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March 6, 2011

Yesterday I opened my Valentine’s package from Jean.  I opened the package expecting the lovely heart pincushion and found a Roger’s Chocolates chocolate heart as well as a circle made of handwoven pieces.   Thank you Jean!

One might wonder why it took so long for me to receive a parcel mailed 3 weeks ago.    I had Jean mail the parcel  to where I thought I would receive it soonest.  As it turned out it took longer  than anticipated.   A worn out alternator in my car took a bit of time to replace.  I finally left  Thursday  and ran into more excitement of a variety I can do without and not because  road conditions can be variable at this time of year.

Thursday morning  the temperature had dipped  into the freezing zone so roads were a bit icy.    I left  around 9 a.m. so that I wouldn’t be driving on icy roads.     The day was nice, the road was good and I was enjoying my drive stopping off at a great coffee shop midway and to top up the gas tank.    This drive usually takes approx. 6 hours so I was hoping to get to Ladner mid-afternoon to visit with family then catch an evening ferry to the island.   But that didn’t happen.  I left Princeton just after lunch and about a half hour later the car started to  shake and I wondered if I had a flat tire.  Slowing down I could tell that wasn’t the problem.  At this point I wasn’t far from the East Gate service station at the edge of Manning Park, so slowed down to a crawl until I could pull off the road.    Cell phone coverage is non-existent through this section of highway so I was relieved to get the car to where there would be a phone.    The next place with a telephone would be Manning Park Lodge, another 15-20 min. drive.    The gas station doesn’t have a mechanic but the station attendant was nice enough to come over to have a look at the car and saw  right away that two of the lag bolts were missing from the right front tire  with a third partly loose!  Yikes!  I had just had a tire change and balance the day before in preparation for the drive.  I had driven just over 200 km.  so wheel and tire trouble was not something I thought would be a problem!  Especially completely missing  bolts.

I  have road-side insurance so phoned for a tow truck  to get the car to the nearest available  repair shop.   The East Gate is around an hour drive from Hope, so I had to wait for the tow truck, which  took closer to 2 hours  from my phone call to arrive.    At Hope the tire repair shop  had two bolts that would do the job adequately and get me the rest of the way.   There was no visible damage to the wheel so the bolts were put in place and I was told to check them within 100 km.   Lucky – I wasn’t looking forward to spending the night  in a motel and then waiting until the bolts could be delivered sometime the next day.   The car was roadworthy again around 6:00 p.m.  It was getting dark and rainy and I had another couple of hours to drive.    I knew I wouldn’t be on time for the ferry, but had a place to stay with family overnight.  I caught a ferry the next morning  and will now have to arrange for the bolts to be delivered.  But I did arrive safe and mostly sound.

I had planned to go to Leola’s studio this weekend for the Unfinished Project project at Whippletree Junction,  but will now have to visit another day.

Braided rug made from old clothing  over 40 years ago by my husband’s grandmother.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2011 10:32 am

    Too much excitement, indeed! And not the right kind of excitement at all… That’s a lovely little parcel to cheer you up, though. Tell the truth: do you still have that chocolate heart?


    • Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
      March 6, 2011 11:55 am

      Honest? it is all gone… 😉


  2. March 6, 2011 11:36 am

    oh, Evelyn glad you are ok. It sounds horrible but could have been so much worse. I have just spent 3 days with Dorothy Field, a friend of Leola’s, and Dorothy keeps telling me we should meet so think I’ll be taking at trip to whippletree.
    So, do you still have the choc?


    • Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
      March 6, 2011 3:26 pm

      Choc all gone and it was a treat! Thanks again. I met Leola a long time ago at Pearson College – we were taking a tapestry course with Jane Kidd and we just connected again after years!


    • March 6, 2011 6:39 pm

      I will be waiting to see you both – wow, I know what that part of the world is like to have a breakdown – I have lots of stories around car trips. Did you know that my father was one of the first to drive over the new Hope Princeton Highway? Cool, eh?

      The Unfinished Project Project was great and we made some money for the women’s shelter – lots of stories and lots of work was done all made more enjoyable by my granddaughter, Belle – indeed the belle of the ball. Three years old and non-stop. I will post pictures soon. Sorry you couldn’t make it, but look forward to seeing you soon.
      Love L


  3. Laura permalink
    March 6, 2011 12:21 pm

    Yikes – way too much excitement, but silver linings in spite of the cloud. Glad you are safe and had some medicinal chocolate to aid in recovery.


    • Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
      March 6, 2011 3:27 pm

      You are right Laura – it was a silver lining. I will never take tires for granted even if i did just have them done!


  4. March 7, 2011 5:08 am

    Oh my the Saga of the bolts! But at the end was that beautiful heart and chocolate! The chocolate as I see, is just a memory. 🙂 Glad everything turned out okay.


  5. March 7, 2011 6:49 am

    Wow, how scary for you! I’m so glad that your tire didn’t come off and that you were close by a gas station.

    Thanks for sharing the unique Valentine’s gift that was made for you. What a charming idea to use handwoven fabrics like that.

    Thanks, too, for sharing the braided rug made by someone in your family. What a piece to cherish for your family.

    Have a better week Evelyn. Enjoy your visit!


  6. March 7, 2011 9:17 am

    So glad you were close to where you could get some assistance! That’s one long lonely road, that ol’ Highway 3. I would be giving whoever changed your tire a hard time, were I you. They didn’t properly tighten the bolts afterward. You were so lucky it wasn’t more serious. Whew!

    Love the cute handwoven patchwork. Gives me ideas….


  7. March 7, 2011 5:59 pm

    Boy, did that feel close to home. The diciest part of my commute is sans cell signal and I am always aware of that area, paying close attention to my driving. Oddly, it’s a windy stretch and other cars who have driven sanely up to this point, seem to think they’re Parnelli Jones and put the pedal to the metal, even in stupid weather. I digress. I’m so glad you’re trip ended safely and I’m especially touched by the rug, my current addiction, I mean, focus of attention.


  8. March 8, 2011 4:07 am

    Whew, that could have been serious, so glad it wasn’t! So glad things actually worked out so well, even though it did require a change in plans! I like the patchwork heart too. So cute and clever. Patchwork was my first fiber love.


  9. March 8, 2011 11:20 am

    Glad you made it safely. Those little hearts are very sweet! Gives me ideas for using woven scraps!


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