This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Friday, September 23, 2011

It has been a funny old week.

On Sunday, we were turning off a main road into a minor road when a teenage boy sprinted out of a shop and straight across the road in front of us. We only just managed to stop. Had we been driving at any more than “turning” speed we would have hit him. Took me ages to stop shaking.

Then on Monday we left the car parked at the side of the road and somebody coming the other way in a Mercedes lost control, hit the car in front of ours (Volvo), which sent that car into our Audi. Our poor car was bounced right across the road and into a tree. All three cars are write-offs. Amazingly the driver got out unhurt. It was so fortunate that nobody was in the two parked cars. So we now have no car. Ours was a 15 year old Audi which was reliable and did everything we asked of it. It was still a comfortable ride which is important.  They will give us peanuts for it because it was so old and it will cost £thousands to get a new(er) one. They say that it would cost over £4,000 to repair ours so it is an "uneconomic repair".  Even with the front and side all stove in, the guy who came to collect it started the engine (started first time as always) and drove it up on to the transporter.  Grrrr.

My husband is away with work for a couple of days so we can't go car hunting with the courtesy car until he comes back.  I hope they let us keep it for a few days yet or we'll have problems getting to look at cars.  We are undecided whether to get another estate or go for something smaller.  A smaller car would not necessarily be more ecomonical to run as most of our journeys are under 3 miles although the tax would be cheaper.  An estate carries all the camping gear, vast piles of sacks of hen and rabbit food, stuff to and from the allotment etc.  My husband wants another estate and I am the one muttering about "small and economical" "easier to park" and such like.

Still feeling grumpy.


  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger Kim @ Lavender Fields Forever said…

    Hope you get your car sorted soon. I'm just glad that no-one was hurt

  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger By Astra said…

    wow, bad road luck... our car recently died and we got a little 3 door clio, 2004 for a bargain price and only 30pounds tax - we love it :D happy hunting

  • At 12:14 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    Thank you for the sympathy : )

    Our big problem is that we need to find something quickly while we still have the courtesy car to get around in. I've come to work for a rest after spending the weekend running round at breakneck speed. I'm feeling all carred out.


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