There is a price to pay for being able to stay at home and craft all day. I'm officially a partner in the business. I know, grown up, right? Well, I do ordering, and all the book-keeping and VAT and stuff, and I try to control the production schedule so that I see something of Mr Dunnit, and very frequently, I do the deliveries. Until recently, that has been the deliveries that will fit in the tiny green rocket. I drive a Toyota Yaris...it's bigger than it looks, but be serious, I can't get a staircase in it!
So the solution...a white van. Here he is, collecting it. The photo was taken through the window of my car. I'm no fool, it was very cold. The grin on his sweet face is about how excited we were to be in a position to buy a van, and the hand in his pocket is holding tight to his wallet...the next move was to pay for it!
So since Wednesday, I've had a couple of lessons for driving in bad weather. Scarey. But the guys on site think its very funny to see a middle aged fat woman jump awkwardly from the driver's seat, so they feel compelled to help with unloading. Thank goodness. I've also had a lesson in how to 'diesel up'. This, gentle reader, is 'whitevanman' speak. I suspect rather deeply that at some stage it was meant to impress us non-hunter gatherer types. It means putting fuel in. It's strangely the same as putting fuel in your car, they just dont want you to know that. Although you may need physical help to get across the forecourt to pay for the fuel...my goodness, these vans have HUGE tanks. Ow. FYI our American friends...we buy fuel in litres. It's £1.44 ($2.28) per litre for diesel(locally) and there are 4.54 litres to a gallon. I know the cost of fuel is an election issue in some States, but not here!
So I've been out and about. I've learned a lot about driving a bigger vehicle too, and I erm, forgive some of the white van men I've cursed in the past...now I know why you pull into the wrong lane when turning left..and why you get angry if people cross the road behind you while you're trying to reverse...oh em gee, the all round vision isn't good! The best part, and remember, I'm a WOYWWer, so this is in character: You can see so much more from the elevated position. I'm loving that!