Now Is The Solstice Of The Year

Hello everybody!

Firstly BIG apologies for being very tardy with blog updates…yeah I know, all the best blogs have regular updates, but if you ain’t got anything useful to say or report I think it’s often best to say nothing!

Since we got back from Burgundy I have to admit that I haven’t managed to get out much on my beloved Harley. The main reason for this absence of two-wheeled action is building work at Dookes H.Q. and when I have been free the weather has been so sh*tty that I haven’t felt very inclined to get Harley covered in autumn road muck! The only trouble with living in a 300 year old house, which is also an historic listed building, is that you have to do things the traditional way and use traditional materials….which means that everything takes about four times as long to do. So here we are on the shortest day of the year and now it’s officially winter; the building project is coming on nicely, only three more coats of lime plaster to put on with at least ten days between each! There is light at the end of the tunnel!!!

Yesterday I slipped into Plymouth Harley Davidson, just to say hi to a few friends, drool over the 2014 touring models again and pick up some petrol conditioner.  I know I told you how much I like the new Electra Glide, but here’s another photo anyway!IMG_0201

The fuel additive is to stabilise the petrol currently in Harley’s tank; petrol is like other hydrocarbons in so far as it is slightly hygroscopic, it likes grabbing water molecules from the atmosphere and this can, technically speaking, bugger up your equipment if you are not using it! So, as I don’t know when I’m going to get the chance to hit the road and winter air is full of water molecules the petrol conditioner is going in Harley’s tank; not withstanding that she lives in a heated de-humidified workshop. Yeah i know I spoil that bike!

…oh yeah, I nearly forgot!

I’d better wish you all the very best wishes for the Season! Whether you are celebrating;  Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, The Solstice, Dongzhi, Yalda, Saturnalia, Malkh, any other festival that I may have missed, or just looking forward to having a restful holiday, I extend to you my very best wishes. Thanks for joining me for the ride this year, it’s been a ball and I hope you will saddle up with Harley and I in ’14 for more two-wheeled adventure and opinion!

Ring out, ring solstice bells!



In memory of Andy, Colin, Eliza and Henry who rode on ahead in 2013.

2 thoughts on “Now Is The Solstice Of The Year

  1. Hi Dookes
    Sorry I have not been in touch work work work job changed again and all that!! Have a wonderful Christmas all the best for the New Year and will catch up in 2014.

    Jane xx
    (Sent From Blackberry)



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