Our friends, Jackie and Bill have a really cool looking motorhome - there is a picture of it in my book, 'The Motorhome...What You Need to Know, Before You Go'.
As they returned home from their winter trip they stopped for fuel. A motorhome owner who happened to be filling up his little baby at the same time, came over and said he recognised their motorhome because he had read my book. How's that for a coincidence. I think Bill said he was setting off on his first long term adventure. You can win a copy of my book by clicking this link.
Jackie and Bill also feature in my book because they travel with pets. Always two dogs but their cat Skanka has just joined the troupe. Better behaved than the mutts so I hear. Below is a photo I took of Jackie in Morocco, during our 2007 trip. I guess the whole entourage loves to travel in style.
Check out this brand new Aire. http://www.camperarearincon.blogspot.com.es/?m=1
I've just finished reading a book called Blood, Sweat and Tea, by Tom Reynolds (pseudonym).I enjoyed it very much. It was basically lots of blog posts written by a member of the London Ambulance Service but he no longer works for them and so has let his blog wind to a halt. I guess it would be impossible to write about your everyday work if that wasn't your everyday work. Sounds pretty obvious really but it leads me to wonder what to do about this one. We're not travelling about at the moment as we have jobs. I'm not going to blog about my job, or Mike's. I can't write about Mike's 'cos I'm not there and my new company wouldn't appreciate me blogging about my job. So what to do? This is where rollback comes in, as you can see this post is titled. I know I've nicked the name off a supermarket advertising campaign but why not rollback the blog to when we first started out? At the time I didn't blog about our experiences but wrote a newsletter about once a month. I've got the journals though so I'll look at those and this will remind me of our actions and my thoughts and feelings back in the early days.
We first set off on our full-timing adventure in our little house on wheels on December 27th 2002. Neither of us had owned a motorhome before, although Mike had had a caravan when his children were young, which was relevant for us starting out. He knew about chemicals for the toilet, grey water, driving abroad, leisure batteries and that's all I can think of off the top of my head. All I knew was that after a conversation with my friend Katrina, where she pointed out that I didn't want to be cold. I'm just rubbish at it. Fortunately our new CI Riviera 181 had a blown air gas central heating system and because Mike is allergic to cold wet climates in the winter we headed south anyway and bought a fan heater.
Now back to my new found blogging guru, Tom Reynolds. He updated his blog five times a week. I think this sets my bar pretty high. This poor blog gets neglected and will I be able to write often enough to keep my readers' interests alive? Well, I'll give it a go and throw in the occasional post concerning practical tips and Motorhome Lifer news.
Have a great week,
Ali and Mike
Oh, by the way, Mike has been up with D and V since 1.00 am, which clearly means I have too. (Awake that is, not suffering with his malaise.) The only thing he ate which I didn't was a sausage roll so I guess that could be the culprit. He's now feeling much better which is a relief, but it'll be early nights all round tonight. I also feel a bit responsible because I bought him the sausage roll, but how were we to know? These bugs don't advertise themselves do they?
A member of The Wildax Owners Group shared a website at the weekend. it has been written to help us get our heads round driving in Spain. I have found the AA or RAC websites to be useful in the past. this one has lots of in depth information but I confess I have only scanned through. have a look and see what you think. http://n332.es/about-us/
Ah, Ha! This isn't a stone cold blog at all. It's no excuse because everyone is busy - I know, I know. But our lives have gone into a tizzy of activity. This happens when we return to the UK. So what's up with the Kingstons and their Motorhome Life?
So far this post has been about what the future holds. I am a lifelong Queen fan (not quite, I discovered them in 1974), but I love their music so much. I managed to get tickets to see them at Sheffield arena a couple of weekends ago, and they were amazing. There was album stuff for the die hards and a great selection of hits. For those cynics who think they're too old to rock, you're wrong. They played for nearly two and a half hours, no support act. I dragged Mike along (who isn't a fan) and he thought they were brilliant as well. He hadn't realised how many hits they've had. (!) Adam Lambert clearly isn't Freddie, but he's a fabulous performer and makes a great lead singer.
Last weekend we went to a party at Hatfield House. The dresscode was for a masquerade ball. Oh what to wear?
I had nothing in the wardrobe, and strode into a charity shop on the off chance the day before the party. That little number in tangerine fitted me and so I bought it for £5. Yes, that's five, fine English pounds. I returned it on Monday morning, showed them the above photo and they put it on display. I was pleased to support the charity, called Norfolk Big C. In my previous life as a nurse this charity provided equipment for our department and we would untertake fundraisers for them too so it was great to support them again, and they obviously helped my wardrobe dilemna.
Have a great weekend. Ali and Mike
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