Hetty is still in Peter Curry’s hospital for sick Hymers in Warwickshire.. click link https://www.facebook.com/motorhomerepair/...Yes a long way from home ..We dropped her off in January on our way to Gatwick airport for a pre C-19 three week trip to the sun in Egypt with a hint she may be better by the time we arrived back ..
Not to be ..Peter breathing in with the mechanics shake of head telling us “Its the parts “and …”The corrosion is much worse than initially thought” shake of head again …sucks in breath again “Its going to cost a fortune” “Shall we scrape her “NOOOOOO we say ..Go for it we say ..Make her better and off we went back to Lancashire without her ..so…from what The Cook gathers another Hymer was taken to bits and Hetty gained a chassis …Then C-19 struck .. Work stopped as social distancing made it impossible for Peter and his workers to work in close contact
It’s now July 16th and still no Hetty The Driver has just said she will be back soon and he will ring Peter to get an update
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Miles driven 3889
A much more expensive adventure.. More spent on campsites than on any other trip and finding Aire de camping sites payable as we have been travelling in season .. €190 for four nights in a hostel boat park on Lake Garda .. with poor leccy and WiFi ..In retrospect and knowing the area now we would have parked up in the derelict Aire and winged the loo dumping .. I still think we could have got away with using the hostel for our washing but hey ho it’s only Euros ..
We normally run on €45 per day but have found diesel a lot more expensive as well..with the cheapest in Andorra at€1.066 and the most €1.48 in France
For the third time in the last five years it has to be Venice
Best sleepy spot !
In Hetty curtesy of The Cook and Lidl’s own sausage stuffed cannelloni lasagne
The disappointment of not getting to bathe in the hot springs at Saturna and the awful roads there after !
Hetty’s Crew have been back home now for 10 days .. Hetty is emptied .. back in storage with instructions to Ashley at http://pendlecaravanservices.yolasite.com/ ..Our do it all camper van mender to seal the leak in the main skylight ..
The washing is done but not the ironing .. but hey ho it will keep as its all summer stuff ..
The only problem in coming home was a knackered Central heating boiler .. Only 5 years old and it looks like of the thing had gone kaput..Called out our plumber ..A lots of oohing and scratching of heads and it was decided its the PCB ..The brains of the boiler ..The plumber will order one as it’s not in stock ..We are still waiting ..None in UK ..None in Germany where they are made ..Now in production so it may be here this week ..We are fortunate to have a wood burning stove in the kitchen and a gas burning log stove in the sitting room and a fan heater in the bathroom but zero hot water other than an electric shower so all in all we can cope ..I just think back to my days as a child with one fire in the living room and surprisingly we survived ..
Yet again San Sebastián Pintxo wins ..but Taverne de St Jacques in Navarrenx ..even though we didn’t understand a word of the menu came in a close second ..Third but by no means last was La Bathía in Moana Portugal for their fish dish .. still don’t know what is was but was delicious
Just gorgeous with its massive waves .. A little too tourist for our liking .. I think a winter visit would be good I wasn’t over amóured with The Algarve ..Far too many tourists and a little too warm at 35C
Portuguese Romanies ..
The boulder village .. The houses just slotted into the crack between boulders
WEIRDEST Bone Chapel in Campo Major
Public washing lines along with a public wash house on the quayside near Porto
BEST SUNSET AND DAWN
Cabo de St Vicente Portugal .. We watched the sunset on the west side of the peninsula and The Driver thought it an idea to waken me up to go take a photo of the dawn on the East side of the peninsula which I did 😇😴
Didn’t like Pamplona or Vigo…
PORTUGAL Monsaraz and Monsanto SPAIN Cereres Olivera and El Ricio
Last post from Hetty’s crew on The Scottish adventure
THE HARBOUR BISTRO SCALPAY
ON THE ROAD TO HUSHINISH
ARGOIL BEACH SKYE BRIDGE
To the costs of Hetty’s mini adventure ..Very similar to last year in Europe ..Only £1-80 per day more ..Fuel was at the most £1-34 per lt against €0.99 per lt in Sicily
Just one night payed for campsite on South Uist when we ran out of gas for the cooking and heating …£19 ..Well worth it to be plugged in to the Leccy for warmth ..Two nights on an aire at Argoil Beach..£2 per person per night in an honesty box on the door step of a croft ..Two nights on a carpark in Whitby at £8 per night ..The rest of our over night stops were of the wild camping variety ..FREE
A massive solar panel has been fitted to keep us full of leccy as we hate camp sites and wild camp most of the time …its all a bit out of my comfort zone but J knows all about stuff like this and he will keep us topped up ..He says we will have so much power we will be able to have film night so I have put all the DVD’s Ive been saving for a wet afternoon in ..packed
An extra cassette for the Loo has been purchased so we can go 6 days+ without panicking re:finding an emptying place ..Although in France there are even loo emptying place on Toll road services ..
New TV arial…We never watch TV ..
A new burglar alarm ..The other failed us in Sicliy 2014 but I think one is needed ..With this one we can be in the van at night and set it just for outside so if anyone tries it on when we are asleep it will go off ..eeeeek!
Two new leisure batteries and a spare engine battery even a new battery for the jump start gadget..
MOT done ..service done ..and she is fit to travel
So off we go on another adventure ..watch this space…
Wash underwear nightly or have 20 pairs of pants with you or go commando..
Wear black as it doesn’t look to stain when food is dropped down yr front.. Let said dropped food dry and pick it off “Look no stain
If eating or cooking wear sweater inside out “look no stain” then to go out wear sweater the right side out
Have a bottle of Fabreeze with you .. To spray the clothes you have just picked dropped dinner off ..
Shower or strip wash daily and use deodorant ..Febreeze clothes !!
Laundry Liq instead of loo blue
Use biological concentrated washing liquid from Lidl (FORMIL).. Two caps full is the equivalent to the loo blue but is €2.50 per Lt ….This bio liq also works in your grey water tank or even throw in a dishwasher tab .. Works fine in hot weather
Black towels dry faster !!
Loo cassette empty ?
We only need to empty the loo every 8/9 days as we have two .. One in and one one the bike rack
Looking after water..Get a jug to let cold water out before hot appears.. Put cold in kettle ..a splash and turn off .. Then soap and rince .. Uses less water than washing up
Water can be “borrowed” from church yards or cemeteries as there’s usually a tap for the flower water .. Happy days l
1 Does it look ok ,nice to have it to yourself but reassuring if other camper vans are near( not too near)always leave time to move on to your fall back location.
2 Is it free
3 Is it by the sea or mountains with a view
4 Do we need to empty the loo or fill with water ( this usually necessitates some cost) at a camp site or Sosta(sometimes we find this can be free at a sosta or some car parks)we do not need a mains hook up but if it’s included it saves on gas for fridge and hot water.
5 HOW MUCH !!!
6 Does it have wifi and occasionally we need a washing machine (it’s surprising how infrequent this is required , but when it is it can be a big job)
7 If it has a pool it’s a bonus
8 If it has a bar and restaurant this can be a negative point as it attracts holiday makers!
9 When you have permutated all of the above you then park ,level up the camper sort the fridge and get out a beer (if it has power rig the cables if it’s hot and sunny extend the awning)(this can also apply if rain is expected) get out a beer
10 Decide how long you want or need to stay and start planning for the next few days if you have not already done so.
11 If you are on your own by 19:00/dusk re-assess security or the feel of the place
12 Have a fall back location in case you don’t feel happy at your chosen location( this has only happened to us once )when our lovely beach location seemed to become a gay pickup spot.