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Staycation - Painters Farm

all seasons in one day -1 °C

After the good day the night was a little different.

Before setting off on Saturday we had our some fresh water into the water tank. We had to use our neighbours drive as ours it not adjacent to the house. This is when you find out that a 7.5 metre long food safe hose is about two metres short. Luckily she said we could use her outside tap. At least that worked okay. It's difficult to gauge how much had gone in.

Anyway. After dinner in the Alma we retired to the comfort of the Van. It was still light and we watched the sunset go down over the trees and fields to the west.


Gradually the temperature began to drop. I took Reggie out for his last pee. Unlike us he seems to be able to last all night! Luckily we have the Thetford toilet in the washroom. We both had our last visits to the onsite facilities. Both the make and female washrooms have showers and toilets and are impeccably clean.

Once we had the two benches converted into the bed we settled in. I had turned off the Whale space heater. We had been running it on electric as we don't have any LPG.

Although I prefer a nice down (or eco non duck filled down) filled sleeping bag, Claire prefers a duvet. We trialled single duvets in a double bed in Norfolk last year. The problem is that they don't cocoon me enough and some part of me is in the freezing cold! And last night was no difference!

Things went smoothly until Reggie, so far relaxed and the perfect dog, heard a pheasant. Bark. Bark. It was about 4.20am! It took a while to quieten him down and we could go to sleep. By 7am he was awake again. Pee time and then breakfast.

By 9am.wr were up and having breakfast. My smartphone showed that I had managed 6h 40m sleep.

The site is very relaxed and departure time is up to noon. By the time we had used the dish washing facilities and then walked Reggie it was time to leave. Hook-up cable removed and bagged, then everything checked and we were off. A final chat with Simon and Karen, the really good and friendly hosts, we were off.

I had programmed Co-Pilot to take us home via a fuel station on the A299 Thanet Way where an app says they have LPG. After a couple of miles it jammed up again. Some of the roads were narrow and I manager to clatter the nearside mirror on hedges. The last time Claire could get it back from inside the Van. Whilst she fixed that in a lay-by I fixed Co-Pilot. It seemed to have got stuck offering an alternative route to the one we were on. It worked okay after that.

Once it took us into the fuel stop. We could see the LPG price of 99p a litre but could see where the pump is! By then we were too far in and had to abort. Rather than take the suggested route we turned 180° at Whitstable back to the A2 and back home via the A260 and Hawkinge. Why such a long way around? The direct route would have been to Ashford and there the M20 coastbound was closed due to the P&O fiasco.

We arrived home about 1.30pm. Then we had to empty the Van. Have lunch. Staycation Painters Forstal over.

Posted by InvictaMoto 21:15 Archived in England

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