Life at the end of the road

August 26, 2020

Broxden (where it all started)

Filed under: daily doings, Discovery, Land Rover — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:02 pm

Like a fish out of water me, I feel like a boodly alien down here, everywhere but the hotel room and Lidl is strange to me. The bedroom in the Travelodge is like every hotel room I’ve ever stopped in and Lidl well that’s just like every other one I’ve ever visited only I walked a mile or so to it from the Broxden services near Perth. Well at least I never had the usual shopping trolley dilemma I encounter on arriving at a Lidl or Aldi, you know the one, do I get a big trolley or little one? get the American sized one and I’m tempted to fill it, get the mini one and I do fill it, to the brim and over Sad smile Well cos I was walking there and it was all uphill on the way back to the hotel it was just dried fruits, nuts and black olives I came away with rather than several trays of tinned tomatoes and boxes of muesli.

It’s not even 200miles from Arnish to Perth and I guess I’d have done the return journey in the day not so many years ago but nowadays I gotta psyche myself to drive to Portree or Inverness in the same day, let alone Perth. Well, I made it with that whopping great ‘tiltbed’ trailer and without incident, barely wincing when I passed the new section of crash barrier on the A9 at Pitlochry. That’ll be the crash barrier I sat the last Disco on several moths ago, the last time I came down here Sad smile

Disco 2

I was heading south to see my son in Edinburgh but was also hoping to call and see my Land Rover on the way. That all when ‘tits up’ when I wrote my first Disco off Sad smile Still, it all worked out fine and no one got hurt.

That’s it, I found my way down here without the ‘prat nav’, my hardest task being finding a boodly parking space for my stead and it’s trailer.

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That needed about as much room as a small articulated truck. Luckily, there was such a spot near to the Travelodge I’d booked into and my outfit was soon camouflaged with McDonald’s detritus from the ‘Golden Arches’ next door.

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The last time I was in this very spot was in March 2018 after dropping off my trusty old Land Rover for it’s ‘six week’ job at Tayside Land Rover two and a half years ago!

Well, having just received an email from Matthew Webster of Tayside telling me it’s ready or at least it will be by 9:30 in the morning Smile Smile Smile I’d better get some sleep, I can’t wait.

Off to Tayside :-)

Filed under: Land Rover — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:19 am

That’ll be the pips on the BBC World service telling me it’s 5:00am and Melania Trump telling me how marvellous Donald is. Even for a hermit like me it’s hard to avoid the media’s latest obsession with the US general election now nudging COVID off top spot. Me, I just wish they’d all ‘go away’, bit like Donald telling us COVID would just ‘go away’ really, ‘spose we’re not so different really Smile Well that’s a rather ‘self cantered’ start to the day hey Smile Probably cos I’ve been awake since 3:30, tossing and turning for a good hour in fear of coughing or sneezing, prior to getting up at 4:30. For today is ‘Land Rover’ day, or at least setting off to collect it from Matthew Webster of Tayside Land Rover who has had C530 VSX since March 2018 a mere two and a half years to do what is essentially a month’s work. That is 10% of the 20 years that I have owned her!!!! fer fecks sake it’s no wonder I couldn’t sleep hey, it’ll be like reuniting with a family member who’s been held hostage by terrorists for years, shades of Terry Who knows what kind of condition she’ll be in. The regular updates and progress promised me over two years ago never arrived and I have to drag images kicking and screaming from Tayside Land Rover who long since stopped answering my phone calls and only very sporadically answer emails.

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The last ones being these 10 days ago. Sure, it was a big job, sure, my almost two decades of ownership had seen the addition of miles of extra wiring, quite often the same colour Sad smile and yes the bulkhead was held together with Screwfix expanding foam Sad smile However, over a year ago I said “I just want it back, forget the accessories and additional wiring”. This vehicle was my ‘daily driver’ and I needed it back for the winter, well two winters on that never happened hey. Still, as Donald says ‘it is what it is’ and as Matthew said on 6th August “It will be finished ! ! !”, very definite that hey Smile but as as I’ve said on numerous occasions, I’m not caring, I just want it back. I bought this Land Rover when my son was still at his mother’s breast, he’s twenty boodly one now, it’s like a family member!

Ready for the off


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So that’s it, I’ve a hotel booked for tonight, the Disco and trailer are all ready to go and it’s almost 6:00am, time to finish the pot of coffee, get showered and set off I guess. Young Camilli is now in charge of pigs, hens and wee dug


who definitely knows something is going on Smile

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