Sunday 24th August 2014, Beachmere.
More bad news a short while ago has to make this year one of the worst years in our lifetime. We were informed that Linda’s sister Cheryl has passed away this morning, adding to all the disastrous news we have had all year. Cheryl had been ill for a long time and passed very peacefully in her sleep. Not all of the bad news has been reported on this site for personal reasons, but believe me it has not been at all good.
Our main concern now is to arrange a trip back to Tassie for Linda at least, with main consideration given to the fact that I have a hospital appointment for a small operation over the next week or two that I have to accept when offered, so it is very regretful that I will have to forego making the trip back myself.
Thursday 14th August 2014, Beachmere.
Lots have happened over the last two weeks with Linda going back to Melbourne, and me having a colonoscopy, which by the way showed only signs of Diverticulitis, a minor disease that is only necessary to treat if it becomes a bigger problem than it has already. We had to make some strict arrangements for when Linda returned from Melbourne because we had no option but to make travel arrangements for the same day as I was admitted to Hospital, and we had to arrange it so we had to meet in a city railway station, and we had only one hour to time this meeting. It did all work out to plan and we made it to the hospital almost exactly on time.
After all this things have settled down somewhat at home again, so today we decided to go for a drive to Maroochydore to visit some fellow travellers who still stay at the same caravan park as we used to while there. I went visiting while Linda went shopping in what was once her favourite shopping area, but all that changed today. She said she just didn’t have the same feel shopping round here like she once did, and to top it all off she had her phone stolen while at the shopping centre, and it was literally stolen from her hand. She had just finished talking to me to arrange a meeting place, and when she was returning her phone to her pocket she was bumped by one youth on one side, and while distracted another youth extracted the phone from her hand and both then fled before she really knew what was happening. Consequently we then spent most of the afternoon in the Telstra shop cancelling her old SIM card and getting a new phone for her, topped the day off really well. It is forecast for heavy rain for the next few days but I don’t think Linda will notice it being wrapped up in setting the new one up.
Thursday 31st July 2014, Beachmere.
The web site is now up and working properly once again, and you will no doubt notice a design change. With the changes my server made it seemed to me to be a lot easier for me to make these changes so I thought it would give it a go. All the old details are still there in much the same fashion as before, but some of it, the other pages, I consider are easier to locate, so overall I think it should be better.
Preparations are at present being made for Linda to go back to Melbourne for her annual Grandkid fix. She flies out Saturday, and will be there for only a bit less than a week this time as I am booked in for one of my tests and she insists on being here for it, so back to batching for a while next week.
Saturday 26th July 2014, Beachmere.
It has once again been a long time between reports, I have had a few things on my mind, and we are having problems with the web site.
Not long after we arrived here I suffered lower abdominal pains and it was decided to refer me to people to do other test, like colonoscopy and such, since it has been a long time since the last one. It is probably no excuse but I have been side-tracked with having these tests, hence the few words.
The web site has been inaccessible to some people for a while, including myself, until I decided to temporarily deactivate my virus checker. It seems my web site server provider has done some work rearranging servers and such, and since then virus checkers, or at least AVG Free, has been detecting a threat on the web site and not allowing access. The server people have been working on it and at this stage all seems ok to them, but it is still giving problems. I will pursue it further.
Friday 13th June 2014, Beachmere.
I have just been reminded that I haven’t followed on with the problem with the car. It was the clutch that was the problem, but it was not quite as simple as that. It turns out that the fly wheel in this vehicle, and others similar being 4 cylinder diesels, have fitted a device called a MASS DAMPER, a device to reduce the effects of vibrations from the diesel engine at low revs transferring to the transmission and possibly causing problems there. It turns out that this device which is actually constructed within the fly wheel has a tendency to fail long before the remaining parts associated with the clutch, as was this case. The problem then is that if the fly wheel is replaced with another damper flywheel the entire clutch system has to be replaced to keep the balancing integrity of the system, hence costing a fortune. When one doesn’t have any first-hand knowledge of these new devices one can only follow the recommendations of the mechanics, who naturally aren’t going to give me the ins and outs of different options. I have since done some homework and basically came to the following conclusion: If the Mass Damper Flywheel fails again it will more than likely be replaced with a normal clutch system, being more economical at the event time, and likely to last a lot longer before any further failure. The main thing to ensure from that time on is to keep the engine in fine tune condition at all times to reduce any excessive vibrations from becoming a problem.