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I love this photo on several levels. It’s of Amsterdam which is one of my favourite cities and not just for the chips and salad cream.

There on the other side of the road is what looks like my dad’s first ever new car, a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

Java green it was.

Basic as basic could be; the only extras were windscreen wipers. There was a wee luggage bit behind the back seat where I could hide under a tartan car blanket. I used to do that when my dad took the car on the Erskine or Renfrew Ferry and he would give me the 3d (3 old pence) that this saved on the fare.

Fairly mild dishonesty I’d have thought. I don’t think there was a danger of my becoming a Craigie Whyte.

I remember touring the highlands several times in that excellent wee car. We even went camping with that as our transport to Ullapool and Nairn. The tent and all essentials packed into the boot (in the front of course). I still have the wee meths stove that we had and I still use it sometimes on my loch island day trips on the canoe.

It didn’t have a radio so maw, paw and I would sing songs or I’d play moothie……..(seriously – how my parents suffered!)

Look at the way the building is reflected in the bonnet of the other car.

Oh! and is that a coffee house?

Funny, any time I was ever in one it was usually followed by chips and salad cream……….

Thanks again to this tumblr site for the inspiration.


2 Responses

  1. So you played the moothie and it got on people’s thrupennies?

    The more things change………

  2. I remember your Dad’s beetle Rab. Classic car.

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