Monday, 12 October 2015

R.I.P old Lady

She died around 6.45 this morning.
It was on the road to Dyserth.
The Prof was with her.
She only suffered briefly.

The Berlingo, literally blew her old big end in a flurry of dog hair, scotch egg wrappers and old flower show schedules and came to a hasty stop outside the fish and chip shop.
She has been a faithful, if rather dirty and unkempt servant for the past 8 years.
But I guess, the Prof now deserves a car that actually looks like a car.
The berlingo looked like an inside out skip.
I shall miss the old girl.......for over the years the likes of pigs, a goat, ducks and geese, hens and dogs and even a well behaved turkey have been driven around these Welsh hills with all of the seriousness of a farm trailer.
And...you can smell the fact........
The break down chap took one look inside of the driver's window this morning and smiled
" It's certainly lived in " he said diplomatically ...
So as the Berlingo faces that big scrap heap in the sky....I remember her best days with some affection.
A scotch Egg/Berlingo moment


Bingley ...well behaved on the back seat

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A mobile chicken coop


Dogs on the dashboard


Meg , my co pilot

 

No 21 my first piglet in the boot on the way to see the George Clooney vet


William and bulldog no 1 Constance on the back seat 

A hen on the glove compartment 


Using the berlingo during fox watch 


54 comments:

  1. Thanks to the bus driver of the morning bus who stopped her bus to pick me up all wet and bedraggled as I walked home after getting the berlingo picked up
    Xx

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  2. R.I.P. old Berly girl. Just glad you weren't hurt, and thank goodness for kindhearted people - the bus driver surely is one.

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  3. Always a sad day when their hearts fail; I trust there was a big BANG!

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  4. Alas, poor Berlingo. I love that picture of Bingley on the seat. Awesome.

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  5. All things must pass. Sadly.

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  6. Some great photos, and of some sadly departed animal friends. It is sad to see an end to an era with the old berlingo. Strange that there will be a new car and hopefully John another co pilot. Not that dear little Meg could ever be replaced.

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  7. For some reason I can sort of see it in Heaven with Meg sitting inside....yes I know its car.....but...ya know what I mean X

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  8. Sadness....memories. Smiles

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  9. Will you be using the new car the same way as the Berlingo, or will you have to hire someone else to haul the various creatures living at the Bosoms?

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  10. Always a sad day! Perhaps you can get your own mobile animal van and the Prof can have his own car!!!!

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  11. I've never kept one until the end, it must be a bit of a shock. Take care. When you are ready have fun shopping.

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  12. Well done on keeping her until the end of her days, not many of us do that,

    My faithful old blue Corsa travelled around the family before it finally was sold on just as it was about to expire by my son with mechanical knowledge. He traded it in to a dealer so no member of the public was party to being sold a dodgy car ... he's honest like that my eldest ;-)

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  13. Well done that car.
    When the new one arrives do not transport animals/scotch eggs in it.

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  14. What, no mention of TWD! I am going out for the first time in weeks, I will have to watch it before I go to bed...

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    1. Just under 6 hours togo

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  15. she was a good old girl; RIP.

    I keep my cars til they die too.

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  16. Thank God it was only the car; reading the title and your FB lead in about a "sad post" had me fearing that one of your animals or neighbors had died. Not that the end if a good old car isn't bittersweet, but still.....at least it didn't have a pulse!

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  17. To car heaven she goes. RIP

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  18. What a wonderful tribute to a regal lady.

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  19. i hope your next one serves you so well.

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  20. I will miss your old Berlingo!!!

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  21. Sad when an old and faithful friend passes ....

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  22. Well, the RIP gave me a fright .. I am not ready for anymore RIPs !!
    I wish I had a hen in my glovebox .. I wish I had a co-pilot !! For some reason, the cats are not interested. Merlin will just sleep through it all and Minette will complain the entire time ... loudly ... in a high pitched still kitten-voice .. I guess I have to wait for my hoped for doggie to ride shotgun with me ..

