Thursday, 7 March 2013

Exhausting...

...now I have never been particularly phased when it comes to cars and all things mechanical, probably because I spent the best part of my childhood with my head in an engine "helping" my Dad out whilst he fixed his friends cars.  And then of course, there is my train driving career that meant I needed to learn how to fix one of those big high speed trains should they ever, to put it in my terms, conk out.  And then, there's my obsession with fast cars, motorbikes and all things British Touring Cars.   So, all in all, I like to think that I know my way around an engine, you know, I know when a "mechanic" sucks air in through his teeth and shakes his head that invariably he is, taking the mick.   One thing that causes me...erm... issues however, is my inability to be strong and tough.  So what happened yesterday morning made me realise that however "clever" I might thinks I am when it comes to all things mechanical, sometimes you just need to hand things over to a bloke to sort out.



I drove up to Preston, Lancs, yesterday morning for my demo day at Inspirations.  I tiddlybompelled along the A14 and the M6 in the heavy morning traffic and of course, being a law abiding citizen, Ferdy was kept to the speed limit (yep, I did, honest, really.... for a change *snort*)   Anyways, as I was tootling along the road that leads from the motorway to the store, I was being followed by a chap in a BMW.   And he kept flashing at me (his lights, not himself *ahem*)  I thought he was just being impatient and wanted me out of the way.  You see, Ferdy is super speedy but he looks tame, in fact, I once was hollered at by a fellow motorist who allowed me into a queue of traffic because "she only has 500cc"  Ha!  "Smell my exhaust pipe sucker" is what I smuggly said to myself.    Anyway, I digress.  So, tootleybomping along the road with a big BMW flashing his lights at me.... and me hearing a weird flappy noise.   And then the traffic stopped all of a sudden because behind us, fast approaching, was a convoy of blue flashing lights.  



The noise has now gone... and been replaced with a slightly different noise.  So, I wound down the window and I hears a helicopter... just as a mahooosive train of Police escort vehicles comes screeching past... turns out there's a prison in Preston and the aforementioned Police escort was obviously going there with some baddies in the back of the lorries.  And the helicopter was there as part of the escort.   In the meantime, Mr BMW is no longer behind me.   Anyways, the traffic gets going again and I arrive into the carpark at Inspirations and I can still hear what I think is the helicopter noise.  Only when I get out of the car, I can't see any helicopters in the sky... and the noise has stopped.    And then I went to the boot to get my stashly stuff... and saw, to my shame/embarrassment/dismay/general clueless womaness, that Ferdy's exhaust was hanging off!!!!!



Actually, that is a bit of an exaggerations.  What was actually hanging off was the outer skin of the back box of the exhaust... and it had obviously been flapping for a fair bit because it had been rubbing on the back tyre and the heat of this friction had actually curled the metal away from the tyre.  AhemErmWhoops!    So, I was there, on my hands and knees, in a very ungainly and ladylike pose, trying without success to bend the metal and remove it from flapping about when a car pulls up in the space next to me... and out steps Ali Reeve and her (now heroic) hubby.   Now, Mr Reeve always has a little jokeypoo with me about my train driving past and I always have a little jokeypoo back about women being able to operate remote controls and things like that... all in jest of course.   Well, I decided that A) I needed to act fast and B) playing the idiot woman would be the best plan of action Actually, I made that bit up, I just acted normally and that is what happened lol   Anyways, Mr Reeve leapt to my rescue and removed the offending flappy bit of disgustingly rusted metal and all was well.



Ferdy is ok, apparently the exhausts on Fiats have lots of skins and the offending rusty bit was just the outer one... and he just passed his MOT so the emissions are ok... I just need to get the back box jobby replaced now.  Who ever said that I would never be rich whilst owning a car had it spot on (thanks Dad lol)      I had a lovely day yesterday at Inspirations and the pics are some of the demo tags that I made.   HUGE thanks to Joanne for the fish n chips - yep, she brought me a bag full of proper northern fish and chips and I had one lot of them for my tea last night and I have the others just re-heating now.   I know, you are probs going "ewww, re-heating fish n chips" but I do have a tried and tested method... pop the fish onto a rack over a baking tray in the oven... after about 10 mins turn over (the fish, not yourselves) and then add the chips to the now hot tray.  Another 10 mins of pacing the kitchen being driven badonkers by the smells of the proper northern fish n chips and then serve, with vinegar and salt and a smidge of HP Sauce.  Mmm, nomnomnom!   And also a big thank you to Helen who made me a gorgeous tag.. and to Aly who made me a cute sock monkey.  I will get some pics of them and blog tomorrow.  And finally... thank you to Rae who gave me... wait for it.... a Ukelele!!!!!!!!   I said at the beginning of the year that I will learn an instrument and that is the one I fancied... and Rae had one that was her dear Dad's, so she has given it to me.  Now I just need to learn how to play it!    Right, I shall away... fish n chips to stuff in my chops and all that.... have a good evening ... TTFN!

