18. topsy gets arrested - nearly! (from oct 07)

I forgot to mention that Topsy got pulled over by the police the other week, late one night coming back from Newcastle, at about 11 in the evening, the three girls had been to a McFly concert for Barbara's birthday, and I'd already driven round for ten mins without me headlights off. The poor tired over excited girls were wrapped up in sleeping bags and blankets, shivering and I was wrapped in my coat equally shivering!

Uneventful journey back to almost Aycliffe (better than the way there following me mate who drove very quickly, had Topsy on two wheels on a roundabout, I'll not do that again!), when I thought the lights had gone to green so I turned right into Aycliffe, ahh nearly home... then the flashing blue lights appeared behind me, so I pulled to the left to let them pass, but they stayed behind me, eek!. Slowed to a stop and wound me window down, the conversation went as follows...
policeman - You've just done what I've done twice
me - what did I do twice
policeman - no, i did it twice you did it once
me - oh, what've I done once?
policeman - ran a red light
me - no no no, it was green! (starting to look panicked now!)
policeman - no it was red
me - (speechless)
policeman - it was green for straight on red for turning right (which I had)
me - (cue a couple of tears) oh no, what's gonna happen, I've only just passed my test, I thought it was green, I'm sorry (now in flood of tears)
policeman - (smiling) well, what's gonna happen now is you're gonna drive home carefully and not make that mistake again!
me - thank you orrifacer!

I then set off and reached 40 mph before I realised it was a 30 zone, oops, but he just overtook me and wagged his finger, so thanks to Aycliiffe police, as ever friendly and forgiving! And ever since then I always get a little wave when he passes, ahh.


17. not a lot happened ....

So, it's been a while since the last update, but since then Topsy has had her first blast down the A1 and back, roughly about 350 miles without a hitch, and we had a great time in Corby visiting me brother...
Topsy also taken the girls on a couple of road trips - up to near Alston with Belle's best mate who's also into rocks, and we found lead ore, fossil's and fluorite, and all the girls got very wet and muddy. We were joined up in the hills by my mum and dad in their sporty car, and Rog n Rob on the bikes, Topsy took the longest to get home, but we did stops off in Hamsterly Forrest...
Topsy then took us to the forbidden corner - with Barbara's best mate, and again Topsy performed marvelously and didn't break down once! Good old Topsy! OH, and the forbidden corner is well worth the money, I'd recommend it to everyone!
Topsy then took Belle and two of her mates through Hamsterly Forrest, up Weardale, to see the fossilised tree at Stanhope, then over the hills towards teesdale where we stopped for hot chocolate (it was very very cold on the moors!).
Also, Topsy has had her first crash (notice that Topsy had her first crash, as though it was nothing to do with me - who was driving), she reversed into a, well, I'm not saying what she reversed into, but we thought it was only cosmetic damage, a bit of paint sheared off hear and there and everything elss was ok ...
... and it was, until the bumper fell off on the way to darlington, only on one side though and I managed to bodge it for the return journey with cable ties, clever little me!
So, no pictures of Topsy at the moment, not whist she's looking slightly poorly! And also no new-old mini, I've put that project on hold till Topsy is better!
Anyway, it's all systems go over the next couple of weeks, so a merry christmas and happy new year from Topsy, and all of us!!!!
And here's looking forward to many many more adventures in 2008....