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Sunday, July 10, 2016

A barn find?

A few weeks back a dear friend of mine asked me if I would like to join him go see a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL in a small Oklahoma town, south of Oklahoma City. A car nut I am, how could I say no. My friend said if I could photograph the car as well and give my 2 cents on the value/condition of the car, it would be an added bonus.

The owner of the car passed away some years back and the widow wants to sell the car but needed an independent opinion on the car. The car was stored at a European car mechanic shop for past eight years. It was an interesting trip, the car is at a junction, where either it can be used as a parts car or some brave person can get a full restoration done. Full restoration can cost way north of hundred thousand dollars and considerable amount of time. Even with a ceased engine, rust, missing soft top, busted tires and rotted interior there is a $25,000/- offer on the car.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Though we had very interesting winter, early warm spring days followed by a very cold and wet spell, majority of the plants made it through. Poor fig tree had 16 figs growing while still in the garage but lost all the fruit after suffering through the cold spell out on the patio. Roses are doing very good, it was the first year my wisteria flowered. The fight with moles and gophers continues, hundred plus tulip and hyacinth planted last fall did not survive to bloom. But overall it is not bad so far. My Greek Oregano patch is back, it has done so well over the last six years. I had cut the small plastic pot from the bottom and stuck it in the dirt. Since then, very year I harvest a lot of oregano. Whatever is left after distribution to friends and neighbors, I hang in bunches in the kitchen to dry out. It lasts all winter. Here are a few pictures I took the other day of the patio area. Enjoy!

Trusty Greek Oregano 

English Ivy and Peonies 

Friday, April 29, 2016


I am alive and well, just have been busy with all that usual craziness of our modern day life. Gone through multiple adventures of life during the absence from the blog world, one of them "Victoria".

In one of my insane moments I bought a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S aka "Victoria". The car sat for some years and I am going through the process of bringing her back to a respectable shape. All the mechanical rehab has been done (minus few small things here and there) and now some of the cosmetic and interior rehab is in the works.  Hopefully I will be active on the blog and do a few posts on Victoria.

Best wishes to all.