It has been a while……

The last post was back in June, in some ways it does not seem that long ago, but in others it seems to have been ages.

I must admit I spent a lot of July worrying and mildly panicing about the up and coming first anniversary of Tony’s death. I thought I was unprepared for what I was going to feel and how I was going to react. It was a very strange time and essentially has made me realise how much I cannot remember from July and August last year.

Towards the last minute I made plans to try and be away from home as much as possible; away to the Cairngorms in a friends croft. I find the hills and open spaces far more relaxing that the city and my friend and his mum were very understanding (as they were last year). Then after that I was away for Spain and France to spend a week with Scott as he had finished work and was ‘holidaying’ for a month before coming home. That trip was truly relaxing, I hired a car and we drove around the north of Spain, through Andorra and into France. Stayed a monestry, climbed a peak in the Pyrennes and explored a castle in the dark. It was a such a difference from last year that I still have vivid memories of the holiday even now.

I have now also got Fes back :oD The work was pricey but he is a new car now and has returned my joy of driving around in a small odd wee car. It is not an understatement to say that the Mini thing and the trips and runs with the Mini Clan are reasonable part of my life. I have met some great friends through it and have been on some spectaular holidays and trips. At the end of August I was up in the Black Isle supporting Minis in Inverness’ charity run. Another really good weekend taking me to places in Scotland that I have never been to and I want to go back and explore more. Some more flickr photos.

Work has been good, in fact it has been damn good. I have a couple of really interesting items on my desk at the moment and I am really enjoying the challenge. It once again reminds me that I am very luck about working life, I enjoy (to a high degree) the work and I do and the place that I work. Granted there are always small things that I would change (and the odd big one as well), but I get the opportunity to say my bit and I know that, in some if not all, it is taken on board and valued as a contribution. There has been a bit of sadness as one of my good collegues and mates has left to go on to better things, but it has left me with the opportunity to get some staff now and learn what it is like to be a people manager as well a the manager of a subject. Time will tell how that will go, but I think it will go well. (Maybe you can tell I am in an optimistic mood about life at the moment!).

There are more detailed things some of which are mentioned above and some are not, but I am going to fill in more blanks over the coming nights.

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Fes Decommissioning – Evening 2

Well another sunny, if chilly, evening and therefore another evening stripping bits out of Fes.

Today it was the turn of the dash to get some treatment, and it went a bit slower than last night.

The Dash as it was

The dash as was and will never be again!

A slightly disassembled Mini dash

It was tougher…. the top dash is a complete bugger, moves but does not come out! The binnacle is gone (for good) and I think I have to release the cable for the heater in the engine to remove it??

Some reading of the Haynes Restoration Manual tonight I think…..
… and in case anyone is wondering why…… a small example of some of the Fes-issues that are requiring a re-shell.

 

Mini holes!

Thistle Run 2006

WOW!

What a great day! Looked as if it was going to be horrible, was (in the end) way to long (had to do everything in reverse in the end to take down all the signs) and cost an unknown thing (probably a pheasant) it’s life and Fes a wing mirror……. but over all the Mini Clan did another great Thistle Run!

I have put some pics up on my flickr

So glad to my Fes back!

Fes-issue… the latest: He is back

Well it took some time, some hard decisions and getting talked to like a 12 year old by my parents, but Fes’ steering wheel is back in my hands and he has passed the MOT with a ‘few’ hundred pounds worth of work.

In the end the patch up (take the bodyshell off, fix it up, shot blast it, paint it properly [expensive paint!!!!!] and then rust proof) was going to a minimum of 5.5k and I would be better going for a complete re-shell (circa 6k).

So Fes is back in Glasgow, just in time for the Thistle Run tomorrow, and has been fixed up (fes’d up) enough to pass his MOT: boot floor fixed, sill done, new Yokos on…..

So here is looking forward to TR 2006…. The first TR and that Fes and I will actually get to drive!