Saturday, 8 December 2018

Bye Bye Baby!

Yesterday, I finally said good bye to my Montero with some sadness, yes over the last four years she has cost me some money, but considering she was 23 years old, I had developed an affection for her...don't tell Marcela!

I went over to the shop at 9am, and met with the buyer and his Gestor, I then went off with the Gestor to have my signature notarised, whilst I was doing that the buyer went home to collect the cash, which he then left with Marcela, but not before she had counted it, bless her. I spent the rest of the morning pottering, and had lunch, then returned to the shop to collect Marcela, and we headed home.

This morning, we were up bright and early, as we had to be over the other side of San Juan to get an estimate for the new tow bar, Don Humberto was brilliant, they found that the weld on one of the exhaust supports has parted, so he quickly welded it up for me, they then made templates for the bar, I paid 50%, and arranged to have it with him for 7am next Saturday, he thinks it will take up until 3pm, before it is fitted along with the associated electrics. So Marcela will drive the car over, and I will make my way on the Bike, to bring us back, I just hope the weather holds.

Back home, our plan for next week spurred me on, I fitted a new intercom system I had bought for our helmets.I put the instructions aside as they were a chinese translation into English, and didn't make much sense, so I found YouTube videos that made it a simple process.

 I also have a dual camera system, which will hard wire into the bike, with a forward and rear facing camera, connected to a mini DVR, that way, with the idiots on the road here, at least I will have evidence, if the unforeseen should happen. I have also found YouTube videos to cover the installation of that! My problem is finding somewhere to place the DVR, as there is next to no secure storage places on the Enfield, I will sort it out, even if I have to buy some storage, just maybe, not for next week.

Marcela headed off for a Family Christmas Party in Medellin, and will stay at her Mother's overnight, so the boys and myself are having a Lads night, although Tito, seems to miss his Mum, and took some coaxing to eat any of his dinner.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

'New' Car

Tuesday, I had to be in Medellin for a 7am skin cancer appointment, yet again, I was hoping that I was about to be discharged, but the Dermatologist found that the mole he had been watching has grown, to the size, he can no longer remove it in his Clinic, I am going to have to be programmed for surgery so they can remove it for biopsy. Due to the Holiday period, and then his holidays, that will be in February.

From there Marcela and I went for breakfast, after which we went across the City, to meet up with the seller of the Nissan X-Trail, we then went with him for an independent inspection, at the same time having checks made that the car was not stolen, or under finance, we had that done with SURA, I received 20% discount because the Montero is insured through them.

The inspection went better than expected for a 9 year old car, therefore we went on for another inspection, for the insurance company this time, we are changing the Nissan for the Logan policy, which is not due for renewal until April, which will save me a few bob! again no problems, so the decision was made to buy it.

We then went to the Bank, there were a hundred or more people waiting for various things, cash desk, Assesor, Manager, and after we got my ticket, we saw there were 80 in front of us, it was going to be a long wait. After 40 minutes, Marcela struck up a conversation with a lady sat next to her, and it turned out that because I was over 60, I could get a ticket giving me priority access, so off she went, and we only had 15 in front of us, five minutes later we were seen, we could have saved ourselves a very long wait, if only we had known.

Payment made, the car was now ours, but we let the lad drive us back, as we needed a signature from his Mum who was at work, we picked her up and off to the Notary to authenticate her signature, now the transfer could be officially completed, which thanks to a friend of Marcela in the business, was done on Wednesday.

After leaving in both cars, we went to San Juan for a very ate lunch, after which Marcela headed off, whilst I stayed to go to Makro for the shopping, from the line of people waiting to pay, you would have thought it was Christmas!!! I eventually arrived home about 5.30pm.

Yesterday, I went to do the shopping in Copacabana, then went to get an estimate for having a tow bar fitted, only to find, all the business' on the site had closed and moved off...damn!

I went home, and rang Marcela, who then contacted Don Humberto, who confirmed they had been moved off, as a result he was now working out of San Juan, we arranged to go and see him on Saturday, certainly not as convenient as Copacabana.

I washed and polished the Nissan, after which I sent a message with this photo to Marcela, ending as always with 'I love  you' in Spanish, only to realise a couple of minutes later, I had sent it to Don Humberto, hahahaha! I quickly sent a message of apology, and sent another to Marcela.

I don't think many people tell Don Humberto they love him, because he seemed to appreciate the sentiment, which is very worrying hahaha.

Now, I have to find a set of tyres for the car, at present they have 225/65/16, which are hard to find at an affordable price here, so I am going to see if instead of changing just four, I change all five for 215/65/16, which will fit on the same rims, the same as on the Montero, and in the long run will be cheaper, the sad part is that the spare is 'new', in that it has never been on the road.

Late yesterday afternoon, I had a visitor, when I am sitting in the office, most days, a beautiful little Hummingbird comes to visit, tapping on the window as it collects insects, but I had nipped out to let Marcela in from work, leaving the window open, and it had flown in, then panicked, and was flying around the ceiling.

I tried to guide him/her back to the window, but it was frightened, and I did not want to scare it, so I got a broom, and put it under the bird, which then perched on it, and I gently took it to the window where it flew off, hopefully to return another day.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Early Start

Marcela had to be out of the house by 7.15 this morning, I was up at my usual time of 5.30am, but this time ensured that Marcela got up to, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep!

I took the dogs for their walk, it was obvious that we were in for a hot day, so I started by trimming the azulina hedges before the sun came up, and before Marcela left, even then by the time I was on the last stretch of hedge, the sun was up over the mountains and in my eyes.

Marcela departed, so I had my breakfast, sharing as always with the boys, I really should be slim, the amount they help me out! Then I walked up to the local Water Company office, it's only two hundred yards up the road, to collect a document we needed, it was not ready, so the Manager did it whilst I waited.

My attention then turned to the Royal Enfield, it was time for a wash and polish, the washing was not so hard, as there is not much of it, and using the leaf blower it is soon dried, so then came time to polish, it came up like a treat.

With it's mirror finish, I couldn't just put it back in the workshop, I changed into my gear, and headed off down to Niquía (Bello), the nice thing about the bike is that the Toll Road is free, they have a separate lane to one side, so bikes can just pass through, although there is talk that they intend to change that, in the name of 'Greed'!

I wanted a new kettle, as ours had packed up over the week-end, but it appears kettles are not popular, all the places I had seen them previously no longer had them, and Homecenter only had the option of four, so as beggars can't be choosers, I selected one, which just fitted in my saddlebag, and headed home, stopping off for brunch on the way.