It’s been a while since my last blog post and during the time I have been ‘away’ from my blog we have both been hard at work on the Riverside caravan and touring park in Stratford Upon Avon, Lorna working in the office taking bookings, checking the hire caravans prior to occupation and dealing with guests whilst I have been doing a bit of that as well as pitching caravans, cutting grass, litter picking and toward the end of the season, driving a tractor as well.
Riverside Park – My Summer workplace
There has been more going on than just that though. On one of the busiest days of the season Lorna had a nasty 6″ ‘fall” off a caravan step and unfortunately broke her ankle in two places as well as dislocating it. Paramedics were called and off to hospital she went where she waited for a week before the ankle was operated on, a long metal plate was screwed to one of the broken bones and the other had two screws put in it to hold it all together. She was then sent away in plaster which she had on for six weeks and subsequently started a course of physiotherapy to get her walking again.
She’s getting there.
The thing about working on a touring park is that you meet lots of people who do a similar thing to us, ie. travel about a bit, be it in the UK or on the continent. You also see some strange sights and some very different forms of living accommodation, from 39’ American RV’s, converted vans, strange camper vans, some amazing VW’s and the occasional bus! This one had been completely converted and had room for a small Fiat 500 on the ground floor which was winched in through a door in the side.
‘Harold’ the converted bus with it’s proud owners
We have had to spend a fair amount of money on the motorhome in the time we have been back in the UK, first off the insurance excess to get the repairs on the wing done following my little argument with a post in France, then a new starter battery which was essential as the motorhome wouldn’t start following the repairs. The LPG filler connection has been moved inside the gas bottle locker and all of the high pressure hoses replaced so we now have a tight gas system with no leaks, hurrah! The motorhome passed the MOT first time but the list of recommendations meant more money for repairs, some of which I have to say were fairly pointless like replacing the front springs because they were showing signs of corrosion. On inspection they didn’t look bad at all with just a bit of surface rust so I’m a little suspicious of these MOT recommendations! Other costs included an Oyster automatic satellite system and awning nets, both comfort items but well worth the money on both counts. Also we finally removed the microwave as we just didn’t use it and refitted the interior carpets which makes it much more comfortable to live in. Then the boilers combustion fan broke so that had to be replaced.
All of that done the motorhome was now ready to go, it just had to wait for us but finally, weather permitting we will be off on Tuesday. Plan is similar to last year, Calais, turn right and head south. We want to look around Brittany as we missed it last trip and then head straight down the middle of France, coast through Northern Spain and into Portugal where we intend to look at the West coast before hitting the Algarve where we will relax for a good while before heading back mid March to restart work in April.
The blog will be updated when possible in line with how it was done last trip and hopefully there will be more photographs this time.
In my time at the park I have managed to get to a couple of Flickr meets, the first in Telford which was a bit of an excuse for a meet up with friends I hadn’t seen for a while and then in Ludlow which, due to poor light we ended up going to a few pubs in the town, a great way to spend an afternoon and I even managed to get some photographs, something which I had not had much chance to do over the Summer
Sunlight – Taken on the Shropshire Community Flickr meet at Granville Park.
Bench – Taken on the Shropshire Community Flickr meet in Ludlow