HELLO MY DEAR DAUGHTERS
So that you are all up with the play.
Yesterday afternoon it was fine and as forecasted today it is raining as
it has been for the last few weeks, so Peter and I had to grab the
opportunity of driving Sophie to Te Puke to the Autobarn, ready for the
auction next week.
Now, I know that you are all upset at this fact BUT the plain truth is
that the time has come. We have had seven years of fun but the traffic
in Auckland is now so fast and furious, that it has become very, very
hard to drive her in the city. There is also the question of no
seatbelts, adequate headlights, or blinkers. Today’s drivers
(especially those in Auckland) are just not used to indicators or hand
signals. Therefore, I have been increasingly feeling unsafe. On the
open road she is fantastic, but in the city or on the main highway – no
way. Yesterday, I trundled (in a shower of rain) through the Athenree
Gorge at 40-45 mph and by the time I got through the 10 kms, there was a
queue a kilometre long of p…d people behind. That does not make for
So, SOPHIE is now in Te Puke and I am sorry that none of you got to do
what you wanted – Tasha, drive her, Carmel that ride you requested and
Roni ? well probably a hug. On your behalf, you may as well know, I
pulled up outside the Autobarn and completely unsolicited the tears
started running down my face. The guys were more than a little amused.
So please try and understand and don’t give me a hard time!!! Having
said all that, she may not even sell, then again she may. If you are
desperate to see her one last time (maybe) the auction is next Saturday
at Te Puke..
AT this stage, if she sells, I intend to look for something to replace
her. In the meantime, I have had a call from Ngunguru and the
Sitooterie is well underway and from all accounts stands out like a
beacon at sea. It has turned out to be bigger than expected so that it
looks like who knows. So we lose Sophie, but now we have a Sitooterie –
who else do you know who has one of those?
So please understand.
Lots of love