BOING! “Time for bed,” said Zebedee

Mr L had a wee moment when we were diagnosing the car’s ailments yesterday. “I knew that the spring had broken,” he said “or should have. I found a piece of it on the ground after you went out on Monday.”  Which means that when Gill was test driving the car for handling, we had a broken spring binding on the front wheel. Neither of us noticed a thing.

This is the offending article and it has clearly been  broken for some time.

Found on Monday and clearly broke a long time ago.
Found on Monday and clearly broke a long time ago.

The remainder of the spring has been cut away and we now have a low-rider. A very low rider indeed. It has been down the track to the gate and back, very slowly, in order to determine if it can be used with care between now and when it receives a donor part.

I shall be getting some exercise in the coming days/weeks.

One other thing that we noticed when testing the car is that The Odd Noise That Occurs When Reversing has returned. We last heard that on the day that we returned from Kirkwall from having The Odd Noise At The Front repaired, the new noise being evident as we reversed from the ferry at Loth. I’ve not noticed it from that day to this.

I  hate cars, I really do. What’s the alternative? None, I think. I can’t get 3 months’ shopping on a bike, Tesco don’t deliver, and a horse and cart is out as I’m not so keen on horses either –  and cars at least don’t kick or bite.

Today is a glorious one after yesterday’s drenching.  I’m cooking a Sunday Dinner (!) but we hope to find time to go out for a wander as well. We’ll just have to take the LR and lift Suzie in and out, rather than have the convenience of the car.

Yes, it's a new Blob!
Yes, it’s a new Blob!

In Knitting News, I started a new doily yesterday.

It was an uncharacteristically early start this morning, due to the need to attend to the car before the weather breaks again. There is much of the day left and the plan so far will not account for all of it. It’s either a case of more doily-knitting, or I shall have to bake. The pull of the kitchen is strong today. I blame Mary Berry for the fact that I cannot stop wondering if I have glacé cherries in the cupboard. That in turn leads me to a-wondering if it might not be fun to tackle all of this year’s Technical Bakes along with the competitors. No, that way madness lies – but the cherry cake would be lovely for spinning group tomorrow, wouldn’t it?

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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