A Very Blustery Day


Bet you don’t know what that is.

Well, I’ll tell you. It’s a long streak of paint about fifteen inches long and nearly two inches wide on the outside wall of our house, and it comes from my car. No, I didn’t misjudge the width of the driveway1, nor did I back into it, or anything like that.

See, what happened was this; we took the dogs out this morning for their walk, and since Jeffie is so frail these days and Sid doesn’t want to go too far either, we drove them round to where we can do a nice walk in the countryside without having to walk to get there first. They had a lovely stroll in the sunshine – yes, and the wind – alongside a dyke, then diagonally across an open field and back along the road to the car. Took about 25 minutes, nice and slow. They really loved it, and so did I2.

Back home, OH backed the car neatly into place so that the dogs could jump out right by the front door and turned off the engine. I opened the door … and it was ripped out of my hand and slammed into the wall so hard that it has actually flattened a strip of the edge of the door about .. well, about fifteen inches long and about an inch wide.


It’s also taken the paint clean off where it creases – if you look again at the photo at the top, you can see that at the point where it first hits the wall it’s a nice deep blue, which gets progressively lighter until it’s white, which I presume is the undercoat. And, incidentally, bruised my fingers, that’s how hard it was torn away from me. I’m glad I wasn’t wearing my rings at the time or there might have been blood.

So now I’m extremely pissed. This is my beloved Yaris Verso, which I have had from new and which is a perfect dogmobile. They don’t make them anymore, and I’ve been nursing it because it’s nearly thirteen years old. It was in extremely good nick.

Not anymore.


I’m hoping that it can be beaten out and resprayed nicely, otherwise it’ll be a new door – and heaven knows how much that will cost.

Oh look! You get a bonus picture of me (disgruntled) taking that picture of the damage. Aren’t you lucky?

1 The driveway is very open to being misjudged. It looks straight, but it isn’t. There is a subtle angle on it, and also, it narrows. It’s not easy to back into, but we’ve both more or less got the hang of it now, after twenty-odd years.

2 Can’t say the same about OH, who moaned continually about the wind, and how cold it was, and how he wished he’d never agreed to come. To be fair, he suffers badly from the cold and has always hated wind.

12 thoughts on “A Very Blustery Day

  1. Carol 12th April 2015 / 6:15 pm

    I think that calls for a glass of wine. Or two.

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 7:48 pm

      Yep, I thought so too, so OH and I have split a nice bottle of Chianti Riserva! Now I do’tn fel qutie so bad aobut it.. *hic*

  2. Rob Lenihan 12th April 2015 / 7:23 pm

    So sorry, Jay! Wine and more wine!

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 7:49 pm

      See reply to Carol! 😀

      Have to wait until tomorrow to call someone about it. I just hope they can fix it quickly, before it rusts.

  3. jeni 12th April 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Oh Jay, what a pain. I bet disgruntled doesn’t really cover it. I can hear OH complaining about the cold and wind too. Glad you had some wine in to help. I had my car door whipped out of my hand by the wind a couple of weeks ago too, shocking how strong it can be, but I was opening it so got the top corner straight in my forehead and had to drive home hoping the blood wouldn’t drip in my eye. I looked like I’d been in a bar fight.

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 11:56 pm

      Oh no!! Well, getting hurt is much worse than denting a bit of metal. I hope you were okay?

  4. Birdie 12th April 2015 / 11:42 pm

    I backed into my husband’s car not too long ago. The damage looked minimal but ended up costing about $3000.00. Thank got for insurance.

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 11:58 pm

      Noooooooo!!! You see, that’s what I’m afraid of. The damage to my door looks simple, but I bet they say it needs a new door! As you say, thank heavens for insurance. We just have to work out whether it’s worth losing my no-claims bonus for, or whether it will be better just to grit the teeth and pay up.

  5. Valerie Daggatt 13th April 2015 / 11:07 am

    Sorry about your car. It’s not as if there’s someone you can sue, which makes it worse. I agree that wine is a must at times like this. Fingers crossed the bill isn’t too high.

  6. houndstooth4 13th April 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Ouch! That certainly left it’s mark! I’m glad that at least nobody got hurt and fingers crossed it can be fixed without too much pain to the pocketbook!

  7. Secret_Agent_Woman 13th April 2015 / 3:55 pm

    I actually guessed that immediately as being paint from a car door. I’ve done it myself.

  8. liz 19th April 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Nasty. Especially the bit about OH suffering from wind …

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