Managed a little trip to Orkney Mainland

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Our son had to break his big toe to get it though! Our son broke his big toe at work on Sunday he didn’t realise at the time but by yesterday morning it was black and very swollen so he visited the doctor. We were very surprised when the doctor insisted on a visit to Balfour hospital (on Orkney mainland) for an x-ray. My son asked how he should get there as there is no public transport and he doesn’t … Read More

Travels in Forrest/BFG

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Although, as per my last post, BFG (Big Friendly Giant) isn’t going to be going anywhere for the foreseeable future when we do get away it will, of course, be in the new van so this site will effectively become Travels in BFG! The web address will remain for continuity.

Travels in BFG, or NOT!!!

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BFG (Big Friendly Giant) as the new van conversion is called, is pretty much finished now, just in time to go – NOWHERE! In the current situation, any travel away in our newly converted campervan would be just plain irresponsible even if it hasn’t quite been completely banned yet. So here he is on the drive. We don’t expect to be going anywhere in the van for the foreseeable future. I know one or two people on a Wild Camping … Read More

First Trip Out

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Our visit to the hospital in Aberdeen was cancelled due to Corona Virus concerns. We toyed with using the ferry bookings to go on our first trip out to the Highlands of Scotland. We did think that might be a bit risky and reckless, so ended up just going for a one-nighter in Kirkwall as the van needed MOT-ing anyway. We couldn’t get a morning ferry to Kirkwall for days so we settled for going out in the evening (Sunday), … Read More

1st Outing since Repairs – MOT

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The MOT on Forrest expired during the engine repairs so this needed attending to before anything else once he was back on the road again. At this time of the year, the ferries between Westray and Mainland need booking pretty well in advance and the date we booked Forrest in for his MOT we were normal booking out from Westray to Kirkwall but would have been 4th standby for the return journey to Westray. In a motorhome, there would be … Read More

He’s Fixed!

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At last, I think Forrest is fixed. After the disappointment of the valve springs we really were out of options, doing things by the book. I did, however, a cunning plan that took me off-spec, a thicker head gasket. I ordered a bespoke head gasket from Dobsons Gaskets in Keighley. The new gasket is 0.5mm thicker than specified in the manual. Fitted the gasket last night and fired up the engine. and while it was initially quite alarmingly noisy it … Read More

I’m in Despair!

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This has turned out to be a rather long post but if anyone reading this happens to be an experienced diesel engineer, I’d love you to take the time to read it through and offer your thoughts. To start with, I’ve only noticed now that I haven’t posted any progress reports since my last “Repairs, Slow and Steady” post. Well, that didn’t work out so well after all! The engine ran but sounded like a bag of bolts – So … Read More

Some Good News and some Very Bad News!

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Good New First… We finally managed to get away for our first trip since installing the solar panel giving us an opportunity to properly test the inverter/solar panel setup in real life use. I’m very happy with the results. It was very dull for the first two days away, with a fair bit of rain thrown in for good measure! Even so, we used the microwave to heat a home made lasagne on the first night. As it happens that … Read More

End of April Holibib – Back Home Now

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We’re back home now. Those that know us well will not be surprised to hear that we came home earlier than planned! We kept finding more and more ticks on Oscar so wanted to deal with those properly plus Forrest started making a mildly worrying engine noise. I don’t imagine it is anything too serious as, apart from the noise, he’s running like a good’un and fairly whizzed up and down the hills en-route home. The map at the top … Read More

End of April Holibib – continued

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I ended my last post with us at Loch Maree. We love it at loch Maree, it is a beautiful place to wild camp for a couple of nights or so, and it was our intention to stay there for at least two night. However – on the day we arrived it was a fine clear day with a cool breeze blowing in off the loch. It wasn’t exactly barbecue weather but it was pleasant for walking Oscar. In the … Read More

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