Surely not? I was certain I’d posted saying that I’d finally got the go-kart running, but maybe that was just a dream? Talking abour dreams … but perhaps not for public consumption, might frighten the horses!
Since then I’ve become a gand-daddy again, though to be truthful, I still feel only about eighteen or nineteen. Sad eh? Evie Grace was born in July and weighed in at about eight and a half pounds. Now she’s six and a half months old and has a wicked chuckle and a heart-stopping smile! So, let me check: That’s five grandchildren in this world (Luke, Liam, Tegan, Jack and Evie) d=ranging in age from 14 downwards. had Jacob still been with us he’d have been close to sixteen by now!
Speaking about comings and goings, I heard just a little while ago that one of my old work colleagues at the PCT, Berwyn Williams passed away over the Christmas period. He was such a lovely guy and no great age. He left a young wife and a teenage son on whom he doted. So very sad. It’s interesting, thinking about life and the obverse (death). The other day Evie’s other Gran was talking about how long-lived we were all likely to be becoming, and when we were discussing the likely life-span, she asked me how old my parents had lived – sort of getting a handle on how old we were likely to live. When I said that my mother lived to 87 and my father to only 50, she went rather quiet. I guess if I were to take their joint life-years and average them, I could expect another year and a half of life. Nah, ain’t going that quickly!
The go-kart is still sitting up on blocks until it’s warm enough to tempt me to get back out there and strip and clean out the carburretor. That’s one drawback with two-stroke engines when they’re left over-winter, the petrol dries out and the oil tends to coagulate and bung up the jets! Still, the temperature’s slowly rising and Easter will soon be here, which usually heralds better weather eh?
Damned desktop computer keeps on playing up. It’s close on 9 years old now, and though it was a good one with enhanced base memory and a few extra gizmos added, it’s also driving three extra hard drives totalling almost 3Tb, and among that lot there must be about 1Tb of photos and 0.5 Tb of music. The blinking thing keeps starting and then hanging between the initiation screen and the final desktop and won’t proceed unless/until I power down, go into Safe Mode and then do a full Windows restart. My darling daughter and son-in-law have given me their old (newer than my) desktop, but having run it, it’s slower than mine on a bad day. Still, I am slowly migrating all my essential stuff onto it so that when/if mine does fail (as it seems inevitably it will), then I have a backup plan! I’m currently scanning in all of our old 35mm and my more recent 6cm x 4.5cm slides and negatives … there are literally hundreds, if not thousands. I am amazed at how good many of them are, bearing in mind some of my early cameras with milk-bottle lenses. Today I was doing a batch and came across some I took of Christchurch on one of my early New Zealand speaking tours. In todays newsreel, the scenery looks very different. How sad I felt for the poor folk of that place. May god help them!
Oh, just in case any hardy soul is actually reading this junk, if you’ve got, or know where one is, I’m looking urgently for an old, displaced brake drum from a small commercial vehicle, or a large passenger vehicle. Something about 12″ – 14″ in diameter and anything from 4″ to 6″ deep would be absolutely great! Email me or call if yoiu can help? Cheers.
Had best sign off for now.
Oh, blast, almost forgot. If there are any Mulligans, Leathems or Joynts out there who have connections to Ireland (County Cavan; Ballyhaise Parish; Townland of Tonagh and Thomas Mulligan and Dorothy Leathem from around 1821 – 1825, please, please DO get in touch. Similarly, if there are any Rogers’ or Westons with connections to Whitstable, Tenterden, Bethersden, Chartham or Canterbury, likewise, call or email please!
Love youse all!