Thank You Mr AA Man

Have to say a big thank you to the AA man who arrived to take a look at my car and had it fixed within 45 mins.

I had just driven around 30 miles from the office, mostly motorway, and almost home when there was a sudden noise like a tyre suddenly deflating. This was accompanied by several lights illuminating on my dashboard.

The engine started to run rough and there was a distinct lack of power. So engine and tyres not normally related so I was puzzled.

The lights on the dashboard were related to the tyre pressure sensors and to the stability control system !!!

All of this was accompanied by sounds from under the bonnet similar to when an exhaust manifold gasket is blowing.

Since there didn’t seem to be any danger of damage to the engine, no warning lights indicating overheating or oil loss, I limped home.

At home, on the driveway, I turned the engine off then restarted it. Engine ran, noisy it’s true, but no lights illuminated on the dashboard.

So I contacted the lease company who arranged for the AA to visit.

They arrived within 15 minutes and I reckon the guy had identified that the turbo intercooler hose had come off  within five minutes. He discovered that the pipe clip was still down on the tray under the engine cleaned and refitted the pipe. Had the engine running, quietly and smoothly, job done within 45 minutes.

He couldn’t explain why any of the warning lights came on since they are, seemingly, logically, unrelated.

Needless to say, I was and am relieved.

Since then I have trawled the interweb. It seems that intercooler pipes come of with some regularity. I couldn’t find any references to Mazda CX5’s specifically. But lots of references to other brands and there is a particularly humerous film on YouTube of a guy whose Mitsubishi suffers the same issue but he is between hills and without the turbo his car is unable to reach the summit in either direction.

I consider I was very lucky. So, a big thank you to the man from the AA.

Don’t Forget Your Greens


Just wanted to put a shout out there for Greens  of Wickham.

We had the pleasure of dining and relaxing in this establishment on Saturday. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. The staff were friendly, attentive but not intrusive. And, most importantly, the food was superb.

Our choices from the menu were all from the Set Lunch Menu, well initially. By accident we selected one of each of the starters. “Soup of the moment” (I’ve forgotten wha it was), Warm Goats’ Cheese, Smoked salmon & crayfish tails (this looked  spectacular) and Pressed ham hock terrine.

All agreed that the food was very tasty and there was ample for a starter,  although some concern was voiced that there was too much goats cheese !! Didn’t see any left on the plate though.

For the mains our selections included a Steak pie (with a proper pastry top instead of the usual puff pastry shrapnel), Pork loin and I had the  Hampshire ribeye which was beautifully cooked.

Nobody had room for a sweet which says it all really.

We had booked for 13:00 and were seated shortly thereafter. Given the current weather it was nice to be sat near an open log fire.  And then it was 16:00 before we knew it. I had asked at the bar if we could have more coffee and was very politely informed that they were closed. Actually they had been closed since 15:00 but had not pressed us to leave. And we weren’t the only ones as there was another group of folks, at the far end of the restaurant, equally involved in their own socialising.

I cannot recommend this establishment highly enough. We will be back.