ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

THREE WHEELS ON MY WAGON. (12/02/13)

I only have two wheels on my wagon and unlike the Bert Bacharach song I’m not rolling along. I just count my blessings that there are no Cherokees and flaming spears around my ears in Ravenglass. I’d be terrified. Doubly so, if they came mounted on painted ponies.

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IMG_0003-1_edited-1  In under a week I have both axles out and ready for shipment tomorrow. I may be too old to do the work now but I can remember how to make coffee for those that can. Light fags for them when their little pinkies are too cold to fire a lighter. Half my working life, on recollection, seems to have been spent wet, very wet, cold or very cold. The other half I was too hot. This job is ahead of schedule. The axles will be collected at eight in the morning. Brilliant service from folk I had never heard of till five days ago. I is a manager.

The weather here has been grim. Really vile and cold. Not chilly and dull in an exciting way just average unpleasant boring weather.

IMG_0009_edited-1  Like this

IMG_0007_edited-1  And this.

IMG_0008_edited-1And this…

I purchased a new pair of wellies a month ago…..I am living in them……I also venture out clothed in pants and trousers. Shirt and jacket. I am not mad. I have no wish to emulate the Naked Rambler.

The wellies are not wearing well. The soles have a tread a tractor would be proud of but they are skiddy on slippery stones. I used to get Wellington Boots for twenty pounds. Hogg were the best for mucking out livestock but were no good for riding in. Hunters would fit in stirrups but caused corns and callouses. I purchased MUCK boots this time…..Posh?…..They is so smart I can wear them out to dinner. They are cheapish at seventy pounds. If anyone is interested I’ll take a snap of them.

I have interrupted, my creative prose and annoyed my muse.

IMG_0002-2_edited-1      Here is the welly…..Smart! Nearly as smart as the Levi 501 jeans.

Levis cost as much as a Saville Row suit but last for ever. Levi Strauss have gone back to button flies. I can't for the life of me work them after a pint or two…..Nor can American men they circumcise them to save them getting tangled in jeans zips. I prefer a zip.These jeans are not the elasticated denim that posh totty and other totty that should know better wear. …….I’m thinking I could be a style icon. A bit like Victoria Beckham or Pippa Middleton….What do you think? I wear a pure wool Guernsey jumper on my top half….I’ll practise twirling for the catwalk…I’ll practise doing up buttons…Could have a whole new career in front of me.

Have fun.

25 comments:

  1. Oh oh, that poor old house on wheels, it has lost 1 of them, oh. The price of wellies, I bought a pair, that cost a lot, um £8, everytime I put them on, my tootsies were freezing, I suppose that's happened to like me, and with what amount I paid.

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    1. Bob that's the trouble with cheap wellies.

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  2. Not the weather for indulging in outdoor mechanics (or photography) Adrian?
    I take it the axles are going to be completely refurbed? (I didn't realise the van was FWD!)

    I'm sure your twirling would be a lot more convincing if you gave those wellies a bit of polish! and just make sure those buttons are well secured in this cold weather...we don't want you getting frostbite!!!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, The weather is pretty grim. Yeas they are going for a full rebuild.
      I can't remember when i last went out with boots or trainers on.

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  3. Best speed with your repair, that last but one photo.........is it a very poor road or a contender for the u.k. worst pothole?



    peter

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    1. It's only a track Peter. It gets worse it fords the estuary.

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  4. I HATE BUTTON ZIPS, really annoying and fiddly, why the drastic removal of axles Adrian?

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    1. Peter, a torsion bar broke. They should be greased twice a year. I wish i'd known that a year ago.

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  5. I agree nice jeans Adrian!
    I can see that the weather is not any better where you are...rather wet!!!
    I am not very good with mechanics but can see that there a tiny wee problem with your van...good luck!
    Thanks for your comment on my post.
    I am intending to get back into Blogger.
    I am not forgetting blogger friends, it has just been a very hectic few months!
    Believe or not i've got another post ready for publishing! ;-))
    Keep well. Dee

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    1. Dee, 501 jeans last for years.
      The van will get repaired..

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  6. Nice images given the bad weather. Hope you get your van sorted.

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    1. Jeremy, The light can be wonderful here. When it gets light.

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  7. I love your wellies ... used to live in them for months during calving season ... oh, and is this one of your doggies in the last pic? kisses ... from this cat.

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    1. Cat, there are bits of both dogs in the picture. Molls head and Alfs foot.

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  8. I'll stay away from commenting on your styles a I think I know when I'm out of my depth. Here we call wellies rubber boots. I think Wellies sounds better.

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    1. Red Wellies is slang. Wellington Boots are what they are.

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  9. Very stylish Adrian. Levi 501's eh? A man of taste. Button flies are so annoying, especially when my hands have been sore and cut sometimes after working, and I prefer the zip, although, painful as catching your foreskin can be, I think the circumsized pain option could be cringeworthy. That was bloomin' fast with the axles!

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    1. Gary i can't find proper denim jeans with a zip.
      The axles are yet to be rebuilt but things seem to be heading in the right direction.

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  10. nou dat is nog een hele klus twee assen verwisselen en daar heb je zeker goede kleding nodig in z,on seizoen.

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    1. Andrew.....not the adjective that sprang to my lips but it could be worse.

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  12. You are obviously in the middle of major repairs, I hope all goes well. I got waterproof boots last fall and they have been tested this winter.

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    1. Gillian, it is rare that I wear anything else for six months of the year.

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  13. Button flies are not only difficult with frozen fingers or fuddled brain but on cold windy days they noticeably let the draught in.

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