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Service & Repair work in South Yo4kshire

Bennett Family
 

If you are in the South Yorkshire area and need mobile repairs/servicing etc then give Warren a try. He did some work on my son’s 1997 Hymer B544 - sorted out the fridge (very awkward to get to) and replaced the kitchen faucet. Top job, done ar short notice before a holiday and at a very reasonable price.

I’ll be using him in future.

https://www.totalcaravanservices.com

Martin


Re: now Travel Carol!

Carol Weaver
 

I’ve been watching figures. A lot are in Cities and Marseille all places we don’t go to 

Travel insurance ran out in April so didn’t actually renew as it was not worth it as we didn’t get away. I have been looking and getting quotes to take it out next week. Only tunnel booked so as that can be shifted for a year I’m not too bothered

If FO decide we can’t go then sobeit.  Not sure what we will do. Run out of my Noilley Prat and almost out of Duncan’s Pastis so need a trip!!!

Cheers

C

On Thu, 13 Aug 2020 at 14:53, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
Carol, do you have travel insurance that covers Covid? Today's news on Beeb:

Germany has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases

in more than three months. In France, new infections have nearly

doubled in recent weeks as Prime Minister Jean Castex warned that the

country had been going "the wrong way" for two weeks.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53747852



Tim



On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> They are open. But planning Germany first back to where our holiday

> finished a month early last year. At Bad Tölz.  We will see how it goes. We

> rarely eat out and so it will just be our normal food shopping plus any

> cable cars etc we find. Probably end up in France but not sure yet.

> Planning for our usual 8 weeks away

>

> Carol

>

> On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 17:46, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:

>

>> On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 16:21, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:

>>

>>

>>

>> >

>>

>> > On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

>>

>> > > Are you not venturing abroad Tim?

>>

>> >

>>

>> > No, Carol. You with your soon tunnel booking braver than me. Weighing

>>

>> > up that many countries (especially now looking like inc France)  being

>>

>> > added to quarantine-on-return list not to mention sudden reimposed

>>

>> > restrictions at some of these 'holiday' destinations.

>>

>>

>>

>> Let's hope that Passion France sites are available for you Carol.

>>

>>

>>

>> Alan.

>>

>>

>>

>>

>>

>>

>>

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Re: Henley postcard

timsinc Sinclair
 

Carol, do you have travel insurance that covers Covid? Today's news on Beeb:
Germany has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases
in more than three months. In France, new infections have nearly
doubled in recent weeks as Prime Minister Jean Castex warned that the
country had been going "the wrong way" for two weeks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53747852

Tim

On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:
They are open. But planning Germany first back to where our holiday
finished a month early last year. At Bad Tölz. We will see how it goes. We
rarely eat out and so it will just be our normal food shopping plus any
cable cars etc we find. Probably end up in France but not sure yet.
Planning for our usual 8 weeks away

Carol

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 17:46, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 16:21, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:



On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:
Are you not venturing abroad Tim?
No, Carol. You with your soon tunnel booking braver than me. Weighing
up that many countries (especially now looking like inc France) being
added to quarantine-on-return list not to mention sudden reimposed
restrictions at some of these 'holiday' destinations.


Let's hope that Passion France sites are available for you Carol.



Alan.







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Re: CAMpRA [was: Re: [motorhome-list] Henley postcard]

yorkcov
 

I'm glad they're recognising all the good work you've put in over the years Andy

On 12 August 2020 14:31:38 BST, Andy Clarke <andyclarke1050@gmail.com> wrote:
Yes, a very active and enthusiastic bunch, with a well moderated
Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/campra.uk/

Quite a lot going on behind the scenes too, I'm part of the 'Leadership
Group'.

Andy Clarke
www.ukmotorhomes.net

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 14:19, Peter S <peter@stallwood.com> wrote:

Looks like CAMpRA is doing a lot of good work, Andy.

Peter S


Re: Henley postcard

Peter S
 

Looks lovely. We have been in that area but not to that town.

 

Have a good time and hope you get all the 8 weeks in.

