2023-06-10 22:08:10

Buying this thing has been a mental sprint. I went from “Oh heck, this old car is on its last legs” about two weeks ago to owning today and I’m exhausted with all the research and decision making. Mostly I’m glad it’s done and I don’t have to think about it any more.

2023-06-10 22:05:53

Well. We have an EV. It’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever owned apart from my house (for reference, previous car cost about £7,000 in 2012).

It’s AMAZING!! I’m super happy. We need to do a long drive to properly test it, but I did 50 miles today in a mix of environments (urban, hilly rural and motorway) with A/C on most of the way and it still had 78%.

I’ll forget how to drive (cos of auto + all the whizzy assists) and there are so many gadgets that could go wrong. But we made a good buy. 😃

2023-06-08 07:06:29

This morning I come downstairs to find my kid is watching a cartoon where…



2023-06-07 09:32:21

Was quite proud of ourselves this morning listening to a TV news segment about the decline of flying insects while looking out over our lawn/meadow. Loads of starlings and sparrows pecking at the ground and buzzing around the trees. Bees enjoying the wildflowers on the deck. I’m even accepting of the ants nests these days.

No plastic here. Just nature at work.

2023-06-06 22:07:20

I’m having real fun looking at EVs. Nearly went for a Renault Zoe. When I pushed a bit harder it turns out the one I was interested in had a failed charging unit. I now don’t believe the story I was told about it’s history. And zero-star NCAP rating + failing charge circuits = NO THANKS RENAULT!!!

Looking at some Hyundais and MGs on Friday. They’re older to fit in our budget but look like much better cars.

2023-06-05 08:25:04

I’m back in the train. Some tough words these last few days. You have to be a right wordsmith to get this one!

Wordle 716 5/6


2023-06-04 19:50:56

I see school comms doesn’t improve when you get to secondary/high school.

PE kit uniform… who should have what kit?

– Rugby shirt
– Fleece – optional for girls in years 7-9
– Hoodie – optional for girls in years 9-11
– T-shirt (fitted, optional)


2023-06-04 16:03:31

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2023-06-03 21:41:52

Honestly, everyone… how on earth are you supposed to make decisions that involve spending tens of thousands of pounds/dollars?

How do you know you're doing the right thing?

Or is the trick that you don't, but you do the thing anyway?

2023-06-03 10:26:22

Can any EV people (@jackmcconnell ?) tell me why I shouldn't go to the dealership and buy this used Renault Zoe right now?

Why is this so cheap? And why hasn't it sold since it snowed (see the pictures) at least as long ago as March?


2023-06-02 22:42:56

Also… I went really frickin deep on EVs and I think our aging car only just got us home.

Suspect a new auto is coming very soon. And it won’t take petrol!

2023-06-02 22:41:23

Home from an almost-week “up North” based in York. Phew!!

– Becoming English Heritage members
– Whitby Abbey
– Jorvik Viking Centre (for the first time)
– Hanging out and catching up with old friends
– LOTS of good food

– Probably the longest traffic jam I’ve ever been in on the way home
– Overpriced and annoying AirBnB