Easter Day (2011)

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After dropping into Central Garage to have the locking wheel nuts changed on Ann’s Fiesta, we headed up to Denis’ for lunch. It was another fine day here and even hotter there – 27 degrees – another scorcher!

After a full-scale roast chicken lunch followed by Ann’s ‘plums cooked in red wine and served with a creamy ricotta cheese mousse’ (phew!), we were all stuffed, so we did a bit of lizarding in the back-garden, and caught up with the papers. It actually got too hot for me, so I retreated indoors.

We left around ten past four as we arrived home just before five-thirty – a good journey back and if gave me an opportunity to see how the car performed with a boot half-full and three adults inside. Not bad!, it’s certainly comfortable, and there’s plenty of oomph under the hood. Better still, the return journey gave 38.4mpg.

Once home, there was just time to de-bug the windscreen and front bumper – the car seemed to have attracted all manner of livestock – it was covered! before settling down to watch the new series of Doctor Who.


Doctor Who – Episode 1: The Impossible Astronaut


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I wasn’t sure what to expect with the opening episode. The hype surrounding Doctor Who can sometimes do it an dis-service, where the episodes (for me) then fall below expectation.

Well, I needn’t have worried, as lead writer, Steven Moffat had once again penned a masterpiece! (right up there with Blink! his first) Whether you are a Who-addict, an occasional watcher, or were just tuning in for the first time to see what all the fuss was about – you wouldn’t have been disappointed. The acting was a good as ever, and Matt Smith seemed to have settled into the role. and made it his own – as I’ve blogged before, he’s got a touch of the Patrick Troughton’s about his character – mysterious and a bit manic. A nice touch also, right at the start where there was a short tribute to Elisabeth Sladen, (who played Sarah Jane Smith) who died earlier this week.

I liked the tone of the whole thing and the storyline had plenty to get you thinking – astronauts, the death of a key character, and a pregnancy – not bad for a 45 minute episode.  The newest Who monster delivered the goods and was scary, creepy and haunting in equal measure – a few nightmares for some kids tonight, I think! Well done BBC – this is what we pay the Licence fee for!!

Part 2 next Saturday!

..and so, ‘Bye-Bye Mr Mondeo’

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And so, with just a few days until its three-year anniversary, my trusty Mondeo is leaving today for a new home. I’ve always had a close relationship with my cars – maybe it’s a bloke thing or maybe it’s just me but and I WILL be sorry to see it go. It has to be up there in my list of ‘most enjoyable motors’, not based on any ONE feature, just the whole ownership experience. 10.24am – the man from the lease company arrived today, to no doubt drop it into an anonymous car-compound somewhere in the UK whilst it awaits its fate new owner!

It’s been 100% reliable during its time here, apart from a minor glitch with an dashboard error message when I first owned it – so just perfect then!! 

But, as they say, ‘onwards and upwards’ and my new Vauxhall  Insignia, will, for the next three years, be taking pride of place on the drive (but mostly tucked away in the garage) as our main transport. Thank-you Mr Ford and thanks to Paul, neighbour and friend from Central Garage, who sold it to me back in 2008. They’re nice people there!

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Biscuit and Bon Bon - November 2007

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What a glorious day! it has to be the warmest day of the year so far – 23/24 degrees C!

So, after Ann and Lee dropped off the Biscuit and Bon-Bon for their six-weekly spit-and-polish with Patsy, it was time to use this fine weather to give both cars a real good clean. I picked the cats up and then it was all (my) hands to the wash bucket. Actually, I don’t think mine really needed it – but hey, it’s a new toy! I think it’s actually another half inch wider and taller because of all the wax I’ve put on it in last few days!!!

Whilst I was spitting and polishing the cars, Ann and Lee battled with the back garden – I think I chose the more enjoyable option!

You've got be bonkers to polish your tyres - yes, that's me! 




   Sunglasses at the ready!





Boys and their Toys!





Ann's Fiesta - nice!




 Ann's Fiesta - still nice!