Luckily we were just half an hour from Glasgow when the news was announced and a quick phone call to my cousin secured us a bed for the night and a welcome tea. After a square sausage sandwhich in the morning (you just cant get square sausage in England... don't know why, it makes perfect sense to use a square sausage on bread rather than trying to balance a round one) we were once again on our way up north.
Finally we reached our destination in Elgin - which was clear of snow and ice and the sun even came out for a bit.
This is the Doocat. Or in English The Dove Cot in New Elgin not far from where my dad lives and where I finished my schooling. It's in the middle of a playground and was a popular meeting place for teenagers and those going on a date.
On to our main objective which was to secure a new second hand car for my father. We had an old Pajero 4x4 to trade in and a little extra cash to add to it. The main concern was to make sure the new car was sound, bought from a proper garage (and not one of my father's cronies who 'knows a man who knows a man who does a bit of car fixin') and has power steering. I was dreading it, I hate traipsing around garages and talking to men in oily overalls who think I know nothing about vehicles (which of course I do... know nothing that is).
In your dreams Guys!
...but hurrah... the second garage we went to and almost the first car we looked at seriously was perfect and the old one loved it. A little Fiat Punto - 7 years old, very low mileage, one previous owner who worked for Fiat therefore the car comes with full Fiat dealer service etc... AND he gave us £800 part ex on the Pajero 4x4... which was a really good deal.
So thank you to David at Premier Car Sales Ltd Elgin.
And to show his gratitude to us the aged one made us a trifle.
It was very nice too!