Sunday, 9 August 2015

Baby Steps

No surprises that we've spent all day 'playing' with our caravan.  First job was to check what noseweight I'd come home with (a bit on the heavy side but not enough to worry), and then position the van so that it was level.  Let's just say that nothing was difficult, and the whole process would have been achieved in half the time if we'd managed to do things in the right order . . . we had the van completely level and the steadies down before realising we still needed to move it another half inch in order to fit the wheel lock.  Of course, in time we'll work out a routine and be far more efficient.  In typical Bag End style we were reminded that nothing in this place is level - especially the drive!



We confined in-van messing around to water-related items.  I cleaned all the loo stuff (OK, it was already clean - I made it squeaky clean) and we flushed through all the water pipes.  M. worked out the water pump, water heater and set up our supply and waste containers.  We wouldn't normally leave everything out, but whilst we're learning how it all goes together (and playing) then the tanks can stay where they are.



And there was much sitting around and just enjoying being in the space.



Strewth, I need a haircut . . .






19 comments:

  1. Getting it homely is fun. Must get some pics of ours inside which is a similar set up, but of course without the bathroom and no fancy stove or such. We stay on en-suite sites most of the time, if available. Daisy looks like she's after your cup of tea. You think your hair is long? I need a haircut too, but am waiting for the weather to warm up a little as it keeps my ears warm at this length.(lol). It's raining again today after a dry day yesterday and I'm going to post today (finally). Take care.

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    1. Look forward to seeing your pictures Susan.

      Yes, Daisy was totally focussed on the mug to the extent of dribbling all over my trousers, fortunately not-so-clean working ones! From the day she arrived here, Madam has believed it her Imperious Right to lick the last dregs from all tea and coffee mugs :-)

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    1. Hi FFG, I think the fun is just beginning (well, I certainly hope so!)

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  3. Sue I hope that won't be long before you do see the caravan, but I don't think we can put it outside your house after all (fun though that would have been). . . Your driveway isn't the problem, the difficulty would be getting to your driveway.

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  4. She's right at home already. Love the quilts and blue kettle.

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    1. Thanks Debbie, in time I intend to make quilts for the van but for now I just wanted to cover the sofas and protect them from small feet.

      Talking of small feet - how is Lottie? I think she'd enjoy a van, very easy to see out of the windows :-)

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    2. PS: we originally bought that kettle for the boat in the summer of 1995.

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    3. Sadly Lottie always gets car sick and would have to be kept on a lead to stop her chasing rabbits etc so hubby and I take it in turns to go away. It means I get to explore gardens and pretty villages, while he takes his tent for some bushcrafting in the woods and we're both happy! I'm looking for a bigger car at the moment then hopefully a small caravan for one :)

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    4. Daisy was dreadful in the car when we first got her. Homoeopathy helped calm down the worst of the fretting and dribbling. I'd recommend "Homoeopathic Medicine for Dogs" by H.G. Wolff (Author), Stephen Plumb (Translator). Expensive on Amazon, try AbeBooks. Having gone through a few homoeopathy books, this is the one I refer back to time and time again.

      Then came the surprise - we changed my car and she's been a different dog. There must have been something about the Honda (engine note? vibration? smell of Ollie?) that she didn't like but she's very happy to jump into the Subaru and seems much more relaxed.

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  5. Hi just catching up with you and all you doings, well done driving that caravan how are you at reversing ? Gardening hasn't been easy this year up north this year has it temperatures up and down and any way but the what the veg need, enjoy you caravaning with Daisy

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    1. Hi Ann, sorry I've not been in touch recently. Have not had to reverse yet (I came onto the drive car first) but am booked on a manoeuvring course next month.

      I've not exactly given up on gardening this season, but I'm just letting it all float by and do what it wants. I may be a clever so-and-so for towing the van, but even I'm not omnipotent enough to change the weather :-)

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  6. A caravan, brilliant, I'm sure you'll have lots of fun travelling around in it and Daisy's already made herself comfortable, I see. You'll have lots of fun adding the little extras to make it truly yours too.

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    1. Thanks Jo, making Daisy feel at home was a priority so there has been lots of sitting around with her, many cuddles and more than a couple of biscuits to show her this is a Good Place :-)

      And yes, I am having waaay too much fun personalising it (actually, no such thing as too much fun)

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  7. Wow - looks so cool inside - spacious, clean and fresh. Love the little stove - LP or electric?

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    1. We've been very fortunate to find a second-hand van in such good condition. There are parts of it that I'm not sure have been used at all.

      The stove top has three gas burners and one electric, and there is a separate grill (gas) and cooker (also gas). We have two propane gas cylinders which also power the hot water and heating if we're not plugged into electric. Oh, and there is also a tiny microwave opposite the cooker.

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