Something I didn't post about on Facebook was that we bought a car last week. For a couple of months now, I've been worried about the state of the car (which, my diary recalls, I bought back in 2017). It's been needing topped up with oil on a far too regular basis, and the brakes were shuddering whenever I slowed down. Oh, and it had over 150,000 miles on the clock. Given that, in 2020, we managed a year without driving anywhere at all, that's a pretty impressive 25,000 miles a year. As I took it in for its service on Wednesday I feared the worst.
Ironically, the car's last journey of any note was the previous day's trip to Coleford taking me to a Driver Awareness Course, which I was doing following a "56 in a 50" speeding fine. One ticket in 150,000 miles isn't bad, wouldn't you say? Sadly I just acquired a second one when I was going to a school in Beverley a week earlier.
The garage (Stellantis at Cribbs Causeway, formerly Robins & Day) took one look under the bonnet, charged me a few hundred quid for it, and explained how much work needed doing. It was, as has happened so many times before, new car time. So I looked round the used car lot, made a few phone calls to Hev, then began the process of buying the new car. Unfortunately, because of taking out the mortgage on the new house last year, I can't pay for the car on financing, so had to find the £11,063 (after measly trade-in on the old wreck) from savings and credit cards. Better keep myself busy to get it paid off, then, hadn't I? It's a lovely 2019 car, with a sunroof and a few more mod cons than the last, inc reversing camera, and the sensation of being able to brake without shuddering is still taking some getting used to.
July 31: Sad to lose Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Reubens.
My Books and where to get them:
Prince Of Denmark Street - Amazon - Etsy
Midsummer Nights Dream Team - Amazon - Etsy