Hubby and I are on our travels again today, but this time with a bit of extra paperwork.
We’ve looked at buying property in Wales in 2000 and 2004, killing two cars in the process.
The first was Skoda Favorite which blew a head gasket and we came back on a flat bed lorry. My Mum had come to look after our dog (we had Barney then) and we had a real rough diamond as our chauffeur! We rang ahead and Mum had the bacon sarnies ready for our arrival which went down very well with a cup of tea before he went on his way.
This is Barney, Maggie’s predecessor.
In 2004 we tried again, and this time came back with an even rougher diamond with so many piercings, I lost count. His twin brother apparently works in Buck Palace as a footman, so he said he had the piercings for both of them!
We were in one of our new Suzuki Altos, and it died at the top of a hill in the middle of a thunder-storm. I felt sorry for the sheep in the field, one of which though he was safe by sticking his head in a bucket, and another looked appealingly at me through the wire as if to say ‘Please let me in. I promise I’ll behave if you just let me in the back.’
Before we ended up in Lincolnshire, we tentatively had a look, but didn’t pursue it. Circumstances were a little different then, as we had already sold our house, and our temporary accommodation didn’t work out for us, so we loaded up the car and the dog and set off.
On 2014 we made enquiries again, but nothing came of it so we ended up buying the boat.
The roads in Wales are in a class of their own……. some are no more than steep tracks littered with potholes framed by sheer drops either side, or roads that lead to one place and nowhere else.
We have been pushing our luck a bit I suppose with just having roadside assistance cover on our car, both through the dealership (due to expire in September) and more recently through our car insurance, but we have now taken out a new policy for roadside assistance and recovery with the same company who serviced us all those years ago.
This has been triggered by a variety of things, including a discussion with the lady in the car park on the way to the wedding a fortnight ago. She had put the wrong fuel in her car and was not covered by her AA membership for her error. They were also going to charge her for coming out, so we offered to buy her a coffee whilst she was waiting. She’d been there since the night before.
We suggested she contact the company we are now with for a quote, as that kind of thing is all covered at no extra charge.
The major road recovery companies here are very expensive in their membership, but for just under £35, we have roadside assistance and recovery home, fuel error and unlimited call outs are all covered.