Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Saturday, 22 November 2014


If my longtime memory serves me right, 2014 must have been the dullest year in my life ... until two weeks ago. I didn't have a proper a holiday. I did take the odd week off, but never went anywhere. I think the highlight of the year was my birthday in April, which I spent with my English blog friends Veronica and Sue. We visited Leuven, had a nice lunch, climbed the clock tower of the university library and did some great beer tasting.

For the last two weeks, though, I feel like being caught in a vortex. All of a sudden my mother is entitled to a service flat. And we have to start planning the move and everything that comes with it: decorating, packing and all the red tape that comes with it. And I'm not even mentioning the actual move, which is planned for the first week of February. And then, I will have to start thinking about the house, remove the excess furniture and putting it up for sale.

And then there is this other matter that needs urgent attention!

Since last year I have been toying with the idea of buying a new car. My little Corsa is 8 years old and the automatic transmission has been playing up lately. I had the same trouble 5 years ago when the car was only 3 years old. At the time the repairs cost close to a 1,000 euros. Worth every cent as it was a relatively new car. Today, the car itself is worth a mere 2,000 euros ... so spending another 1,000 on repairs is not sensible.

I have had different cars in mind. Yet, lately I have become interested in an Hybrid (electric + fuel) car, considering I spend a lot of time in traffic jams, where a Hybrid is an very economical solution. However, the price of a new Hybrid is well over my budget. 

So, last Thursday we went car shopping and our local Toyota dealer was first on my list. Toyota has a longstanding (excellent) reputation when it comes to Hybrid cars. Before walking into the showroom where the salesmen where hovering around like vultures looking for unsuspecting prey, I told myself to be sensible and not get excited or carried away by unnecessary gadgets and accessories.

more to come ... I'm sure


Carolyn said...

Up to your old tricks, Martine! Another cliffhanger. I'll be wondering about this off and on till your next episode.

The Beaver said...

Last Thursday , eh ?
Thursday must had been your favourite day of that week :-)

Ken Broadhurst said...

Some Toyota models sold in France these days (and surely in Belgium too) are also manufactured in France.

VirginiaC said...

A new car!!!....hope you find a nice one that will be just right for you.

Leon Sims said...

Excuse me one moment - I just have to dig in the box of Belgium chocolates given to us by a delightful lady we have yet to meet face to face. That's better.
Now, the new car - a Toyota probably the most reliable car on the market. Its not an Alfa Romeo nor a BMW but if its a car that doesn't give trouble, is economical. If this is what you need then Japanese reliability is the car for you.
Happy shopping Martine.

ladybird said...

Carolyn, How I wish it was just that. There is so much more to come :)

TB, You just may be right, although I didn't realize it myself. Maybe it's because I was born on a Thursday?

Ken, The one in my new post is built Valenciennes.

Virginia, I did find the right one. Just check today's post to find out.

Leon, Will you be allowed to bring the chocolates into Australia? Toyota's reliability is a strong +! Have a safe trip back home.