Monthly Archives: April 2016

Day 3 at Dell Croft CL

Packing up to move!

We both felt it was time to move on and try somewhere different. we were eager to put some miles on Hilma’s tyres! Funny, we thought we would be here for 3 nights but we have ‘itchy feet’.

Raggs taking it easy!

Packing up to move from Dell Croft – lovely as it was.

Toilet talk – the first emptying of ‘the Thetford’ – not a job I was looking forward to, but it turned out to be relatively ‘smell free’. Bob and Sue of Bundesvan had already emptied it for us when they collected it in Germany – goodness only knows how long it had been full sat on the forecourt – Bob you have my sympathies.
We are moving to Devizes, staying on another CL (Caravan Club Location site – 5 vans max) next to the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Day 2 – Dell Croft CL site

Well a great night’s sleep

….well I had one – Ian didn’t fare so well. Still getting used to everything, temperature was down to 1°C outside so we left the heating on in the Hilma not knowing what to do. Well every now and then the blown air heating would kick in and wake Ian up (I didn’t hear a thing!). Woke up to a chilly 5°C in the van as Ian had had enough at 3 o’clock in the morning and switched (in his words) “…the damn thing off”. Still nice and snuggly inside the quilt! The bed is an up and over cab bed so it was packed away in 30 seconds – marvellous. Heating turned back, temperature up to 17°C within 40mins.
Oh dear…. Ian’s had another spillage!

Cooked breakfast, walked Raggs and the set off at 11:00 for a 7 mile walk up Longwood Warren and Foley Down.

Rape seed in flower

Fowley Down walk

Acres of rape-seed in flower, bluebells in the woods, plenty of Skylarks with the occasional Kestrel. Crossed the South Downs Way – easy walking – 3¾ hrs with a lunch break. Managed to avoid the rain.
Site is lovely and quiet, early morning there are plenty of birds in the garden including Blackcaps and Grey Partridge.

Day 1

A tiny CL site outside Owlesbury, Hants.

Well, we are finally on the road and staying at our first site for a sleepover! Raggs (sadly no longer with us) at 16 and feeling very tired. Walked reluctantly with us after which we decided to stroll to the local pub.

Raggs - our Border Terrier

The ‘old boy’ Raggs – sadly no longer with us

Heading off in the ‘general’ direction down the lane, across some fields eventually asking someone mucking out their how to get there – “Closed” came the reply – “has been for 6 months now”. Thwarted at our first attempt of a meal away from Hilma.
Arriving back at Hilma we found Raggs in good health but Ian tripped over his water-bowl, water everywhere, air blue! Well what a day 1 – looking forward to a good sleep.