Saturday, 19 January 2019

So Did It?

So did we take delivery of the Hyundai? Yes we did. We are still waiting for a couple of small parts to be delivered. But we have the car.

It wasn't really the weather for a proper drive out last night what with the sleet and snow. So hopefully we can have a proper drive out today after the new front door is fitted.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Will I t or Won't It?

We received a phone call from the car dealership yesterday to say that the car may or may not be ready for us to pick up this evening after work. Not a very helpful phone call to say the least as we need to sort out the car insurance to swap over.

The best they can do is tell us as early as possible today whether it will be ready or not. If not today then we will have to wait until Monday to pick it up instead. Not the end of the world of course, but we would have liked to try it out this weekend and have the chance to take it for a good long run somewhere. Perhaps to the coast.

So I guess the question is, will it or won't it be ready for the close of play today? Watch this space.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Tis Cold

We awoke to a very cold, frosty and icy start in Sheffield this morning. It had been forecast but it was still a shock to the system when we stepped out of the door. Sydney was not impressed when he went for his morning walk in the park.

And neither was I when I realised that Liam was taking my car to work this morning as it was having an MOT. The Nissan has great heating for an old car. And I was left with the Mini with not so great heating and which takes an age to get warmed up. Deep joy.

We would usually just take the one car to work but if the Nissan fails it's MOT and can't be driven that would leave us the wrong side of Sheffield without a car, which would be no good.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

More New Things

And so last night we eventually finalised all of the paperwork for our new purchase. Our new, to us anyway, car. 

We are not daft enough to buy a brand new car, no way. We don't like throwing money away. But we have bought a three year old Hyundai I30 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive. Doesn't really roll off the tongue that does it?

At just three years old this car has lost two thirds of its price from new! Daft really as the car is still like new other then a tiny scuff on the back bumper and the fuel filler cap being off colour. More haggling power on the price for us as Liam is in the right job for getting that sorted himself of course.

The car still has two years of it's manufacturers warranty remaining which is always a bonus. And the running costs if the manufacturers figures are to be believed are going to be less than the Mini it is replacing, which was exceptionally frugal to start with!

The car is zero rated for road tax and the engine service interval is 20,000 or 24 months whichever comes first so servicing costs and running costs should be minimal.

All being well we pick the car up on Friday after work leaving the Mini with them. Then this weekend after the new front door is fitted and the new door lights it will be time to take it out for a drive. See what it can really do.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Flying Start

It is turning out to be something of a busy week. Yesterday the roofers were in at home doing some minor repairs to slipped and broken tiles on the main roof and replacing the flashing on the kitchen roof.

Last night we were haggling like hell and brokering a deal on a new, to us anyway it is three years old, car. We did eventually settle on a deal after 90 minutes of bargaining but by this time the dealership was shutting down for the evening so we have left a deposit and are going back tonight to do the paperwork. Hopefully we should be able to pick it up on Friday evening after work if sorting the paperwork goes to plan this evening. But more on that later in the week.

With the roof sorted, the flooring in the hallway sorted, the car almost sorted and the new front door due to be fitted at 9am on Saturday morning we are making a flying start to the list of winter jobs we needed to complete this year at home.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Being Productive

It was when all was said and done a pretty productive weekend. The flooring in the hallway is now completed and looks much better then the previous grubby cream carpet. Although the laminate is just a temporary base for the soon to arrive vinyl flooring, it will be far easier to keep clean in the meantime. It looks much fresher and brighter and really lifts the look of the room.

We now have a better idea of what work will be required on the boat. No nasty surprises as of yet and we can now start to gather together the bits and pieces that we will need to get the work done over the next few months. No rush on this just yet as we are having a few weekends getting stuff sorted out at home first.

On the car front. We looked at plenty yesterday afternoon and are going back tonight after work to test drive on particular car and hopefully strike a deal but that all depends on the numbers involved as we know that it needs some paint work doing too it which we had not bargained for when buying a nearly new car. We had wanted something to just put the key in and drive away. But if the price is right we can get the work arranged. Of course it helps that Liam is in the right line of work for that.

Sydney was not the most amused that things are changing at home. He is a creature of habit and his favourite drying carpet has now gone. I'm sure he will get used to the new floor soon enough. He has a new front door to contend with next weekend!

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Home Benefits

One of the benefits of being at home is that I can cook us a hearty yet more healthy cooked breakfast. This morning we have had dry cured grilled bacon, baked mushrooms, air fried hash browns, baked tomato and oil less fried egg. It was just the ticket to start another busy day.

This morning we just need to finish off a couple of minor bits to the flooring in the hallway.  While Liam is doing this I will have a bit of a clean up upstairs, change the bedding and generally potter around.

And then this afternoon we are going car shopping. We have decided that we are going to replace the Mini with something bigger and then when my Nissan finally dies we will replace that with something smaller.

And after an afternoon of shopping we will come back to a slow cooked coca cola Gammon joint which is blipping away in the slow cooker as we speak. I think I will serve that with roast potatoes and a cheesy vegetable bake.