Gareth's Robinhood 2B Site
The collection date has been confirmed for the 26th October 2002.
I have hired a long wheel base Sprinter van for U-Drive in Southampton. Although they were not the cheapest they had the right van which I could book for Saturday only - collection Friday night, drop off Saturday night.
Plan of action
Well that's the idea anyway.
Well it wasn't that drastic. Given that everyone who has done the collection said it was an 'experience' I was preparing for one of those 'experiences' that normally leaves someone mentally or physically scarred!
Friday and Saturday pretty much went to plan, the Van was collected, we stayed with Rog, and drove to Mansfield in time for 9am - there was a slight digression from this point on....
When we arrived we were sent to the back yard in Grove Street where the initial collections would be made, there was already a queue of vans wiating before us although we were about 4th in line.
On the stroke of 9:30 the gates were opened and we were 'organised' into 'tidy' rows.
Our turn came and we passed over our hard earned cash, and received two large trolleys full of potential 2B. The dogs are two rotties held in an ivory tower that punctuate every movement and word from a customer with huge amounts of barking and attempts to leap 40 feet to the floor. Jon especially seemed to provoke them into greater heights of activity - although that maybe because he smelled
- different ;-)
We had some trouble recognising a few items but Tricky was around to help whenever we needed it - although we did get some helpful comments from a neighbourly collector from Devizes who, when asked if he could recognise a part, said "It's a tube" - so that was nice ;-)
Once we had completed the packing , we were off home - this took longer than expected due to an accident on our route. Once we had arrived home we had little time to celebrate because we had to get the van back. We unpacked and 'chucked' it all in the garage, stopping only long enough for a few photos.
Thoughts on the day