My blog has unfortunately been very quiet of late. This is due to a couple of reasons. I had gone to a big country show at the end of July. It was to take part as a historical re-enactor, which is something I’ve been doing for well over twenty years, as a hobby. I drove two hours there, to get my car bogged down in mud. I had to be towed out, and having no idea where I was supposed to be going to camp there, told the tractor driver who towed me, to get me off the site. So I drove all the way back home. To say I was angry is a massive understatement! Something in me said, that I think something is wrong with my car, and low and behold this Wednesday I had to call the RAC out because my dash had stopped working. While waiting for the RAC man to turn up, I noticed a big damp patch under the car(this fortunately was outside my house!). I noticed that I could smell diesel! When the RAC came, they had a look and told me that the fuel tank had been drilled. So, around £40 worth of diesel had been pinched!! As for the dash, he said its probably because the binnacle’s had been shaken loose – probably as a result of the towing incident! So, I’m unable to go anywhere as I write this. I was in jeopardy of not getting two works entered in a contemporary art competition in the East Midlands this weekend because of it, but I think I may have got transport sorted. I’ve not been a happy bunny since all this happened, and I’ve yet to get the car sorted. Hopefully by the end of next week my car will be usable. As a consequence of all this, added to my health problems, I have decided to retire from historical reenactment. In the last few years I have personally experienced bullying, discrimination, hostility, antagonism and thoroughly bad behaviour behind the scenes of the hobby. Its this behaviour I can do without, so now my full focus is on my art. I still have a large camera collection, and I still intend to practice my photography as and when I can both digitally and with film. Hopefully in the next week or two, I will be back at the painting.
In the above photos you can see the oil spillage from what little diesel was left in the tank after the rest was pinched. The other photos show the mud still on the car since the end of July. This is after successive rain showers that washed most of it off!
I really hope September is a better month!