I was surprised this year by an incredibly generous present of a mini convertible, I think that my benefactor imagined that they were rescuing me from the embarrassment of being seen in my ancient Ford Escort. But quite the reverse is the case, it makes me smile inside when I pull up to the Blue Bar in Knightsbridge and step out of my old reliable, wearing a pair of shoes that cost more than the current value of the car. We live in such a topsy turvey world how did it ever get this way?
I looked out of the window on Christmas morning and my heart missed a beat when I saw the little blue interloper all pert and shiny with curves in the right places and a swagger that said 'I know I am desired'. But then I felt what can only be described as guilt when I looked at the red beast a few cars away.
He had served me loyally, starting on the button for 10 years, never running out of petrol even when I drove on empty for an hour. Ugly, safe and reliable, how many times had I been thrilled that he was waiting for me on a wet, cold night when all others were struggling to find taxis and trains had been missed.
Something fun for a hot weekend if I had to!