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Glad your engine is running so well D5 and I feel sure your knees will pass the MOT after a grease up.

What is a good route for your machine in Berkshire these days? I looked up "Berkshire lanes" for you, hoping to find you a peaceful trip. Silly me. The only results I got were "Motorway lanes".
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Once again, I am disappointed to discover that I slept through the thunder and lightning. Happens every time. Apparently it's because, no matter how loud the thunder is it can't compete with my snoring.

Thanks, VoT, for the explanation re fines, etc.
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Hello All and GOOD MORNING

Reasonable start, light, , mild but slightly overcast, more so now in Basingstoke with rain forecast

Drive in was ’entertaining’ and TBH funny as ‘F’ a couple of times
All good to / over J11 then going down to the first light and they changed as I got there so sailed on through in empty L2, don’t think the guy in L1 was happy with ahata as suddenly shot away, but...................I moved to the now empty L1 (doing the 40mph limit) and the prat (Silver Alfa Romeo Guliette) slows right down to the point I pulled out and passed him at 40mph??????? - I think he was expecting the next light to go red as they can do, but I know the timing and knew not changing yet - I accelerated up to the 70mph limit only for him to stay just behind me, almost blocking L1 - so I indicated and quietly moved over as he backed off but he then pulled out and went off like a loony, however.....................

Got to end of DC and guess what - came up behind him as a queue of traffic - some went off at the monument so we all got up to 50mph, but he wasn’t happy with that and did a dodgy pass of the car in front of him..................stupid twat as a queue of 6 vehicles still ahead.................
Then had a feeling about the car ahead as sure it’s the one that went really slowly yesterday, but today up to the limit - and yes it was the same one as went off at SoL - so now back behind the AR - he wasn’t happy as kept looking for a pass, twat again as still a queue ahead and all doing the 50mph limit!
It stayed like that until Basingstoke where he was off loony like again, racing / weaving through the traffic only for me to pull alongside at the next lights / junction - then again he went off like a mad thing only to turn right at the next set, which means sitting for a while and me passing due to the phasing - gave him ‘little wave’ as I did so....................
BUT - in that last bit another driver suddenly went loopy, this one in a big Mercedes SUV - he was stuck in L2 (behind the AR and another car) but got past that on inside and raced up / past me but had to slam the brakes on at the junction where AR driver was turning right) but I just went straight through as timed it for the change to green so left him there
He tried to race up again but I had moved to L2 as that’s what I need for turning right further up, he shot into L1 (I think considered an inside pass) but couldn’t as another car - he then came back to L2 behind me, but still did a L2-L1-L2 weave all to no avail
At the Ringway junction he sort of went left, but then indicted and came right cutting across the lanes? - but as I had seen the bus go through knew to take inside lane, he raced up behind the bus, went to go left of it - that lane only goes left! - he then cut back behind the bus / then me - I was now behind a van at the lights with the bus on the left
As we went off down the slip I moved over left and passed the van, the Merc driver got stuck between them both, but did have a look to try and pass the van on the right - that’s a grass verge!!!!!!!!
I went up to 70mph and away, passed a few other vehicles and was just about to pull off when the Merc caught / passed - he also got a ‘little wave’
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piwacket wrote: 19 May 2022 13:48
OLDMAN wrote: 19 May 2022 11:49 …And the frightening bit - all had road work / traffic control lights / cones on the back possibly going to be set up somewhere.....................
Maybe this….
https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news ... ts-may-20/
Doubt it as many where over towards Basingstoke - just seemed a lot of them on the road all at the same time!

And they won’t need lights for that as it’s a full closure, not controlled
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D5equj5 wrote: 19 May 2022 19:54
maggieaitch wrote: 19 May 2022 19:22 Do you have to get an MOT certificate D5 ?
No maggieaitch it is too old.
The bike or you?
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Good morning forum,
Always a joy to read of your journey to work Oldman.
Thank you Windrush, my knee already failed the MoT and the garage are waiting for a space to open up and they'll slot me in for a new one.
Bam, I plan to take a trip around Burghfield, Mortimer and Padworth ... no motorway riding for this old thing.
The sun is currently covered by clouds this morning although the temperature is pleasant enough. I have fed the menagerie. Mrs D is still coughing on the sofa with dressing-gown and duvet, laptop, phone, drinks and potions. Elder youngling moves into a new house with his current girl later today. They are renting a little place up Tilehurst somewhere.
I shall now get dressed, make a cuppa and bacon sarnie.
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Morning all, not a bad day outside and some rain expected later. Nipped out earlier to get some diesel and some super unleaded for the weekend, the 'hole in the wall' obligingly gave me some crisp £10 notes in exchange for a piece of plastic which was nice of it. Awaiting carer's and the butcher's delivery and then I can crack on with the day.

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‘Morning :) very wet here now, the garden’s loving it.

D5 - I also thought of that route for your country ramble, will ‘it’ get up Burghfield hill?
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piwacket wrote: 20 May 2022 10:57 ‘Morning :) very wet here now, the garden’s loving it.

