Train, Bus or Car

My youngest daughter has to buy a bus pass each term to cover her travel to/from her college in Telford. This also provides unlimited travel throughout the area every day of the week. Sadly, she lost the pass last week. It costs £5 to get a replacement (about the same as a normal peak-time return) the first time, and around £35 the second time. Fortunately, this is the first time she has lost the pass. She has a letter from the college which lets her travel for a short time on a very limited Read more […]

New oil tank

Since we moved into our ex-farmhouse some six or seven years ago, we have worried about the old 2000 litre oil tank hidden away around the back of the house. It was old, rusty, and a bit lop-sided. In short, likely to go at any time. Losing lots of oil is not something to look forward to as oil, even a few years ago, is not cheap and cleaning up an oil spill is especially expensive particularly if it gets into any kind of water course. The converted barns behind us, sold off long before we bought Read more […]

Car fuel efficiency

I have had my Mondeo company car for a little while now but have not been seeing substantially better fuel performance than I was getting with the Volvo XC90 which is a much heavier car with a larger engine. Typically I was coming in at around 35mpg. Various reviews suggested I should be getting at least 40 and closer to 50. The cause of the problem is, of course, my heavy right foot. I accelerate too aggresively, brake too hard, and generally drive too fast anyway. Given the huge increase Read more […]