1 EAGLETON NOTES: We've Been Together Now

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

We've Been Together Now

for 12 years and 100,000 miles. Okay it's not quite as poetic as saying for 'for 40 years' but when one is talking about a car then it is quite a long time. Many of those years weren't even full years because I was in New Zealand for six months of most of them. To reward the Nighthawk for her service to me during that time I decided that she could have a makeover; well a tarting up really. So she spent a few days in Nomie's Body Shop in Stornoway (where else would one go?) who did the honours. She looks good as new.

Yesterday after six weeks of not driving after my knee surgery I was back behind the wheel. Whether we'll be together for another 12 years remains to be seen but for the time being we make a good team and we'll be staying together.

When new
12 years later

25 comments:

  1. Happy 12th anniversary to you two :-)

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  2. It is amazing how long cars last these days. A 60s or 70s Ford, Mini or Vauxhall wuld have rotted in a couple of years at the seaside.

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    1. Adrian I am astonished how long cars last: the exhaust system on the Nighthawk is the original too. And remember when dampers and clutches all had a life of about 30k miles?

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  3. That's a long time but I think you made a good choice in the first place. She looks great and I'm sure she drives like new :)

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    1. Bettyl I think the Honda engine is first class and they matched it with a well-thought out and made body for this vehicle too.

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  4. Nice car and she has always been very kind to me when I have driven her! Good to know your first drive yesterday went so well.

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    1. Pat I'm sure that the kindness was mutual.

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  5. Love my Honda CRV - glad you have had such a good run with your girl.

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    1. Ah Fi a fellow Honda driver. I hope yours has been as kind to you and mine has to me.

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  6. You must have been taking good care of it! :)

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    1. And oh - congratulations on being back behind the wheel!!! I know you've missed it :)

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    2. Thanks Monica. I always try and look after things (and people) I care about.

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  7. Happy anniversary! You have clearly been a good husband to Nighthawk, keeping her serviced and filling her tank as necessary. She looks as good as new now you have had her expertly buffed up by the lads at Nomie's. I wonder what the letters CYH stand for? (Sidesteps to google it)... Consider Yourself Hugged apparently.

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    1. Well I'd never thought of that YP. One of the reasons I keep cars such a long time is so that I can use the first ten years to remember the registration number.

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  8. You've got some professional photos of your car with the sea and land in the background. You have a fantastic view from your place. I could live there.

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    1. Red I never tire of the view whatever the weather.

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  9. Still laughing at YPs interpretation of your number plate. In a way, relaxing in the passenger seat being driven around to see the beauty of Lewis is akin to being hugged. You'd never guess she had so many miles under her belt. Imagine if you added the miles back and forth on the ferry to that 100,000 miles! Glad to hear you are back behind the wheel. That must have been a long six weeks for you!

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    1. I was a long six weeks in many ways Pauline. She has served me and my passengers well.

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  10. It must be so nice to be back driving again after your operation. Enjoy!!

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  11. Very snazzy. Does anyone use that word anymore? I do!

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    1. Yes, Kay, I use it occasionally. I shall try and re-introduce it into more general use. Snazzy is as snazzy does.

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  12. Good to hear you're behind the wheel again, Graham...meaning your knee has mended well.

    My car before the one I have now I had for 20 years...I bought it new and shed a tear when I watched it go off on the back of a truck to the wreckers a couple of years ago. I'm a sook and I'm not afraid to admit being a sook! :)

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    1. Thanks Lee the knee has done very well indeed I'm pleased to say. Well who knows about the Nighthawk? In NZ cars just don't seem to rot but here the salt used on the roads combined with the salt-laden island air tends to see them off. Modern cars have better protection though so I live in hope.

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