Friday night disaster…averted!

August 29, 2014

I have a Land Rover story to tell you, but rather than show you the gruesome happenings, I’m going to show you the lovely vintage things I bought the other day.

So, I had to run into Oxford today and Robbie and I made a deal that I would undercoat the chassis of the Landi first thing this morning and then, while I’m in Oxford, R would put the floors back in.

007 copy copy(lovely old tools and a little silver spoon)

“Just get under the car,” Robbie said, “I’ll spread out a carpet remnant for you. It’ll be easy. Half an hour and you’ll have it done.”

Then he said, “Here, use this scrapper and this screwdriver and this wire brush to just brush off the loose bits before you paint it.” πŸ˜€

004 copy copy(1920 commercial bread loaf pan and a small iron skillet)

So I tied my two feet of hair into a braid, got into R’s overalls, climbed under the car and started scraping the tar goop and loose rust off…which started falling all over the carper remnant, R’s overalls, and my two feet of hair!!! And the more I moved under the car, the more it got into my hair.

About an hour into it R came to see how I was getting on.
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And to help me with the job because we greatly underestimated the amount of work.

About three hours later we were finally finished and I cleaned my hands with the turpentine and ran my fingers thru my fringe and my fingers wouldn’t go thru it.

OMG! How will I get tar and enamel latex out of my hair!

No time for hair rescue, tied it up and drove into Oxford.

008 copy copy(thread spools from a Victorian cloth factory and an old ruler)

I love to walk the 3 miles into the town centre from the park and ride and today I had a beautiful walk in a strong wind…which blew my hair around and tangled the tar into it even more.

Now I know that the theory is that one shouldn’t have two feet of hair past their 30s but stuff that for a game of soldiers. I love having long hair and, what’s more, I love being a brunette, so cutting the tar out and using solvents was not an option.

So, back home, and I ran a really hot bubble bath, soaked in it for a very long time, washed my hair with R’s strong detergent Pantene instead of my gentle organic shampoo, squidged an entire tube of thick, gloopy conditioner thru my hair in two treatments and combed thru it with a fine toothed comb. The resulting hairball would have made my long haired Morgan jealous, but, a final little comb thru with a bit of coconut oil detangler, and my hair is back to soft, lustrous, normal.

015 copy copy(18 and 19C French fabric scraps)

Disaster averted.
And I have a beautiful, rust free Land Rover (Landi update to follow) πŸ˜€

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8 Comments

  • Reply Patty/NS August 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Yucky job you had to do, thank goodness your hair came clean. Love the old bits and bobs, nice assortment.

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      I know!!! I love the little bits too Patty; looking forward to using them all. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Ida P. Krause August 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Well I’m happy for your hair that all is well again. My solution next time….get hubby to clean out the land rover!

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Lol, I’ll have to time it right next time. πŸ˜€

  • Reply vastlycurious.com August 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Just wondering why HE wouldn’t do this……….

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Oh, he’s done so much already! I’m hugely in debt to R for all the wonderful work he’s done on my car, and, it remains that it’s my car, I wanted it, I committed to the restoration, and he has to get on with his work. But boy, undercoating sucks! Lol.

  • Reply daryledelstein August 30, 2014 at 6:42 am

    i never heard there was a rule about age/hair length .. good to know so i can ignore it .. my rule is hair should flatter so whatever looks best is what you should have … glad to hear the crisis is past

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