Can I be frank with you?
Gail's lack of interest in cars, and in the status that they can confer, has long been a disappointment to me. I feel an internationally renowned blogger such as myself surely deserves something better than our 7 year old Ford with an engine so small and low in emissions that it doesn't incur any road tax.
How I wish my human would take a lead from our neighbour, a lawyer whom we'll just call 'R'.
'R' and her teenage son 'J' live a few houses down from us. 'R' has long shown a fondness for flashy autos. This red Porsche has been a fixture on the street for a while now. However I am not allowed to post the photo of me 'decorating' its wheels...
Last year, 'R' added a Tesla to her stable, prompting Gail to wonder if 'R' had undergone a green epiphany. Although her retention of the Porsche rather suggests not.
It seems that 'R's son is now learning to drive and it totally makes sense that a different car would be required. Perhaps our neighbour might offer to buy Gail's Ford?
But no, sadly this didn't happen.
A new vehicle appears on the street. It is an Aston Martin. Has James Bond perhaps come to visit?
Then we notice this car bears 'L' plates and has apparently been purchased for 'R's son 'J'.
I have to say this is a surprising choice for a young and testosterone-fuelled learner driver. Gail says she can think of adjectives other than 'surprising'.
A few days later we notice that 'J' is also apparently being given the opportunity to develop his driving skills on the Tesla.
I fear I am stuck with the ageing Ford for a while yet. The other day I caught Gail googling lightweight carbon frame road bikes...