Hello to all you fellow motorhomers and welcome.
I hope you get as much fun reading this as I do writing it.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Advice from Pearl

Pearl says

"Stay Calm and Chill Out"

So the motorhome is on the driveway with newly rust-proofed undercarriage, cleaned and packed.

The battery is flat.
Before I go anywhere I will need to sort this out. 
Pearl advises

"Stay Calm and Be Patient"

At least I can prepare thoroughly whilst at home as
Pearl says

"Stay Calm and Work from Home"

Because the situation is so unusual and difficult Pearl has some
special advice for you

"Stay Calm and Enjoy Comfort Food"

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The Sun is Shining

The sun is shining and for the moment there has been no rain for several days.
At last the ground is able to dry out.

These are the ideal circumstances to go away.
Just 8 days ago I planned to take advantage of the change in the weather and set off this weekend for the first trip of the season.

My motorhome is already for the off

  • cleaned inside and out
  • water on board
  • food in the fridge and cupboards
  • clothes in the wardrobe.
  • Pearl keen to explore new places

All I have to do now is t decide where to go


as they say "all the best laid plans of mice and men...."

I am not going anywhere in order to comply with the government restrictions to
  • play my part in halting the spread of the Coronavirus
  • look after myself so that I do not become a burden on the NHS
  • remain fit enough so that after this is all over,  I will be in a position to resume my trips in my motorhome. 

So  this blog will be temporarily renamed  "Lockdown Musings" until such time as I resume my wanderings in my motohome.
I hope it won't be too long before I am out and about again exploring the countryside.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Rain rain go away

Another day of rain.
Admittedly only what is sometime referred to as "mizzle" (mist+drizzle).
Even so it gets everything wet, especially Pearl, and adds moisture to the already wet ground.
Every time  Pearl gets home I have to rub her dry.
Some times she is so muddy I have to wash her first.

This winter we have had so much rain some parts of Britain have had serious floods.
(Yet again the thorny subject of climate change is mooted).
Here in the West Country we have just had lots and lots of rain.
There haven't been any floods but the fields are soggy and walking across them is hard work.

Because of all this rain going out in my motorhome has not been a viable proposition:

  • The Motorhome could get bogged down as the ground is so wet and soft.
  • Walking in the rain is not a favoured activity.
  • Cameras can get damaged if they get too wet.
  • Photographs of wet weather are not very appealing.
  • A wet dog in a small space like a motorhome creates an overpowering pong
  • There is not much space to hang wet clothes to dry
Best to wait for some drier weather; even some sun.
Last week the weather forecast suggested there would be some good weather this week.

Yipee I thought. A trip away would be feasible.  I even began looking for a place to go.
I changed my mind on Sunday because:
  1. When I opened the curtains first thing Sunday morning it was raining "cats and dogs" (pouring down).  Wherever I went the ground would be sodden for several days.
  2. The weather forecast I saw last week was somewhat inaccurate.  Yes it was going to be dry for a few days (about 3) but only one of these was going to be sunny.
This was no compensation for wallowing around the countryside in the wet and mud. 

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Raed of the Month (March 2020)

Being a bit late with my monthly Read of the Month post has meant I can join in World Book Day. 

Why in a blog about Motorhoming do I post about books?

Well when I am out and about in my motorhome getting access to the myriad of TV programmes is frequently difficult because of the poor signals.

I read instead. BUT I now only read non-fiction

(this is despite the fact that there is a plethora of amazing fiction available)

Trying to find good non-fiction books on a wide range of subjects is VERY difficult.

(Amazon and other book sites keep recommending different books about the same subject.
This is of no use to me).

My previous Read of the Month demonstrate an eclectic range.

Last month was an autobiography this month it is a scientific book focusing on chemistry.

Read of the Month (March 2020)

Stuff Matters
Mark Miodownik

Each chapter's title gives a one word definition of the significant quality of the material to be discussed.
With 10 chapters, that is 10 different materials ranging from steel to chocolate.
The author then explains the composition and uses of the material.

It is a wonderful book.
It is informative especially highlighting the complexities of the material as it is used currently.
It is also well organized with a varied approach to each material and entertaining.

It changed the way I look at the world.