 

Peter S

 

From: motorhome-list@groups.io [mailto:motorhome-list@groups.io] On Behalf Of Carol Weaver
Sent: 12 August 2020 19:47
To: motorhome-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [motorhome-list] Henley postcard

 

They are open. But planning Germany first back to where our holiday finished a month early last year. At Bad Tölz.  We will see how it goes. We rarely eat out and so it will just be our normal food shopping plus any cable cars etc we find. Probably end up in France but not sure yet. Planning for our usual 8 weeks away

 

Carol

 

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 17:46, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 16:21, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:



>

> On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> > Are you not venturing abroad Tim?

>

> No, Carol. You with your soon tunnel booking braver than me. Weighing

> up that many countries (especially now looking like inc France)  being

> added to quarantine-on-return list not to mention sudden reimposed

> restrictions at some of these 'holiday' destinations.



Let's hope that Passion France sites are available for you Carol.



Alan.






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Re: Henley postcard

Carol Weaver
 

They are open. But planning Germany first back to where our holiday finished a month early last year. At Bad Tölz.  We will see how it goes. We rarely eat out and so it will just be our normal food shopping plus any cable cars etc we find. Probably end up in France but not sure yet. Planning for our usual 8 weeks away

Carol

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 17:46, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 16:21, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:



>

> On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> > Are you not venturing abroad Tim?

>

> No, Carol. You with your soon tunnel booking braver than me. Weighing

> up that many countries (especially now looking like inc France)  being

> added to quarantine-on-return list not to mention sudden reimposed

> restrictions at some of these 'holiday' destinations.



Let's hope that Passion France sites are available for you Carol.



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Re: Henley postcard

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 16:21, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:


On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:
Are you not venturing abroad Tim?
No, Carol. You with your soon tunnel booking braver than me. Weighing
up that many countries (especially now looking like inc France) being
added to quarantine-on-return list not to mention sudden reimposed
restrictions at some of these 'holiday' destinations.
Let's hope that Passion France sites are available for you Carol.

Alan.


Re: Henley postcard

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 12:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm getting grumpier by the day.
First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?
When the two major campsite chains (CCC & CMC) lost interest in
looking after their customers (members) I forecast something similar.
But was criticised for being negative.

Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space.
Unfortunately, to be expected. Just like folk stock-piling toilet
paper. Maggie's me, me, me society.

As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.
I can support the need for forms etc. But why has the government not
posted standard forms on a website? Would be easier for all.

My wife had a filling fall out on Friday, so phoned our dentist. They
have introduced a set of forms on a website for completion before
attending. Arriving for her 9:30 Monday appointment she was greeted
by a nurse covered in PPE. A well organised distancing system was in
force outside. Entered by the normal door and exit by a door
previously only an emergency exit. A good one-way system. Treatment
rooms were being rotated and kept empty, so the next patient did not
sit in the same chair. We are not getting our normal six monthly
checkups, but the emergency system is perfect.

I waited in our car in their car park and watched the goings on. Next
door is a gym with it's entrance/exit close to the dentist. Six other
cars parked in the dentist car park. The nurse approached and asked
for the name & appointment time. Four were for the gym and were
directed to the gym's car park that is behind the gym - about 200
yards to walk to it's entrance and not the 20 yards from the dentist's
car park. Going to a gym, but too lazy to use the correct car park
requiring a longer walk. The two other cars were dentist's patients.

Motorhome life not as we know it.
Agreed. A few months ago, I did think about selling our Hymer 2016
for the above reasons. But decided no. Now thinking again. If we
still had our Land Rover motorhome we would be 'wild camping'.

Alan


Re: Henley postcard

timsinc Sinclair
 

On 12/08/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:
Are you not venturing abroad Tim?
No, Carol. You with your soon tunnel booking braver than me. Weighing
up that many countries (especially now looking like inc France) being
added to quarantine-on-return list not to mention sudden reimposed
restrictions at some of these 'holiday' destinations.

Anyway, been too hot for me here, never mind Europe!

