Exciting though it is, there's also a touch of sadness. My little Suzuki Wagon R is almost 3 years old and over the last xx years I've been very lucky to have been able to change my cars just prior to that first MOT and the expiration of roadside recovery and 3-year warranty.
So, the exciting part is that on Friday I get my new car. The sad part is that they no longer make Suzuki Wagon Rs and I have to say "Goodbye Suzuki, Hello Citroen"! I'm not sure how well I shall cope with this after having had Wagon Rs for 9 years, and knowing to the last square inch what I can load into them. The lovely square back (with the seats folded down) has been a godsend over the years of doing Fairs, but much as I've loved it I have to say that a tad more room would have been very useful at times. But finding another square rear (if you'll excuse the expression) hasn't been a simple task. No, I tell a lie ... it has. There is, in fact, only one possibility ... the Citroen Berlingo. Not the new version which is actually quite claustrophobic to sit in with a peculiar overhead storage-cum-air conditioning thing which goes down the middle from front to back, and a further silly overhead storage box thing which is designed to make things fall out onto your head ... (go to a Citroen garage and ask to look. You'll see what I mean). I am, apparently, having the last old model Citroen Berlingo Multispace Forté in existence in the UK (or so they say, and who am I to argue?).
As of Friday I shall be the proud owner of what is known in the trade (apparently) as "A van with windows". The upside is that the rear storage area with the seats up isn't much smaller than the space in the back of the Wagon R with the seats down, and with the seats down in the Berlingo I should be able to fit pieces of furniture in as well as the linen and textiles that are my normal stock in trade. Hmmmm ... exciting times ahead ... I hope! At least when I go to a Fair and buy more than I sell I should be able to get it all in the car when it's time to pack up and go home! (I have been known to load up the car and completely unload it again, just to fit in a basket which cost me £5 ... well, you wouldn't leave it behind, would you!!!!)
Only time will tell how the Berlingo and I get along. Let's hope it's a marriage made in Heaven!