So, we have been back a week now, and moved back into Fork Hall on Friday of this week. We just managed to get some new beds for the boys delivered to the house on Friday, and in reality, this was the signal that we could move back in. Elliot wanted another car bed and Oliver was keen for a train. So, mummy found a guy that hand makes these really cool full sized single beds that we could have personalised, so Oliver’s Thomas style blue bed has OLIVER written down the side in appropriate text AND it came with a toy box tender 🙂 It fills the bedroom to the point where we are wondering if we need bigger rooms !!! Elliot’s car is also personalised with ELLIOT as the registration plate. Both the boys are over the moon with their beds although Olly only seems prepared to sleep in his until approximately 12:30am though… So he then joins mummy and daddy again…. We will definitely need a 6ft wide bed this time around….
Earlier in the week we came across an offer to buy a Porsche Boxster S (early 2003) for under 8 grand. So we drove it, loved it, bought it 🙂 Felt really wrong buying it in some respects since it is hardly a family machine, but we felt that it would be a great summer car for next year and that with only 56k miles, it was only just run in. It needs cleaning (guess daddy will have no excuse to not do this himself since he has not a lot else on right now 🙁 ) and we have bought a registration plate for it – V12 UST – cheapy number that has reasonable significance. We almost bought Y31 NUT as well – thought that was funny.
Then, yesterday we went out on a tour of yorkshire hoping to find two cars – one for mummy and a cheeky little Aston Martin DB9 for daddy 🙂 So, we head out to Shipley’s MotorHouse as they had a convertible on a 05 plate available. They also had a couple of Rang Rover Sports, a BMW X6, a Porsche Cayenne and a Mercedes ML. Hence Vicky would be able to drive all of the above to figure what she fancied as the family beast. Well as it happens, the guy (Maj) that we were meeting did not seem that interested in helping us in that he let us get into the cars and then disappeared for more than 10 or 15 minutes – he was helping get another car out of the building (Bentley Continental Convertible, black on black etc). Vicky pointed out that the cars weren’t all that clean and together with the shun we were receiving from Maj, we decided to leave.
The next stop was in Sam Hall in Harrogate who had an Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and a nice looking Porsche Cayenne S. However we were hours early now since we had only been at the first place for about 30 minutes rather than the 2 hours that we has assumed that we would take.
So we set off for Harrogate with the plan of stopping in a cute country pub for lunch. ON the way, we (well Vicky and Clare) spotted a very nice looking Range Rover Sport on some rocks for sale. As we turned the car around it became clear that the car was actually sat in a Land Rover dealer (we were in Guisely) so we thought, wy not – Vicky would most likely get to drive the Sport model, as she had already decided that the full Range Rover was off the cards as she does not like the way they drive (too much roll).
This stop turned out to be the thing that brightened our day – they had just received a pile of 12month old stock direct from Land Rover and had some wonderful goods to see. Right away we saw a beautiful Bali Blue Sport HSE Range Rover Sport (this is the colour that always catches our attention on the roads so we were astounded to find one available) sat right in front of us as we got out of the car. A very helpful chap wandered over, got the keys and within a few minutes Vicky was test driving the beast. It had cover 8700 miles, was a 3.6litre V8 Diesel model, had black leather upholstery and felt like all of the relevant toys were already present. Vicky loved the drive and while the asking price was almost 20k UKP more than we were going to spend, it felt like we would be fools to let it go. So, long story short, Vicky is hopefully collecting her new beast on Thursday next week 🙂 Photos to follow once we collect.
The trip to Sam Hall was not quite what we had envisioned as Sam had just sold the DB9 that we had gone to see 2005 model in Black with sand beige interior), however fortune MAY have been on our side as he had just taken delivery of a one year newer black DB9 (this one with black interior – actually works better in the flesh) with slightly more miles on, and while we could not drive the car on the day since it was being cleaned and prepped, we have agreed a sale price and Sam is bringing the car to Ossett on Monday for us to inspect again and drive. So, fingers crossed we may have our autos sorted 🙂
Today, we are finalising the paperwork for the customs folks (else we will not get our gear back from the ship at the end of the week) and taking the kids to the park etc. Ty stayed over last night and the boys have been buzzing all morning. There is no question about how much these guys have missed each other this last 18-20 months 🙁 All restored now though 🙂