Saturday/Sunday 1

Saturday The plan today was to fit the window in our bedroom but the weather forecast was a little off-putting, being for showers and wind from the NW. We opted instead to “potter” around the camper van, checking things and putting it into order. As with most little projects, this one grew and became ever …

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Friday 1

The back door is off and the frame  is coming out, though only slowly. Far too slowly, in fact and we may have to find a tarp to close the gap tonight.

I am busying myself with stocking the van and making lists of things we may wish to buy.Thevan2

 

One of the first things that we need is a sparker for lighting the stove. When we finished our walk yesterday and went back to the van for a brew we found that the stove does not have an auto ignition. We had our picnic at home.

The van at Lopness

The van at Lopness

We did at least have a good walk in the sunshine and the dogs had a great time. Nell travelled on the fixed bed, staying put for the whole journey in both directions. I think she liked both the comfort and the fact that she could see so much through the windows. I had Suzie at my feet, keeping her on a leash to ensure she didn’t get mixed up with the driver’s feet.

Mr L is clearly still a little nervous with the handling and the size on our narrow roads, but a couple more outings should soon sort that out.

The van needs some attention to its electrics and we need to brush up our German reading skills in order to absorb details from the manual but overall I think we got good value. It’s dry and cosy and does not smell, which is probably more than we might have expected at the price. I am far happier with my co-pilot seat than I was at first, though I doubt I’ll enjoy the position on a long flight.

There were some fabulous clouds about

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Nell did her thing

Nell did her thing

And Suzie did hers, and Mr L did his by poking his nose into things,

And Suzie did hers, and Mr L did his by poking his nose into things,

which perturbed the Fulmar hiding inside that brick pier, so

which perturbed the Fulmar hiding inside that brick pier, so

we moved off and left her to it

we moved off and left her to it

I added to  my collection of lost footwear

I added to my collection of lost footwear

and found the largest Mermaid's Purse that I have ever seen

and found the largest Mermaid’s Purse that I have ever seen

 

Wednesday/Thursday 1

Mr L set off bright and early, in good time for the morning boat to Kirkwall. As the car is running one one spring, he thought it best to drive slowly and carefully, so allowed extra time to get to Loth. The car went in to the garage and we have yet to hear how …

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Monday 1

First day of the holiday and I woke reasonably early but Mr L was already up and at ‘em. He informed me that the payment for the van had cleared, the insurance had been sourced and paid for and ferry tickets booked for bringing the van home. All this and he had already put the rubbish out!

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We have just bought a campervan! We didn’t expect to. You know how it is, you see these things on eBay and bid, never expecting to actually win – especially when the bid is well under value. This time we got lucky. It has kind of messed up all of our plans for the holiday, …

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