Tim


On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 13:54, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

Yes, Peter. It takes stress and fortitude to survive venturing out! To

get my five nights at Henley, I had to book white peg (pitch+awning)

pitches, the only ones available but for four nights only. On the

fifth night a blue peg (no awning) pitch became available. So I'll be

on the move - hopefully to equally shaded spot! Although think storms

by then will have broken this heatwave.



Tim





On 12/08/2020, Peter S <peter@stallwood.com> wrote:

I had enough trouble trying to book sites for 2 weeks in late
September
so

what you are trying to do is many times worse. At one point I thought I
had

managed to find a couple of sites to cover one of the weeks, but that
was
kiboshed a couple of minutes later when I actually tried to book as a
day in

the middle at one of the sites was now full.
Good luck.
Peter S
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On 12 Aug 2020, 13:14, at 13:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com>
wrote:
I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in
an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly
a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC
site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and
mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.
Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy
enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add
"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my
findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative
reality times.
First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?
Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger
danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some
friendlier chats at Henley.
As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.
Motorhome life not as we know it.
Tim




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Re: Henley postcard

Carol Weaver
 

Are you not venturing abroad Tim?

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 13:54, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
Yes, Peter. It takes stress and fortitude to survive venturing out! To

get my five nights at Henley, I had to book white peg (pitch+awning)

pitches, the only ones available but for four nights only. On the

fifth night a blue peg (no awning) pitch became available. So I'll be

on the move - hopefully to equally shaded spot! Although think storms

by then will have broken this heatwave.



Tim





On 12/08/2020, Peter S <peter@...> wrote:

> I had enough trouble trying to book sites for 2 weeks in late  September so

> what you are trying to do is many times worse. At one point I thought I had

> managed to find a couple of sites to cover one of the weeks, but that was

> kiboshed a couple of minutes later when I actually tried to book as a day in

> the middle at one of the sites was now full.

>

> Good luck.

>

> Peter S

> ⁣Sent from BlueMail ​

>

> On 12 Aug 2020, 13:14, at 13:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...>

> wrote:

>>I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in

>>an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly

>>a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC

>>site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and

>>mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.

>>

>>Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy

>>enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add

>>"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my

>>findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative

>>reality times.

>>

>>First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of

>>steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi

>>season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site

>>day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60

>>days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now

>>looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?

>>

>>Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and

>>'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the

>>toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone

>>focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger

>>danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some

>>friendlier chats at Henley.

>>

>>As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with

>>different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some

>>demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.

>>

>>Motorhome life not as we know it.

>>

>>Tim

>>

>>

>

>

>

>





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CAMpRA [was: Re: [motorhome-list] Henley postcard]

Andy Clarke
 

Yes, a very active and enthusiastic bunch, with a well moderated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/campra.uk/

Quite a lot going on behind the scenes too, I'm part of the 'Leadership Group'.

Andy Clarke


On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 14:19, Peter S <peter@...> wrote:

Looks like CAMpRA is doing a lot of good work, Andy.

Peter S


Re: Henley postcard

Peter S
 

We just wanted to be sure we had somewhere to stop for a few nights at a time and not be worrying about it. Hadn't got anywhere really in mind when I started looking so in the end just put together 5 sites to run consecutively for 18 nights where there was some logic to the driving route.

If situation had been sorted we would be going to France and then would not have worried and played it by ear every day using sites and aires.

Looks like CAMpRA is doing a lot of good work, Andy.

Peter S

On 12/08/2020 13:53:57, Andy Clarke <andyclarke1050@...> wrote:

I guess that's the trouble if you're set on where you want to go, and use sites. 

We've just had 17 days up to Scotland and back, nothing booked, didn't use campsites. Toilet emptying and filling with water a few times at the Lochore Meadows motorhome stop, and once at a relative's smallholding in County Durham.

Andy Clarke

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 13:29, Peter S <peter@...> wrote:
I had enough trouble trying to book sites for 2 weeks in late  September so what you are trying to do is many times worse. At one point I thought I had managed to find a couple of sites to cover one of the weeks, but that was kiboshed a couple of minutes later when I actually tried to book as a day in the middle at one of the sites was now full.

Good luck.

Peter S
Sent from BlueMail
On 12 Aug 2020, at 13:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in
an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly
a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC
site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and
mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.

Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy
enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add
"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my
findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative
reality times.

First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?

Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger
danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some
friendlier chats at Henley.

As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.

Motorhome life not as we know it.

Tim




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Re: Henley postcard

Sandytrax
 

Some sympathy Tim re the lack of availability in U.K. 
In Greece we have stayed 26 nights on 10 campsites plus one wildcamp. We haven’t needed to book anywhere but it’s become increasingly busy in August.
Have to provide phone number and email address at each campsite. No problem.
No queues for anything.
lots of social distancing signs and sanitiser.
It’s stupidly hot here at 35 C all day everyday with a little temperature drop at night. All doors and windows open and constant fan.
cheers!
Brian


Re: Henley postcard

timsinc Sinclair
 

Yes, Peter. It takes stress and fortitude to survive venturing out! To
get my five nights at Henley, I had to book white peg (pitch+awning)
pitches, the only ones available but for four nights only. On the
fifth night a blue peg (no awning) pitch became available. So I'll be
on the move - hopefully to equally shaded spot! Although think storms
by then will have broken this heatwave.

Tim

On 12/08/2020, Peter S <peter@stallwood.com> wrote:
I had enough trouble trying to book sites for 2 weeks in late September so
what you are trying to do is many times worse. At one point I thought I had
managed to find a couple of sites to cover one of the weeks, but that was
kiboshed a couple of minutes later when I actually tried to book as a day in
the middle at one of the sites was now full.

Good luck.

Peter S
⁣Sent from BlueMail ​

On 12 Aug 2020, 13:14, at 13:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com>
wrote:
I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in
an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly
a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC
site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and
mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.

Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy
enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add
"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my
findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative
reality times.

First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?

Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger
danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some
friendlier chats at Henley.

As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.

Motorhome life not as we know it.

Tim



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Re: Henley postcard

Andy Clarke
 

I guess that's the trouble if you're set on where you want to go, and use sites. 

We've just had 17 days up to Scotland and back, nothing booked, didn't use campsites. Toilet emptying and filling with water a few times at the Lochore Meadows motorhome stop, and once at a relative's smallholding in County Durham.

Andy Clarke

On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 at 13:29, Peter S <peter@...> wrote:
I had enough trouble trying to book sites for 2 weeks in late  September so what you are trying to do is many times worse. At one point I thought I had managed to find a couple of sites to cover one of the weeks, but that was kiboshed a couple of minutes later when I actually tried to book as a day in the middle at one of the sites was now full.

Good luck.

Peter S
Sent from BlueMail
On 12 Aug 2020, at 13:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in
an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly
a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC
site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and
mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.

Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy
enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add
"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my
findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative
reality times.

First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?

Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger
danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some
friendlier chats at Henley.

As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.

Motorhome life not as we know it.

Tim




Re: Henley postcard

Peter S
 

I had enough trouble trying to book sites for 2 weeks in late  September so what you are trying to do is many times worse. At one point I thought I had managed to find a couple of sites to cover one of the weeks, but that was kiboshed a couple of minutes later when I actually tried to book as a day in the middle at one of the sites was now full.

Good luck.

Peter S
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On 12 Aug 2020, at 13:14, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in
an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly
a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC
site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and
mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.

Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy
enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add
"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my
findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative
reality times.

First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?

Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger
danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some
friendlier chats at Henley.

As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.

Motorhome life not as we know it.

Tim




Henley postcard

timsinc Sinclair
 

I'm getting grumpier by the day. I just don't cope well with living in
an oven, setting 33C for slow cook in all daylight hours. Been nearly
a week of it now. This today is in a shaded pitch at Four Oaks CMC
site at Henley-on-Thames. But for family/friends, prescrip meds and
mail collection comittments I'd have been way oop coola north.

Inspired by Derek's pc from Jersey, here my sweaty scrawl just wordy
enough to spread over the address area. Good that I don't have to add
"wish you were here" - you wouldn't want to be. Anyway, some of my
findings coping with living full-time in my camper in this alternative
reality times.

