Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Fake Concern » 23 Jul 2015, 19:38

I didn't make the funeral despite living close as I work in Maidstone. Un fortunately I couldn't get the time off. I did pay my respects at the church hall a bit later.

Incidently I think I saw you (Jim) on the A21 just outside Hurst Green, if your Xantia is red. I was in a black C4 VTS with black wheels going towards Hastings.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Jul 2015, 21:00

Fake Concern wrote:Incidently I think I saw you (Jim) on the A21 just outside Hurst Green, if your Xantia is red. I was in a black C4 VTS with black wheels going towards Hastings.


It could well have been me or perhaps it was Kev (red_dwarfers) as he also went there in a red Xantia. Mine has a very distinctive plate and if I was following a big yellow crane it was me!

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Excellent :-D Thanks Richard!

Just got home from a fantastic day out with Val at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. That's a real hidden gem and very worth a visit.

Following more delays on the M1 (we came of at J18 and came home down the A5) I have now had enough driving to last for ever. If I never drive again it'll be too soon :( This evening I hate driving even more than I did this morning.

Thing is I'll be doing another long run to Somerset and back on Saturday in the Activa but delays on the back roads I favour are thankfully rare and driving them in the Activa is a relaxing and peaceful business...

Then I'll be only driving to work and back until the next rally or next visit to Somerset. This driving lark is seriously over-rated. I love cars as much as ever but only to spanner them and not to drive them.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by myglaren » 24 Jul 2015, 16:37

My satnav was set for shortest distance and took me a rather circuitous route to my son's place in Buckhurst Hill but did take me quite a way up the A21 and it was fine - I did wait until 18:00 to attempt it though. It actually took me a direct reversal of the route from the previous night - through the Blackwall tunnel. Despite much trepidation it was a doodle - and free :)

Probably a nightmare when busy but 02:00 it was dead.

Reset the satnav to fastest route and it took me up the M11/A1 no bother - home by 03:20 and shattered - up again for work at 06:00.

The journey down was interesting, through many picturesque villages that I would rather not have seen on that occasion.

I do still enjoy driving but was not looking forward to this one, partly the distance and the times needed to make it and the crossing the Thames bit. All went swimmingly ad the C5 behaved perfectly, 740 effortless miles.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Jul 2015, 04:21

Gosh Steve, that's a heck of a journey you had there.. How you got up for work next day is totally beyond me. Mind you, I did get up, swim 1400m and then go to Yorkshire for the day but then I wasn't driving the outward leg of that one...

Last long drive today for a while. I soon head off for Somerset...

In the Activa...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Jul 2015, 14:21

That last drive has killed me :evil:

Readers of my Facebook page can see why :evil:

But basically...

As expected, Malcolm's funeral, the trip to Yorkshire and the trip yesterday to see Dad had the usual consequence... Just got up and not feeling good :(

F'ing ME really pees me off... Once again I learn limits the sodding hard way... F this for a game of sodding soldiers :evil: :evil:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 26 Jul 2015, 15:03

I hope you improve soon Jim. I have had to learn the hard way too. It's not fecking easy to pace yourself when you have a condition that limits your activities. Espically as you are a bloke that's always doing something. Take care
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Jul 2015, 15:11

daviemck2006 wrote:I have had to learn the hard way too. It's not fecking easy to pace yourself when you have a condition that limits your activities. Espically as you are a bloke that's always doing something. Take care


Thanks Davie :-D That's summed it up just about perfectly....

The worst thing, as I'm sure it is with you is the frustration that comes from wanting to do things you just can't.

My problem is I still try hard to do those things...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 26 Jul 2015, 15:16

That's it in a nutshell. That's why a garage is dung the wheelbearing on the 205 on Wednesday, and I'll do the operation on the horse sometime in the next few weeks.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by MikeT » 26 Jul 2015, 15:25

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daviemck2006 wrote:The worst thing, as I'm sure it is with you is the frustration that comes from wanting to do things you just can't


I hear that!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 27 Jul 2015, 00:01

Hear hear! Nothing near as serious as many of you, but as someone with an almost chronic insomnia problem and the resulting impact that has on daily energy (and motivation) I can really see where you come from. It's immensely frustrating having a massive list of things you want and/or need to do, but never seeming to have the energy to actually *do* 90% of them. Sadly the human body just does not function properly on an average of 1-3 hours sleep a night.

Really hope you're feeling better soon, Jim. If there's anything I can do to help, even if it's just to pop over for a natter just give us a shout, I'm just down the road. Likewise you're always welcome here to drop by for a tea/coffee and a chat! Will drop you a PM with the address.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Jul 2015, 04:30

Zel, thanks :-D That really is very appreciated :-D

Still not good this morning but hopefully after a (shorter then usual) swim and a bit of karate practice I'll feel a bit better.

Back to work after a very enjoyable week off...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 01 Aug 2015, 12:31

Team WFA are on site and have commenced the V6 engine removal part of my V6 Activa conversion :-D Feeling very useless as there's nothing, bar keeping them fed and watered, I can do to assist...

Still not anywhere near well :( Or rather well enough to wield spanners around...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 01 Aug 2015, 13:16

You just keep the kettle on the boil and the home made cakes coming and they will be fine. You can look and not touch. Is this the engine for a 205? [emoji12] [emoji23]
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 01 Aug 2015, 13:55

Make a load of Lentil Chilli....that will keep them moving :)

Good luck with those little spanners :)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 01 Aug 2015, 15:02

daviemck2006 wrote:You just keep the kettle on the boil and the home made cakes coming and they will be fine. You can look and not touch. Is this the engine for a 205? [emoji12] [emoji23]


Although I feel very guilty about it Davie, that's exactly what I'm doing... On their strict orders...

Stickyfinger wrote:Make a load of Lentil Chilli....that will keep them moving :)


I baked them a pizza :-D They seemed to enjoy it....

They've made excellent progress =D> :-D

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