Monday, 10 September 2018

Minor Sunday drive

The AMRWR late summer run.  Even Emelia the Wolseley Ten came to meet our Minor. 
 Riley Drophead parked at a discreet distance from the other cars.
 When did we last see such an Blaze Orange Allegro. This one was spotless
 Emilia was having fun taking her new owners for a Sunday drive
 Immaculate Mini and big Wolseley
 Always nice: a white roof on a Maxi
 Late car follows the oldest car on this run
 Everybody parked up for Lunch
 Pekkish, so the plates were polished clean.
There is an R in this Reliant

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Slow Paddle day






This is not a Chevy on the levee, but the levee is still very dry. Of course we don't drive the Jeep on the beach, though someone did.

There is not much current in the river now, so it is almost as easy to go upstream as down. Here's Boelevaer III chugging upstream.
This ferry ramp is almost too high.
No traffic jam on the Bridge today
More interesting scrap. I thing these ramps were dropped from a barge when they were building the bridge.
Very heavy planking too.
Another dry creek

Shall we go left or right?
We went left towards Arnhem.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Tricky Traveller Morris

 This poor Morris Minor Traveller was not running well. It was not running at all.
Investigations to find out why the engine wouldn't start revealed a broken head gasket between cylinders numbers one and two.
 So, as the queen said:"Off with his head!".  What we found was this classic failure of the gasket.

As the Morris Minor is a very simple car it doesn't take long to lop off his head.
It's a good thing I brought my "extended portable toolbox" and a set of spares. Including a head gasket. Examining the old gasket and head didn't show any other faults on head or block, so it seemed we were lucky and we decided to clean up the block and head and replace the gasket.
 A very nice and classic copper gasket too.
With the shiny new gasket on and the head with all fittings back in place the engine started without any issue. After a test run we decided all was well now, so this Minor is back in business. 

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Low waters river walk

The river is still at record low. It has been for a while, so there is a lot to see that is usually under the water and plants have grown in the dry creeks. There is only water the main river bed. 









Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Record low river paddle

 You can see the river is at a record low now.
 Someone left his goose out to dry
 Quite a bit of scrap iron everywhere.
 This old bollard is high and dry.
 There is still enough water to keep ships afloat, though they only load about half the usual cargo now.
 This one has been under water for a while. I wonder if the whole barge is under the sand or just half?
Ooh, Japanese knotweed...
 I have positioned the kajak at the usual summer water level.
 What creature is this? I think it is a Chinese cabbage: Bok Choi.
 These clay deposits are usually under water too. This is what all the old bricks were made from.
Though it looks pretty, the water is a bit smelly.
 Someone forgot his moped.
 More scrap metal: a washing machine.
 An old army truck wheel
 I wonder if someone lost his boattrailer while lanching his boat. 
 Some old docks.
Finally a little breeze.
The cows do their best add to the the water level.
This is how you can live on a boat when you're prone to seasickness.