Monday, 25 February 2019

Worktime Wandering February 2019

Not had much time this year to do my little walk round the nature reserve near where I work, this is from February so I'm a bit late posting the stuff.

There's quite a bit of wildlife round here and considering it's right on the edge on an industrial area it's great to see how much nature has taken control of.

A Mallard on a bridge, his name was Arthur

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Blue Tit

The rest of the month I saw very little apart from dunnocks, robins, pigeons and butterflies started appearing more and more as well as bees, plenty to hear including nuthatches, tree creepers, long tailed tits and many more that I couldn't identify. Loads of colour from the plants that grow there in abundance, a great place to go to unwind, let's see what August brings.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The End Of The Chevy

Heading off for a nice relaxing week in Sidmouth in early February, I had to get some tyres to start with and then we loaded up and went on our way, that's when we noticed an "interesting" noise from the car. The noise went away when the clutch was depressed or the car was put into neutral which ruled out the tyres but started to quieten down a bit.

The journey down was pretty uneventful but joining the A roads after leaving the motorway made us realise that it had gotten worse.

A trip to a local trusted garage pointed the issue to be a bearing in the gearbox, there was a sharp intake of breath before the diagnosis was given. A second hand gearbox after a quick search came in at £360 and it seemed sensible to replace the clutch at the same time which looked around about £80, then there was trying to nurse the car home and labour charges and taking this into account we were looking at the best part of about £1,000 on a car that at best is worth about £600.

So we visited a local dealer down here that came highly recommended and did a bit of looking. The result was the purchase of a 64 plate Nissan Note which comes with all sorts of goodies including cruise control, time will tell how good it is.

Hopefully picking the car up in the next few days and importing it from Devon to South Wales

So the Chevy has finally gone to the levy as the gearbox was dry.