The long and winding road – 30 August 2014

******Please note that the SET-UP COSTS and the RUNNING COSTS pages have been updated******


 

The Off

Derbyshire cried as we left (courtesy of the great god pissendon), Jill and Martin came to wave us off and I probably seemed impatient to get away, but only because I’d received a text message informing me that the hamper and flowers that we ordered as a ‘thankyou’ to Jill & Martin were on imminent delivery to their house – let’s go! they can’t miss that delivery!

The flowers were for Jill and the hamper was for Martin – to be consumed before Saturday morning – readers of the old blog may remember our ‘weight battle’ which continues albeit that we are now maintaining the weight loss. We still message each other first thing every Saturday and we are both maintaining our respective weights at around 14st – my low weight was 13st 7lbs and 13st 10lbs is close to where I am each week. If I hit 13st 12lbs, I’m back on it!


en-route

We used a website to find the nearest lowest-price diesel for a Twernt fill-up and we set off to fill up just around the corner and just off the A50. That website is http://www.petrolprices.com/

Once fuelled up, we headed for the Autogas station on the A38/A50 junction and that was where the fun started!

I have never used an Autogas pump before but it looked simple – attach the nozzle, turn to lock, press the black button and away we go. Bugger,the guage still shows ‘almost empty’ – maybe it’s faulty? – OK – that’s enough time for a ‘fill’ – so I trot off to the paydesk only to be informed that I haven’t put any gas in.

OK, back to Twernt.

Re-fit the bloody nozzle, lock-in and press the button again – there was a brief ‘Swoosh’ sound followed by me thinking that these pumps are good and quiet. OK, that’s enough time so off I trot again to the paydesk only to be informed – again – that I haven’t put any gas in and that the guy will come out once the 10-12 deep queue of folk waiting to pay for their fuel has been dealt with – he was the only person on duty.

Back to Twernt, try again whilst waiting for assistance that I resent having to get anyway.

Then, as luck would have it, a Range Rover arrived to use the ‘tother side of the same AutoGas pump. ‘Nah – you have to keep your finger on the black button whilst filling’ he informs me.

Double bugger – and then Twernt’s Gas-Low is filled. I tell the Range Rover guy that they should tell you about the need to keep the black button depressed only for him to reply that they do – it’s there on the instructions. Double, double bugger. Who reads those things anyway – Everyone apart from me it would seem!


Reflections

£8.43 for the LPG fill up. Twernt had a full Gas-Low tank when we acquired her and we had only used £8.43 of gas in just over 3 months – result!

Well it was a result until I later read that the Gas-Low tank holds 21L of gas and my £8.43 had only bought just over 12 litres, now I’m wondering if I did fill it – the guage says I did though and that’s good enough for me – for now!

So, in one day short of 15 weeks, we paid £8.43 for gas and £119.78 for electricity, total £128.21.

Our camping cost averaged £8.63 per week, now I just need some campsites in Europe that can match that deal!

Can you pay for your house and utility bills for £37.40 per MONTH? No? I did!

The spondulicks drain will intensify now though. It WAS summer and the gas usage for heating and cooking was minimal.


 

Broadway

We arrived at the Broadway CC site just after noon and were soon sorted and ready for a stroll into Broadway. We were last here back in the late 80’s and this site has changed beyond all recognition.

Back then we had a VW campervan towing a Mardon (?) caravan. Camping was much more field-like than the manicured roadways and pitches in evidence today.

It shows just how out of touch I am with what’s been happening on campsites when I expected to be ‘in a line’ at ‘open room washbasins’ in the facility block.

It’s now individual washroom cubicles with locking doors!

Progress!

No more warts (and worse!) on display to/from neighbouring geezers, but the downside is that I can’t now tell Amanda about the guy with a carbuncle on his extremities.

 

Broadway CC Site - we were both impressed by the on-site facilities and Amanda loves Broadway (score one out of two then!).

Broadway CC Site – we were both impressed by the on-site facilities and Amanda loves Broadway (score one out of two then!)

Some fine produce for sale in Broadway. I have no idea what that stuff is but it must be edible

Some fine produce for sale in Broadway. I have no idea what that stuff is but it must be edible

This GX1 shot of Broadway may be worth full-screening. Amanda loves it but I quickly spotted that none of these fine properties have any wheels on them! Broadway is for old people and they were everywhere - even in the mirror!

This GX1 shot of Broadway may be worth full-screening. Amanda loves it but I quickly spotted that none of these fine properties have any wheels on them! Broadway is for old people and they were everywhere – even in the mirror!

 

Broadway was a one night stop en-route to visiting my Uncle Terry who lives in Chippenham, so we set out at 0930 hours for the hop down to Devizes.

As a point of interest, on our location map you can click on the motorhome icon and I have inserted a picture of Twernt actually taken at that location. Probably best viewed by clicking on ‘View Larger Map’.

Then we were en-route to Devizes. This was the open road ahead of us. Must have been good because the vehicles behind us stretched back for miles (for some reason). We are becoming The Pied Piper of the Highway, we decided that they were blog readers showing their support! Thanks everyone!

