What a day!

Yesterday was just one of those days that leave you wishing that you could roll over and go back to sleep.

When I got back from South Africa I discovered that Tewkesbury was in the midst of one of its usual floods. After all It is one of things that the town is famous for.

Yesterday morning I awoke to find that the taps were dry as somewhere underneath all that water a water pipe had burst and Severn Trent were hot on the heels of the leak. There was a mass outbreak of panic buying of bottled water by residents which was ironic because we were suffering from a lack of water while surrounded by water. And just when I thought I had seen it all I spotted a camel walking down High Street. 

I do not know whether he was delivering water or was the solution to our lack of water in the pipes. I will say one thing about Severn Trent though, they notify customers and when things look to be prolonged they provide bottled water. In South Africa the problem would first be denied, then admitted, then investigated slowly and repaired at leisure. No emergency water would be provided and there would be no credits passed on monthly bills. Oh, and camels would not be walking in the streets either. 

The flood situation is a different story. I had a quick look at the river levels while I was in town and this is what I saw: (Images taken with my cellphone and weather was overcast).

Standing on the King John Bridge looking towards Healings Mill and the Avon Locks.

The Severn and The Ham, with Healings Mill on the left of the image

The water from upstream of the Severn was expected to arrive today and over the weekend which could raise the level of the Severn even more, but hopefully the water already in the town would have receded since then so that it will not reach disaster proportions. Our tap water is back though so a nice cuppa tea will do wonders for me, If anything else happens that makes me go “huh?” I will let you know.

Incidentally, we had another flood scare earlier in June, and this one is on a much larger scale although nowhere near the 2007 floods. 

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Other man’s junk

Continuing where we left off…

There was an awesome collection of collectables and bits and bobs for sale at the event, and naturally these would catch my eye; after all I am somewhat of a collectable bit myself. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) buying some of them would have meant using up the small stash of SA Rands that I had and trying to find space in my suitcase for a slightly used elephant would have been impossible. I could look but not buy.

It is amazing when you think of what can be construed as collectable, and I know I am always on the lookout for retro items, however, many people collect items of a motoring or military nature (to name but a few), and of course there is a gender bias too. The sad reality is that one man’s junk is another man’s collectable.

Toys probably make up a vast genre all of their own

About 2 hours from closing time I went for a stroll in Modderfontein to have a look at the old houses that we passed on our way. I had never really investigated this part of the East Rand before so it is all new to me.

Some of the old houses were spectacular, although most were now occupied by small businesses.

And of course being South Africa palisade fencing, electric fences and barbed wire obscures everything.

And if you are lucky you may even see the Gautrain hurtling back from the airport.

Overall though it is a very pretty area and of course the Jacarandas are in bloom but the grass is bone dry.

I headed back to the meet, ready for round 2 or 3 of my walkaround. Things were definitely getting quieter though, and many of the cars were now taking to the road as people headed home. We still had 2 hours to go though as we were helping one of the stall holders.

Obsolete technology does make up a vast section of collectables, and the demise of “analogue” photography had consigned a lot of camera equipment to the sale tables of history.

The same is true for analogue electrical test equipment. I used to use at least 3 of the items in the collection below.

Being a motoring themed club it was inevitable that motoring related items and tools would also feature in the stuff available to buy.

It is kind of hard to show all the things that interested me and to explain why they did, but here are more.

However, one find that I made should never have been for sale in the first place, and it is a sad indictment of our society and how it has forgotten their forefathers that lost their lives fighting against Nazi tyranny. More information on Gordon Frederick Johnson is available from the South African War Graves Project

And that more or less concludes my look at the past. It is amazing what is out there, you just need to look all around you (and have lots of money too).

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Piston Ring Club Meet (1)

My brother tagged onto the Piston Ring Club monthly meetings quite some time ago and has been a regular visitor there for quite some time. Apart from the vintage cars there are always a lot of sellers of collectables, slightly used junk and assorted odds and sods; the sort of thing that I love. Consequently I accompanied him to the event while I was in South Africa. 

I have attended the Tewkesbury Vintage Car Shows for quite a few years now, and usually come away with a lot of pics, although many of the images are of vehicles that I had seen before. The collection that I would see on this day is a completely new one, and with a South African flavour to boot. We do have a number of unique vehicles here and there are a number of South African idiosyncrasies that makes these vehicles interesting. The usual rules apply: it was a hot and sunny day so pics were taken more or less from the same angle. Occasionally people would impinge in the images too, and in many cases I am unable to ID many of the vehicles. 

Special thanks must always go to the people who own these old beauties and keep them on the road for us to see. The gallery of wonderful things may be found next door. forwardbut

And now, on with the show. 

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