Saturday, 24 May 2008

all quiet now the interviews and the reading are out of the way and it's time to get on with the everyday stuff. It was nice to be able to overhaul the brakes on the car at last, in time for the half term hols which mean that Katie and I shall be adventuring again. It's nice to travel, but it's nice to be able to stop when you want to.

And I cleaned out the fridge. There were places at the back which had gone feral since the last time I ventured in there.

...and made some bread and some chicken and chickpea stew, which was definitely chicken and chickpea stew for the soul.



  1. I can't remember the name of the make of your car. I can just see the wooden bits, do they still make them?

    Enjoy your well deserved pause.

  2. Gazes open mouthed in awe at someone overhauling brakes on their own car...

    Do such things need doing?

    If I attempted it it would be ME that would need overhauling about 5 minutes into the process. Actually that's a silly thing to write - I'm about as likely to try something like this as I am secure the Democratic nomination for the Presidency ;-) (Hey wait...there's still time!)

    Stew sounds good :-)

  3. I think i can remember the days of doing brakes... just about

  4. It's a Morris Traveller, Anji. They stopped making them in Britain in the early 1970s, but they still make parts for them in Sri Lanka.

    I wanted a car like this so that I could do the maintenance myself, Jo. Everything is very simple. I don't like the sort of modern car where you need to plug in a computer so that it can tell you what needs fixing.

    Yesterday's technology today, Denise :-)

  5. All sounds very theraputic.

  6. I think the front brake drum on my old Triumph Trophy motorcycle was larger than the one in your hand...

    Not that the one on the back of Dottie's Malibu is any larger!

    One of the few things left I can do on the newer ones...


  7. I'm sure you're right, Alan; come to think of it, the brake I had on my old MZ was bigger, and had twin leading shoes...