Episode 115- The end of an era

20150521_180122My old Kia Sportage ( 18 years old so virtually vintage) was used as a workhorse in the early days of our French renovation project.

Every spring we would load her up, see earlier posts, and bring her over to France until late September. Although very comfortable, this was always a costly exercise as she runs on petrol (dearer in France) and is not very economical on fuel.In Spring 2012, we sorted out a new MOT and a Certificate of Conformity (essential if registering a UK car in France) with the intention of doing just that. All we needed was some LHD headlights to get a Control Technique sorted.20150521_180326

Then my father went from not very well to really, really  sick and we had to stay close to home for months, so plans went awry yet again and after he died in October 2012 I was not in the best shape for working on the house, or anything for that matter.

Then Trevor got sick so he couldn’t get the stuff done on the Kia which we’d planned so she sat on the Mayor’s car park for three years, going nowhere fast and and below left-is an idea of what happens if you leave your car outside in full sunshine here for that period of time. i.e. it simply strips off the paint!


So….what to do?

We had bought a French car in UK, re-registered in France , with miserly diesel fuel consumption and good capacity and this was far and away the most sensible option and I finally had to admit that I had held onto the idea of keeping the Kia for sentimental reasons.

This car and I have been through a lot together and  it was hard to say goodbye, but when a local gardener made us an offer we had to look at the practicalities, the new lights, battery, windscreen wipers, cost of CT and registration etc all came to more than she was worth on paper.


So we had to move my big heavy hand made Spanish ceramic sink out of the back which had languished there for three years and say goodbye. It was the sensible thing , but I still miss the old girl.

Everything has changed since we started this project, Some of it for the better, some not so. What we thought we wanted and needed has shifted seismically.

It really is the end of an era.


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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5 Responses to Episode 115- The end of an era

  1. Love my Kia Sportage. Only 4 years old, so a long way to go yet. Only a baby.


    • They go on and on and on: mine turned over straight away after three years sitting there! But she had reached the spend a lot of money stage.
      We certainly had good value from her & she gets to retire in France too, ferrying plants & gardening tools off road around the High Valleys of the Aude !


  2. Osyth says:

    It’s quite amazing how a piece of metal and rubber and cloth and plastic can become so much part of one’s fabric. But they do. But how lovely that she (actually mine are always he’s) was wanted by another so much that they offered. Keep the memories and think of the savings 😉


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