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|
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.
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|
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|
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.
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|
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.