Blast off!

Today’s the day!

The bags are packed. The tickets are ready. The GPS is loaded with the right maps and waypoints (now … lucky I double checked this morning).

If we’ve forgotten to pack anything it’s too late (but I’m sure we’ll manage). 🙂

Photos from previous holidays

We were showing the kids some of our old photos from previous holidays after dinner tonight. I remembered when we got home from our trip to Italy (in 1997) that we had come back with nearly 30 rolls of film, which all had to be lugged in for processing (and that it had cost a bundle). Hopefully with this trip things should be easier. The digital camera does tend to encourage you to take a lot of photos so it might not be much easier sorting through them. At least we don’t have to wait (and pay) for processing.

I’m hoping that we can keep on top of the photos by using the laptop to sort and cull while we’re on the road. I’m guessing if I don’t organise them as we go then this digital batch of pictures will still be waiting in a virtual shoe box 10 years from now just like the old ones are.

The plan is for us to sort the photos day by day and put them up on the gallery as we go. Check back and see if we manage it. 🙂

One more month!

Only one month to go until the holiday!

The kids are really starting to get excited. We’re starting to realise how much more we need to do to get ready. Shannon has a long list of things to check, pack, prepare, close, cover and otherwise get ready. We’ll get it all done but I’m sure there will be some last minute panic about something.

All part of the adventure I guess. 🙂

Welcome to the new blog

Hi all! Welcome to our new blog.

We plan to use this to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening. With a growing family there’s always something going on. Add in a few travel plans and we should have plenty to post about.

Please feel free to comment and tell us what’s happening on your side too.

Wheel alignment

I took the SE in for a wheel alignment from Jax at Blacktown today. They did a pretty good job. They matched what I asked for fairly closely and even had someone in the driver seat while it was being done.

The old alignment had been shocking. The measurements from before were way off with huge differences left to right. eg. 3.7mm toe in LH rear vs. 1.9mm toe out RH rear.

Specs requested were: -1 deg camber front and rear; 2mm toe in total front and rear; 4 to 6 deg caster. They got it almost spot on with only the LH rear not quite there at only -0.6 deg camber.

Needless to say the car feels much better now. 🙂

Another MX5 club run to Bathurst

It’s been two years since the last MX5 club run to Bathurst and nearly as long since I’ve been on any of the club runs. It was another fantastic run – it really is a great drive up along the back way to Bathurst. Quiet, twisty country roads that are just perfect for a nice drive. 🙂 The weather even turned out perfect. It was a bit of a shame that the Mount Panorama circuit was closed when we got there but since it was closed for a hill climb event we settled for watching some of the competing cars instead. 🙂

There are some more photos from the day here

Good bye MX5 Clubman

My old 1993 MX5 Clubman was sold today and has gone off with it’s new owner (another MX5 enthusiast). It was looking nice after the hail damage repairs …

The old MX5
The old MX5

I hope the new owner has as much fun with it as I did. 🙂