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.
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.