by Mike Peake
It is now early Spring 2015, Poppy and I ventured out for our first trip this year when it was beautifully sunny.
We had a blast. She was pressed into service as my daughter’s taxi for the weekend as well as running all my errands and taking me for a grin-laden pleasure cruise around the green lanes of North Wilts. She performed faultlessly.
However, as is always the case it would appear, my incompetence reared its head again! I lost my one and only key to my council lock-up. It must have fallen out of my pocket at some stage during my taxi and errand running duties. I searched the inside of the car and then I fully retraced my steps to carry out a thorough search of all the areas I'd left the car which included being on my hands and knees peering under various cars in four different car parks.
This led to a number of strange, slightly hostile conversations with several members of the public and narrowly talking myself out of being arrested by the local plastic plod. However, all to no avail!
Poppy was now having to brave the worsening weather on my exposed and windswept drive. A call to the council landlord on Monday revealed that my one and only key was indeed THE one and only key - but not to worry - they could send out a locksmith to change the locks as long as I handed over a large wad of money with a debit or credit card. Oh but he won’t be able to come out until the end of the week.
On the plus side, I was now "forced" to use Poppy for my daily commute all that week. If she was going to be out in the rain, she might as well provide some enjoyment - I can't remember the last time I drove with the roof up!
Anyway I now had a shiny new lock on my lock-up and was provided with two new keys which are now attached to both sets of car keys rather than on their own. I have also had another spare cut! Poppy was then snuggled up back in the lock up.
Another plus is that I now had the motivation as well as all the foam and straps and spare frame to FINALLY repair the driver’s seat so watch this space.
I will keep you informed of what else I broke when I tried this at home!!
to be continued
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