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    A Guide To Using The Gallery

    By TimDev

    The Gallery is a free tool available to all members of Caravan Talk to let you upload and share your photos.   We have recently updated the Gallery tool to remove most upload restrictions and photo limits so we should now be able to add high quality pics of our favourite holidays and towcars without having to resize images etc. ..   To celebrate and help introduce the gallery to those unfamiliar with it, here's a quick guide on how to add your own albums and photos using the Gallery:  
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I'm Back!

It's been like living on a desert island! No land-line, no broadband, I never thought I'd survive. Tonight I rejoined the virtual world and I'm so glad to be back!         Well I've done it. I've moved house, relocated my eggshell, unpacked the 150 boxes, sorted the garage/workshop, cut the grass (on the only dry day - (it was rapidly turning into the day of the tryfids), fixed fences, and stripped the wallpaper off the hall walls.   Oh and it feels so good!   For those who have bee

T00ts

T00ts

First Timer Caravaner

Hi,   I have been a camper for years and moving up to a 5 berth touring caravan. As I have never owned a caravan before and looking to buy one for around £6,000 what do I need to look out for ?. Damp is the obvious one, a friend of mine has said look at 2003 models upwards as the chassis and insulation are better !!   We will mainly be using the caravan in France and also in the UK. Weight is also something I have to bear in mind don't really want to be towing a heavy van down through Fran

Shrekkie

Shrekkie

Jan 2014 - Cleaning Cleaning And Cleaning

Well after having the van for 18 months, I finally decided that I could do with giving it a good wash, especially the roof. Started last night about 6ish and finished about 9ish with a few breaks in between.   The van has only ever had it's sides and front wiped down by me or the wife since we had it, and it's was looking slightly sorry for itself as it had some nice shades of green on it. Well I started on the roof and managed to get that done and the front panel. And I have to say what a

SteHarve

SteHarve

It's All Go! Go! Go!

Well the time has come. It's all in a rush as I suspected. Completion following fast on the heels of the exchange which is happening today, but it will be up sticks and into the lorries in the middle of next week. Do I really want to? Not a good time to have cold feet!         It would seem that as I wave a fond farewell to my neighbours in the real world as I disappear over the horizon, I also have to say farewell to my virtual reality friends too!   I am downsizing but al

T00ts

T00ts

Time For The Off - Part 10

I don't think there's anyone who loves the Fancy Dress shop more than your average Spaniard In most months of the year there's an opportunity to dig into the dressing up box to take part in a fiesta. .. Here in Nerja one such event was held on the 5th of January, the eve of The Festival of the Three Kings, and the day when traditionally Spanish children get their Christmas presents.   Last weekend, having driven to the outskirts of the town, I unloaded my bike and cycled to the area where the

Jaydug

Jaydug

December 2013 - Gas Gas Gas

Well Christmas Day came, I cooked dinner for family and the in laws, and had things in the slow cooker for the evening buffet, sat down and thought I'm going to be asleep here in a minute, so decided that I needed to do something, and that was connect the gas connection to the heater, so caravan on ramps, got underneath and set about trying to get it all connected up, well managed until I turned the gas on and it was sprayed with leak detector spray and I had some nice big bubbles growing from b

SteHarve

SteHarve

It Never Rains But....

There was a time back in my innocent early days of caravan ownership when I truly believed that the end was in sight.   Oh Happy Days!         I know we have all suffered the same horrendous weather and next to stories of those flooded, evacuated out of their homes and without power my little tale of woe fades to nothing.   But I hate to be licked!   During those balmy summer months (do you remember them?) I beavered away stripping out, repairing, de-gluing like a woman posses

T00ts

T00ts

Time For The Off - Part 9

Christmas has been and gone. My youngest daughter likewise. . She has been with me for the Holiday period but today it was time to say a sad farewell at Malaga airport. But the good news is that she may be able to return for a long weekend at the end of January. Unfortunately health reasons kept my eldest daughter at home over the Christmas period.   The tour of the site by Father Christmas which has been enjoyed so much in past years didn't happen. A change of management at the site's ba

Jaydug

Jaydug

Well, Well The Doctor's Receptionist Comes Up Trumps!

Being asthmatic, it's quite imperative that I am organised and keep a stock of medication. So today when I finished one inhaler I casually looked for the next one in the drawer.   Whoops! It wasn't there.           Now I'm not one to panic so considered for a few minutes before deciding on a plan of action.   Usually I order repeat prescriptions via email and then it takes 2 working days for the script to be ready. I collect after 2pm as instructed, wander to the pharmacy and Bob'

T00ts

T00ts

Time For The Off - Part 8

On the Tuesday afternoon of the previous week a resident here suggested I joined her at a nearby bar where there was to be a skittles tournament. Upon arrival, it seemed that she, together with her husband, and most of the others were already sorted into teams, so I was one of the few spectators. Bar skittles maybe fun as a participating sport, but to my mind it isn't a very exciting spectator sport. But it was pleasant enough sitting up there on the balcony in the sunshine – and the San Migu

Jaydug

Jaydug

First Measure Of Alcohol Content

Today my new hydrometer arrived so had to try it out!   I strained the wine into another bucket again   Then as per instructions measured 50ml into the tube and dropped the hydrometer in.   It didn't take long to settle so I read the instructions as how to read the chart. The measurement on the hydrometer was just over 1135. I must've been cross eyes as I thought it was 1035 and said to my Husband that it was 6% alcohol content.   He double checked and said "No, did you say

mechs

mechs

Time For The Off - Part 7

What a great week for weather this has been. Each day has been sunny and bright with not too much cloud. Although that's not to say there's been no wind. On most days, if tummy didn't tell you it was time for lunch, the arrival of the breeze would. On some days it's gradually increased in strength to become particularly strong throughout the afternoon, then falling away as sunset approaches.   Supermarkets are now well into top gear with their Christmas displays. But it's strange not to

Jaydug

Jaydug

Week 3 - Straining The Apples!

