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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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A Spanish Winter 2017-18

Halloween – and was it wise to leave the car and caravan hitched up all evening and overnight on my drive? But I needed to leave by 6am in the morning ---------- so I had to take a chance. This latest blog begins on board Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistere. The ship left Portsmouth harbour at lunchtime on Wednesday at the start of its twenty-four hour sailing to Bilbao. And as it’s the 1st of November I was on board heading to the sunshine in southern Spain. This will be my

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Jaydug

Hawkaye's 2017 holiday

Background A few weeks before we set off, the car had been giving me error messages that the diesel particulate filter (DPF)was filling up, culminating in putting the engine management light on and refusing to rev more than tickover. Unwilling to chance Darlington afternoon rush-hour traffic and a trip down the A1 back home, I elected to be recovered to a Peugeot specialist in Darlington where the car was given a '2-pack DPF clean and forced re-gen'. After I had fettled the front brakes fo

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hawkaye

August 2017 – Nine Days Of Swanning About In Dorset.

And where else but at Swanage? It was time for the annual family holiday. This year, the family had a rented a house in the town with me in the caravan – this time at the C&CC site at Corfe Castle. They were from Saturday to Saturday but I travelled on the Friday having had a terribly slow journey. If you’ve read my previous blogs you will know that within ten miles of leaving home I reach the M25 – whether I’m heading east, north or west. The congestion on the M25 together with delays at ot

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Jaydug

A Visit To Shropshire - June 2017

Being in the happy position of being able to hitch up and go whenever it suits, I had been watching the ten day weather forecasts for a settled period of dry days. Such a period looked favourable starting during the 2nd week of June – so I quickly packed the van and was ready to leave on Tuesday the 13th. My chosen location was in Shropshire – around the Iron Gorge, so an email to the C&M CL at Coates Farm in Much Wenlock guaranteed me a pitch. Most of my towing journeys after the first t

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Jaydug

From Buying Our First Ever Caravan To Our First Ever Caravaning Holiday In 3 Weeks.

So, this is my first ever Blog but for all the new caravaner's out there, we are not alone, and we are all probably worrying about the same thing.   What I will try to do is update on important milestones to give honest feedback in my process from taking delivery of our first ever caravan on 8th July 2017. To increase the old adrenaline we will be travelling from the Scottish Borders down to Chichester for a 10 days.     So from the beginning   Picking our first ever caravan was rel

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newswifty2017

Bordeaux

Also available on Thomson's Travels __________________________________   18th November 2014   After a few days around Civray, in the garden of Julia's brothers house in the Poitou-Charentes, we found ourselves, in light drizzle, headed south down the N10 towards Bordeaux, arriving at the campsite at about 15:30hrs.   A nondescript drive only made notable by the cruise control deciding that it wasn't going to be a cruise control, just a switch on the steering wheel pretending to be the cr

SimplySimon

SimplySimon

Le Manns

Also found under Le Manns on Thomson's Travels _______________________________________________   9th & 10th November 2014   We woke to the sound of rain, which quickly passed, leaving everything damp! After breakfast, we sauntered around readying ourselves for the trip to our next campsite near Le Mans.   The trip down was uneventful and longer than necessary, the reason being was that we either took the péage (Toll Roads) or the free roads, we took the free roads, saving ourselves €

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SimplySimon

Coutances, France

Also found in 2014 France on Thomson's Travels ____________________________________________   Coutances is one of those places which we have passed through many times, but have never stopped in. The campsite, the municipal site, was situated in a wooded area next to the Sports facilities. If you search Google for 'Coutances Municipal Camping' it takes you to the offices in the Town Hall, so do what we did and search for "Les Vignettes, Coutances".   We arrived at the campsite without fuss

SimplySimon

SimplySimon

We Finally Did It!

In this blog I am going to try and tell you the story of my wife's (MrsT) and my trip of a lifetime. There will be links to our blog, where you can read many of the stories I'll be posting on here and others, which I will be missing out, Before this trip started, we had had 20 years of taking the kids to France for the usual 2-4 week summer holiday. To begin with with tents and Eurocamp, then with a Lunar Clubman (the one with a boat roof) until we reached the point where we had a brand new 2

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SimplySimon

Cars, Trains & Caravans

Hello again.   No, you can relax this not the start of another epic drivel fest as we’re not away in the ‘van again – although we have been in a ‘van – quite a few as it happens, thanks to a visit to the Caravan & Camping Show at the NEC.   To me, our weekend start around 7pm Friday night when I’ve finished work. The minibus is parked up and the keys handed back to security. Trev picks me up and we head off for grog and grub. So that’s where I’m going to start this blog – Friday nig

Tubbystar

Tubbystar

Caravan Damage Repair (finally!)

