Six fifteen in the morning, the sun is out the solar panels already generating and the traps are empty I severely doubt we’ve removed all the local mink now but they certainly have not visited now for a couple of days.
Yesterday was not the sunny day promised by XC weather, in fact it was pretty typical for August in this part of the world, damp, calm, midge infested with the odd shower to boot. Sure enough, as is also quite typical, the evening was lovely, by the time 21:00 came around the sky was at last clear blue. By that time however it was time to head indoors for a couple of glasses of red wine.
First though, I had to re bait the traps and this time I added a little ‘Mink Gland’ round and about them for good measure. The ‘cage traps’ being set in ditches and covered with bracken and the ‘Fenn traps’ in either boxes like above or screwed to the floor of the now empty section of the hen house. We don’t want any stray cats or ‘wee dugs’ poking their noses in a Fenn trap.
I have to admit to a rather lacklustre start to the 1st of August, I’ve never been a fan of it. During my years in the motor trade it was always ‘mental’ as people obsessed with ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ or better still overtaking them bought their cars then. Never really understood it myself, the only people that ever seemed to notice the new suffix or prefix were children going on holiday as far as I could gather. Anyway, I once got married on that date in 1980 just so I wouldn’t forget my anniversary, not to mention ensuring I was away from work on the busiest day of the year. It was a W reg as I recall
So after doing the usual rounds in the mist and damp I figured it was time to spend some time on the new ‘love of my life’ B200 VHU, my 1984 Range Rover.
Nothing too serious, just removing the plastic sill trims and all the mud flap mounting hardware to start with.
Then cleaning and refurbishing some of the rubber window seals and door waist seals I’d collected off eBay over the past few months. Older Range Rover parts are becoming harder and harder to find as these vehicles rocket in value. The rear quarter window seals above now rare as ‘rocking horse pooh’ second hand and over £300 new!!! I got these good used ones for £88 including delivery so was well chuffed. A good clean with war soapy water then several coats of
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As the day improved my son and I went down to the beach at Scrapeadale to collect pebbles from the shore to place between the paving stones and house.
I figured it was about time he learned some ‘off road’ driving techniques now he has his provisional. What I had not realized is just how overgrown it has all gotten down there this last couple of years.
Indeed, at times we couldn’t actually see the track to the shore and had to get out on more than on occasion to find it.
That’s it really, it’s after 7:00am now and time to head off.