We've been busy with non-horsey stuff such as, my family thinking it would be an excellent idea to sell our folding camper six weeks before we are due to go on holiday in it. The idea was to buy a caravan with the money from selling the camper. Good idea in principle but not so easy in practice because caravans tend to be more expensive than folding campers. Still, we managed to find one in our price range (just) and brought it home to store at mum's house (thanks mum!). Of course, on closer inspection when we got it home we find out all its little faults and foibles. Its a good job my other half is very handy and knows lots of other handy people. Work has started to get the caravan in shape for our holiday in Cornwall in August. Next we had to buy an awning so another search of Ebay ensued. Awning is now bought - check.
Of course in the process of inspecting and buying these things a fair bit of mileage was clocked up on the old Pajero which drinks diesel like its going out of fashion. This has had an adverse effect on my bank balance and the decision has been made that I can no longer afford to run the Paj. Its costing me over £50 a week just to get to work and back and I could halve that with a more economical car (and pay another livery fee instead!). I'm gutted about selling it but its just too thirsty.
The question now was what to buy. As far as I'm concerned I'm not too bothered, my only stipulation is air conditioning - the climate control in the Paj is so good I would really miss it now. I don't know if any of you have children but my two (15 and 20 yrs respectively) are very particular about what wheels they are seen in. No mere Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus will do for them, oh no - buy an Audi A3 mum! Yeah, right, like that's going to happen!
Having trawled Ebay and Autotrader I think we've reached a compromise with a Peugeot 206 - around year 1999-2000. It's a little smaller than I would have liked but it seems to have great fuel economy and it looks cool enough for the kids. Now I just have to find one thats cheap enough for me to afford to buy and sell the Paj. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
Update on the horsey situation next time.