Thankyou so much everyone for your very kind words and good wishes after Mr A's motorbike accident. I really appreciated them.
I thought you might like an update on Mr A and the motorbike.
After another visit to the hospital yesterday morning, it was established that he has no serious damage, so I guess time will heal all the aches and pains.
As far as the motorbike is concerned, we had a discussion about what to do. There seemed to be quite extensive damage. At first the motorbike repairman estimated around 900 lira, but on further inspection this went up to 1200 lira. It's a lot of money, and to be honest I think vehicles are never quite the same after this sort of accident.
The other alternative was to try to sell it to the repairman in it's present state. He wasn't interested, Mr A tried a few other workshops, and they weren't interested either. He went back to the original man who offered him a deal on another motorbike in exchange for ours. This motorbike is a smaller model. Mr A at first thought it was brand new, because it's in excellent condition, but it's not new. After much haggling the man agreed to let Mr A have the bike, but we need to pay an additional 750 lira.
After working out the figures...ie the cost of repair, the value after repair, the cost of the new bike, etc we decided that this was probably the best option. Cheaper and a lot less hassle. The man accepted 200 lira deposit and the paperwork was signed, and he allowed Mr A to bring the bike home. We will pay the balance next week. I love the way people here are so trusting!
In an ideal world, we would have had the bike repaired...sold it...and bought a car. But it's not an ideal world, so we have to make the best of it.
Mr A arrived home late last night. He is still in pain, but he's getting better. This morning he made an attempt to potter in the garden, but he's really not up to it yet, so knowing he hates sitting around the house, I sent him off to the teahouse.
Life goes on!