Phew – what a scorcher! 11am in the study, window open, fan on, 35.4°C.
We are promised at least three more days like this. Admittedly, it is a little warm (temperatures broke 40°C yesterday and are promised to today also), but what a dreadful time to be without the camper!
The evenings are spectacular. Our one rainy day last week gave a superb sunset although, as you know, I prefer to look in the opposite direction.
Wednesday evening, looking south by southeast presented us with this exceptional image, including the rainbow that gave every impression of dumping a pot of gold right into the Twingo:
The double rainbow was stunning; the more so since we could see the whole bow – even if the camera lens was not quite wide enough to show it all. Looking east:
The parts for the camper arrived yesterday, exactly as ordered. Sadly, although the part numbers were the same, two of the critical parts, the distributor cap and the condenser, were nothing like what we needed. They were ordered by part number, correctly copied throughout the process, but differed considerably from the parts depicted in the Lucas catalogue. The catalogue is dated 1997, and I can only assume that the parts have been re-numbered or something. Having said that, I looked at the online catalogue and found that the parts recommended for the camper, based on model, derivative, year, engine type and engine size were nothing like those that came out of the vehicle. Perhaps they were substituted at manufacture (which can happen, remember the hassle we had and are still having with the Astra’s braking woes), or maybe one of the previous owners modified it.
There is no point trying to buy the parts on line for speed, as we have no way of positively identifying them. We shall need to go to the Renault dealer and wait for them to order them. That’s a job for tomorrow.
In other news, Adam had become a citizen of the United States, with all the rights and obligations that entails.
As I understand it, that does not affect his status as a British citizen, although he will not be entitled to British consular services in the United States (nor, I imagine, would he be entitled to US consular services in the UK) except to renew his British passport. I think it brilliant that he is committed to his chosen home to that extent and will be able to take part in their democratic processes. I also think it very good that, should he decide to travel, he can choose whether to be American or British, depending on which passport is more likely to be welcomed or which one does or does not require a visa. It is so nice to have choices.
Unlike people with broken campers, who cannot just choose to disappear for a few days!
71 days until our next big trip.