Newport for bridges and exhaust!

Took a trip to South Wales over the weekend to pick up an exhaust for Petra and managed to take in a few sights along the way. We stopped in Newport and we took a quick look at the Transporter Bridge whilst we were there.

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Transporter Bridge

We met up with some of Sian’s family for a quick coffee and catch up at Castell Coch and had a nice drink and then set off home!

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Castell Coch

On the way back we took the very scenic route via Rhayader, The Elan Valley, Devils Bridge and Aberystwith.

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Claerwan Dam

Dropped Sian of at home and had a great weekend, lovely to meet some of her relatives too

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Petra is cool again!

Finally sorted out the heater issues that have plagued me from the start of owning Petra. Snagged myself a later model heater panel for the dashboard to see if that would finally fix it.

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Dash Panel

I then proceeded to remove the stereo and the existing panel which was pretty easy, disconnect the panel and then fit the new one…

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Old Dash panel

Once all sorted out we went for a test drive..and voila! Cool air and the aircon works!!! Very pleased….

Structures of Paradise

I’ve been lucky enough to see a few decent gigs in my time, but one that I enjoyed greatly was the Awakenings gig last year in Burton.
I managed to watch Neil Fellowes and his son Callum perform and on the 1st anniversary of the gig they released the studio recording incorporating some of the live set!

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Structures of Paradise

I’ve just listened to the finished product and I’m very impressed. Please check out their website and if you like what you hear then it’s available to purchase for a small sum of £7

I even get a small credit on the album icon wink Structures of Paradise

Matlock Bath and The Cat and Fiddle

Saturday we went for a nice visit to Matlock Bath and managed a trip up to The Heights Of Abraham on the cable car!

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Matlock Bath

The cable car has always interested me, and actually managed a trip – though £14 each is pretty steep! (like the cable car…)
Once at the top the views were amazing, and we loved the gems and fossils in the shops. It was a roasting day and it was actually cooler up top!

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Prospect Tower

A quick walk up the 54 steps of the prospect tower also brought me some great views. It’s difficult to show you how steep the cable car is
but it’s very steep!

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Cable Cars

Afterwards I entrusted Sian to drive the Cat and Fiddle road in her Taz – pity they have neutered it with a 50mph average speed limit now, but she enjoyed it. The treat was a Maccy’s in Macc! and then back along the Cat and Fiddle to out overnight stop in Trowell.

Once Petra is sorted it will be my turn!!!

Modulus 002

I have been very lucky to meet and listen to Paul Maddox talk about his home grown synths, and it is with great pleasure that I can show you a video of his latest creation the Modulus 002

This instrument is a very high quality 12-voice polysynth and deserves to be very successful! I wish Modulus all the best for the future and I’ll be seeing if I can check one out for myself at some stage!

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Curborough Sprint Course and the cars in the park

Popped along to Beacon Park on Sunday to see some cars and then along to Curborough Sprint Course. Decent enough weather although the heavens opened at one point!

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Saw a few really nice items, including a great VW thingy! See the pic below…

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Then it was off to Curborough – quick watch of some rapid TR’s and TVR’s and then watched a Mini lunch itself…

All in all a good day!


Petra the diva!

Over the weekend I’ve changed the thermostat and the heater resistor pack on Petra and she still has a heater that is stuck on full. I’ve only really got the heater control panel in the dash left to change….starting to get a bit fed up now icon sad Petra the diva!

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I SHALL get to the bottom of this though, as not much left I can do!!!

Once this is sorted I can get down to making her look like new again!

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Petra Puma playing up…

So on the way back from Warwick last night I got a lovely smell of burning followed by smoke and the heater fan turning on to full! Pulled over and stopped sharpish just to make sure and it dispersed rapidly – so I waited a couple of mins and started her up again to be greeted by heater fan on full and the aircon on (which had packed up a few weeks before..). So today I’ve removed the offending heater pack and ordered a new one from fleabay…
However after replacing the HCV and generally messing about, and getting myself a thermostat, it appears that this latest problem has fixed the thermostat problem but not the heat on full problem… Petra is p***ing me off now! Next up is a check to make sure that the HCV is receiving voltage changes and I’ll go from there..

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Project Puma

.I also spent an hour cleaning out the MAF and the ICVS to try and cure the occasional stall issue I’ve been experiencing…seems worse so far let alone better – but I’m hopeful after a few miles it will be sorted!


Sian’s Birthday Weekend…

As Sian’s birthday was Friday we decided on a weekend away! We chose the Springfield Hotel in Holywell to stay and came away very impressed!

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Springfield Hotel

The Hotel boasts a sauna, swimming pool and gymn and we managed to fit in a session on the Saturday evening before we had a meal in the restaurant, a meal that was fantastic I must say!

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Lamb Casserole

On the Saturday we went into Chester and did a bit of light shopping (including the LFC shop) before going back to the hotel. Sunday we got up and checked out and proceeded to visit Anglesey and that place with the really long name! icon wink Sians Birthday Weekend...


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Menai Bridge
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Then we went to Llanberis and a lovely trip up on the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit of Snowdon

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Snowdon Summit

Got back home about half 11 Sunday – so beat now today, but would recommend the hotel and Snowdon trip to anybody icon wink Sians Birthday Weekend...

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