Saturday, 22 August 2015

Project 365 week 34 16th - 22nd August

Well for me this has been a week from hell. Not quite sure what the outcome is going to be or what my next step is but I have been left angry and disillusioned. Toyed with not sharing this but I suppose the blog is here for the good and the bad.

Sunday

I won £2000 last week, and it has reached my bank. Knew when I won it that the only sensible thing to spend it on was another car. So the search had been ongoing and we decided to go and see two local cars. One of them we really liked and left a deposit on ready to get the money out the bank on Monday and pay off the balance.


a great win



Monday

Phoned the insurance company and changed our insurance over the the new car and added a temporary policy to our existing car to cover it till the end of the month so that it could be test driven when we sell it.
Went to pick the car up, saw a brief warning flash up on the dashboard and queried it with the owner but he said it goes away and it does not affect the driving. So we sat outside and taxed the car so we could drive it home. Stopped at Irvine to take a few pictures.
Have to say loved driving it, nice high up position, great all round visibility and comfortable, could not see the bonnet but will soon get use to that.

Citroen Picassa 



Tuesday

Popped the car down to our local garage to have a look at the warning message that popped when the car was started. This is where my week started to fall apart. This car that was sold to me as a great driver with no problems and in really good order. The car had massive issues, from a broken spring to damaged fuel injectors, no oil in the engine but the spark plugs full of it instead, not to mention warning lights being painted out with black paint. The car was too dangerous to drive and the garage would not let me leave with it.
So I got my daughter to run me back down to the previous owner who insisted there was nothing wrong with the car but gave me some of my money back. He said he was keeping the rest to pay for the garage bill and the pick up truck to get it back. Needless to say he did not pay the garage bill so we had to.
Between the tax, insurance, the garage bill, the petrol we put in the car and the money he kept we are hundreds down, money I could not afford to be down.


list of faults


Wednesday

So I had to phone the insurance company and pay another admin fee to sort out the mess, putting our existing car back on the main insurance, then had to phone the breakdown company and change it back on there as well. This worried me as we were due to go to Stirling and for all we have had our car over six years and it has never let us down it was tempting fate as any changes take twenty four hrs to kick in, but thankfully we got there and back fine. Then we had to phone the DVLA and explain to them, have to let my DD run for September as it is taking payment for the twenty miles we drove it on Monday!!They will then refund me the money they will take for September. Had to confirm the problem in writing with them so I did not end up paying for two months. 
Have to say it has taken all the pleasure out of the money and makes the win feel like a curse rather than a good thing. 


So have to say if we did not have to go and visit today I could have cheerfully crawled into a hole. 
But we stop at Stirling services and I decided to cheer myself up and treat us to some of these as I hear people rant about them. Not particularly impressed, wont be rushing to buy them again.



three krispy doughnuts 



Thursday

Somebody had published a geocache that was very close to us, so we stuck on our wellies, jumped in the car, parked up and walked the half mile or so to be the first people to find it.

We saw plenty of these wild raspberries growing along the pathway and hubby says they were very nice, I don't eat raw fruit.

wild raspberries


Friday


Bob stayed over last night, Fifi did not want too. He was at the immunologist last week and they have changed his medicines and put him onto a new cream regime to see if it will help his skin. So first up was to rub on dermol and then shower that off. One of the tubes of cream went on hands and feet, the other tube elbows, knees and any other inflamed patches. Next was the big tub of moisturiser all over, then the small tub was to go on his elbows and feet and then top with wraps. He was quite happy to have it done, and he says he is scratching less which is a good thing.

creams and wraps


Saturday

Had some strawberries needing used up so made a Victoria sponge and sliced some in the bottom of the cake tins before adding the cake mix. I then made a butter icing and puréed some strawberries through it as well, have to say made for a runnier icing than normal but was yummy none the less.

strawberry cake



19 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry you've had such a nightmare with that car and that it's soured your wonderful win. Thank god though that nothing happened when you were actually driving it. xx

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    1. I know what scares me is if I had not had it checked and put the kids in it!!

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  2. Oh no! What a time you had with the car....I would be angry too! I hope you manage to get all your money back!
    Well done on the win though!!!
    That cake looks so good! I want cake now....hehehe x

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    1. sorry it has all gone....was too good not to.

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  3. Can't believe the trouble you had with the car. What sort of git paints over warning lights...
    What a rigmarole Bob has to go through for his skin.

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    1. a git that hides behind being a nice old man!!

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  4. what an absolute rubbish week for you all. i feel the same about Krispy Cremes, had my first one the other month and thought blugrh

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    1. glad its not just me that cannot see what everybody else rates so highly about them. Give me Greggs any day of the week.

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  5. so sorry about the car :( I have to admit I love krispy creme doughnuts! x

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    1. a lot of people seem to like the, thats why I thought I would see what all the hype was about

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  6. What a nightmare with the car! The money should have made you happy, but clearly it's done anything but. Hope you manage to do something nice with what's left. When I won my big cash win earlier this year most of it got eaten up with car repair bills and a new boiler (neither of which should really have happened as car was low mileage and boiler quite new). So frustrating! x

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    1. I remember you having money trouble with your car at the time, as you say even good quality low mileage cars can have issues.

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  7. oh Elaine what a week of emotions for you. I saw that you had such a fab windfall last weekend and was so chuffed for you. And then i saw it all begins to go downhill and really felt for you so a massive (hug) and i hope that is the last of your bad luck.
    the cake sounds lovely and glad that Bob is less itchy xx

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    1. thank you, they say al things happen for a reason....who knows the reason behind this

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  8. I am so sorry that this week has been full of problems. How awful that someone would sell you a car with so many problems :-( hope that this week is a better one x

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    1. I know makes you wonder why people would be such low life for such a small amount of money in comparison to the posh house they have.

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  9. Oh my goodness Elaine, sorry to hear about all the stress with your car. What a nightmare :( Hope you get it sorted as best you can. Sounds like you made the best of the rest of your week. x

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    1. Life goes on and you can either give in to the kicks in the teeth, or get up dust yourself down and move on, so I have moved on

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  10. Such a shame that happened with the car. He had no right to keep the money to get the car towed back etc. I really hope you get it back x

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