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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Paddle under the cloud

The sun sets early now. 
Taking a right
Looking towards the sun peeking through the clouds
 moody refelctions


Thursday, 5 November 2020

Cormorant caught

Finally managed to catch a photo of a cormorant at rest. Perhaps they are getting used to me. Usually they take off as soon as I get the camera out. 


Saturday, 31 October 2020

In the Waning light. MGB Bonnet repaired


Look how sleek the bonnet looks after being professionally straightened and painted. 
It's a big improvement, though they were only minor dents and mainly at the leading edge, the damage was annoying and it weakened the car's overall appearance by distracting the attention towards them.
The clouds reflect nicely in the repaired paintwork

Monday, 26 October 2020

Buckle up in the Austin pickup: fitting seatbelts

 The Pickup is back in the shed for a set of seatbelts. Though seat belts are not mandatory for such an old commercial vehicle, I still find it peculiar that no one ever fitted them to our car. I'm sure the prospect of hitting that steel dashboard at more than light braking has very little appeal to any passenger, so I ordered a set of static belts. 

One of the advantages of owning a very late version of an old model vehicle is that by 1969 the mountings for a set of three-point seatbelts were standard fitment to our Austin, so it was just a matter of removing a set of plastic bungs from the threaded mounting holes. With the floor and mountings accessible I sprayed the bare bits with some cavity wax too.      

The new belts came with all the required bolts and brackets. These are static belts, because there does  not seem to be enough space between the wide seats and the B-pillar for an inertia-reel system. 
Even though the instructions seemed clear enough, I found that when mounting the "A"bracket in the designated mounting hole "A" the whole assembly was upside down and adjustment impossible. After refitting the first set for the second time, ignoring the instruction leaflet, both sets of seatbelts were soon in place. Now I can use those new brakes with confidence!       

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Precipitation day

 Summer seems a long time ago already. Temperatures are lower, scudding clouds and intermittent rain don't seem to bother this gull. Good paddling weather actually.

Friday, 25 September 2020

Matching colours and blue box


I ordered a matched can of paint for the pickup and sprayed the sill and part of the rear sill under the box. 

 Though the colour was scanned with a special device, the colour is almost correct, but a little bit too blue, so I'll ask if another can can be made to match.

Meanwhile I used the remainder of the can to paint a steel box to use as covered storage. 

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Last day of summer


The last day of summer (officially) gave us it's best light into this covered cove. The river is low, so the cove is almost dry. 
Not a ripple. 
At this water level all sorts of artifacts come to light. Not sure what this anchor is anchoring, but you can see there is a rusty chain going up the bank, vanishing under the basalt boulders. 
This yacht could be as old as eighty years, but the fort on the other bank was built around 1870. 
Looking upriver towards the German border.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Paddle into town (Arnhem)

A fine day to paddle down river to Arnhem
The town looks tranquil from the river, but there is a buzzing town beyond the tower. 
One of the "new bridges"
After a rest we paddle back upriver.