|Jackie being taken for a walk by Ruby dog|
Tuesday didn’t go as planned, we made sandwiches. Got Ruby’s harness on to get her safely in the car and set off, Ruby dog, good as gold. 40 minute drive he says. Got as far as Ashbourne, 30 minutes in, and the car was making some very strange noises. “Did I run over and catch up some cardboard?” He mused. No the water reservoir is boiling and bubbling. Hmm, not good.
|Stranded with Ruby dog but without a car|
|At the nice Thrifty car hire in Derby|
So moving on, or not, as the case maybe. Ring Enterprise car rental, they’ll collect, fab. Took our booking only to call back and say actually the local place didn’t have a car. OK, move on to Thrifty, they don’t collect you, so need to find a cab that will take us, all the stuff that happened to be in the boot (three jigsaws, walking gear, 11kg gas cylinder for Ted....) and of course Ruby dog. Martin provided taxi number, man arrived, loaded car, took us into Derby to get a car. Thankfully the staff at the Thrifty branch in Derby were nicer than the call centre staff. “Best day ever” he said when having offered to help load the car, I gave him Rudy to hang onto and fuss!
|Jackie venting to the car hire man and our 'wheels' for 3 days|
Right opposite was a big car supermarket. Better get on with it then. Come on Ruby, quick walk round, yes we can go over that grass. I did get a look when I walked in asking if they had anything in our price range, carrying a full poobag! Our price range was below theirs, but there’s another one over there. A gaggle of salesmen fussed Ruby before sending us to the backstreets.... In that short space of time we had decided that our price range was low, less than £3k, for three reasons, we’ve spent a fortune recently, we hadn’t had time to think about or research what we wanted, and we aren’t going to treat it very well! It’s not good for any car to be left alone and unloved for six months at a time! Three small garages, more fussing, before we’d had enough. Once home onto the web. This is going to be horrendous. I was just getting dinner (yummy butternut and chickpea curry) out of the aga, when B rang a man just up the road. Off we toddle. Could be persuaded, very low mileage, and only £1100. But they’ve only had it three months, and the son works in the garage business and has replaced this that and the other.... all sounds a bit dodgy, but still, at that money it’s almost a disposable item!
|And Jackie still managed a fabulous dinner|
Back to try and relax for the rest of the evening with Ruby dog who despite not having had a long walk, was absolutely exhausted. She had been alert all day, had loads of fuss, and had done sterling work as a therapy dog. Thank goodness I’d managed to get her booked into Doggy Daycare for today, she’ll be just as exhausted when she gets home, but won’t have had to be on her best behaviour all day.
|Our new (old) wheels|
|Jackie getting the keys to our new (old) car|