As always, things always happen at once... Fink had taken the day off work to start on the nursery and with some help from his mum they managed to strip a wall of nasty wood chip paper (am sure he'll blog about that!) , the ad was published in the Friday ad paper edition and I had a busy day full of meetings....
All I can think is that people are looking forward to next bank holiday weekend, as my mobile was ringing continually with people wanting to come and view the camper (both responding to the exchange and mart and friday ad advertisements) ... Thankfully, Fink managed the first viewing, two very keen young lads definitely into the VW scene and then I arranged a second viewing for 7 - when I got back from work. The lady was VERY keen on the phone and had clearly fell in love before even viewing him as it later transpired she had a lot of cash in her bag to leave as a deposit!
I've been convincing myself for the last month that I was unable to drive Colin, as my belly is quite large and the steering quite heavy, however when the new owner asked for a test drive (they have never driven a camper before in their life), I couldn't refuse and off we trundled for a 10 minute drive. Did this make it harder to sell, YES... he behaved perfectly and I can't believe I won't be driving him again. Colin has given us so many happy holidays and memories, we are both really sad to see him go. Practically, it's the right time to sell, we won't be camping for a year and there is no room MJs car seat, however even when passed a handful of cash, it doesn't soften the blow. Colin has been a real family project, from when Tim first bought him and made the modifications, to grandad making the fridge, my cousins husband doing the MOTs, Unckie Scammel doing countless repairs, Brenda making the cushion covers and everyone enjoying a cup of tea at a steam fair or on the beach... so maybe I'm right to feel sad... so much love has gone into keeping him on the road.. and we would like to a say a BIG Thank you to everyone who has kept our dream alive for the last 2 years.
I've got the horrible task of calling people to put off viewings today and am now sat, watching Colin for the last few times out the window, before he sets off down the A23 to his new owners by the sea on Monday. Whilst my heart is sad, my head knows it's the right decision and we will be owners of a camper again... after all, I've kept all the camper cups/plates and crockery and will need somewhere to make tea when taking MJ to the beach!