Volvo 50k miles

The Volvo 340 is now a high miler. Done ticket over 50,000 miles on the 24th September. I baked some sweet chesnuts from the tree outside the front of the house, i slit them all, but still a few exploded in the oven and the photo of some bits on the ground is showing the remaining fixings from the removing the plastic under-tray from Hannah’s car. I removed it to change the oil, but sheared off or drill out the fixings as they were so badly rusted, I replaced the tray using zip ties, so it will remain to be seen if it’s still there when I change the oil next time.

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Birthday 37

Birthday 37, I managed to tip over whole mug of tea, not a small one either. Then some tree surgeons turned up and started to cut down a tree out the front and late came around the back and saw the horrible job I’d made of removing a branch of the tree out the back, in January 2016. The cleaned that up for me. But my tyres turned up and I had a lovely day even if Abigail and Hannah both have stinking colds and I was working..IMG-20180905-WA0003.jpg IMG_20180906_134258.jpg IMG_20180906_133530.jpg IMG_20180906_070335.jpg 20160130_153417.jpg

Laning, Lavendar and Blackberrys

Yesterday I realised that we have a ripe crop of blackberrys, so I’ve eaten them on my breakfast muesli. We went to the lavender fields again, it was amazing to see the difference in the lavender over the course of a number of weeks, the tractor thing is a lavender harvester. Today I went laning with a couple of friends down towards the Devils Punch Bowl.

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Consumer Unit, air filter..

We have finally had a new consumer unit fitted, which means that the shed how has lights that work on the switch and will soon have power sockets too. Also I have made myself a replacement air filter for the Land Rover and got a bit of flexible duct to replace the heater air duct.

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Lavender and NT visits

We went to two National trust properties this weekend. Clandon House, which was burned out in 2015, so that made the visit interesting as it’s possible to go inside of the building and see the structure. Then we visited Hatchlands Park where we had a localy walk around the grounds. On the Sunday we visited the Lavender fields.

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Land Rover broke down

I drove the land rover to work on Monday. On the way home I got just past Sainsbury’s onto the hill down to South Hill Park, when it spluttered and ceased to run. Having spent the previous evening fixing the lying fuel and temp gauges I assumed that I had failed to fix the fuel gauge and that it had just run out of fuel. I rolled into a cul-de-sac, bumped up the curb and abandoned it. Then walked the 1/2 mile home, forlorn. Abigail had spent the day being grumpy so Hannah opted to join me in walking to Sainsbury’s with a Gerry can stashed in the bottom of the push chair. I filled it with 18 litres of petrol then walked the 200 meters to the land rover. I poured in about 2/3rd of that fuel only to find that the tank was still part full and it was now overflowing. Fuel was not the issue. I now popped the bonnet and had a good look, checked the ignition wiring and distributor as much as I could, but was not able to immediately see the issue. Having not used my AA cover so far this year I used the app to requested assistance. The app suggested that help would arrive with me by about 7pm, so to waste some time I walked home with Hannah and Abigail, we tinkered about the house, fed Abigail, then I walked back down to the land rover. The AA man dully turned up and found that the points had welded themselves shut. He freed them off, roughed up the contacts, reset the gap and off I went. I made it a few hundred yards before the same thing happened again, this time starting to go up hill, so I bumped up the curb and stopped on the pavement. I had a go at cleaning the points again, setting the gap, tried a few times, then called the AA for the second time. I kept trying the same things, but to no avail. I waited and Googled electronic ignitions for land rovers such as mine. I found that Power Spark do them. The AA eventually turned up, the gent who arrive this time was older and perhaps wiser with age. He jumped out of the van and immediately said “so your points have melted then?”, he must have had an update from the previous guy. He took a look and suggested that I had fitted the wrong coil, said he’d experienced this himself a long time ago on a Yamaha bike. He tested the resistance through the coil and found that it was 1.5ohms. It should have been about 3 or 4 ohms. He towed me home in the end. 9.30pm I walked in through the door. I love days like that, these are the days make stories.

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Weekend at home

We mostly spent a weekend at home this weekend. Saturday we went out and about, to Crowthorne for coffee and cake then to The Vyne (NT porperty) for an ice cream and a walk. Sunday Hannah picked up from plants for her pots and we found a load of snails that caused me much amusement.

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