle block diagram is shown in Figure 1.Design scheme of multi-channel voltage measurement based on stm323.3 LCD control circuitThe LCD used in this design is 2.4 inches, 320 & times; 240 resolution. The LCD module is controlled by the FSMC interface of STM32.FSMC (flexible static memory controller) can be changed into static storage controller. It is a unique storage control mechanism of STM32 series high storage density microcontroller with internal integration of flash of more than 256Kb and suffixes Xc, XD and Xe. By setting the special function register, FSMC can send corresponding data / address / control signal types according to different external memory types to match the speed of the signal, so that STM32 series microcontrollers can not only apply various external static memories of different types and speeds, Moreover, it can expand a variety of different types of static memory without adding external devices, so as to meet the comprehensive requirements of system design for storage capacity, product volume and cost.In STM32, one end of FSMC is connected to core Cortex-M3 through internal high-speed bus AHB, and the other end is an external bus for extended memory. After the access signal of the kernel to the external memory is sent to the AHB bus, it is converted into a signal conforming to the communication protocol of the external memory through the FSMC and sent to the corresponding pin of the external memory to realize the data interaction between the kernel and the external memory. FSMC acts as a bridge, which can not only convert the signal type, but also adjust the signal width and timing, so as to shield the differences of different storage types and make them no difference to the kernel.FSMC can connect devices such as nor / PSRAM / NAND / PC card, and has FSMC_ A [25:0] has 26 address buses and FSMC [15:0] has 16 data buses. In addition, the extended storage space of FSMC is divided into 8 blocks. Select the block of the operation through the address line. In this way, the LCD will operate as a memory with one address space.3.4 SD card drive circuitThe SD card used in this design is microSD, also known as TF card. MicroSD card is a very small flash memory card, which is mainly used in mobile phones. However, due to its small volume and the continuous improvement of storage capacity, it has been used in GPS devices, portable music players, digital cameras and some flash memory disks. The pin diagram of microSD card is shown in Figure 9.MicroSD card, like SD card, has SPI and SDIO operation buses. Compared with SDIO bus, SPI bus has simple interface, but its speed is slow. We use SDIO mode.MicroSD card has 4 data lines in SDIO mode.In fact, microSD has 1-wire mode and 4-wire mode in SDIO mode, that is, 1 or 4 data lines are used respectively. Of course, the speed of 4-wire mode is faster than that of 1-wire mode, but the operation is more complex. The 4-wire mode of SDIO is used in this design. The hardware connection diagram of microSD card is shown in Figure 3.STM32 MCU Chinese official websiteSTMicroelectronics / St / STM
How Does Temperature Affect the Speed of Sound?
How Does Temperature Affect the Speed of Sound?
As other answers show, the speed of sound is slightly influenced by temperature.Much more interesting is the influence of gradients in temperature! The usual distribution of temperature at different heights is: high at ground level, decreasing upwards. This profile, with slightly higher sound velocity at ground level causes wave fronts to curve upwards. Sometimes the temperature profile is inverse, from ground level to a certain height, in the order of hundreds of meters. This inversion layer acts as a reflector, causing sound to propagate over much larger distances.It is not the speed as such, but the differences in speed that have important influence on sound propagation.1. How to increase my running speed?No, leaping prime does now not make you a quicker runner. Speed is muscular so you will do whole frame paintings along side plyometrics, which can be exceptional varieties of bounding and leaping to construct explosive force. To get greater at going for walks you ought to run. If you are employed on lifting and doing the plyometrics you are going to have the groundwork to upgrade your going for walks. What form of going for walks are you running for? If it's soccer then you definitely will have to coach for brief bursts of velocity. If it's one other game you have got to appear on the distances required on your game. A huge aspect of velocity it response. That manner the begin. Whether it's out of the blocks in a race, or attending to a fly ball within the outfield. Speed is vigor so that you ought to be ready to loosen up rise up tall, maintain your elbows at ninety levels, swing them directly entrance to again, and now not throughout your frame. Land at the balls of your ft.2. Water flows through a 1.5 cm diameter pipe into a 275 liter bathtub, which it fills in 5 minutes. What is the speed of the water in the pipe?Mass of 275 litres of Water divided by 5 minutes x 60 seconds = Time of 300 secondsMass Flow Rate of 0.9166 litres per secondThis is excessive amount of water in Speed or Velocity to fill a bathtub in 300 seconds. See IPHE & CIBSE CoP & Technical Guidance on maximum flow rate for 15 mm smooth wall copper pipework. The water pressure is another factor is consider.Water flows through a 1.5 cm diameter pipe into a 275 liter bathtub, which it fills in 5 minutes. What is the speed of the water in the pipe?.3. Not getting the download speed I should be getting?you download a file to what ? a phone or a computer? ethernet or wirelessly ? you need to be more clear on how to ask a question, even with my godlike powers i cant read your mind4. Need help gaining speed/trimming fat?challenging task. browse in google. that will may help!5. Why are people so insistent that speed of light is constant for all observers and is the maximum traveling speed?In special relativity, when the speed of light is constant for everyone, time can be different. When different travellers or observers have light remain constant, their time can change to allow for this. So try to wrap your head around the fact that different observers can have differences in time, and this allows the speed of light to remain constant for all observers.6. fur nice fan motor Polly have to be smaller to make the fan go faster?Motor pulley larger or driven pulley smaller will increase speed7. What are the technical factors in a processor that determine its speed?Clock Speed of the Processor and its primary cache size determines its speed in terms of throughput8. Is faster than the speed of light possible?well ist just a theory so it could be or couldnt be true.....einstien said if we could go the speed of light then we cold time travel...other people say it is still expanding....what i want to know is how can all of that crap fit into somthing the size of a pin head lol.9. How to train for faster picking speed on guitar?Assuming we are talking about alternate picking, there are basically two exercise methods for building speed.The first and the better known one is to start slow. Set your metronome to a comfortable tempo and play the exercise a few times. Then go up 2 bpms or so and repeat. Continue alternating between plus two and minus one. Back down some 10 bpm when you hit your limit and work your way up from there again. You can go up 10 bpm or so from time to time just to see how it feels. The second one is to practice in bursts. Start with two notes and play as fast as you can. Then add the third and continue from there. This method is not as well known as the first one but is every bit as useful. You can also start from the most difficult spot on the exercise and add notes on both sides.Practicing scales only is probably not the best way to go. There are specially crafted exercise sets to build speed that isolate common patterns. Troy Stetina's book Speed Mechanics contains one such set.In terms of technique, on your left hand, only apply enough pressure to avoid buzz. You will get tired very quickly if you exert more force than necessary. The lighter your left hand touch is, the easier it is to play fast. It's easier said than done but that's the whole idea of practicing.On your right hand, I would not worry that much about wrist vs. elbow unless you are aiming for Guiness speed record. Wrist movement is probably a bit better but there's nothing wrong with a combination of wrist and elbow. Guitarists argue about it all the time but there are superb guitarists in both camps which proves that both techniques are equally viable. Just avoid finger movement, it does not work for fast playing
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