Life is a journey.

Poppy is a 1966 series 2a 109″ Land Rover that was made for the Canadian market and has been in British Columbia since new. It spent about twenty years traversing the mountain back roads…

In the 1950s and 60s there was only one vehicle which could reliably access many areas of the African continent. In that era and in that area Land Rovers were necessary to travel most…

The first Land Rover, released in 1948, was made from surplus aluminum and painted in the various greens of airplane paint. It had four wheel drive and power take-off for farm…


  • Northern rover

    Northern rover

    A chance meeting along a dark shore, good reminders of times long past, and encouragement for the future. A rare sighting of spectacular aurora on Vancouver Island. Not only visible, but under perfectly clear skies, dancing directly overhead, filling the skies, and including pink and red colours that are rarely seen this far south.

  • Secret drive

    Secret drive

    A lovely private drive winding in and out of the shadows of the forest on a sunny afternoon. A path beckons to one side, where might it lead? We are grateful for the invitations and opportunities as they come. Choose wisely, make the most of what is available, and steward it well.

  • Spring blossoms

    Spring blossoms

    A stop to enjoy the view and make a new friend on an island spring afternoon. The blue sky and fresh blossoms herald the new season. The winter has passed, the summer will come–until then, one day at a time.

  • New leaf

    New leaf

    Taking a few moments to enjoy a spring morning on the island after a long haul. The blue sky and green leaves and fresh blossoms hint at something just around the corner–a change is in the air. Moving forward one day at a time, enjoying the journey along the way.

  • Moss carpet

    Moss carpet

    One last moment to enjoy an island afternoon before a long haul. The contrasting colours of the green moss and the reddish brush as the light changes with the drifting clouds. Oh, for such an endless road of sturdy moss carpet to follow to adventure…

  • Winter sea

    Winter sea

    Golden light shining under the clouds on a grey day by the seaside. Distant mist and hints of rain obscure the forest and mountains and they slide away into the distance. Waves crash steadily and a seabird wheels on the wind.

  • Belting it out

    Belting it out

    A rattling noise that occurs at higher rpms near the top of each gear and may at first seem to be a dying mainshaft bearing or oil throwing wheel gone bad may in fact have a much simpler fix. Opening the bonnet whilst attempting to duplicate the behaviour reveals that the screeching sound seems to…

  • Adjusting the bonnet catch

    Adjusting the bonnet catch

    It is always nice to come across a piece of equipment that was designed with future adjustability in mind. Perhaps a little known fact is that the bonnet (hood) catch on a series rover can be adjusted to compensate for wear and change over the years. There is a nut above the spring that locks…

  • Canvas Bonnet Strip

    Canvas Bonnet Strip

    Series rovers originally had braided canvas cord filler strips along the front of the bonnet to cushion the closing or contact point and prevent unnecessary airflow or dust entry. At some point long ago this one had been replaced with a self-adhesive foam strip, which had subsequently degraded. Replacements in the original style are now…

  • Removing the grille

    Removing the grille

    Up to late 2a, series rovers had metal wire grilles in front of the radiator. A legendary use for these grilles was as an actual cooking surface in an emergency situation in a remote location. They may also need to be removed occasionally for cleaning, access to the bonnet catch, or steering mechanism. One way…

  • Window seals

    Window seals

    The original rear window seals had largely perished, hardening, cracking, and shrinking to leave significant gaps at the bottom of the windows, the largest opening being about an inch long. The two part system in comprised of a sealing strip and a centre filler strip. Judging by the current condition and surface textures the factory…

  • Tool making

    Tool making

    There is a specialized windscreen fillet tool in the Rover manual for installing the filler strip for the window seals, however they do not seem to be around anymore and even the vaguely similar replacements are very hard to locate. With a little blacksmithing a reasonable facsimile is possible to make. The main material in…

  • In hindsight

    In hindsight

    Finally time to put the proper looking mirrors back on. Side mirrors on series up to 2a are round and mounted near the front of the wings, series 3 introduced larger rectangular mirrors first on the wings and later on the windscreen hinges, and defenders are integrated with the door hinges. Concerns about the small,…

  • Mind the gap

    Mind the gap

    Some gracious friends allowed the use of their dry climate controlled space during a brief window when it was available. Since the arrival of the rivets, the onset of the wet and wintery season has prevented any work on sealing the drip rail around the roof. This timely opening provides the opportunity to move forward…

  • Urushi & tea leaves

    Urushi & tea leaves

    The incredibly excessive atmospheric moisture of this winter overwhelmed the painted finish on the steering wheel and it started flaking off. Series rover steering wheels are notorious for breaking down after about 50 years. The coating on the outside wears off over time and the composite material leaves black sludge on your hands when the…

Prepare for adventure.

“If you don’t slow down once in awhile, life can pass you by.” Adventures can be far or near, large or small, and each one has a lesson–and a story.