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Well, we've just got back from a long weekend away (4 nights), at the C&CC Chichester (Southbourne) site. We had a good weekend.


The site was about 85% full on Friday evening, 2/3rds MH/Campervans the remainder caravans. As the sanitation blocks are closed "own san ess" is required, I think this may be putting some folks off.
 

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That surprises me - I'd expected everywhere to be rammed.
Me too Jean, certainly the last week of the school Easter hols that was the case.

There's certainly been a lot of MH activity on the roads so I was expecting the site to be fuller.

Speaking to a colleague who's a tenter, he's not bothered looking at anywhere until after the next round of Covid restrictions are lifted on the 17th May (which is when, I believe the major clubs will be opening up their toilet/shower blocks).
 

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We are just back from our second trip so far this year. We had 4 nights at Pembrey C+MC site where the facilities are closed. It hasn't been an issue to us really. Prior to the current situation I used to use on-site facilities, preferring to keep the on board ones for my wife to use. Also unless you have a fully serviced pitch, it meant more work for me filling up with water and emptying the grey. We had a fully service pitch at Pembrey so no worries there.

Oh, it also means emptying the toilet cassette daily as well as opposed to every other day, in normal times.

All we have done is adjust our daily routine really. The heating and water come on at 'early o'clock' on the timer so we have it piping hot by 8am. i then take first shower and brush my teeth etc. Mrs GMJ then gets up and has a coffee and breakfast by which time the water has heated up for her shower.

It hasn't thrown us out at all really. Prior to these 2 trips I had only used the shower once I think but I have been impressed thus far. We have a good sized cubicle plus the pressure is good and the water red hot.

We had a lovely trip away. the weather was foul on Monday when we left home to get to site and didn't relent all day. The next 3 days were cold but mainly rain free so we managed to get out on our ebikes all 3 days. As I had forgotten to pack the battery chargers I had to use mine in manual mode so as to save the battery for Mrs GMJ's use. Tbh it worked out fine as it is mostly flat in the country park and on the Millennium Coast path.

Anyway, our next trip away is next Friday. we are off to Cardiff for 3 nights and then Cirencester for 11.
 

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Does anyone know when sites in France will open or are they already ? Obviously this is particularly aimed at those other members living in France....... but who knows, someone may have heard/read it somewhere..... I haven’t...
 

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Glad you both had a good time G.
 

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Tuesday 4th May (Star Wars Day) was our eldest daughter's 42 (answer to everything: HitchHikers Guide) birthday so we set off for the north Norfolk coast. :smile2:
We got to the next village (1 mile) when the van filled with acrid fumes and I managed to find somewhere to safely turn round and head back home. :frown2:

I think the blower motor has seized up so we could still use the MH and hope that the windscreen will not need demisting but that is unlikely, so we are here until that can get sorted.

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[She was born on the morning Maggie T came to power: I'd sat up all night watching the results pour in and getting more and more depressed. Thank goodness I have some good memories of that day. :wink2: ]
 

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Tuesday 4th May (Star Wars Day) was our eldest daughter's 42 (answer to everything: HitchHikers Guide) birthday so we set off for the north Norfolk coast. :smile2:
We got to the next village (1 mile) when the van filled with acrid fumes and I managed to find somewhere to safely turn round and head back home. :frown2:

I think the blower motor has seized up so we could still use the MH and hope that the windscreen will not need demisting but that is unlikely, so we are here until that can get sorted.

Gordon

[She was born on the morning Maggie T came to power: I'd sat up all night watching the results pour in and getting more and more depressed. Thank goodness I have some good memories of that day. :wink2: ]
Margaret Thatcher resigned on my son's 23rd birthday. I have good memories of waking up to that news.

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Just got back from 3 nights at Pyesmead Farm, a CL on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border on the edge of the New Forest in a village called Plaitford.


Thoroughly chilled time although the weather yesterday was a bit glum yesterday but we made the best of it. Takeaway food available from the Shoe Inn in Plaitford which was very reasonable and delicious.
 

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We are off on our 3rd trip away this year next Friday...hot on the heels of last week's. We are going to Cardiff for 3 nights and then Cirencester for 11. We get to Ciren on the day that the facilities will be open again.

Mainly seeing family and friends but we are also away for our wedding anniversary so will hopefully have lunch at the place where we were married.
 

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Just skimming through this thread it sounds as though most of your trips are quite short compared with what we have planned.

We are going from Poland to Greece, departing about 10th June with a ferry from Ancona-Patras on 13th, with 'camping on deck' so living 'at home' for the crossing. Then 3 days later ferry Piraeus- Patmos, stay 3 weeks, fly back, return September an some more time in Patmos, then some time in Peloponnese before ferry back to Italy in mid-Oct.

Still yet to select the route from Katowice to Ancona, depending on Covid restrictions being eased, but even now with PCR tests it is possible, either via Slovakia(8 hours transit0, Austria (GO box) or Germany, W Austria (No GO box) then Italy (Transit 36 hours). Probably two/three Stellplatz/Aostas en-route.

Planning should be fun, but nearer the time.

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Nicely done Geoff.

We have 26 nights away in June (Cornwall and Devon) and 24 in July/Aug (north Wales). We are hoping to go to Italy in September but have held off from booking that yet. The back up plan for Sept is France or if not possible, the Republic of Ireland.

I am also hopeful that by January we can do our usual 2 months down to and in Spain.
 
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Being a wage slaves (e.g. not retired), we can't book any really long trips, a couple of long weekends, a week in the early summer and 2 1/2 weeks later on in the year.


We can't afford to have to go into quarantine or isolate so crossing the channel will only happen if 1. We don't need to quarantine/isolate, and 2. There's something worth going to see and do whilst we're there (e.g. night time curfews, restaurants, bars and other venues being closed etc). If we do cross the channel, the only real planning we do is to follow the good weather.


In case we can't cross the channel we've meticulously planned a UK based alternative as the ability to be spontaneous is so limiting here. Personally, I find that so stifling but mostly it's due to lack of places to pitch.
 

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Being a wage slaves (e.g. not retired), we can't book any really long trips, a couple of long weekends, a week in the early summer and 2 1/2 weeks later on in the year.

We can't afford to have to go into quarantine or isolate so crossing the channel will only happen if 1. We don't need to quarantine/isolate, and 2. There's something worth going to see and do whilst we're there (e.g. night time curfews, restaurants, bars and other venues being closed etc). If we do cross the channel, the only real planning we do is to follow the good weather.

In case we can't cross the channel we've meticulously planned a UK based alternative as the ability to be spontaneous is so limiting here. Personally, I find that so stifling but mostly it's due to lack of places to pitch.


Have you never even tried wildcamping? I did it all over the UK for a couple of years - there are several counties which publish available CP for MHs, but generaly I just pulled up on a verge, away from houses and gateways.

What is the problem?

Geoff
 
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