We moved back to the UK knowing that the Longwick property would not prove to be a long-term home for us.
When our sale of Longwick stalled we decided to rent it out, and in the end this ran for more than four years to the same family.
The picture shows the Chinnor house, originally it was two simple two-up, two-down cottages, but had been expanded a number of times to become a great home.
ASIDE: we had neighbours to the right of the picture who from a small semi with parking for just one small car was endeavouring to park five vehicles outside theirs and ours, often three big vans operating for various window suppliers. The Nissan Micra in the picture above is a Cat-C car that I bought for £299. I taxed, MOTed and insured it to park it there for two years and thwart the neighbours and give us visibility onto and out of our in-and-out driveway. I had wanted to buy three such cars but Jane demurred.
It reminds me of a tale from my youth where a guy was stopped at the crown of the road, quite evidently waiting for oncoming traffic to pass to take a car parking space on the other side.
One of the oncoming cars was a Mini and the young guy slipped in the space, got out and called across to the driver ‘You have to be young and with it to do that!’. The older guy found a gap in the oncoming traffic and proceeded to reverse into the Mini several times, damaging it severely.
The driver said to the young man ‘You have to be old and rich to be able to do that!’ I could afford to have that Micra to relieve our situation. Our situation has mellowed a great deal since then and I therefore sold the Micra.
As we moved back Matt made good on his promise for my sixtieth birthday and bought me a ‘basket case’, a 1961 Triumph T20 Tiger Cub (above see my pal Martin from ballroom dancing). This picture above is after much of a year and more’s effort.
I have to confess that it frightened me when I rode the Cub around Chinnor, the cars all appeared to be about to clip me and the road conditions on the near-side of carriageways was littered with potholes. So do be careful what you dream for!.