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  1. Willum

    another lovely uk winter wonderland

    Thanks, Al, I'll try my best. Easter can take its own sweet time getting here, we want to make the most of it. ;) You go steady on that old bike, now!!
  2. Willum

    another lovely uk winter wonderland

    You just caught me. Alan. All jabbed up, ferry tomorrow night and all points south for a while. Hopefully, by the time we get back, it might have warmed up a bit. The weather hasn't been particularly cold, just a couple of frosts but it's damp and dull up this end of the country. A bit fed up...
  3. Willum

    summer holidays .

    We haven't got the GHICs yet, the EHICs are still valid and from my understanding will give the same cover as a GHIC until they expire - a lot less than previously. Insurance is the only way around it. It's not a cheap exercise and yet another Brexit-induced nonsense. Couldn't agree more about...
  4. Willum

    summer holidays .

    Not exactly 'having fun', Al, it's peeing down and windy and cold here.:( In the wilds of Naarfok and Suffolk for a week or two, then back up north towards Thirsk for a while. The only dodgy bit is the idiot fuel panic buyers. Most of the local fuel stations are BP and only 1 in 4 seem to have...
  5. Willum

    summer holidays .

    No wonder it's quiet, Alan. The BBC headline the other morning had Cornwall saying 'don't come here, we've got too many people and too much Covid' ('cos of the Boardmasters?) My little outing on the bike took me and my two brothers off to The Duxford Museum and a night in Cambridge. Only pe'ed...
  6. Willum

    summer holiday

    I remember when you first embarked on the plan, Eric, about the same time I took to full timing. I (now we) have followed a different route and will probably end up in the same place, though I have to say you did better than us reference the Brexit side of things. Circumstances left us much...
  7. Willum

    summer holiday

    Not envious............... much! :(
  8. Willum

    summer holiday

    Happily it looks as if summer has made a reappearance, even if only briefly. Watching what the jetstream is forecast to do, it may not last beyond the end of the month. Better make the most of it for now.
  9. Willum

    summer holiday

    We had summer early last week, Alan. On Friday it threw it down (39.6mm of rain), then cold and damp over the weekend, cool yesterday and Baltic today with a biting north wind. That's summer sorted out, autumn soon, then back to winter............................. :thumb:
  10. Willum

    summer holiday

    It appears mine had probably developed an internal short. I've no real idea how old the battery was (a Varta LFD140) before it blew. It was properly vented to the outside (thank heaven, or who knows how much more damage might have happened) it only had a rarely used 400 watt inverter, no big...
  11. Willum

    summer holiday

    It was a very rude awakening from sitting, watching the F1GP rerun. We had turned the front seats and Pat was about to put her feet up on the bench seat where the battery is housed. The bang was like a shotgun being let off in the motorhome and there was a cloud of acrid smoke. I grabbed the...
  12. Willum

    180 day eu tourist visa

    Good to see. Ta. Roll on the time when we can actually make use of it again.
  13. Willum

    summer holiday

    Well that was an experience! Three weeks touring Scotland, catching up with family and friends, average of one day's sunshine per week, a few Covidiots - and a big, 140aH habitation battery that exploded. Acid and crap to clean up and a new battery to fit. Then the turbo decided to have a few...
  14. Willum

    summer holiday

    Thanks Eric. I'll look. I'm off to Scotland - now - and I'll use the search to occupy me in the wet evenings. Weather here is FOUL, hammering down with rain and blowing a gale. Just the sort of weather to drive a motorhome - not!
  15. Willum

    summer holiday

    Yep, headed for a tour round friends and family in Scotland tomorrow. Not looking good on the wild camping front, lots of reports of height barriers and no overnight parking signs springing up everywhere, so we've had to book formal campsites. The only country in Europe that tries its hardest...
  16. Willum

    summer holiday

    The last such pandemic was the 'Spanish' Flu in 1918 and it was bad but still nothing in comparison to the Plague and Black Death pandemics. Perhaps they are trying to equate the population decimation with that. Somehow I just don't see it being as bad but: Biggest problem is Vaccine...
  17. Willum

    summer holiday

    That explains it. If I were Portuguese, I think I'd be a bit more worried about the Brazilian variant ........... :(:(
  18. Willum

    summer holiday

    Yep, the chart certainly makes uncomfortable reading for those who want to 'get back into it' in Europe (Alan excepted ;)) I guess as the EU countries overcome their stupid mistakes and prejudices, they will steadily catch up with us. Pat has just been into the local town for a chiropodist's...
  19. Willum

    summer holiday

    I see even the head of Visit Cornwall is starting to winge that too many people are asking that better, simpler, cheaper facilities be made available for motorhomers. Must be difficult for him and my heart bleeds - not!. From his comments, he's certainly not going to do anything to help us and...
  20. Willum

    180 day eu tourist visa

    I think it will be, sadly, exactly as Bigmomma says. Logged in at port of entry, clock running from there on. The only hope will be to fly in - or hop off the Morocco ferry in Lisbon, if it ever gets going. I live in hope that Spain will offer the Golden Visa option as well and I did see...
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