Dot writes: hello, reader(s). Ken has no internet in County Leitrim or I’m sure he would be posting lots, since he is out there on his own being a brewer with no brewery all week (the brewery arrives next week; in the meantime there is planning, I think). I am busy with the start of teaching and getting settled in with the new au pair, Sandra, who had her first day in charge of the boys today. She seems to have had no problems managing the routine and they like her, so that’s good. Meanwhile I just about got through my History of the English Language class. After last week, when there was no Ken and no Sandra and I was therefore on Mummy duty after school each day, I am running rather behind; which is not great for the first week of term. But now Sandra is here I am starting to climb back up to the top of the pile of tasks.
Ken has the car with him. I do need a car from time to time. Do we (a) get a second car or (b) join a car club? In favour of (b) is the avoidance of all the stress and expense of buying, insuring, taxing and running a second car. In favour of (a): the car club car is parked at Killester, a 10-15 minute walk away, which is rather far if I want to go somewhere with the boys, and it has to be booked, so it would be fine for predictable engagements such as my recorder lesson but not for emergencies, rainy days, running late and so forth. Certainly (b) is the eco-friendly and budget-friendly option, but I do feel a bit confined without a car. What would you do?