'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menowerwheelmed... getting emotional on four wheels

Something happened whilst I was in Edinburgh. I became the owner of a vee-hicular item. The Father had made a decision regarding his clutched car, in that he thought it might be better with me.  This is a relief insofar as, if he buys another, it will more likely be an automatic and more suited to him now.  It is also a great boon for yours truly, as now I can get out and about in the surrounds of Dunoon, broadening the already quite vast horizon!!!  

'Little Ren' has a tricky gear box, not least that there is a tendency to slip into third when first is the requirement; then there is the clunk and scratch of the cogs...and coming to terms with a fifth gear (they only had four when I learned the shifts and last owned a car). 

Let's not worry overly much about the hand brake requiring four inches more arm length than I actually have.  If other drivers see me diving below dash level, they need not worry, I'll be back up soon enough, surveying the territory before and around me.

I need another four on the legs too, if truth be told.

All that said and done, I drove home on Sunday last in fine style.  &*>  There was traffic to contend with.  Surprising amounts given it was indeed the day of rest. There was also the road conditions to handle.  The 'motorway' resembled a shuffling dole queue in places and even became a parking lot at one point. Roadworks must happen, no doubt about it. Most of these delays, though, appeared to have no specific cause.  Still and all, I was in no particular hurry.  For the stranger called Sun had striden...strode... walked into these here parts, which gave a light and wonder to even the grimmest parts to be viewed.

The Cenotaph ceremony came over well on the radio (I do not like distractions whilst driving, but this was a special circumstance) and by the time Glasgow was in the rear mirror, the land was starting to look truly glorious.

At a temperature of 11'C, thank you very much.

At Gourock, there was a further half hour delay before going to ferry, due to the local Remembrance gathering. Lucky I'd packed stuff for pickernickering! I stopped in the car park to chew sandwiches and from a distance was able to hear the proceedings, then managed to snap these:

I was a fair way off, so that they turned out even this decent is pleasing.  

Once over onto the Dunoon side, the weather was so very appealing, I didn't come straight home... I continued driving!!! I'll share some images from that extra hour tomorrow.  You may like to see the Little Ren though...


  1. Looks like a practical vehicle - leaving aside the need for limb extensions.
    Fine photos of the Gourock gathering.
    Cheers! Gail.

  2. Oh you are way behind times my car has 6 gears!!!! well 7 if you count reverse.

  3. Crikey Aunty ..... you got yourself a little 'Ren Hen'. How cute!! We'll sure see you comin' in that little number, aye??

  4. What a cute car! Mom understands the problem of driving it. She is vertically challenged and used to drive a car where she had to scoot down to shift or brake. It was an adventure!

  5. I think she is a cutie, what's her name.

  6. Yam on wheels - how good is that? :) Enjoy your new mobility.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS on acquiring the LITTLE RED "REN". She looks like a real beauty.

    OMD that was a grand parade... We would have loved hearing the pipes.

  8. Congrats on the wheels! Talk about freedom . . . on the open highway . . . looking for adventure! Oh, we would have loved the pipes as well!

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Aaaawwww....Congrats n your new addition!!

  10. How wonderful! Congrats on the car.
    The kilts stir something in me, I'm adopted and don't really know...
    But my adoptive family loved music. M brother was in air cadets. Nothing better than a pipe band!

  11. She's a little cutie. Good color, too.


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