Most of you will be aware of the damage I caused to my caravan last September. It was written off by the Insurers, because the damage was estimated at nearly £14,000! Door and frame smashed, three foot crease behind the door,and some internal damage behind the table cupboard and wardrobe. Also the nearside wheel.   Having studied the work involved, I bought it back, because I knew It was repairable for a lot, lot less than that. . . . . . and it was a ch

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gravon42

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 14

Friday 17-02-2017   In 1385 Geoffrey Chaucer wrote “All good things must come to an end.” – And it’s still true because it’s time to think about going home. First – the ferry is booked for the 25th. Second – my Red Pennant insurance runs out on the 28th. That will have been a total of 122 days, the maximum that I’m allowed. So for the past few days I’ve been looking at the weather forecasts. First to decide when to take the awning down. A day without rain is needed so that it can be pack

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 13

Wednesday 01-02-2017   This afternoon I got on the bike and set off down the hill to the prom. Nothing unusual in that. It’s what I do most days! What was unusual was that the piece of parkland close to the beach, alongside the dried up river bed was packed with motorvans. At first I thought it was an organised rally but then I saw the variety of registration plates and decided it wasn’t. For a start they were packed too closely together for a rally. All these new vans were in addition to

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 12.

Thursday 26-01-2017     We have the builders in! The site work which receptionist Sylvia warned me about on the day I arrived at El Pino has been going on for several weeks. What’s happening is that some of the site roads are being widened. Not only widened but edged with curb stones. Also some gulleys and drain pipes are being installed. All in an attempt to stop the soil on the pitches being washed away during periods of heavy rain.   The guys started work in our area at 8am this mor

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 11

Thursday 12-01-2017   I told myself it was time for another day out! I got lunch and a beer packed into the cool box; my list of “places I want to see” looked at; coordinates put into Tomtom then I was off.   As with many of my destinations, the route started with a quick sprint along the motorway to Velez-Malaga; a turn inland along the wide valley, then up the hills to Lake Viñuela. Although I’ve seen it dozens of times, I can’t resist a stop to admire the scenery and take a picture or t

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 10a

Thursday 5-1-2017   Most Spanish people love a fiesta when it includes a dressing up parade. Throughout the year they have several. The first one of the year is on the 6th January when they have the Fiesta de Los Reyes – the Festival of the Three Kings. In traditional families the 6th is the most important day of Christmas. It’s when the children receive their presents. Having said that, more and more of the population are moving towards Christmas Day for present giving. To mark the Fest

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 10.

Monday 26-12-2016   Spain doesnt normally have a Bank Holiday following Christmas Day but this year because the 25th was on a Sunday, Monday was declared a Bank Holiday. Although having said most of the shops were open.   Our choice for today was to drive one of the five planned routes in the Axarquia region. The one we chose was the Mudejar route. Mudejar is the name given to the style of architecture built by Muslims living in Christian areas after the reconquest. Our route began with

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 9.

Monday 12-12-2016 to 16-12-2016   I don't want to have another week similar to the one just gone………………………. For nearly four years I’ve lived happily with my Warfarin medication. I’ve obeyed the rules about what is ok to eat and drink, and what isn’t. Several menu items which I once enjoyed are on the ‘forbidden’ list. I still haven’t forgotten how I used to enjoy liver & bacon with fried onions! Warfarin patients are also advised not to drink “alcohol beyond your usual daily consumption.

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 8.

Tuesday 6-12-2016.   A complete turn around with the weather. Back to sunshine and blue skies. Very quickly the tables and chairs are brought out at the prom bars and the sunloungers are back on the beach. After so many dull, wet days it was nice to be out on the bike again.   Thursday 8-12-2016.   Another cloudless sky from first thing so I decided on a day out. With lunch and a beer packed and the bike loaded I headed westward along the A7 motorway for a few miles before turning i

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 7.

Monday 28-11-2016.   The sun returned on Monday morning after almost a week of continuous rain which ended with a grand finale of thunder and a torrential downpour at about bed time on Sunday night. How wonderful it was to open the front of the awning and see a clear blue sky again. After so many wet days, I guessed there would be a big demand for the washing machine so I took my laundry bag down at 8. 30 and sure enough as I was loading it, another couple arrived with arms full. The washi

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 6.

Sunday 20-11-2016   Psychologists say that it’s the herd instinct that makes people do it but if that’s the case, I’m not part of the herd because it’s the last thing I’d want to do. . It used to make me quite angry, but now I’m just left wondering why. I’m talking about people who want to park alongside you. Quite late last Friday evening, long after I’d pulled up the drawbridge, I became aware of the revving of engines and slamming of doors. I presumed that it was a late arrival coming on

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Jaydug

Will It Be Spain Again For 2016-17 Winter? - Part 5.

Friday 11-11-2016.   Another dank foggy day at Cordoba. A quick decision needs to be taken, and I think I’ll move on. Forty-five minutes later and I was hitched on ready to leave. A stop at reception on the way out to settle the bill, and within five minutes I was bowling along the A4 towards Cordoba. A new toll-free motorway, the A45 goes from Cordoba, through Antequera and down to Malaga. When I last travelled this route in 1998 the only way through the mountains was the N-331, a twist

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