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    1. I had a cat once that loved to ride in the car. Just like a dog in the front seat looking out the window. He loved it.
      The only fight I had with Jabba was getting him in the carrier so we could go into the vets office.
      I too love the chicken in the glovebox !

      cheers, parsnip

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  23. Will you keep a remnant as a keepsake ? a small piece of upholstery lol or a rearview mirror ? Take lots of photos before saying the final goodbye.

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  24. Gorden Bennett, What a lot of fuss over a metal box on 4 wheels!

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  25. How will this new vehicle be kept pristine and Prof Worthy?

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  26. The big end gone, well that takes me back. Have you been ignoring the knocking?

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  27. My thoughts are with you John Gray xxx

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  28. A faithful car is hard to part with. Maybe she will go to scrapyard heaven to eventually have the good parts transplanted into other Berlingos. Or are there any good parts?

    Love the pictures. And now, a new adventure to write about - the buying of the new vehicle!

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  29. Do we have a wind in the hair sporty model to look forward to?

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  30. I just remembered the old car that died just as my husband parked it. On a city street. With parking restrictions. He called a charity and they came and got the dead car .. I am not sure what they do with the cars but it was a free car for them and free disposal for us.

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  31. That's the sort of car that I buy when rich people are fed up with them.

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    1. Yeah, that is who my husband got his car from. It was in the 90s and the car was from the 70s ...

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  32. Will you go for a van or an estate next John? You can't fit much in a car.

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    1. Thats what the prof is banking on

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  33. I do like the two car suggestions in comments. A work horse and a show pony.

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  34. Let's hope the next vehicle is as accommodating.

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  35. Ah well - all things must pass (or not, in this case)! Go for a big estate next time John, then you can get all the animals in the back, and still offer lifts to the car-less in the village. Room for more scotch egg moments too !

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  36. sorry about the car. Hooray TWD is on tonight! cant wait

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  37. I remember years ago, my sister in law giving me all these paperback romance novels ... all set in England.
    Everyone drove a trusty old Rovers .. my husband lived in London, he bought an Austin Healey .. this is all BC ..

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  38. Perhaps not an unexpected death but it can be quite sad to have to say goodbye to your old car.

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  39. Maybe she deliberately committed suicide as a protest against having to transport all those smelly and unruly animals instead of decent, respectable human beings.

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  40. Sorry about the old work horse but think of how much fun it can be choosing a new one.

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  41. Sorry about the old work horse but think of how much fun it can be choosing a new one.

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  42. I'm thinking a Morris Minor estate practicality combined with that classic look to match the Prof's moustache. I used to drive a berlingo for work, a slow old thing with flashing lights on top that was unforgettably overtaken by a Police dog unit; it died when graduate trainee took it out and got it rear ended by a large lorry - it gave its life to save the trainee; a noble end.

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  43. I can see you in a Skoda Yeti. No kidding, my boss has just bought one.(don't scoff, her other cars are a Toyota 4x4 for offroading and a very fast BMW) and it's remarkably roomy inside, the dogs can jump in and out of the boot with no problems, cheap road tax (the Yeti, not dogs) and great on mileage. check it out.

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  44. You need TWO cars, as we have. WORKING car for you and a nice car for the prof....mine is full of things to drop off at the charity shop, dog hair, plant dirt, horse blankets, etc....the other car will be clean and you can use it to go out in and the prof uses it for himself....

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  45. Will the old Berlingo be buried in Trelawnyd churchyard? I wonder what kind of headstone and inscription you are planning.

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  46. Dammit, John! I thought something had happened to Winnie! Cut that out.

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  47. I've often kept my cars well past their best by date and have only recently thought to trade them in just before that crest that wave of Nothing but Costly Repairs Left. Yet, my beloved car, which truly is my dream car is now 14 years old (I bought her 12 years ago), and I am loathe to see her go.

    The truck was more of a necessity purchase so I can tow the boat and have something that is better in snow. It's proven to be a handy vehicle any number of times I've had to pick up loads of coal or large spinning wheels for a friend.

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