Now that I live in the wilds of Shropshire, and have 3.5 acres to look after, a go-anywhere working vehicle sounded like a good idea. The search took me to south Wales, where I found M304VEJ.

Originally I'd been thinking about an old Range Rover, but we decided that it would be more useful to have a pick-up, and that meant a Defender was the obvious tool.

The one I've found is a 1994 300Tdi. It's by no means perfect, but it seems to be solid in the right places with no significant vices, and comes with a brand new MOT.

I picked it up yesterday, and thoroughly enjoyed the 90-mile trip back to Shropshire across the middle of Wales - not least because VEJ performed faultlessly throughout.

More reflections on the new arrival follow soon.