Here's my trusty motorhome, my home from home over the last week. This is a picture taken during my visit to Cornwall back in March. It looks a bit grubby on the outside but was taken at a time when I was unable to scamper up onto the roof, part of the process of giving it a thorough clean. Hang on, I still theoretically shouldn't really be popping up that ladder but that didn't stop me having a go just prior to this holiday. There was a three inch pile of decomposing leaves on top and I was concerned that they'd tumble down the windscreen and obscure the view en route to the campsite in France. Oo la la dangereux! So after a thorough two second risk assessment I decided it was a job that I couldn't forego. However, a combination of water and compost made life way too slippery up there for a girl with a dodgy knee and a pair of Crocs that quickly lost the power to grip. I got stuck and had no option but to sit forlornly in a muddy puddle next to the satellite dish. Glamour is after all my middle name, enhanced by all that Portapotti emptying that I do. Fortunately my plight was short lived. Neighbours exist for the very reason of rescuing you when you've misjudged a situation and got yourself into a stupid predicament. There's been a stop at a French supermarket to acquire a crate of Stella for Maurice over the road for sorting out another little hiccup just an hour later. It's even more embarrassing than the first incident and I'm not going to 'fess up to the details. Ever!
Aside from the occasional need to be helped out of sticky situation I love the sense of independence my van gives me and the fact that I can, if the need arises, live off grid for two or three days. My gas, water and toilet facilities are all on board. There's even a solar panel that charges a leisure battery and provides a rudimentary 12v electricity supply. I've learnt to manage the day to day running of these, undertake minor repairs and talk the talk with mechanics when anything goes a bit pear shaped. It's all very empowering and something that I couldn't imagine getting my head round a few years ago. And as an accident prone woman with 3D vision the satisfaction of knowing that I can manoeuvre something this big safely without major incidents is enormous.