It’s a mini adventure

A secret love of mine, after lipstick, tea and lace dresses, is motors. Mini cars to be precise. I am a little car geek at heart and just adore swooning over anything shiny and sporting the iconic mini badge. My love halts at mere admiration and I am not proposing I can willy-nil-lily purchase a car like I purchase lipstick.
It was after catching glimpses of The Italian Job, Christmas circa 2006, that I decided I was destined to motor one of these darlings around and sourced myself this little gem decked out sufficiently to make even Michael Caine proud of its classic resonance.

You spy the fluffy dice?
I loved this car dearly, it was the perfect, fun form of transportation I was harbouring after. Four merry, tooting-terrific years we spent together, through the bumpy times and rocky moments, icy corners and sun-striken streets, we were inseparable. Four years on, and although my adoration for the mini had only but blossomed amply, I fancied a change. 

Yesterday, I became the proud owner of Bertie. A beautiful, new, classic addition to my mini adventure. This car was firstly a cloud of romanticised imagery in my head, before he was immortalised into my very own motor a month later. The fabulous thing about minis are their sheer brilliance and ability to encapsulate a character, feeling or inspiration and the sky is the limit with the design and features. I had this idealised picture-postcard image in my head of picnic hampers, capri pants and a headscarf flimsily being teased in the wind, cocooned by the smell of cracked brown leather seats. 
Et voila…

Needless to say, this weekend will predominately be festooned with any excuse to take an excursion out in my new jalopy, just with the open roads and my chihuahua car freshener for company! Bliss.

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36 Comments

  1. 12th December 2010 / 1:42 pm

    love bertie! So jealous, wish I could drive/had any car let alone a lovely mini πŸ™‚ x

  2. 12th December 2010 / 1:43 pm

    Ooo so lucky! I am determined to learn to drive next year (21 and unable to drive – shocking) cant wait to read about your adventures x

  3. 12th December 2010 / 1:50 pm

    Love it! Congrats on your new car!

  4. 12th December 2010 / 1:58 pm

    He's a very grown up looking Mini Cooper, love it! Would love my first car to be a Mini Cooper, I can only dream haha xx

  5. 12th December 2010 / 2:08 pm

    oh you should have bought it from our dealership in Norwich! I would have thrown in some freebies for you! xx

  6. 12th December 2010 / 2:10 pm

    I love Bertie! My mum's first car was a racing green mini πŸ™‚ I would love one! So cute xx

  7. 12th December 2010 / 2:42 pm

    Aww I love Bertie! xo

  8. 12th December 2010 / 3:02 pm

    So cute, Milly! I love that you've gone from a fun car to a proper grown up serious car. Really gorgeous, loving the British racing green with the brown. xx

  9. 12th December 2010 / 3:58 pm

    aww Bertie is a beauty. I have a black sparkley mini one convertible and her name is Ryvita (don't ask!!) and I adore her more and more every time I drive her…

    Bet you can't wait for summertime!

    Liz xxx

  10. 12th December 2010 / 4:50 pm

    Your so lucky! Minis are the most beautiful cars!!

    Be sure to check out my Christmas Giveaway πŸ™‚
    xx

  11. 12th December 2010 / 5:10 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous car! x

  12. 12th December 2010 / 5:22 pm

    I want a mini! πŸ˜›

    Bertie is so handsome! hehe. I love your previous mini too. Lucky woman you are!

    Your drive looks beautiful too ^^ xx

  13. 12th December 2010 / 6:13 pm

    It has my initals in the reg so really it's my car, yeah?
    It's beauuuuuuutiful!

  14. 12th December 2010 / 6:24 pm

    My car (silver corsa) is called Bertie too, he's not as handsome as yours though haha xx

  15. 12th December 2010 / 7:35 pm

    Omggg it's soo nice Milly!! would never have thought of the brown roof that's such a good idea πŸ™‚ wishing you lots of good trips together hehe!xo

  16. 12th December 2010 / 7:49 pm

    my ambition is to have that car, I love it
    xxx

  17. 12th December 2010 / 8:55 pm

    I could just eat him! Looks like a yummy after eight πŸ˜€ Congrats gorgeous xx

  18. 12th December 2010 / 9:39 pm

    so jealous πŸ™‚
    when I drive I must be getting a mini πŸ˜€

  19. 12th December 2010 / 10:47 pm

    Ahhh you're so lucky! Mini is my dream car πŸ™‚ xx

  20. 12th December 2010 / 11:46 pm

    Such a classy beautiful mini, I'm so happy that I took the plunge and got mine last year. She makes me super happy :)Enjoy your times with Bertie..

  21. 13th December 2010 / 12:23 am

    I'd love a mini, I just wish I could drive haha x

  22. 13th December 2010 / 9:44 am

    Love it!

    I got my fist Mini in March and i will never go back from them now, I love them πŸ™‚

    x

  23. 13th December 2010 / 10:03 am

    So jealous! Wish i could afford a car right now, let alone a mini.
    Love the look of minis ^-^ so british.

    x

  24. 13th December 2010 / 5:05 pm

    Ahhh I love Bertie! I've always said if/when I learn to drive I want a Mini. They're ADORABLE! xoxo

  25. 13th December 2010 / 5:06 pm

    i need a new car and i now want a mini! I'm so jealous πŸ™‚
    xx
    Bertie is gorgeous btw
    xx

  26. 13th December 2010 / 5:48 pm

    Ahhh your new car is absolutely gorgeous! I've always wanted a Mini, hopefully one will be mine one day! xx

  27. 13th December 2010 / 7:21 pm

    Woo hoo for Mini Convertibles! Welcome to the club πŸ˜‰ I adore mine as you know and love having the roof down, shades on and blaring out those tunes!
    Have fun with Bertie!!xxx

  28. 13th December 2010 / 10:13 pm

    I love Mini's! Congrats on the new car, looks gorgeous. I am so in love with my Mini, I am so glad I bought it last month. I have a Cooper S in dark grey and it's fab. Love, love, love. Enjoy your trips in Bertie! xx

  29. 13th December 2010 / 10:48 pm

    I'm learning to drive as we speak and I find certain things so difficult to understand, I hate parallel parking and turning the car around!! I admire anyone who has past their test πŸ™‚ Maybe next year will be my year…

  30. 14th December 2010 / 7:26 pm

    sweet car. I was a little confused at first thinking the one with the union jack flag on the roof was your new one until I scrolled down and saw the green convertible.

    The new mini's are really nice car's if I didn't live in the city centre where there's no real need for a car then I'd definitely consider getting one. In fact I saw an amazing all black cooper s today when out shopping. It was all black and had nice red break calipers and black alloy wheels.

    http://www.arashmazinani.com

  31. 14th December 2010 / 9:35 pm

    thank you for all your comments and lovely stuff guys! Bertie and I are having a whale of a time together πŸ™‚ x

  32. 18th December 2010 / 6:59 pm

    Hey sweetie

    He is lovely i love minis to. My old beetle was called Bertie to hehe bless. I just got a brand new convertable beetle but I have called him Beano (pics on my blog if you want to nose) but to scary to drive at the moment

    Enjoy cupcake

    t xxx

  33. 19th December 2010 / 10:30 pm

    I love this car! πŸ™‚ Have a nice ride:)

  34. 14th October 2012 / 9:13 am

    OMG! I want to own a Minie, Yours is beautiful, feminine, classy…everything a lady needs!!!
    Drive safely!

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