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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!
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!
£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.
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!
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 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’.
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.
The rain stopped long enough to bring the ‘chill chairs’ out.
But it returned just as Terry arrived to say hello.
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!