Back in time # 2

There was once a time when we had a lot of vehicles parked outside the office/house.

Over time (since our arrival in December 2008) I think I can remember the following, although not all these were there at the same time, nor necessarily in the right order! I’ve highlighted the ones that actually belonged to us, the rest were Sabre’s:

Our original Landrover (bought in Ghana by us as our first vehicle)
Mercedes medium size bus (driven down to Ghana with Aubrey & Kojo the dog)
Bedford truck (driven from UK in convoy with above bus) with donations inside
Green Landrover – donation
White Landrover – donation
Overland Truck – driven from UK
Overland Truck – driven from Morocco
Small Mercedes bus – driven from UK
Jesus One bus – the one that (literally) crushed Aubrey
DAF truck modified to be an overland truck
Lea-Francis – classic car owned by Aubrey’s father and driven down from the UK in a rally – left with us to use for a year!
Ford Ecoline bus
Motorbike
Moped x 3
Nissan ‘trotro’ bus
Renault Scenic – our second car bought to accommodate four children!
Landrover discovery – our spare/investment car
Toyota Land Cruiser – our third and final car
Ford Mondeo Estate

The boys were climbing on top of the Landrovers when Barnaby was still in nappies, much to my distress – we didn’t have a fence/gate/wall then and I would constantly be running outside to get them down! Aubrey, of course, loved this!

They didn’t take long to graduate to climbing the trucks that Sabre had.

Here’s a picture of one of the overland trucks that had not long arrived from it’s journey. We’d love these trucks coming with their mix of punters, especially if from the UK as I’d usually managed to pop a few things on board to be driven down; tinned tomatoes, tinned spaghetti and baked beans, a bike given to the kids by a friend of mine (only to be given away on the journey down by the people on the truck, much to my irritation!) and our hammock, to name but a few.

Aubrey and Steve Cole with the newly arrived truck from Morocco

Aubrey and Steve Cole with the newly arrived truck from Morocco


Finlay 4 & Barnaby 3 doing some mechanics on the same truck

Finlay 4 & Barnaby 3 doing some mechanics on the same truck


I found a picture of a small line up of vehicles from when we lived in the old house. Also a picture of Aubrey on the motorbike with Finlay, and yes they were going somewhere (up the dirt track behind the house I hasten to add!).
July 2010

July 2010


July 2010

July 2010


Currently the vehicles sitting outside are:
Our Land Cruiser
Mercedes overland truck
DAF truck
Our Landrover Discovery
Ford Mondeo
One of the Partner Ghana Teams enjoying the Bedford Truck (box on & still white, currently box off and painted green!).

One of the Partner Ghana Teams enjoying the DAF Truck (box on & still white, currently box off and painted green!).


Sounds a lot but I can honestly say it feels like hardly any given what there used to be!

And finally:

Our original Landrover, parked at Stumble Inn when it was being built. The land it is parked on has now all gone as sand ‘winners’ (people/trucks stealing sand – illegal here) have taken so much sand from along the beach that it is eroding at an alarming rate. Very sad as it also took pretty much all the coconut trees you see near the Landy too.

Ochina! x

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