Hi from Gillian and Michael
We woke up at 6.30 again. Don’t you just love jet lag!
We were still unsure about the Toyota Prius so we texted Steven for some advice as he had a similar car. Rachael drove us around to Imperial Cars to see the car again. We must have been anxious though as first we walked all around the lot again for another look. As we neared the door we saw a silver SUV which must have just come in as it had not been cleaned and had no price on it. We both knew straight away that it was the right car. Eagerly we asked its price and were told £4795. We asked to take it for a drive which we did, just around the block before returning and said we wanted to purchase it. It was a 1998cc Honda CRV Sport and this was exactly the car we were looking for. This car wasn’t there yesterday but it was love at first sight. It needed a car service and had various disadvantages like being an automatic, which of course was not a disadvantage for us at all but exactly what we wanted. It had cruise control and had a good size boot area with a cover which could be removed. As we are going to have dogs in the car while we were housesitting and we would have all our possessions in the car while travelling we needed plenty of room in the car. The Honda was more the price we wanted to pay and it would prove to be an excellent geocaching vehicle. It had 77,000 miles on the clock and was an excellent height for getting in and out of. We paid a deposit of £250 and were told it would be ready in two days time
Rachael then took us to Hastings before leaving us to drive to Brighton. Her car’s MOT runs out today and she had a friend there who was going to do a list of things on the car to allow it to pass its MOT. She also has a live-in job to do.
Rachael dropped us at Lloyds bank in Wellington Place. We had arranged an appointment ten days ago and the letter sent to David and Joan’s address was proof of our address. The accounts manager, Nina, was excellent and we soon opened a current account with a debit card. We did not qualify for a credit card but these days debit cards are just as useful allowing us to purchase online but the money we spend has to be in our bank account. We were very happy about that. She welcomed us with open arms and was very interested in our upcoming exhibition. She even introduced us to the bank manager. This was not at all what I expected as you hear all sorts of horror stories about New Zealanders trying to open bank accounts in the UK. Maybe our age is working in our favour. It took an hour and a quarter in the end but it was worth it.
Next, we went around the corner to visit Vodafone at Priory Meadows shopping centre again. We bought a Vodafone Ultra Smart Phone 6 which is what we decided on yesterday. However, we couldn’t buy a plan as we didn’t have our debit card yet. Instead, they sold us a £10 pay-as-you-go plan with unlimited texts in the UK, 150 mins of calling and 500 Mb data. We will go back when we have a debit card to set up a direct debit.
We went into the shopping centre and bought a few things for our geocaching and picnic kit then had sausages, eggs, beans and chips in a cheap cafe. Then we walked back to Claudia’s house. It was a long walk but nice to get the lay of the land and we had another early night. We didn’t feel overly affected by jet lag except for the early rising and early to bed. A very productive day. We now have a car, a cell phone and a bank account.