I wrote recently about the problem I had had with a Toyota Avensis that I bought http://naturallore.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/toyota-avensis-warning/.
I then bought a Nissan Primera, but a couple times the car would not start. When I took the car to a Nissan garage they found a problem with the key, but also found that the cam-chain needed changing and that the top head gasket was damaged and coolant had leaked into the engine!! Eventually I got my money back from the garage where I bought the car, but now I ahve no car!!
Last week I went to see a doctor and he told me that I have a hernia and that I must have an operation in the next few weeks. This means I will not be able to do anything for 2 – 4 weeks, including driving my snowmobile, ice fishing, skiing and holding Kelly!!
I did manage to get out last Sunday and spend a couple of hours ice fishing. I caught a nice sized Rainbow Trout.
Each winter I seem to be writing about unusual weather conditions, but no one here can remember it having been so warm in February as it is this year. It has been above freezing for several days now and today the temperature was + 7 degrees C. This sort of weather one would expect at the end of March/beginning of April. A lot of snow is melting now and the snow has already gone from the trees.
They are promising + degrees for the next few days and it will be interesting to see how long it continues.
Last Saturday myself and Emma took our first trip out on the snowmobile to do some ice fishing.
Unfortunately O got the snowmobile stuck in deep snow and after thirty minutes trying to dig it out, it was still stuck fast. Fortunately 5 guys on snowmobiles stopped to help me and the six of us eventually managed to get the snowmobile out.
We fished for two hours and had several bites and twice fish took our worm from the hook but we caught nothing!!
I have been trying to get a decent picture of a Hazel Grouse for a long time and using my new Panasonic Lumix TZ40 which I am currently trying out, I feel that I have succeeded!!
This particular bird was feeding on buds in a Birch tree. This is a relatively small grouse at 35–39 centimetres (14–15 in) in length.
The calls of Hazel Grouse remind me of Treecreeper. You can hear Hazel Grouse calls here,
We have returned from England, having had a great time. So many family and friends visited us bringing with them gifts for Kelly……thanks everyone.
On our return trip to Sweden, Ray Mears and his wife went through security at Heathrow at the same time as us (he was travelling to a location not far from where we live, to run his Arctic Survival Course).
I had a quick chat with him after we had been through security and attempted to thank him for the influence some of his programmes have had on my life, but I was a bit of a babbling idiot and it was also clear that he didn’t really want to chat.
They were also on the same aircraft with us travelling to Stockholm, but decided not to try and talk with him again.
We (myself, Teres and Kelly) are travelling to England on Wednesday to spend 10 days with my parents.
I will be writing again when we return to Sweden.
I’ve been wanting a Toyota car for a long time and just before Christmas I found a used Toyota Avensis from 2002 at the right price, for sale in a garage in Kalix.
The engine in the Avensis was a 1,8l WT-i.
When I purchased the vehicle I noted that the oil was on the minimum mark and the saleman put more oil in the engine as I had 1 150km drive home. After driving the car for a week and having covered a distance of about 1000kms, I noticed that the oil level in the engine was low again.
A search on the internet gave many results relating to many people having had the same problem (apparently the cylinders where drilled a little too large) and infact Toyota had recalled many cars with this engine model during the warranty period and replaced the engines (15000 in Sweden alone). Unfortunately mine was not one of these. Tomorrow I have to drive the 150km journey again to return the car and get my money back.
I must make it clear that this issue was fixed as far as I am aware in 2003 and so it is only 1,8l WT-i engines prior to 2003 that are prone to this problem.
I am really disappointed that I must return my Toyota, but I have now bought a 2,0l Nissan Primera, which I hope will be problem free!!