D5 - I also thought of that route for your country ramble, will ‘it’ get up Burghfield hill?
It will be a test Pi. I may have to engage a bit of LPA :whistle1:
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D5equj5 wrote: 20 May 2022 11:04 It will be a test Pi. I may have to engage a bit of LPA :whistle1:
What’s LPA - leg power ascent?
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Red Letter Day, to the first time since I’ve been on the Forum, I met another member 😀

The Bring and Buy is going really well, not even rain put off keen buyers ….lots left though do go if can
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piwacket wrote: 20 May 2022 11:51
D5equj5 wrote: 20 May 2022 11:04 It will be a test Pi. I may have to engage a bit of LPA :whistle1:
What’s LPA - leg power ascent?
Close Mme Pi - Light Pedal Assistance
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D5equj5 wrote: 20 May 2022 17:30 Close Mme Pi - Light Pedal Assistance
…with your knees?
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Mayfield wrote: 20 May 2022 12:55 Red Letter Day, to the first time since I’ve been on the Forum, I met another member 😀

The Bring and Buy is going really well, not even rain put off keen buyers ….lots left though do go if can

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‘Morning: :) ooh empty ‘room’ - ah yes everyone’s gone to the seaside! (those were the days) - except D6 who maybe sloggingup Burghfield Hill :whistle1:
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Good evening forum,
A busy couple of days.
Weather today was perfect for a moped shakedown run. Sadly though I was instructed to put up some shelves and shift furniture about.
We've just finished FAJSAT YAY
Then I am to spend time tidying-up and fetching/carrying for Mrs D.

I am back to work on Monday so I am hoping to be left alone to do my stuff and get my head into work mode. It probably won't happen. It has already been hinted that I will take youngling to his work tomorrow and before that, I am to collect him from work tonight.

I'd have enjoyed an afternoon yesterday browsing your flower/plant bring n buy maggieaitch if only I'd have known about it.

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Not me, think you mean Mayfield. I'm going to have a look one day next week.
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Evening all, a pleasent day at Etwall Well Dressings and plenty of public around. Saw a few of the wells dotted around the village, no idea which was judged the best but often they choose the childrens well. Tomorrow we are at Heage Windmill, could be a little on the breezy side with it being rather elevated!

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Sounds good windrush - did you dress a well or just enjoying the day? Does the windmill mill flour?
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D5equj5 wrote: 21 May 2022 23:10 Sounds good windrush - did you dress a well or just enjoying the day? Does the windmill mill flour?
No D5, the 'well's' are decorated throughout the year and then they usually soak them for a week or two in the village pond to sort the clay out. The mill should grind flour for resale, however it was out of action for a couple of years as the timber drive shaft had rotted and now that has been fixed and working woodworm has been found in the sails so the mill will have to be dismantled yet again and be out of action for probably another year or so.

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Good morning forum,
a cracker in the offing.
Youngling deposited at his work.
Colin (no longer really a puppy) deposited at the stables with Elder Youngling and Mrs D.
A quick cuppa, bolt the headlight on and I'm off out on the moped - laters
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‘Morning :) glorious day and the wind has dropped!

D5 - enjoy your foray into the countryside - if you park for a refreshing pint at a hostelry beware
https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news ... herspoons/

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I look forward to hearing of the adventures and misadventures of D5 on his machine. I hope he carried a plug spanner in case of a "hair".

Well dressing is new to me. I looked it up but it is still a bit of a puzzle. It has a medieval basis which seems to have been revived in the 1970s?

Little sign of the all important wells in photos but I guess a hole in the ground or small trickle of water may not leap out at the camera. Rather than decorating the wells with garlands of flowers they now seem to create a large artwork on framed wood which is primed with clay, salt and water. I wonder why salt is used? As always with Windrush's posts, it is an education.

After losing an irreplacable set of very small spanners and grips for 2 years, I found them a couple of weeks ago. Today there is no sign of them again. I have turned the garage upside down. Is it Alzheimers, a poltergeist or those pesky "little people" making yet more mischief?
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Bam wrote: 22 May 2022 12:34 Well dressing is new to me. I looked it up but it is still a bit of a puzzle. It has a medieval basis which seems to have been revived in the 1970s? ….

After losing an irreplacable set of very small spanners and grips for 2 years, I found them a couple of weeks ago. Today there is no sign of them again. I have turned the garage upside down. Is it Alzheimers, a poltergeist or those pesky "little people" making yet more mischief?
… I’d heard of it, and had, rightly or wrongly assumed it was some sort of traditional rite to please the spirit of the well to be ever ‘fruitful’ :?

You’ll have put those spanner’s somewhere safe, I’m sure Bam :)
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Well, I thought you got water from Wells, not heard of dressing them before Windrush' post.