1st December 2013   Today we strained all the old apples and sultanas out of the buckets. So an old pair of tights over the new bucket and slowly poured the mix in.   Once finished I gave my Husband the job of taking all the old apples and sultanas out to the food waste bin!   Had a slight taste and it actually tastes lovely!! Still not ready for a glass! No room to water it down. Thought I might need to water it down but the taste is ok however won't know until we dare to have

mechs

mechs

Time For The Off - Part 6

We've had a mixed bag of weather since that glorious day last Sunday. Monday was still good so I took the opportunity to do my laundry. For many years when I travelled to Spain I carried my own washing machine with me, but when I made that impetuous decision three years ago to sell my caravan and all the equipment, the washing machine went with it. I just haven't bothered getting another. Instead I use the site's washing machine. I had the laundry out on the line by 9. 30 and at lunchtime,

Jaydug

Jaydug

Drip Drip Drip - Not April Showers!

Well it has rained with a vengeance over the last weeks and my life has turned into a plethora of leak finding expeditions.       So far my bricks and mortar has 'sold' 5 times, and the sale has collapsed four. The reasons have been varied and original. Some almost expected and others from the wild blue yonder. The sign still lingers in the front border albeit at a somewhat drunken angle since my efforts to straighten it up have all failed. It still says 'For Sale'

T00ts

T00ts

Week 2

Not much to show really, just lots of rotting apples and plenty fermentation. Looking horrid but smelling good so far so something's going right!   Wednesday 20th November 2013 Still fermenting nicely. All the sultanas are losing colour, swelling up and floating to the top now.   Saturday 23rd November 2013 Still the same fermenting away nicely, apples getting browner!   Tuesday 26th November 2013   Still getting browner. I actually spashed a bit on my finger, licke

mechs

mechs

Time For The Off - Part 5

It's more than a week now since I arrived Spain, and already I've fallen into an easy daily routine of first seeing to the domestic chores followed by a leisurely few hours of sitting in the awning watching the world go by. It's been a real pleasure meeting up with friends from past years and catching up with their news. The site provides a free wifi connection close to the reception area, which fortunately I'm able to connect to from my pitch, so it's convenient to send emails and visit forum

Jaydug

Jaydug

Time For The Off - Part 4

What a great feeling it was to wake up this morning knowing that I didn't have to wind up legs, spool in the electric cable and get into the car ready for another day's driving. Instead a leisurely breakfast taken whilst I watched through the van's front windows the rising sun . I had nothing planned for today other than erecting the awning and finding a home for a car full of gear. By ten oclock, with Aquaroll filled and sink water tipped, I was ready to make a start. Twenty minutes into th

Jaydug

Jaydug

Time For The Off - Part 3

Cap Finistere got into Santander 20 minutes early on Saturday night but by the time we unloaded it was 6pm. But in my case there was no hurry since I was only driving the ten miles to Camping Virgen del Mar. Much to my amazement I was the only caravanner there. Considering there were dozens of vans and motorvans on board, I couldn't help but wonder what their travel plans were. But I was happy to get the legs down and after a relaxing evening - an early night.   I was ready to

Jaydug

Jaydug

First Attempt At Apple Wine.

Well as I said in the title I always end up with loads of apples in the autumn, even end up giving some away! I was looking online for something to try other than apple pie as I couldn't think of anything except cider then thought i'd look for a wine recipe.   Not having any demi john's or fancy equipment I looked for a simple recipe that was easy to make so here's what you need first;   *Enough apples to fill a 25 litre bucket (apparently it's better to make larger quantities of wine and I

mechs

mechs

Time For The Off - Part 2

Mid morning on Friday had me thinking that I was well ahead with my leaving preparations but last minute jobs took longer than expected. However in spite of the later than planned departure, the 70 mile drive down to Portsmouth went well and in sunshine. Although I arrived two hours before departure time the checked in lines were already quite full with motorvans and caravans. One of the Brittany Ferries guys drew my attention to a bar hanging beneath my van. I discovered I'd lost

Jaydug

Jaydug

Time For The Off

After a false start three weeks ago, the day has arrived when I'm off to Portsmouth on the first leg of my journey down to Malaga for a four month stay. The car and van is already loaded and all that's left to do is mover the caravan from its parking spot and hitch on. I'm heading for El Pino at Torrox where I've stayed on and off for several years. Hopefully the sweetheart of a receptionist will have kept me the same pitch as I had last year.   This trip will be my nineteenth winter

Jaydug

Jaydug

New Curtains

Well finally got my pics off my phone onto here of the new curtains I made about three weeks ago and hung.   Whilst having a nosey in some of the charity shops I found a huge sheet of Plum / Purple thin, crepe sort of material. I like sewing now and again so always have a look.   Anyway it was only 80p so I bought it and worked out that I could get three generous pairs of curtains out of it for the caravan.   The ones I had were ok but a bit light in the summer so it was wither line th

mechs

mechs

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