A fate worse than death

The financing papers for the new van arrived this morning; that’s a relief. Plenty of time to sort it out before we go to see the van of choice.

Also in today’s post was our copy of the Brit Stops book. A massive tome, listing hundreds of places we can park a motorhome for free at Pubs, Farm Shops, Vineyards and so on. The idea is that you’ll want to spend money, but the stops are free and no pressure to purchase is permitted. I think it is going to be an invaluable asset.

Yesterday settled one or two of my great financial worries about the nomadic life. There exist sites where one can settle with a van for extended periods. Typically the rates are low. It is possible to find a 12 month contract, with electric hookup, for under £2,000. I found a rather fabulous one in Spain yesterday, offering a rate of 5 Euros per night, for stays of 30 days or more. What a pity that I have no discernible desire to visit Spain! None whatsoever.

There’s not much happening here, other than a load of planning. No knitting, no spinning. I even missed Tai Chi last night, which annoyed me considerably but after a night of discomfort and a day of limping on a sore hip, it was off the menu. Not sure what caused it but probably standing out in the cold watching the aurora was not unrelated. I’m still quite sore today so my plans to start packing Brunhilde for her final trip may well not develop.

As for that trip, we’ve used all of our savings for the deposit on the new van and the monthly payments will use up all of our monthly slack, so I am short of funds for the actual holiday part. We need food, fuel and site fees and shall have to raid the metaphorical change jar. This means in turn that I need to crack on and sell a few more things or we shall find ourselves in the Midlands with no petrol with which to get home again!  Imagine being stranded in the Midlands. Eep!

I think I’ll unearth more goodies and take photographs just as soon as I have the bread in the oven. First though I must go in search of cat food as Amazon have let Teddy down and he is hungry.

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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