Lights re-fitted (candle in a brown bottle).
First pedal and she burst into life then settled to a purr akin to a well oiled Swiss watch.
I dislodged a bit of fluff from my helmet and gently sat astride her. She didn't object. I adjusted the wing-mirror - classically French lines and coyly showing her gorgeous 50 years. Suspension is a tad springy but that could be the weight of the chain on her protective belt - no one will get through that. I deftly whipped-out a key and pushed it into the lock. It gave way easily - not too easily but just easily enough to be impressive. I checked to see if anyone was watching and twisted the grip. She roared with excitement and bucked forward without missing a beat and we settled into a gentle purr. I blipped the throttle a couple of times and she responded with delight. With each blip her throaty roar grew lounder. I tested the brakes and brought the speed right down. she obeyed my every touch and command. We stopped at the bottom of the road and turned left and headed to heaven Tilehurst.

The automatic gearing worked well although when I turned into Overdown road she spluttered and grew rather clanky. I stopped and said "you alright girl? What's wrong? Then I noticed her exhaust manifold nut clamping the pipe had worked itself free and was jangling on the bend in the pipe. Also, the alternator cover was similarly jangling about - the left-hand-threaded nut had come loose. I pulled the decompressor trigger and stopped her. I tightened them both the best I could at the road side and we headed off again - I'd stop at my mates in Tilehurst to borrow his tools to check and tighten everything carefully. I turned right on Overdown Road just before the parade of shops and began to climb the hill. The mobylette objected and I applied a little LPA to get up the steep hill. We arrived at my mates house and he came out with various spanners and a drift & hammer. Brief chat and we were off again and back down the hill heading for home. She happily reached 40mph on the Oxford Road although turning right into Grovelands Road she slowed to a sedate 28mph as she climbed again. We reached home, I patted her tank and proudly dismounted her. She happily settled down to a purr and again resumed her Swiss watch tickover. I was overjoyed that she also enjoyed the shakedown and we'd both arrived safely and with none of her bits actually falling off.

Later I shall see if she wants to go again...
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You must feel justly proud D5, to be responsible for raising Phoenix from the ashes in such style. 40 mph on the Oxford Road indeed in spite of the windage of flapping pantaloons. Were you hanging on the back of a bus? And brakes that work, in spite of the burden.

I got so exasperated about my lost spanners that I came in for a cuppa to calm me down. When I returned to my search, I found the little people, filled with guilt and remorse, had returned the spanners. I heard one of them whisper. " He's losing his marbles, don't you know."
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piwacket wrote: 22 May 2022 14:20
Bam wrote: 22 May 2022 12:34 Well dressing is new to me. I looked it up but it is still a bit of a puzzle. It has a medieval basis which seems to have been revived in the 1970s? ….

After losing an irreplacable set of very small spanners and grips for 2 years, I found them a couple of weeks ago. Today there is no sign of them again. I have turned the garage upside down. Is it Alzheimers, a poltergeist or those pesky "little people" making yet more mischief?
… I’d heard of it, and had, rightly or wrongly assumed it was some sort of traditional rite to please the spirit of the well to be ever ‘fruitful’ :?

You’ll have put those spanner’s somewhere safe, I’m sure Bam :)
Well dressing ceremonies were to give thanks to God for the water, the 'wells' are just collages of clay with flowers pressed into them and they are soaked (often in a nearby pond) before the ceremony which usually lasts for a week. They can be placed anywhere in a village, very rarely are they actually near a well as they are few and far between these days.

Had a decent day at the windmill and plenty of public, engines and tractors around to look at.

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windrush wrote: 22 May 2022 18:34 [
Well dressing ceremonies were to give thanks to God for the water, the 'wells' are just collages of clay with flowers pressed into them and they are soaked (often in a nearby pond) before the ceremony which usually lasts for a week. They can be placed anywhere in a village, very rarely are they actually near a well as they are few and far between these days.

Had a decent day at the windmill and plenty of public, engines and tractors around to look at.
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Lovely day. All fed, showered and ready for work in the morning.
A leisurely Vera on ITVHub and up the wooden hill to Bedford
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D5equj5 wrote: 22 May 2022 21:15 Lovely day. All fed, showered and ready for work in the morning.
A leisurely Vera on ITVHub and up the wooden hill to Bedford
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Awwww thanks BOYRACER :otb2:
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Good morning forum,
Gorgeous looking day.
Off to work on the moped.
It's the nutter car drivers like me which frighten me most ... oh... should be a doddle then.
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Both boys and their girlfriends were off work yesterday, so the six of us had Sunday lunch at a rather expensive establishment in the East Sussex countryside, to celebrate the recent anniversary of Mrs H and I thing the knot. The weather matched that of 21 years and 9 days earlier - glorious!

Today is dull and wet.
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Good Morning All

Not a bad start but they say rain later

Drive in was extremely good - it was very quiet on the roads, and in both directions, lot less than I’ve seen for a while, in fact would say less than Covid times and very unusual for a Monday - with that and catching many lights on green I did the whole run in 26mins!

Weekend was very steady, but also had a spot of ‘feeling odd’ - started after I got home on Friday so stayed in
Felt okay Saturday and went shopping etc - then popped down for a couple of beers, still felt good that evening
But Sunday, woke up early hours with ‘stomach problems’ - took OH up to Specsavers in Woodley and was desperate to get home (why no public toilets up there?) - so then decided to stay home / do some gardening etc as not too far from a bathroom
By the evening / today all gone so I think just a bug!
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