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Thursday, 25 September 2008

Fun and games at the mad hoose.




Right, where were we? Ah yes....the incident of the sheep with blood all over her face was followed by the diagnosis that Gollum appears to be blind. She's another one of our tame old sheep, must be about 110 years old by now, and has always been a bit nutty, so when she didn't do anything nutty, we knew there must be summat up. Took her indoors to assess the situation, got some medicine from the vet, as sometimes sight loss can be caused by a mineral or vitamin deficiency. Gave her that, two days running, but no obvious improvement. She only eats freshly picked grass and greens. Seems to be quite frisky this morning so will put her out in a small paddock and see how she goes. Just done that and she bumped into the fence. Oh. Doesn't look good, no pun intended. :-(

Next saga. Yesterday, Weds, the day of our James Hewing talk. He's the head honcho of the Vintage Motorcycle club ya know, and he came all the way from Englandshire to Aberdeen to give our section a talk. But Weds morning and the car wouldn't start. Super. How was I supposed to go to work? Walk I guess. Tried a few things (from my limited car knowledge banks) but couldn't even see a starter motor to hit. Remembered I've got RAC cover so called 'em out. Very nice man arrived, didn't get lost, didn't complain about the narrow lane (like the delivery driver the other day who had to drop the parcel off down the road as he was frightened of the 'Christmas trees' growing at the side of the lane). Anyway, this RAC chap had soon pinpointed the problem as the main connection on the starter motor, which had been wobbling about for the 18months I've had the car....and had now sort of burnt through. So he got it started and I took my nice, lovely car to the garage where it will sit until they're not so busy. Could be weeks. Could be months. They need a multi story down there. Can't believe the RAC man gave me a lift home though. Very decent of him.

So we went to the meeting in the van. We were early. Shock, horror. It had gone 7pm and only one other chap had arrived. But then they started to pour in. Had about 16 in all by the end and James gave us a pretty good talk. Despite fears that it would be a dull and boring affair (not my fears, other peoples, you understand) he actually gives a very entertaining talk. Took questions at the end, answered most of them satisfactorily, but did forget he was in Scotland once or twice! We'll have to get him back up here next year I think, so he gets used to the locals and the lingo. Thanks for popping in Mr H.

Right...Haggis stuff....if you haven't entered yet, why not? Closing date is FRIDAY 26th. Chop chop. All the trophies are sorted...the route sheet is in production (actually, its on my desk here so anything could happen to it between now and the 5th)...venues are all confirmed....sunshine is booked....what else is there to do? Someone let me know please as I'm not sure. Actually, not sure I want to know, got enough to think about as it is!

8 comments:

Darrell said...

So that's what a traumatically dehorned sheep looks like, huh? Kinda...nasty.
And forgive a bit of American ignorance but,..."Englandshire?" I suppose that's a reference to the country to the south.
Wish I could sign up for the trip, but seems a tad ambitious for me to expect to get there in time.

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Englandshire...lol...the term I use to refer to the little patch of land just to the south of the great country of Scotland.

Set off now...you might make it in time....

And BigBob....I've tried to add things to that banner but it only seems to take text.

Anonymous said...

Silly question...why don't you take the scorpion to work when the car won't start?

BigBobW

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Yeah Bob, that IS silly! First reason is cos I have to carry a load of stupid stuff with me (laptop, half a rain forest of paper work etc), and second reason is cos its now off the road too - MoT and tax have run oot and I just haven't had time to organise anything for it....oh excuses...but hey I got a day off work hehehe...

Lindsay said...

So what is next? BC, you going to slow it down for the winter or keep it running to the max.

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Sorry Linds, no haggis to eat! Steak pie instead, thats sort of close enough lol. I'm gonna finish the counties before the end of the year...oh yes I am...even if it means camping in snow....

Lindsay said...

Well I happen to have a snow tent and as you're an experienced tent erector I'd trust you with it, might even let you have my reindeer skins to go with it if it gets that cold.

BTW did you ever get the roof ladder you were looking for, I did PM you to ask if you had a roof rack.

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Hopefully it won't come to having to use a snow tent and reindeer skins, but if it does, I'll give you a shout. Ah yeah, did have a roof rack but its in the garage waiting for a new starter motor...might give you a shout about the ladder when I get it back...if I ever get around to working on the steading....thanks...

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