Then we were en-route to Devizes. This was the open road ahead of us. Must have been good because the vehicles behind us stretched back for miles (for some reason). We are becoming The Pied Piper of the Highway, we decided that they were blog readers showing their support! Thanks everyone!

 

 

Seend, Devizes, Wiltshire

We arrived at the C&CC site near Devizes just before 1300 hours and we were treated to another day of Englands finest crop juice.

Twernt on location at the C&CC site at Seend, near Devizes. They shouldn't really call them 'sites', 'goldfish bowls' is more accurate and I'm surprised that trading standards don't insist on it - The Caravan Club GoldFish Bowl Facility - The Camping & Caravanning Club GoldFish Bowl Facility - a much more befitting name in our English weather!

Twernt on location at the C&CC site at Seend, near Devizes. They shouldn’t really call them ‘sites’, ‘goldfish bowls’ is more accurate and I’m surprised that trading standards don’t insist on it – The Caravan Club GoldFish Bowl Facility – The Camping & Caravanning Club GoldFish Bowl Facility – a much more befitting name in our English weather!

The rain stopped long enough to bring the ‘chill chairs’ out.

Comes a time when you're drifting......a socks moment (joke!)

Comes a time when you’re drifting……a socks moment (joke!)

The gypsy girl is a-chillin'

The gypsy girl is a-chillin’

 

But it returned just as Terry arrived to say hello.

Terry, my UNCLE, drove over staright from work - seeing him later today hence a blog publish whilst still sober - not much chance of that later! Terry celebrated his 72nd birthday last week and he still works full-time! Respect.

Terry, my UNCLE, drove over staright from work – seeing him later today hence a blog publish whilst still sober – not much chance of that later! Terry celebrated his 72nd birthday last week and he still works full-time! Respect.

It is now (Saturday) less than one hour before Terry will return to whisk us away to his local in Chippenham – more later – note to self: stay sober, you’re driving tomorrow; 2nd note to self: but you don’t see Terry often enough. Watch this space!

10 thoughts on “The long and winding road – 30 August 2014

    • Thank you both, sorry we didn’t get over to visit before we left, it became a whirlwind of things to get done. After all, we only had 3 months to get ready (!) and then found the last week or so a bit crazeee. On a very peaceful site tonight – Ilminster CC site – highly recommend this place. Are you visiting Calasparra later this year or early next year? We’re in Salobrena for xmas/new year and then going up your coast (that’s not a sexual deviation! – Murcia – coast – not far from Calasparra – kettle – on!). xx

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    • Hi Maggie. Whoops! you’re off in less than 12 hours then! 2 weeks more here for us and then it’s ‘under’….erm….let’s just say ‘train’ – it doesn’t sound as risky! We will hopefully get a chance to meet up at some point in France.
      We’re in Brittany/Normandy until the end of September and we then move down the eastern side to hit Spain by mid-end October. May be sooner, may be later, depends on the weather. Good luck and enjoy what we’re told is a more receptive attitude to motorhomers in France.

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    • It’s been hot hot hot today here in Chard. Thanks for the link Paul, I’ll definitely check it out, I have been looking at one that does something similar plus logs camping spots visited, has a daily diary, etc. A bit too much input needed for my liking though hence I have a notebook (paper type!) that I log things in. I may write a simple XL but I’m not sure that everyone can get XL – that was why I did some simple HTML code for the tables I used to put the costings out – may do something similar – but needs to be soon before the data builds up too much!
      Tomorrow is Day 1 of us hitting the south coast to start our 2 week crawl across to Folkestone – keep the sun coming!

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    • Thanks H – Your Ma loves Broadway and places of that ilk, mountains and the coast for me every time though! No sore heads but not for the lack of trying on Terry’s part – came close though; I may have wobbled a bit here and there (prostate pains and hip weakness aided by TOO many Abbots).

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  1. At last its happened , congrats , now the real fun starts :0)
    Love your locator map , how or where can we get that link ???
    Lys is sending out two blogs of our Blighty trip ,fingers crossed you should get them sooooon
    Have fun
    S&L

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    • Hi Steve & Lyssa, I just typed full-on instructions on how to do the Location Map and somehow wordpress lost it all!! Grrrrrrr!
      The Location Map is a Google Map and the link code exists in the box that appears when you click on ‘Share’ in the top right of the screen. Copy that link code into your blog to get your map included. You need to click on ‘Share’ after each map update.
      You need a Google account to set up your own map (you can have many maps, just give ’em different names and a link code will exist for each map).
      If you need detailed instructions for the icons, images, updates, etc. just let me know and I’ll re-write the stuff that wordpress managed to steal away from me! Not a problem to do that and others may be able to use it – Google Map software isn’t the most user friendly that I’ve encountered.
      Still can’t get your blog. Received your update email but no joy on my laptop – the tablet did manage to get access via your wordpress link but we only got your 15th August blog and not the latest blog(?) – and this was AFTER your latest update – the tablet now refuses to bring it up again. We’re missing out!

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