First, I'm no longer free to roam spontaneously, at the turn of
steering wheel when spotting a camping sign. Yep, in school-hol hi
season, I knew required an on-line search and maybe need to ring site
day before. Well, check it out: now need to ring/on-line book some 60
days before.! Took full afternoon to cover August - September now
looking as stressful. Does no-one go home?

Secondly, the atmosphere on campsites. The usual friendly hi's and
'good day's like have disappeared. Even in marked-out queue for the
toilet block. Maybe it's because the sites are chokka. Everyone
focussed on their own bubble and space. Seems, sadly, almost "stranger
danger". My experience at Moreton-in-Marsh, although had some
friendlier chats at Henley.

As well as club sites, booked independents and pub stops - all with
different rules and instructions. Some no facilities open, some
demanding filled-in forms to be posted beforehand.

Motorhome life not as we know it.

Tim


Re: Jersey Postcard

Brent
 

Well done to you all. Absolutely fantastic account of what I think we'll have to go through in our travels for some time to come.
Enjoy every minute and stay safe
A very envious Brent family from too hot Isle of Wight


Re: Jersey Postcard

Mick Potter
 

Thank you for this, Derek. I found it very interesting. I look forward to continuation of the saga. 

Bests

Mick 


Re: Jersey Postcard

Carol Weaver
 

So pleased you made it safely and negative to boot.  Have a wonderful time with your family and new granddaughter.  Thank you for your update and love to Tish too

Carol

On Tue, 11 Aug 2020 at 07:00, Derek Sims <derek.sims@...> wrote:

Well, we made It!
Brought the visit forward a week because of our fear of what Bodger Boris and his merry men would do next. Slow ferry from Portsmouth last Friday at 9am. 12 cars and one motorhome (us). Very easy to keep apart & not wear a muzzle. Only fly in the ointment a new requirement to have a swab test on arrival. Free movement until result known 48 Hrs after the test, which made a farce of the process. 14 days self-isolation if the test showed positive. We decided not to see the family until we had the results, which meant risking not seeing them at all.
Plenty of time sunbathing on deck during the crossing with the breeze from the movement to mitigate the 32C heat during the10hr crossing.
Guernsey, which has had no deaths, has imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals including residents so not too many holidaymakers disembarking there! 3 or 4 local cars left there and about 9 joined, but we were still stopped for an hour because of all the artic trailers that were off-loaded, to be replaced by empties to be returned to the UK. Watching this daily operation from above and admiring the skill of the team doing it reminded of what a vital lifeline the ferries are in enabling islands like Guernsey to have a lfestyle approaching that of the mainland. A reminder too of modern UK's vulnerability.
Swab testing at St Helier held us up half an hour and it's hard to see why it couldn't have been done at Portsmouth during the one and a half hour wait after last check-in time before loading, or on the ferry.
By 8pm we were hooking-up at the Hideaway Stopover and soon after Dave and Carolyn turned up to welcome us back and say goodbye to family from Nottingham in a lovely old restored A Class, who left on Saturday for Poole. Dave and Carolyn don't live on the site but somewhere nearby, although they own the site land, including a bungalow and motorhome storage area, which probably makes them multi-millionaires, such is the price of real estate on Jersey. However, they're just an ordinary, very friendly pair of keen motorhomers who like the aires so much they created one at home.
On Saturday, while waiting for the results, we enjoyed the sun. caught up on rest and revisited old favourite spots, ending up cooking our meal at the free parking on the surfing beach of St Ouen's. (Woolacombe parking is now £10 per day, Jersey is nearly all free, or very cheap). Lots of people about, hardly any muzzled, except on the buses. Feels very different from England.
On Sunday morning we got the news that we tested .......negative! so in the afternoon we were able to meet up with the family on the beach, give them all a hug and finally meet our new granddaughter , now five months old, that the lock-up had stopped us seeing at one week. Her three year-old sister was a bit shy at first. having almost forgotten us, but that soon disappeared after a good sandcastle building session.
Our next hurdle will be in two weeks time - will we be allowed into France and what will we find there?
Stay tuned & Stay sane
Rgds to all
Derek
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