Saturday, November 27, 2010

friday and the ape' did it again

cold and damp here today , especially inside. i hate winter here. am wearing 5 layers of jumpers etc plus a hat and scarf and i am still chilly. i should say that is in my studio. it is normally warmer outside. i know there is snow and blizzards in britain but i have obviously got acclimatised here. but enough moaning about the cold and on with the story.
last night i went to the doctors here in the village. i had an appt. at 6.15. i went into the surgery eventually at 9pm. to be fair once i got in i could have as much time as i needed with the doc , which is one of the reasons for the long wait as so can everyone else and there were 15 people there before me.
its all very sociable and to be honest nobody looked very ill and the majority were very cheerful. i wish i could somehow video just a little of the time spent there. i think its maybe like a lot of italian life where every time people get together its a social event. all ages from teenage boys to old men wearing trilbies, old ladies dressed in black, young married couples and children. people come and go all the time but usually someone knows who s next in the queue. however i will be taking a book next time!!
so having spent three hours in a little room surrounded by people speaking dialect, so understood very little i was more than relieved to get out and get in my ape' to drive home.( an ape' is a little 50cc truck which i can drive without a licence) ten minutes later i was sitting in the pitch dark on a country road with no lights. they just went off and i ran into the edge. my ape' has a history of breaking down, bits falling off etc. so was obliged once my eyes had adjusted to the dark to drive in first gear about 100 metres to stop opp. a house with an outside light. for some reason i had put a small led torch on a head band( which i am wearing in profile pic) in my handbag. so feeling very intrepid i got it out. my first attempt at wearing it only lit up the cab so i got out, and managed to tye it on to the window wiper where it shone almost as brightly as the headlight had done. reached home 5 mins later without meeting any other cars and feeling more than a little fraught but rather pleased with my ingenuity.
i am planning to sell my ape' as i now have a cute little three wheeler car, which i earnestly hope will not cause me the amount of problems that i have had with this vehicle. but having driven it for about 3 years i have had a lot of adventures in it.

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