Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New car!

Well, not brand new, but very good second-hand. We discovered it last Saturday in a car yard not too far from where we live. As some of you might remember from earlier posts on this blog, Ken and I have been looking for another car for me for much of this year. But we just couldn't agree on one; I'd find one I liked, but Ken would find something wrong with it, or he would point another car out, but it didn't appeal to me. And so on, until Saturday when we saw a lovely little Holden Barina in a metallic teal colour, in perfect condition. Ken immediately poked his head under the bonnet, inspected the engine, and pronounced it 'clean'. I have great faith in his appraisals of anything mechanical, so as soon as he said that, I pretty much decided this was the car to buy. My current car is a Barina, which I have been driving for 14 years, and despite some pretty rough treatment from me, it has never let me down.
It was much too expensive of course - car yards always put the price up so people can feel good about knocking them down, I'm sure! So we went home and discussed it over the weekend, with the result that I went back to the car yard after work on Monday to have a test drive. It was a good opportunity for the salesmen to see my car and decide what to allow me as a trade-in, so when I came back from the test drive, simply blown away by the smooth ride (power steering, no grinding gear change or rattling muffler!), I made an offer of $2000 less than the advertised price and they accepted it! Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I pick it up on Saturday. Ken was a bit miffed that I had gone on the test drive without him being there, but I promised he could drive it home on Saturday, seeing I'll be too nervous - lol! At least having next week off work, I'll be able to drive around at my leisure to get used to it, before I go back to work.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrat's on your new car!!! That's wonderful news. So will you be posting some pic's? Hint! Hint! ;)

Wednesday, 11 October, 2006  
Blogger Pam Kellogg said...

Yes Gina, will we be seeing photos of "your" new car? If it's as nice as the advertisement you posted, you're gonna look great in it!

your licence plates are so different from ours! Here in the US, they're kind of big and obnoxious. Maybe it's necessary due to all the obnoxious drivers we have here in the US!!

Thursday, 12 October, 2006  

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