(No) Apples, but Sundaes!

It’s Fall again and that means another pretty drive through the Fall colors of Massachusetts, following Sheena to George Hill Orchard and then on to ice cream! Even though it’s late October now, Fall colors also are late this year, and the weather was a comfortable mid-50s, bringing out 6 MINIs (and an Audi TT) – and one benefit of missing Mickey & MINI in Florida is that GPMINI is still up here to join in …

As always, Sheena led us down some beautiful twisty roads (including the obligatory “U-turn”) – which my GP seemed to really enjoy, increasing MPG during the day even while running at higher than normal RPMs 🙂


At George Hill Orchard, few Apples were picked – but we sampled the food (hot dogs, cider donuts …) and visited the “Pets”:


Then back to the MINIs for a short trip to ice cream at Cold Stone – and Armen got to drive GPMINI! Cold Stone ice-cream was excellent; my traditional sweet cream ice cream with caramel and banana – which I ate before taking the picture!

Great fun to run in the GP again, and enjoy the company of good friends – thanks Sheena, and everyone!

(previous years 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006)

Tire cradles

After having to buy a set of tires for GPMINI due to the flatspot-caused rumbling, I finally spent the $$$ (less than a set of tires!) to get a set of tire cradles recommended by George. They are a very soft rubbery material, so that presumably they give way instead of the tires!

Easy to use, just stop a little short of where you want to park, place the tire cradles in front of each tire, and drive forward on to them! Hopefully they will save me from another batch of noisy runflats …

GPMINI for sale?

GPMINI got another (rare) wash today – she’s not driven much now, and normally remains at work during the weekend so this is her first wash since June (unless you count the “partial wash” from MINI of Peabody last month) – but when she’s clean, she still looks “good as new”:

The duck has travelled with GPMINI since Las Vegas during MINI Takes The States 2006 – there was one in the Westin Hotel bathroom but I wasn’t brave enough to swipe it … but George did for me, instead!

Five years of ownership, 47,000 miles of memories – but she doesn’t get driven much now and I must admit that I don’t miss driving her so much these days … I’m thinking maybe it’s time to find her a new owner!

Cleaning out!

GPMINI spent the morning at MINI of Peabody today – in case she is still “up North” when winter comes, I wanted the coolant fluid replaced with something that will survive the expected freeze. I also wanted the mildew-smell from the interior air to go away …

Of course, both tasks were completed successfully – but it was quite a strange visit to the dealership today. Of course I knew Graham, Gary, Dave, Kevin, in service – but upstairs there was no-one I knew, in fact there was just about no-one at all at 9am!


So I wandered over to next door BMW Peabody and chatted with Vin for a while – and he happily gave me the keys to a 5 GT to take for a drive! And this could be a car to beat my Q5

Thanks, Vin!