Percy has had a busy weekend, beginning with taking us to dinner at my colleague’s flat in Knebworth. He has also been to Heathrow to collect my Auntie and Cousin from Terminal 3. We parked him in the short-stay and wondered how many times in his life he must have waited at the taxi ranks outside T3. This time he gets his own paid parking spot.
Percy also took us and Mimi the rabbit to Regent’s Park for an afternoon walk. It was lovely and quiet in the secret garden now the sun’s set on summer, so Mimi had the whole place to herself.
We’ve updated Percy’s back shelf with the addition of another model taxi, slightly larger than the one on the front driver’s dashboard. This one is so detailed it actually has working flip-down seats and a sliding partition!
Percy’s recently serviced gearbox (by Carl at Globe Transmissions) seems to be holding up, even though it is technically burnt. We’re hoping it lasts as long as Graham’s gearbox on his working cab, that Carl also serviced, which apparently lasted for another 3 years and 60,000 miles! (Graham is the cabbie we bought Percy from.)
School has started again, so Percy has begun his occasional school runs with Nina and he’s definitely not as keen to get out of bed in the colder weather as he was in the warm. Everything just takes that little longer to function and even his windows have become more stubborn but luckily it’s too cold to need them open, otherwise it takes magician like skills to fiddle with the wire behind the steering column up near the driver’s side air vent to get it to work again.
He’s also taken us to Snowflake, a new ice cream parlour on Westbourne Grove, which was very pleasant. Their signature Snowflake ice cream is probably the pick of the bunch. It’s vanilla ice cream with coconut shavings, white chocolate and toasted nuts in it. My auntie is a big ice cream fan, so it was nice to be able to take her for ice cream after years of her taking me.
We had to extend Percy’s mileage with Peter Best insurance a couple of weeks ago, adding another 3000 miles to last until mid-December, and it still amuses me when I have to give them the mileage (460,000!). 3000 miles should be plenty for us, even with the school runs.
On a Percy unrelated note, I heard one of the funnier phone conversations in a while this week.The subtext of which was that Nina wanted to book a hair appointment at a local hair dressers, and the conversation went as follows:
‘Hello, I’d like to make an appointment for a cut and blow dry please?
‘Sure, what’s your name?
‘How do you spell that?’
‘Don’t worry no one seems to know, its L..A..U’
‘No, the first one?’
‘What, Nina? N..I..N..A’
‘Yes, then I….’
‘OK thanks, what time would you like to come in?’
‘I need to be out by 1pm, so how long do you think I need?’
‘Maybe an hour? We’ll see you at 1 then.’
‘No, I need to be out by 1, so I’ll come in at midday?’
‘Oh, OK I need to change the booking as I’ve just written it down for 1, so how do I spell your name again?’
‘Oh yes, thank you’
I’m am literally in tears of laughter at this point, then the best part comes.
‘So, that’s Nina for a cut and blow dry tomorrow at midday, all done. Ah wait, would you like us to wash your hair first?’
‘Yes please, see you tomorrow.’ (Nina wondering what they would blowdry if they didn’t wash her hair first)
Nina then said to me she hopes they’re good at hair dressing.