Friday, 7 November 2014

Wild and Woolly

Morning all!  Last night was a humdinger. Now I like to wake in the wee small hours, snuggled up under cosy bedding and hear the pitter patter of rain on the room of Klaus the Knaus.  I find it comforting . But last night sounded a bit like an bad Old Testament prophesy was coming true.   The wind tested my awning, which creates a sheltered place to unlock the van and take shoes off, to its limits and the rain came down in sheets.  The whole van was shaking as each gust challenged those spindly legs.  Obviously I wasn't going to leave it up when a hurricane or even a severe gale was forecast. There might have to be some rethinking done though  about whether it'd be better to reel it in when gusts are further down the Beaufort scale.  It's an expensive bit of kit after all.   Thank  goodness it's survived so far.  One good thing is that it is right toasty in here which I hope will reassure those who thought that unseasonal motorhoming would be too nippy for comfort.

Now I've popped out this morning to take a quick picture.   When I reserved my motorhome pitch nearly a couple of months bad, I said that there was a back gate near my pitch onto a lane leading to a nearby pub. How  I got that so wrong I'll never know. The pub is a good jaunt away and is closed at the moment.   And that gate leads not, onto a lane, but a little pontoon where there is a measuring stick.  It gauges whether the adjacent river will flood.  Gulp! Even though it's flowing in an enthusiastic way there's plenty of ruler sticking out at the top at the moment.  But its mere existence indicates that there might be all sorts of challenges associated with living on a flood plain ahead!

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  1. Oh dear..you had better get some good wellies! Or waders.

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  2. there might be all sorts of challenges associated with living on a flood plain

    True, but at least if the water starts to rise to a worrying level you can start up Klaus and drive to higher ground. Who else do you know who can move their home to safety so easily?

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  3. Yep it's easy peasy to move! x

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  4. We could not manage to keep our (brand new and expensive) awning up during last winter when we were in Hampshire. We actually put it up twice, then it nearly 'took off' - once with me clinging desperately to it - so eventually decided to pack it away. However, it was the windiest winter for many, many years and we were (literally) on the seafront! I think you are the only person who likes the sound of the rain on the roof of a caravan or motorhome; that is when most of us feel like moving back to a house. The whole mobile thing is so true; we were planning to go to Portugal via northern Spain, and were not far from the border but checked the weather forecast and faced with nearly 10 consecutive days of rain, we did an about-turn and are now planning the Mediterranean route!

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  5. Ah Alison - I'm planning on being in France next week and the weather forecast will dictate where I go! x

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  6. Definitey, that is the whole point of being mobile! Our family does not understand how we can keep changing our plans, but to us it is just logical.

    Still waiting to see the inside of the 'van - we are considering a refurbish next year.

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