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Old 7th June 2021, 12:06
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Paul L is on a distinguished road

That was the year that was
I intended to post this update around the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

As that marked the grim fact that is it now one year since I last drove my car on the road.

Ill still working from home in the cramped space under the slope of the roof.
(See photo in previous update.)

That makes it over 14 months now since I saw anyone I work with in real life.

My last update in January was with the car covered in snow.

Since then, it has been covered in rain and multiple hail storms.

This is during one of them.

And this is after another one.

Which meant it was no real surprize to find a small pool over water behind one of the seats.

I mopped that out when I last started the car over the Bank Holiday weekend.

I turned the car around on my driveway to help free up the brakes and get access to the indicator.

These days, I leave the battery disconnected to ensure it always has enough juice to start.

I really hope I finally get a chance to look at my indicator fault this month.

If not, I will book it into the Triumph garage and get them to fix it for me.

As, the only advantage of all the hours I am doing at home is that Ive improved my bank balance!

The other thing I missed in April, was my donor cars 40th birthday, so finally ready for free tax.

But they have changed the rolling 40 years for Black and White plates, so I cant have them.

In other news

Out with the old...

2004 (54 reg) Ford Mondeo Ghia X - 2 litre diesel - Bought in Mar.08

And in with the new (to us).

2020 (69 Reg) Ford Focus Vignale - 1.5 litre petrol Bought in Jan.21

The boot sizes are about the same and the Focus is ULEZ compliant.

First time using 'Click and collect' for something as big/expensive as this.

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The other thing WFH has allowed me to do is continue to improve my fitness.

Id found some old weights buried in the shed, but the various lockdowns made it hard to get more.

I finally bough this rusty set off Ebay in Apr.21, which included:
- 2 x Barbells
- 2 x Dumbbells
- 85kg of weight plates

All for just 64.57, which is giving them away by Covid / Ebay prices.

I had lots of useful stuff left over from the Swordfish build.

Which allowed me to transform both the weight plates.

And the bars.

This gave me a nice range of weight on the mix of old and new dumbbells.
(Each of these have a matching 'pair'.)

Older readers might remember that my Summerhouse often looked like this during the car build.

Thankfully, this is what the Summerhouse looks like now.

Id like to lose another stone / 6 kg before the end of the year.

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Fingers crossed that I will be back on the road before the Summer ends.

Hope all is well, take care, Paul.
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