Some decisions are really big, life-changing even. My husband and I have been toying with this for some months but finally decided, just before he started his new job back in April, that we would try for it. 'It' turns out to be 'she.' It's been a tough period, waiting for her, not knowing when she would come, but finally, last Friday, she arrived in our world. All of us have spent the weekend delighted to get to know her.
Here she is!
Well, that isn't actually her (as you can tell from the number plate) but we live in Manchester: it is raining so I couldn't take an actual photo.
She's also green, in more ways than one. It is a Skoda Fabia Estate, designed to be as green and eco-friendly as possible, given that it guzzles gas. It means a low road tax and lots of mpg (or kpl, or whatever scheme you use). She doesn't have a proper spare wheel, which is a little concerning, but makes her lighter and thus more fuel efficient. (Clearly that calculation is before adding in the four of us and all our luggage - why does so much have to come even on the shortest journeys?)
So, I am going to have to alter my profile. No longer are we without a car and totally reliant on public transport. Now we have joined the community of parents that taxi their children everywhere, rather than get on our bikes or use our feet. In many ways it is a shame, although we are looking forward to being able to explore the countryside around us, to get into the Peak District, to be able to visit friends and family easily.
So how green can we be now? How should we compensate for this small hole we are burning in the ozone layer? Just wait: at some point in the future I have to explain away the Aga we are planning to install in the house...