Almost all our 'happy' motoring has been done in this car over the last 8 years. We bought her shortly after Mark was seriously ill with Meningitis. She was perfect for him because she was an automatic and the driving position supported his poorly back and neck. As Mark got better and we got our life back on track, Winnie's role has changed....
She's splashed through tracks with our friends in Mid-Wales..
And climbed rocky paths..
She's been the main tow vehicle for the whole Marcos project..
She's brought the Christmas tree from the Garden Centre each year..
And taken the whole family on great road trips all over England and Wales..
As recently as the end of the Easter holidays she was still part of our holidays.
Here she is at the top of the Gospel Pass near Hay on Wye..
I guess to many people she's just a grotty old, gas-guzzling vehicle. To me she's masses of happy memories all tied up in a grotty old vehicle!!!! I still get really emotional when I think about the difficult times we had when Mark was so very ill. This car has been there every step of the way as Mark has 'come back to me'.
Mark says that he's going to take off all the useful parts that he can, then she's going to have to go for scrap. Fortunately we have a friend who will let us keep her in his lock up yard while we sort everything out. It will take some of the pressure of time off the job and maybe I'll get used to idea that she can't be fixed again. At the moment she's stuck on the drive - which upsets me really.
As a footnote to all of this - if you're wondering how she came by her name - it's
'Winnie' - her red wine colour
'Van' - she's got a horribly noisy diesel engine
'Kof' - the letters of her number plate and the effect that she has on most people!
Hope that you're all having good weekends. Wouldn't it be nice to have just ONE weekend of blue skies and a bit of warmth?!