Sunday, July 09, 2006

Smoke gets in your eyes


Smoke gets in your eyes
Originally uploaded by wastedpapiers.
Went to the Cheshire Steam Rally yesterday which is always a treat. Shame Esther and kids couldnt stay long enough to see this. They are back in Norway now. The weather was a bit overcaste and breezy but ideal for this event which is out in the open with little shade. Lots to see including all the traction engines ( more photos at Flickr) the stationary engines that did things like pump water, power lights , sheep shearing equipment and chicken pluckers etc. The fair with traditional dodgems,big wheel and roundabouts including a wonderful "galloper" with steam organ in the centre. Also loads of stalls selling junk, engine parts, tools, crockery, food etc. A display of old cars and motorcyles, bouncy castles, punch and judy, dancing girls, vintage transport etc. Sadly the "Wall of Death" wasn't here this year. Something for everyone in fact. Archie even found a pile of old Beano's for 25p each. Hazel bought some bits of brass and a voltmeter for her growing collection. I expect it will find its way onto her blog soon.
Afterwards we went to Hazel's Mom's to help put some curatins up and bring back some furniture into their recently decorated living room. I nodded off and Hazel video'd me with my mouth open and looking like I was trying to catch flies.
Our other big news is that Hazel bought a new car ( well new to us) the other day which was very exciting and nerve racking for her - spending all that money. She's collecting it next week. Sorting out the tax and insurrance etc. This is Hazel's very first car despite driving since she was 18. Starting out on the bottom rung of the insurrance ladder which is a bit annoying after all these years of trouble free motoring!

10 comments:

Jonathan said...

Trouble free motoring, with Sylvia sitting on the wrong side and trying to stomp the brakes. Congrats on the car... Me, I want to win the lotto so that I can ride a bicycle...

Syl said...

Just the occasional "flail" Sweetie, to see if you are awake. ;-)
Terrific that Hazel took the plunge...you guys will enjoy. Will she be driving it to work instead of the train then?
Michael...just occurred...have you never driven? I was chomping at the bit time I was 15 for a car...My Da taught me to drive...Mum was no brave enough!

michael said...

Hazel is still worried about buying the car and if it was the right thing to do, but she deserves her very own car after all these years of driving other peoples. I have never had the slightest inclination to drive. I'm hopeless at even riding a bike. I rode a moped around in France for a while and nearly came a cropper several times!
Hazel learned to drive when she was 16- probably the best time.

Roger Stevens said...

It's possibly a boy thing. My son doesn't drive. Neither does my stepson.

But my daughter does.

Good luck Haze! And well done. Here's to many more years of trouble free motoring and effortless reversing.

michael said...

I think they may be the exception rather than the rule Roger. Archie can't wait to get a car. My brother is the only one in our family who drives.

Roger Stevens said...

Sad news today.

The passing of Syd.

The first Pink Floyd album is still my favourite.

Sad sad sad...

michael said...

Sad indeed. I was hoping to put a couple of tracks onto Boot Sale but haven't got round to it yet. It's my favourite PF Lp too. Scarecrow, Bike, etc. great waves of nostalgia wash over me when I listen to them now.

Syl said...

Let us know when you do put them on, please...will be sure to d/l!

michael said...

They are there now Syl.

Syl said...

Thanks, Michael...headin over!