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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Sunday, 25 May 2014

New home, new car.. new new new

Time to get back to regular updates! And that goes for everyone. ;-)

Can you believe we've been back for three weeks? I can't! We (I) still haven't finished unpacking boxes yet.. but I've had a meeting in London, been to a conference (& dinner), run experiments in Swansea, attended a chemistry festival in Cardiff, and spent a day talking about Spectroscopy in a Suitcase. And that's just work!

Our big news is that we've bought a new car! I can't remember if we told you - B's car was playing up before we came home and it was going to cost a lot of money to fix it. We ended up deciding to replace it instead and last week we went and looked at a possibility or two. We ended up deciding on this one - a little blue Corsa. I haven't driven it yet so I'll let Bruce comment on it. ;-)

Next week is the Urdd Eisteddfod - a Welsh festival for young people. I'll be spending most of the week in North Wales running chemistry experiments (with a day midweek for exams back in Cardiff - I'm one of the examiners! I'll update next week!). Unfortunately I lose this weekend (which is a long weekend!) but it should be fun (and I'll take the time back some time...).

What has everyone else been up to?

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Cars and cars

I had a phone call yesterday from the man interested in the Buick. He brought his wife to see it. Lisa was here so could tell him Les was trying to sort out timing and that's why it's got pieces off it. (Makes it much more difficult to sell I'm afraid-my view not their's)
They want to know what I want for it. Geoff finally agreed he may ring in a couple of weeks with an offer. . I had told him Les spent $10000 on it. I'd be happy to get that since the buyer does need to do work to put it back together and I can only hope to find pieces that should be there somewhere.

That's my idea. What do you all think?

The Torana costs about $1000 a year to keep with rego and insurance. Insured value is $6000 but again, if I got $5000, I'd be happy. I'd probably have to get a roadworthy and I have no idea what that could cost. At least Clive can drive it and he'll try spraying air to clean the radiator once he repairs the air compressor. And he claims not to be a handy man.

I'll try ringing Eddie Ford to see if he is available to check it out and is able to give me an idea of value.

Maybe selling the cars would help me focus on cleaning out the garage and save you all a big job when I die.

Saturday, 3 May 2014


Made it to China. No Wi-Fi in the hotel tho.. O well. At least we get to sleep in a real bed!

Neither of us felt like dinner by the time we got to the hotel - local time 8.45pm, body thought it was 10.45pm! So we spent our Chinese currency on a can of coke and cucumber flavoured crisps. Yes, cucumber! I think these are the oddest flavour crisps I've ever had!

Anyway, we get breakfast as part of the stop-over.. I'm looking forward to finding out what kinds of foods the Chinese eat first thing in the morning. :-)