Good Friday- another view…

Today is Good Friday for us Christians, a very holy day for us. We went to church at 08h00 this morning, and I did not have to preach- it is good being more than one pastor in our church…

After church we went with our younger colleague, his wife and a doctor friend to our town’s Golf Estate for a hearty breakfast. So good so far…

Then, I was not wholly holy today… 🙂  My son is having his 18th birthday in less than a month. I want to give him my old VW Beetle. This Beetle is a very valuable Beetle. Not money wise, it is probably not worth any more than the scrap metal value. But my grandmother bought this Beetle brand new when I was 1 year old…I know this Beetle my whole life long so far.

So I have engaged my two eldest sons to help me today.  We have to repair years and years of rust. The problem: I really have NO mechanical skill whatsoever. Between Youtube clips and Jim Tyler’s fantastic book: “How to restore Volkswagen Beetle” we are stumbling along merrily…

Here is some evidence of the crime scene, My Lady… (someone has been watching too much Oscar Trail…)

In any case- here goes…  And yes, I am working hard on weight loss too for next year’s Argus Cycle race, lost 10 kg since February, still a lot to go…

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IMG_2335Damn, when I looked at the photos just now, I thought it was my father! He also worked on this Beetle for me, but he had more of an idea what he was doing.  But he did not have much skill in teaching his son…  Me neither, but me and the boys did have a very good Friday anyway!  Most probably the Beetle will disintegrate when we finally turn the ignition key… But it was fun so far…

Oh yes, while we are working on the body, the seats is being renewed elsewhere, I really hope the guy does a good job on the upholstery!

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When did the Beetle manage to get itself in such a sorry state? Slowly but surely it is coming back to life. The rate of restoration is directly equal to the drainage on my finances…  But it seems to be good for father and sons relationships!

I will post IF there is any progress…

PS- This is a LONG term project if you look at this links…
https://vosperdruiter.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/vw-beetle-restoration-is-the-devil/

https://vosperdruiter.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/old-die-hard-needs-new-life/

https://vosperdruiter.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/todays-project-vw-beetle-seats-for-my-barbeque/

 

 

First Time… on a Harley…

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/daily-prompt-first/

Daily Prompt: Viral

by michelle w. on August 22, 2013

The New York Times is going to feature your blog on its home page, and you’ve been asked to publish a new post — it’ll be the first thing tens of thousands of new readers see. Write it.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us FIRST.

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I am still too tired to write properly, after these last 2 weeks I had to work in a butchery. SO again I opt for the Photo choice, because nothing I write tonight would be worthy of the great New York Times…

So- let me rather post a picture of First…  A very happy memory- the first time I ever rode a Harley Davidson…

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This is my youngest, and he is on a week long field trip to the South African Lowveld- some of the most beautiful motorcycle routes in our country. He is now in Grade 6 and aged 12 years old, and I really am starting to miss the little man.

Just a very funny incident- last week he switched off his room’s light, and closed his door. The next moment I just heard this loud crashing noise. And when I  switched on his light, he had this funny expression on his face, a bit embarrassed. What happened was- he switched off the light, and then made a huge dive for his bed. He missed it completely in the dark, and dove right into his plastic container of toys… You can just imagine what his two elder brothers had to say about that one…

OK, that was the first time on a Harley, but not the only time…

There was that one day in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

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I took this Electra Glide over Chapman’s Peak Drive, and through the main street of Camp’s Bay- that is South African Harley Heaven…

So NYT- you may publish this if you want to. Family is most important, closely followed by a decent motorbike…