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Monday, 9 October 2017

Brunch with Bill [*] at the beach

After the slow start on Friday, we picked up the pace a little and put a few things into Bill over the weekend so we could go out for the first time.  Never ones to do anything by halves, my first proper drive of a six metre long big white van started with a journey to Workington, oh we know how to live!

First stop was almost too exciting to recount here - Poundstretcher for some storage tubs (sorry, mild note of silly sarcasm clearly brought on by being overcome with aforementioned excitement!)  Our lovely van has some huge cupboards and without a bit of organisation things are going to get lost at the back, possibly not to be seen again for weeks!  Management stayed in the van to ‘babysit’ and reported Madam.Was.Not.Impressed that I had walked off.

Then on to Solway Heaters to fill the LPG tank.  As we found Bill before her conversion was fully underway we had the opportunity to have an underslung gas tank fitted, rather than the more traditional gas locker with two heavy bottles.  Surprisingly our van came with nearly half a tank of gas (thank you, Devon Conversions!) but we wanted to start with a full tank to see how long it lasts.  The chap at Solway was so helpful showing me how to safely fill the tank without getting caught by gas blowback - I felt rather guilty that it only took 6 litres (at a huge cost of £3.72!) to fill up.  Picture nicked from their website.



Apart from the self-induced tension of driving our van through town there were two constants in the day - one is that the Met Office told fibs about the weather and two is that I took virtually no photos, and with one exception, the few I did take have gone straight to the trash bucket.

We then travelled half a mile down the road to Morrisons to fill up with diesel (another first, but a thank you to Devon Conversions because Bill came to us with at least half a tank of fuel) and a grocery top up.  Management and Daisy stayed in the campervan in ridiculous comfort whilst I pootled around with a shopping trolley.  There was chilling out (Management) and a lot of whining, complaining that Mummy had buggered off again and nose-art on the windows (clearly, not Management!)

With enough errands completed, normal people would have gone home.  If I was in the car I would have wanted to get back; I find this sort of shopping thoroughly tiring and after a couple of hours I have usually 'had enough' and need to bail out.  But thanks to Bill, we could stay out and play for a bit longer.

So off we went up the coast, parked in a favourite spot at Allonby and had a rather late but delicious "full English" for brunch.😊😊😊



Even though the weather was quite grotty and we got thoroughly damp and windswept when walking Daisy it was really lovely.  Management has commented before that there is something magical about being in the caravan that allows me to relax and it seems that the campervan is the same.  Although I knew we really 'ought' to go home and unpack the shopping I'd have been more than happy to put my feet up and study the inside of my eyelids for an hour or two . . . but that's for another day.






[*] Why "Bill"?

Well, for starters we've spent the last couple of years referring to our caravan as "the van".  Despite my attempts to associate a proper name to the Bailey (Rosie the Rimini ?) the name just has not taken and it is too late to try and change the habit now.  Unfortunately it also seems natural to refer to a panel van/campervan as "the van" and that's just too confusing, so a proper name HAD to be found, and quickly.

Bill is either called Bill because:

a)  I like alliteration and "Bill the Boxer" works - the base vehicle is a Peugeot Boxer.

b)  Peter Capaldi's last series as Dr Who proved that Bill is a thoroughly good name for a female companion . . .

You can make up your own mind as to whether (a) or (b) is the real reason!  Management is just not convinced, regardless of the explanation.  However, he did eventually come to refer to my Honda CR-V as "Hattie" so I am confident that he'll get to the same nomenclature page as me with "Bill"😄 .




14 comments:

  1. I thought it may have been derive from Bilbo. As we haven’t been able to drive to the supermarket we have dipped our toes onto online shopping and delivery and may have become hoked. So much easier to find everything and it takes just a few minutes.

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    1. Hi Sue, I was sorry to here of your own travelling restrictions and hope your eye problem can be brought back under control so that you have the use of your car again.

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  2. I could never understand why some people give their vehicles names, but a few years ago this subject came up on UKCS and someone suggested I should call my van Toyah, as in 'Toyah the Toyota'. The name stuck for a while but now it's just referred to as 'the van'. I like the photo of Daisy eyeing up the breakfast :)

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    1. Morning Eunice, I have nearly always named vehicles ever since the purple mini I learned to drive in - I inherited her from a family member and she was already called Flower, so it stuck! Daisy knew there would be bacon rind heading her way when we had finished ......

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  3. So...will Bill be ousting the caravan or are they to be siblings....and if so will one sulk whilst the other goes out?! x

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    1. Until our plans change (us, change our minds? surely not!!) we intend to keep both.

      As for one sulking whilst the other is away having a play, it has been pointed out that if I have a towbar fitted, Bill is quite capable of legally towing Rosie!

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  4. Sounds a wild idea for a morning out in Bill & having a late brunch probably made it more interesting. I also "HATE" grocery shopping. Maybe Mgt could add an ie to Bill & make it more feminine. We name all our cars, but not our vans. Have a good week & hope you see some more sun. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Do not, repeat, DO NOT add anything to Bill's name 😀 ....... she is just "Bill", and Management even said it once yesterday!!

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  5. I am a fan of online shopping and can highly recommend it. I bought an annual delivery pass that has more than paid for itself, ordering online for delivery at any time I choose the following day, can't be beaten. The delivery drivers are so friendly and helpful too.

    I almost asked if you had named your new campervan and Bill is a great name. Daisy has an eye on that breakfast, she'll be looking forward to more trips in Bill once she associates her with walks and food :)

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    1. Morning Eileen, I know online grocery shopping is very popular and I have tried it on more than one occasion but hate it. Either I get "fresh" items which have rubbish use by dates, or I only order dry goods and STILL have to go out for the fresh things.

      Living where we do I shop online for a vast amount of our other purchases.

      Daisy was very unsettled in the van whilst we were moving but she is always unhappy in new vehicles, it will take her a while to get used to the different noises.

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  6. Sounds a perfect first trip, I am the same in our van, once parked I am comfortable and chilled. I hope you have added your wine rack, we got a 2 milk bottle holder, which works well. Sorting the storage was the hardest part, after a couple of resets we are now sorted, making the most of the space we have. We also keep our van stocked so we don't have to raid the house when we go away. It waits ready for the next trip, so on a whim we can be away.

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    1. Cheers Marlene, I know what you mean about sorting storage. I took me a few goes to work our where things went in this caravan (in the old one I never really did get the storage sorted). Hopefully now I have a little more experience it won't take so long to arrange things in Bill.

      Like you, we will keep her stocked with essentials and only have to chuck fresh bits in the fridge when we want to go out.

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  7. There's something about a 'home away from home' that makes you feel totally relaxed in it, even if it's only a very short distance from home.
    For 5 years I lived in a twin axle caravan (ABI) on a private camping site and within a few months I had bought an old but beautiful 2-berth caravan to tow and explore in. It was sited on the lower level of the site with the other caravans in storage, and I loved sitting in there to read, or to paint or just simply r e l a x . It was a holiday home on my doorstep!

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    1. I can see how that would have been a lovely little 'escape pod'. Probably why some people have little shepherds huts, or log cabin things in the garden.

      Now, there's a thought .....

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