L881 VLB – RIP


My utterly trusty Nissan Sunny has finally gone on to be an organ donor. The engine could have lasted for many more years, but it’s been an age since the rev counter worked. The door locking mechanisms play a symphony at random moments. The shock absorbers are giving up the ghost. The wheel bearings object noisily to multi-storey car parks. The windscreen wipers and washers are finding it all too much. The ventilation system showers the unwary with leaf fragments… my Very Lovely Beast (VLB) has come to a natural end.

The upside is that Chicago daughter’s small Peugot, stabled for 3 plus years in our garage, can now sit in the drive, releasing a fine large dry area of shed space.

I am comforting myself with the smell of lilies and the sight of the Hydrangea Paniculata Pink Diamond  (it turns pink as it fades).DSCN8154 DSCN8155 - Version 2 DSCN8156 And I’ve just discovered that the hedgehog in the pot is sort-of visible (though not posing very helpfully) in one of my photos. Pity about the embarrassing state of the back door. DSCN8152



26 thoughts on “L881 VLB – RIP

      • You and husband are either brave souls or else homebodies. Bill and I once considered sharing, for economy’s sake, but the thought of being stranded too far from anything while he’s out or, alternatively, having to chauffeur him around and wait while he chats with everyone after doing whatever he really needs to do — it’s just too much for me! I guess I’ve been on my own too long. Better to pay insurance and maintenance (as well as excise tax) on two cars!

    • I’ve had Peugot’s in the past (very old ones) and they’ve been great. This two-door hatchback was bought new in 2000 as a gift from my father-in-law to my daughter when she graduated with a First. So it has sentimental value.

  1. Two retired adults and one car…..we tried that for awhile in my household, but couldn’t get used to it after so many years with each a car. There was a tendency to feel stranded if one was off somewhere and the other at home, even if the one at home was happily busy there. When the car needed to go in for an all-day service, there was no one to go along for the trip home, etc… We ended up getting a second car, again, albeit a used car, plain, inexpensive—and thought of it as our emergency back-up car. (I once knew a man who had a large dog and got a very small dog which he called his emergency-backup dog!)

    • Love the dog story! Yes this may well happen. We tested the one-car option for a month, but you’re right, independence is extremely precious. However, the car we now run is better for the environment, infinitely cheaper to tax and run etc. (We also have sneaky back-up, apart from the merely decorative daughter’s car, which we could revive, my husband has a classic Lancia Fulvia sitting in the garage. It’s a bit of a fair-weather car, but in an emergency, he could use it).

  2. Loved this post with the varied topics. Fancy getting the photo of the hedgehog! It looks like a painting. Your garden always looks enticing. We have one car and it works well for us, lucky you have a daughter’s car at the ready!

    • It’s amazing how good a garden can look if you are photographing selectively! I think we ought to manage with one car. Daughter’s car would take a month of form-filling to get back legally on the road, but it’s there.

  3. Gosh – we had a Nissan Sunny when my son was born nineteen years ago – it was a ‘C’ reg I think 🙂 And my older brother had one when they were still called Datsuns! Great cars – amazing that yours has lasted so long! You’re so lucky to have hedgehogs visiting – our cat and dogs scare anything away from our garden – except for voles which unfortunately usually end up in half on the kitchen mat 😦

    • Let’s hear it for the Nissan Sunny! Though that is probably my last personal car. We’ve always had hedgehogs, even when we had cats (and of course the mouse/vole contributions, they occasionally released them live in the house). I think they are either in your area or not, they don’t seem to be bothered by dogs.

  4. How sad. We own 2 cars but really only need one. I hope you manage without a second. I abhor cars. I am not a car person. They in turn loathe me vide the nail in a tyre yesterday. Malicious it is, that Mini. I hope you gave Sunny a fitting send off.

    • I have a very practical relationship with cars – all of mine start old and are workhorses, I became adept with the gun-gum for exhausts in the old days. You are right, one car should do and our Honda is hybrid and better (or rather, less bad) for the environment.

  5. Having been carless (as well as careless, probably) for very many years – and able to travel to Europe on account of the savings ! – I cannot weep for VLB. But since you have written about it (dunno which gender), it’s obviously important to you, so I am sorry, Hilary ! Your garden and hedgehog photos make it all worthwhile; and besides, who the devil ever cleans glass doors ?! Mine to my balcony never shows me the filth unless I stand at a certain angle … [grin]

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