Friday 24th: @ICowie followed by @Passatmann0
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th: @Teresa, @Virginiacg, @Seb_Gurkyh, @Buchanan DTR, @theclarks
Monday 27th: @George Hogg
For many, it probably feels like this social event ended a week ago. Not quite so for me, though.
My provisional schedule for work on club members' cars during the Aberdeenshire Social is quoted above. Those who attended the event can probably all confirm that I was perhaps a little busier than I thought I might be.
The draw of this social event was huge. I'm sure everyone was thrilled to see so many A2s in one place. It seems that all those A2s were quite pleased to see me, too, as they formed an orderly (but long!) queue outside the workshop.
Friday saw me work from 9am until 00:15. Saturday was 'the big one', when I worked from 9am until 01:30am. On Sunday I was busy until just after 11pm. On Monday, I worked almost exclusively on George's A2s; our host waited patiently until all other requests for my time were fulfilled. I finished packing up at 9:30pm, and then started the drive home. I watched the sun set on my right, drove throughout the night, and watched the sun rise on my left just before I rolled onto my own driveway at 4:10am. I have never worked on so many A2s, or for so many hours, in such a short period of time.
On Wednesday, Virginia and Lucas visited me on their drive home from Scotland, for a few further repairs, which gave the impression that the Aberdeenshire Social had just been extended into Lancashire. The unpacking of my tools back into my workshop brought an end to two consecutive away-from-home residencies. Permission requested to sleep for a week!
Despite the long hours, I had an excellent time on George's farm. The workshop facilities are superb, as is the view! I liked that the workshop acted as a secondary social hub, away from the camping field, such that I was always working in company and felt like I was part of the social event. And, of course, I must thank everyone who looked after me through the near-endless cavalcade of A2s under my nose. George and Ruth, thank you both for making me so welcome and for keeping me fed and watered. A good time was had by all, I think. Well done to everyone who contributed to making this happen.