Friday, May 18

Continuing to boost the economy

To Exeter – via Totnes and Newton Abbot – for supplies. Actually Exeter was a visit to the body shop. For three decades I sat behind a wheel of one sort or another, commuting and distance driving, home and abroad, with barely a mishap. Rural motoring by comparison is one long scrape. Hawthorn hedges strung with barbed wire are a favourite. Can you believe £2k to respray a couple of panels? Parts of my vehicle have been painted more times than the homestead – 48hrs out the shop and all you can see is a thick coat of mud.

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