4×4

You may remember some time ago I was discussing the merits of having a sports car in the country and a massive 4×4 in town and was on the horns of a dilemma as to whether I should have the 4×4 as I felt it unlikely that I should ever need to watch a point to point.

When I first arrived here in the country I was immediately drawn to a 4×4 vehicle in the grounds of my beloved girlfriends property. It appears that it had previously belonged to her son and due to a dispute with the manufacturer was supposed to have been collected some four years previously.

Rent was to be charged for storage and eventually the rent bill became larger than the value of the vehicle, whereupon it became the property of my girlfriend.

It was in a pretty poor state as you can imagine, with a considerable mould growth down one side, which I’m led to believe were it growing in a forest would denote a particular compass point. Always useful should you be escaping from a German WW2 prison of war camp or the like.

Much jet washing, a new battery, oil, water and an interior spring clean left us with a perfectly useable vehicle, far too good to be overlooked.

My girlfriend knowing my love of vehicles of any description therefore gave me the 4×4, it’s a Ford Maverick with a three litre engine, not quite the vintage short wheelbase Land Rover I had envisaged as my ideal country runabout, but a damn site faster.

When I first set eyes on the Maverick I said it was far too good to leave to disappear under a mossy growth and my words have proved correct with the carriage of so many articles in the last few days.

I’m wondering, where can I find a point to point and would I want to watch it when I found it, I’ll let you know.

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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