Saturday, February 03, 2007

Wick to Warminster...

.... and back again!! Well I survived and am now back home in the Highlands. Our Marathon Journey took 15 hours to get from Wick to Warminster last Saturday and two days to get back over yesterday and today. We bought a caravan back with us which we slept in last night and the whole journey back took 21 hours driving time. A 1968 Landrover with a laden roof rack towing a small but chunky 1987 caravan doesn't like hills (max speed 30mph on some) and there are lots of hills between Wiltshire and the Highlands. Add that to the fact the fan had been put on the wrong way round and was sucking air out of a hot engine rather than blowing nice cool air into it and you have an overheating Landrover - so a stop at the services to change the fan round was in order. This was done yesterday in Birmingham and thankfully solved the overheating problem so the journey today was trouble-free.

The sun shone both days and today in particular it was actually quite nice to be going very slowly and be able to appreciate the stunning Scottish scenery from the higher vantage point in the Landrover.

It's nice to be back, and I have two new pet portraits to work on, which I will be able to show you in a couple of weeks as they are both surprises so I can't show you the work in progress.


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