Saturday, 28 March 2015

VX52 goes north

After 90,000 largely happy and memorable miles across England, Wales, Scotland and much of Ireland, VX52 has left BS5 for pastures new.

I bought him 6 years and 4 jobs ago. He had 34,000 miles on the clock back then and this morning when he left, it was around 124,000. I kept him on for a few months whilst having a new company car, but with the tax and insurance due this month, it was time to part company. I was much more sad than I ought to have been for a machine, but he served me well and with many a memory of love, larks and happy holiday journeys!

I had been reluctant to get into gumtree and trade it and other such sites to shift VX52 but a pal urged me on and placed ads for me - the phone rang off the hook with about 18 offers in the first day alone, half of them for the asking price. In the end it was the ubiquity of Facebook that found VX52 a new home, and then from an ex BSFiver, my very good pal Walshy. I gave him mates' rates, a touch below asking price and it was a pleasure to sell that way, with a continued acquaintance, which is pleasing. Walshy came down last night from Manchester, we got the battery going this morning (it had drained charge these last weeks and the RAC helped out), and off he went today. Insurance cancelled, new Merc' behind VX52 in this first shot, and a pint raised his way later. The new one has a very big act to follow to give rise to such affection.

Farewell VX52 but not, I hope goodbye.

Monday, 16 March 2015

A week off

I am at home today having enjoyed a Monday week off. It's back to work tomorrow after my first days off in five months' duration at my new job.

Enjoying my house was a large and welcome part of the week, and not driving 600 miles in the week, but here's some other highlights too.

The week ahead had two training days, depositing current car and collecting new one, and of course a Solar Eclipse; rich pickings for blogging as March moves on.

Post politics pint

 Super omelette
 If the numbers come up
 Afternoon pint
 Another afternoon pint, with Judge Dredd
 Hound larks

 Geek purchase

 Tea in bed
 The business editor of the BBC and various political sketch writers

Sunday, 15 March 2015

2tb drive.

I'm more excited than is reasonably reasonable about this slim bit of geekery. As my Apple Mac approached its 1tb capacity, I explored storage solutions in order to thin things out a little.

With a healthy saving of 44% I purchased this on Amazon and I am having a bit of a spod about with it today. It has a 2tb capacity, so bring on the spaceships! 

Tb is not a reference to tablespoons (dad). 

It is also Mothering Sunday as I write and I made dinner for my mother (and Pa) last night and shared flowers today :-) x

Sunday, 8 March 2015


It was a mixed weekend a year ago but there was a good deal of happiness in it too.  I attended the wedding of good pals - Wide and I went to University together and I met his wife that day but had chatted and corresponded with her a good bit prior to that.

The Mac Pack were along too and we had a tremendous time introducing Cass and Mikey to drinking games (with junior beer on their part).

It is also a year on from flight MH170, and the frightening, unfolding story of that incident was a backdrop to that happy day in Fowey.

The sun shone, I was sufficient in my own company, and I danced.

Happy weekend.