Monday, July 16, 2007

Fun Monday# 25

Tiggerlane is the host this week this is her wish:

"I wanna see your CAR! It can be your current car, the first car you ever had, maybe your first new car with that new-car smell, a car you wrecked once, or even the dream car you would drive - given all the money in the world! Oh - and if you have a truck, SUV, lawnmower, whatever the local authorities allow you to drive, let's see it!"

This is the closest I could find to a picture of my very first car which was a white Renault 4. I bought it back in 1972 from a policeman who was selling it for his son. It was just at the time I was taking my test for the second time. I had first tried and failed ten years earlier (as an 18yr old -long story don't ask actually but it would make a good post -how I landed in a ditch while practicing with my father!). Back to the car- you would think you could trust a policeman, but no when I came to have it serviced after a few months it needed so much doing to it I sold it. If you're wonderig Yes- I did pass my test the second time and I remember the thrill of going for my first drive. Also this meant no more buses with a pushchair or trying to carry a weeks shopping uphill to our house with two children in tow.

I can never stick to the rules so I just had to show you a picture of Embee's Jenson Healey. This was a really great car and he only bought it because I had always wanted a sports car. It was a lovely car but not suitable for a family, however we did go to Cornwall on our first ever holiday (I won't mention the fact that we almost got to the motorway and had to go back for embee's toilet bag). Embee had booked a caravan at Harlyn Bay - I was not keen as I like my comforts but it was a last minute decision during the hot summer of 1976. I know that Sam has mentioned this caravan before but I just wanted to show you how hideous it was. We were driving around the caravan site trying to find out which one was ours and I said ' hope it's not that awful purple one. You've guessed- it was. I can't tell you how relieved I was that we spent so little time in it. That was my first and last caravan holiday and after this I always booked the holidays. We went back to the same area in Cornwall for many years but always rented a flat or house after this.

My visitors are here (plane was late arriving) so I must go and make lunch!! I will get round to visiting everyone but it may take me a little longer than usual.

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At 16/7/07 14:15, Blogger theotherbear said...

I just love that gorgeous little red car. And HAHAHAHA - that is the most hideous caravan I have ever set eyes on!

At 16/7/07 14:31, Blogger Asha said...

Nice color and cute car!
You are a one cool chick there with second car!:D
Enjoy the company and have fun.

At 16/7/07 14:39, Blogger Beccy said...

I wrote about the caravan in a fun monday post about holidays!

I loved that car but Sam grew too big for it, I was very disappointed.

At 16/7/07 15:33, Blogger Raven_Dase said...

I love your car!

At 16/7/07 16:24, Anonymous Lisa said...

Love the first car, so typically British.
Have a lovely visit!

At 16/7/07 16:44, Anonymous nikki said...

What a hot little red car!

At 16/7/07 16:56, Blogger mjd said...

Have a good visit with your daughter. Our son and his wife were in town yesterday. We went shopping for a crib.

Funny caravan(trailer), nice red sports car...

At 16/7/07 18:41, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Have to agree with the otherbear about the caravan! OMG who painted that?! The Jenson Healey is gorgeous and the French renault is so boxy that it is almost in style again!

At 16/7/07 19:05, Blogger Robinella said...

Great cars and tiny mention of fun driving experiences.

At 16/7/07 19:12, Anonymous Joy T. said...

Purple and yellow. Umm. Unique? The curtains look nice though :o)

At 16/7/07 19:53, Blogger ChrisB said...

Just to clarify - The hideous caravan was actually Purple and LIME GREEN although in this photo it has for some reason come out as yellow.

theotherbear I laugh with you (mind I nearly cried at the time)!!

asha I still hanker after another open top car

beccy my mistake x

raven_dase why thank you

lisa ben is keeping me on my toes- I have a few minutes grace as embee has taken him to our local park.

nikki we all loved that car.

mjd you are just like me taking them shopping, but exciting getting the crib.

purpleworms after those we now have rather boring Toyota boxes.

robinella that was not the best driving experience- in fact I would say the worst ever and luckily I never got close to repeating it and it wasn't even my fault thank goodness!!

joy t you will have seen from my first comment that it was actually purple and lime green; close up the curtains were not nice typical patterned 70's.

At 16/7/07 20:40, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

The Healey is beautiful - but parked next to the caravan? My eyes! My eyes!

Thanks for participating - great post!

At 16/7/07 21:03, Anonymous Christine said...

Have a good visit with your daughter.

Very cool little red sports car.

Those are my husband's favorite colors, lime green and purple.

Happy Monday!

At 16/7/07 21:06, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I can't help but think that the caravan would be right at home on Clifton Hill.

