Monthly Archives: November 2010

Blogging Live!

Technology is wonderful when it works..

Here I am on the farm writing up the restoration work (almost) as I’m doing it. I’ve got my laptop wirelessly logged into the internet, and the photo card from my camera inserted to down load the photos I took just moments ago.

So what have I been doing this weekend>

Mainly the things that I’ve been putting off as too boring. Like fitting the fuel pipe brackets  (5 of them) and fitting the drainage pipes for the sunroof, and fitting the little brackety thing for the r4ear view mirror.

I have also been offering up the new aluminium sun roof box that we had made as the old steel one was rotten..

The problem with the sunroof is that it does not feature in either the workshop manual or parts book, so I’m havine to rely on examining the old and very horrid rusty one to work out how it works.

The engine is looking good – a couple of little problems solved themselves by taking bits off the spare engine, (the sump and cam shaft.)

A big and very pleasant surprise was to see a very old and close friend who dropped by for tea and dinner. I haveen’t seen Clive for some years yet it was as if 20 years hadn’t gone by.

Now, some photos:

:tappet holder

A piece of decking with holes drilled in makes a splendid tappet holder

The rear view mirror

I can see behind me…

sunroof box

Lining up the new sunnroof box

fuel line bracket

Fuelpipe bracket

sunroof drain

Sunroof drain pipe

London to Brighton

Our friends Carol and John from Hayling Island came to stay this weekend.

We all got up at obscenely early hour this morning to troll over to the A23 to watch the jalopies go past. Great fun – we saw them all from first to last – then came home for coffee and croisants.






Political balls

In the States, the elections for State Governors are called ‘gubernatorial elections’  from the Latin gubenare – to govern.

The small muscle that holds the testicle to the bottom of the scrotum is called the Gubernaculum.. Amazing what I can remember from first year anatomy!

In place of news

Yesterday the NUJ strike shut down the BBC radio 4 Today programme and I was forced to listen to a sports report about the benefits of an ice bath after rugger matches.

One of the debaters proudly claimed “It’s no different than in Turkey or Morocco, when you jump into a cold bath in the Hamas (sic)” Oh what would John Humphries have had to say!.

A touch of spice

My mother is still very ill following her collapse nearly a month ago, but is stable and now hooked up to a ventilator at home.

We were very hesitant about going off for the half term to Bali – but Mother and sisters insisted we should still go – and we’re glad we did.

When Stephanie first said she wanted to go to Bali I was horror struck. I had images of Club Med type resorts and hordes of tourists, but in fact there is a whole other side to the island.

We stayed a few days in a charming little hotel outside Ubud called the Alam Indah, and then a few days on the north coast at a little place called the Villa Agung.

The Alum Indah was really super – I long ago decided that I would avoid staying in big 5 star chain hotels. There are just so many small independent hotels which are comfortable, the service is excellent and they treat you as a person – I hate the obsequious service you get in the bigger hotels just because that’s what they’re paid for, And above all I would rather put my money into a local community than into the pockets of a global conglomerate.

Stephanie in paradise

The balcony of our room at the Alum Indah

You also tend to meet much more interesting people at the smaller more intimate hotels.

The Villa Agung is run by a retired American businessman and his wife – or rather it’s run by Sandy, while Gus ‘entertains’ the guests – tasks they both do admirably well! Both hotels we found through Trip advisor and would happily go back to them again.

At the Agung I met a fascinating fellow called Dick Tinsley – author of ‘Developing Smallholder Agriculture – A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.’ He had some really interesting ideas about global poverty and the economics of calories. His website makes interesting reading.


But of course you couldn’t keep me away from the local classic cars – I saw far more than i was able to photograph, but here are a few:

Balinese banger 1

Toyota Landcruiser


Austin - MG

Interestingly this MG had an Austin badge on the back.

Bali banger and J-tin


Bike with bling

Havana club cruiser

Cowboy electrics

The street lighting had interesting wiring!




Unlike our usual educational tours this trip was just for a bit of relaxation – so Stephanie did a Batik class and I did some wood carving. We did lots of walking and wildlife watching.


We went out early one morning in an out-rigged pirogue and saw masses of dolphins, and the following day I went for a couple of dives with a local shop called Spice dive – Very enjoyable reef dives, but on the second the weather blew up while we were down, which made boarding the dive boat rather interesting

Dive buddy Luxman

Rough weather

And on the last day a little pampering with a massage, manicure and pedicure…


The wrath of the Gods

Indonesia is predominantly Hindu – so there are temples and shrines everywhere, and every other day is a colourful festival to one of the many deities.

I’m not sure how the Gods felt about us though. While we were there Mt Merapi erupted on Java – killing scores of people, a tsunami hit Sumatra, a bolt of lightening hit our beach hotel on the day we arrived and two lorries and a car had accidents outside on three seperate occasions, the anchor rope on our dive boat snapped just as we were coming up underneath it, and we flew there and back on Qatar Airways via Doha – if the Gods had wanted to get us – they had plenty of chances…!