...or, what's it all about?
Martha just wants to do dangerous tricks on Bert's old bicycle. By the way, she informed me that I have a bicycle. I'd forgotten.
Dangerous tricks accomplished, Martha felt it was time she learned to drive Bert's ancient Ford.
Bert probably learned on that same tractor himself. You'd hardly know it, but it was in for a recent refurb. There were great plans mooted but Bert settled for a few engine improvements and some new mudguards. All the better to sit on when the latest child learns to drive it. Uncle Joe said, and I quote,
Yes, learn on the wee Ford and when Bert buys a new Fendt she will be up to speed.
It will never happen. Mudguards are as far as Bert goes.
Meanwhile, Evie looks forward to her ninth birthday on the 3rd of November. She only wants one present, or should I say, president.