Screw loose

So, some time ago the offside wheel arch liner simply fell off the van. I had parked by the road and it literally just fell off in front of my eyes. I can only assume that a garage when doing a job had decided they could not be bothered to secure it back properly. I had no idea which one, but since my £300 engine tray disappeared I know that garages often don’t bother replacing things or at best, do it haphazardly. 

Wheel arch liner
Wheel arch liner

Nevertheless I was surprised to see the job that BD Motors did to my van. I was taking it in anyway for MOT and I asked could they refit the arch liner while they had the van. Of course they said…no problem they said…here’s a photo of what they did…

What they did was drill a couple of holes in my wheel arch and screw a couple of self tappers through the hole to hold the liner in place! WTF! They are about a mile from a Peugeot dealer but they can’t get the right plastic clips to hold it in place?

I’ve long thought BD were a bit slapdash. They replaced the cross bar not long ago and did not bother to fasten the front bumper back to it even though the original screws were there. 

I will definitely not be going back to that garage again. Yet another one off my list.

Seahouses, Northumberland

Seahouses is a little town not that far from the English border with Scotland. It probably has some of the finest fish and chips in the north of England. My personal preference is for the ones at Neptune fish restaurant but I would happily buy them from another if Neptune was shut. If you own Neptune and want to pay me I’ll say I would not buy fish and chips anywhere else…ever 🙂

Inner Farne
Inner Farne

It does still have working fishing boats but the main business people go for is access to the Farne islands. It’s a thriving business even for ex fishing boats to take people on tours around the islands and weather permitting, and season permitting you can land on the main island which has a colony of terns on it. It’s run by the National Trust but don’t let that put you off, it’s a great experience and I still remember my very first one with my Dad when I was about 8 years old. The birds dive bomb you if you go too near their nests and while they don’t hurt you, it’s exciting and a little unnerving when they do it.

The islands are easily visible as they’re not far off shore, and Longstone lighthouse on one of the islands is still one of the most powerful in the UK being visible for 24 nautical miles.

Seahouses of course has a thriving gift shop which has been there a very long time, and in summer it’s still a popular destination for holiday makers including families. A couple of miles away is Bamburgh which is almost as popular just for the castle. 
Sitting on the edge of the great Whin sill Seahouses has some amazing geological formations both on the beach and nearby cliffs and the small rock cabin that housed the dynamite used during the construction of the harbour wall can still be seen. 

I came here for a day out with a friend, and aside from a picnic on the beautiful sand dunes and a long hike along the clean beaches that seem to go on forever, we got some fish and chips from Neptune and took them outside to sit on the harbour wall with.

It was a beautiful day as you can see by the photos, and there were a lot of people there but we had a fab time. Although we didn’t swim some hardy kids were having a great time splashing about in the water and it reminded me of visits with my kids when they were small. What kid doesn’t like the beach in summer, with sandcastles and ice cream and sand in their hair on the way home.