Spring can be a wet time in the UAE, with March being statistically the wettest month here in Fujairah. The country has a varied geography with some remarkably pretty and majestic landscapes. I was prepared for the open deserts but not for the rugged mountains which ring the Emirate where I live, and it’s those… Read More Spring in the UAE
Apologies for the absence (again). Its been a busy few weeks and often without decent Internet, or time. After the Oman trip I was caught up in the helter skelter of Christmas and the flight home to the UK. Time, on arrival, to get Tusker, my Discovery 2, though the UK’s annual MoT roadworthiness test,… Read More New Year….
I am developing quite a soft spot for Oman. It’s hugely varied in terms of landscape, climate and culture, and it’s easy to access if you have a decent 4×4. Having recently sorted Bumblebee to the extent that all the ropey bits of her maintained structure (for example UJs, bearings, hoses) have been replaced with… Read More Once more the Sultanate of Oman
Apologies for the long gap. Life gets in the way sometimes! It’s been a busy couple of months (sorry!) since my last entry. Having spent a while fettling Bumblebee the Camel v8 Discovery, and undoing various bodges perpetrated on her by previous owners, she is now reaching a stage where I am starting to trust… Read More Catch-up! Winter in the UAE
Things potter along here in Fujairah. It’s Islamic New Year this weekend and I was wondering about hopping over to Cairo to catch up with that part of my life – it still feels like a second home. May do. Undecided yet. Car jobs have included ordering a set of UJs and wheelbearings for the… Read More Tyre deflaters, Islamic New Year and shishas
So this weekend a friend came over from Dubai, Alan Sheach, in his Discovery 3, and the two of us set out for an explore. Alan’s from Fife in Scotland, and intends to drive home to the UK in the next year or so, but is undecided whether to take his 88″ Series III, Disco… Read More Discovering Dibba al-Hisn
The time has come to think about a refit for Elsa, my 1991 Defender 110. She is nigh on 400,000 reliable miles old, many of which have been solo in the Sahara, and she has been a real trooper since I bought her 17 years ago. However her bulkhead and chassis needed patching for her… Read More Defender 110, 130, 130 CSW, 142 or 145?
For a couple of years I’ve been intrigued by the US-designed Rotopax plastic fuel cells that can be stored on vertical or horizontal surfaces in a vehicle or on a quad or bike. They are quite small (1, 2 or 4 US gallon) and very pricey but their design is innovative and lends itself to… Read More Plastic moulded fuel containers
Gosh. Many apologies for silence til now! Two months without a post….. fairly hectic. So initially after flying home to the UK I drove to Albania. Like you do. When I left Cairo eighteen months ago a friend, Darrell, was also leaving and kindly shipped some of my household bits and bobs to his new… Read More Finally! Update… Balkans to the Highlands
A friend, David Clinton Marcus, is selling his left-hand-drive 1998 Defender Tdi CSW. He’s just completed a journey from Kazakhstan to South Africa in this Landy. However he’s now in Jamaica where a Land Rover is rather wasted so the old beast is sadly up for sale. Fully kitted for her next trip and with… Read More Defender for sale (not mine!)