At 16/7/07 23:26, Blogger Debs said...

Love the red car.

At 16/7/07 23:29, Blogger willowtree said...

You've done it! You've posted a car that I have absolutely no stories about!! Never even been near one of those Renaults.

At 16/7/07 23:30, Blogger Barbara said...

Enjoy your visit with Beccy.

At 16/7/07 23:41, Anonymous swamp witch said...

Rules ? There are rules? That's a great looking car. Don't think I've ever seen one of those. Rules?

At 17/7/07 00:16, Blogger frannie said...

I don't know what a caravan is (in this sense of the word), but it sure is ugly.

At 17/7/07 02:56, Blogger Kaytabug said...

Those colors are hideous!
I am lovin' these British/Aussie cars. They are so cute and retro!

At 17/7/07 03:58, Blogger Pamela said...

the caravan (trailor in my tongue) is the hit of this event. And the curtains make it even better. ha ha ha aha h ha

At 17/7/07 05:59, Blogger RAFFI said...

the healey is sweet, especially when contrasted next to the extremely vibrant and loud trailer in the background.... how artistic.

At 17/7/07 06:04, Blogger Steffi said...

Cool cars,especially your red car!Not bad!

At 17/7/07 06:31, Blogger Sam said...

Ok - here is the true version of the story: We were circling the caravan site in the jensen looking for our caravan. I spotted the lime green and purple one. "Mummy, mummy", I squealed, "I hope it's that one". "Don't be silly" replied mummy, "of course its not that one". Parent's give up and go to the park office for further directions...""it's the lime green and purple on in the centre of the park, madam". Result: one huffy, puffy, furious, hacked off mother. It didn't even have a fridge did it? I remember keeping milk in bucket of water. And this was 1976 - the hottest year ever.

At 17/7/07 07:07, Blogger my4kids said...

I was 22 when I got my drivers license and it had to do with how difficult it was to go anywhere on a bus with a 1 year old and a 3 month old.

If I saw the yellow and purple thing I would probably being saying I hope thats not ours also.

At 17/7/07 13:35, Anonymous EmBee said...

I bought the car specifically with the idea of making ChrisB my wife. What the photograph does not show too well is that having started out at about 05.00hrs [pre motorway] we had zipped the girls up into their sleeping bags. Great car!!! Love

At 17/7/07 15:18, Blogger daddy d said...

I too failed my first driving test. I did not parallel park without the curb getting in the way.

At 17/7/07 20:01, Blogger elena jane said...

oh wow, great cars, love the photos! and omg @ the caravan....i think it's a cool colour, but if the inside was nasty, then YUCK! i'd vote for a hotel holiday any day....:)

At 17/7/07 21:42, Anonymous Robin said...

I had never heard the term "caravan" used the way you did here...and yes, that color combo (especially with your additional explanation) is WRETCHED! What a contrast to the sporty ride next to it!

Hmmmm, landing in a ditch with your father means it's pretty amazing he let you get your license! With my daughter weeks away from HER license, these stories are scaring me to death!

At 17/7/07 22:54, Blogger bichonpawz said...

The little red car is very cute!! Thanks for the comments on the dogs...they keep me going!!

At 18/7/07 16:54, Blogger Claudia said...

I just love those old cars!! sigh...the Renault is so cute.

At 18/7/07 17:51, Blogger ChrisB said...

tiggerlane- you definitely needed shades to look at that 'van!

christine thanks we're having a great time.

AC LOl you are right it would have fitted perfectly on Clifton HIll

debs the car was was great but red would not have been my choice of colour.

WT I can't believe it -don't I get a prize for that!?!?

barbara thanks the time is going too quickly.

swampy what's the proverb 'rules are for fools to obey and wise men to ignore' !!

frannie I think you might call it a travel trailer

katabug our cars are certainly different- we don't have wide roads except on the motorways.

pamela you can see why I said never again however to be fair we were just unlucky to get a really old crappy caravan (trailer) as most on the site were OK.

raffi not much artistry went into painting that monstrosity

steffi glad you like the car.

sam Ok so my memory is failing and I was writing it quickly so didn't go into detail- you are right about the milk!!

my4kids that caravan was my worst nightmare!

daddy D I'm in good company then!

embee well we all know you were out to impress back then!

elena jane the inside of the caravan was very basic but the girls being young thought it was fun!

robin what I didn't actually say was -it was my father's fault as he grabbed the steering wheel and he actually cause us to slip into the ditch!

bichonpawz-I'm a real softie where cute dogs are concerned!

claudia thanks for dropping by I'm a bit late getting around this week as I've been out with the family visiting.


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