Hels x

20 comments:

Joanne said...

Oh what a wonderful time was had by all watching the most amazingly eye watering wonderful creations appearing before our very eyes. I tried a little bit of a canvas and paper piecing when I got home - but it's c**p. The police jobby by the way is the big trial for that bloke that shot 2 unarmed police women in Manchester. The streets around the court are full of armed officers, have been for weeks now. Also, I deleted a photo 1st thing which was just gorgeous but didn't want any tears.
Mwah, hope Grim got some fish & chips BTW.
xxx

nannapat said...

Lovely tags Hels. What an exhausting experience you had but the reward of fish and chips was worth all the hassle. Pat x

Andrea Kennard said...

I know I should not laugh Hels but your blog post today has had me in stitches, sorry about ferdy and glad you had fish and chips to at least cheer you up, lots love :-) by the way loving the tags loads x x

Fandhmum said...

Thank you for making me smile - love the tags too
Rosie x

whyducks said...

Poor poor Ferdy and poor you. a wonderful tag, I just love those flutter byes! x

Stamping in Pink said...

good ole ferdy! the fish and chips sound yummy and oh dear I love that butterfly tag - gorgeous! Karen x

Gillian .... said...

Oh lol for a moment I thought all the blue lights were for you ... phew. Glad you and Ferdy are ok. Loving the tags! xx

rachel said...

wow - I didn't realise all that had gone on yesterday morning - you looked very cool calm and collected when I saw you! There's a piccie of you on my blog - you look very happy!!! Hugs xx

Annie said...

Min entities and Fish n chips have to be the craving on return from holiday Hels.....they are just a must!! I don't have much clue about engines or exhausts but agree that you act Nieves...absolutely love your tags.....hopefully someday we will meet when I attend one of your classes.



Will you come to Scotland ?

Hugs Annie x

pearshapedcrafting said...

So glad I made it - Ray Davies(and hubby)have a lot to answer for!! Still, at least I got to see your fabby samples- and hubby had to turn the water on in the dark-aw!! Chrisx

Anita Houston said...

Oh how I miss you! Oh how just reading this sitcom of yours fills my mind...it like watching a mini series! Oh how I want to eat the best fish and chips when I see you! Love your taggies! The first one uses things I've never seen. Love love love the color scheme! Most excellent demo I'm sure!!!

Claudine C. said...

Beautiful tags Hels!!! I really want those butterflies right now! Haha!! What a crazy story too, oh my am I glad those lights going and that helicopter wasn't for you, can you imagine??!! Haha!!!

inkypinkycraft said...

Great tags ...glad Fedy is okay and you enjoyed the fish and chips!! trace x

Carole Z said...

Fabulous tags Hels! Glad Ferdy is better and well done to Mr Reeve as well, you'd have been ok anyway, I'm sure Ali would have found something in her bag to fix anything! lol Carole Z X

Marleine said...


Morning Hels,

Lovely tag.

What an exciting eventful life you lead. It did make me smile. X

Redanne said...

Thank you for making me smile today but sorry for your problems with Ferdy! Love your tags, that first one is quite stunning in those lovely colours and those amazing flutterbys. Hugs, Anne x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, My, what an eventful day you had yesterday, well done Mr Reeve for coming to our Hels' aid, so glad that Ferdy is non 'worse for wear' and will soon be 'back to normal' when Mr Car Doctor has 'fixed' him. Brilliant that the rest of your day went splendidly, especially the fish and chips, with your description I could 'taste' them myself ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Buttons said...

Life is never boring with you!!! So glad you came out of the other side of your adventures unscathed. Love the tags - the design of the first one is superb. Hugs, Jenny x

Cornish Emma said...

Hi Hels, ive lost parts of my exhaust at numerous times on my cars and im suprised you didn't hear the noise, when the exhaust blows it is noisy. Anyway at least you got there safely. Lovely project today, love the colours as always. Emma

Ria Gall said...

Hi Hels
Oh I do enjoy your stories and as I read them I can hear you and have to laugh with you. Your poor car I do hope it will not cost too much to put it right.
Lovely tags I am watching for dates of when you will be next down here with Birds in the Barn
Ria

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