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  1. I just thought I would bring things up to date on here as I have sorted out a few things now. Perhaps the most important thing is that something has been done about the ruts in the track that I come onto when I go down my drive. It was so bad that the steadies on my caravan were scraping along the ground. I also couldn't drive my mobility scooter over it safely without feeling it was going to tip over. It's a large scooter too and I have no problem driving it up my grassed paddock that has a few bumps in it. However, if I wanted to post a letter I needed to feel safe, driving along the
  2. Fletch, whilst you are searching for a replacement grill, you could buy a Halogen Oven from Amazon for about £40+ and that will grill things for you. We take ours away with us when it's too cold to take the barbecue. They are so easy to use and there is no naked flame, so it can be used in the caravan or in the awning. Even at home I prefer to use the halogen rather than the cooker grill especially when cooking sausages, bacon or chops. It's so easy to set the timer so it doesn't overcook and burn like it sometimes does when I use the home grill. It's cheaper to run too. I have neve
  3. Gordon, I think the people arranging the vaccinations assume that everyone has a car these days or can afford a taxi. I agree with your second paragraph but would say that the NHS deserves the most praise because they organised the actual vaccinations of all these people. A mammoth task for them. I think the reason that my youngest son was offered his jab at the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth (both 43 miles away) is probably because the people manning the vaccination service probably don't live in the area and don't realise how far these places are from Salisbury. However, my son rang
  4. The garden features in the 2 for 1 offer, a booklet enclosed in the May edition of Gardeners World which has been on sale in the shops since 15th April. https://www.gardenersworld.com/.../plant-world-gardens-2-for-1-entry The magazine can also be ordered online for £6.99 from magsdirect.co.uk I thought I had better mention that the garden is quite steep and is unsuitable for wheelchairs or disability scooters as the paths are narrow. I was only able to go one third of the way down because of my arthritis but I could see lovely views of the garden from where I
  5. My youngest son, who lives in Salisbury, had a letter to ring for an appointment yesterday. When he rang up, there were none in Salisbury so they offered the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth. He doesn't have a car, has a very limited income because he has mental health problems and cannot work. How is he expected to get to one of those places? My eldest son, who lives in the centre of Southampton, also rang me last night and he said that when he rang up for an appointment, they offered him Salisbury! It just doesn't make sense!
  6. We stayed at Ramslade in June 2019. I am not surprised that it is full as it's a lovely, peaceful site. Whilst there we visited Plant World Gardens and Nursery, north of Torquay. What a beautiful, natural garden it is with a scenic café that sells delicious home made cakes and has speciality seeds for sale. It also has a large nursery with unusual plants. It's well worth a visit.
  7. I would have travelled for over 50 miles to get my vaccination done if it had disabled parking next door and I didn't have to leave my husband on his own at home. Given that he is getting more housebound, takes about 20 minutes to get in the car, is in pain every time I drive over a bump in the road and cannot walk more than a few steps, a home visit as suggested by the doctor, was the best option.
  8. It depends what you call "local centres". The cathedral is about 10 miles from where we live and some villages are further out than us! They haven't "moved away" from having local venues, as they just didn't have any local ones in the Salisbury area. They showed people queuing for their vaccinations outside the cathedral on TV. How can people queue if they cannot walk very far or stand for very long? My husband doesn't have a wheelchair as I wouldn't be able to push him because I am disabled too. I would say that at least 80% of our villagers are over 65 so something
  9. I had a call several weeks ago asking if my husband and I could go to Salisbury Cathedral for our vaccinations. When I enquired whether I could park at the entrance I was told that the disabled car park was 400 metres away but a buggy was provided to take people to the cathedral. I explained that my husband would not have been able to climb up onto a buggy. She asked if I could get my vaccination done at the cathedral and I mentioned I didn't want to leave my husband on his own for up to 2 hours whilst I drove to and from the City, found parking, got taken on the buggy to the entrance
  10. Being in our 70's, we too were having difficulty putting up our full Isabella awning so we bought a Vango Varkaia Connect air awning. It is very heavy so we have re-packed it in several bags so it is easier to handle. We found putting it up much easier than than our Isabella and didn't have a problem feeding it along the top rail using a dog lead.
  11. We bought a Vango Varkala 7 months ago and the storm straps came with it. I would ring Vango and if the awning was new they would probably send them free of charge. If you bought your awning second hand, you may be able to buy them from Vango or they may tell you where you can purchase them.
  12. I have just cancelled my booking in Cornwall at Tregarton Park, Gorran Haven (near Mevagissey), because my husband is not well enough to go. I thought I would put the details on here then if anyone is still looking to go somewhere, you may want to ring and book it whilst it is still vacant or book online. The dates are Thursday 6th May to depart Monday 17th May - 11 nights. It's pitch number 58 an XL Jumbo pitch with water and drainage. The shower block will not be open during this period but the water and waste points and chemical loo emptying places will be cleaned and
  13. What about a light weight aluminium tri wheel walker? It would fold down and not take up too much room. A cheaper alternative would be some crutches like these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/NRS-Healthcare-Double-Adjustable-Crutches/dp/B00667SYCM/ref=sr_1_50?dchild=1&keywords=walking+aids&qid=1618706551&rdc=1&sr=8-50
  14. David, thank you for your help. I found the Adria that you mentioned at Finedon, Northants. Unfortunately it is 4 ft longer than my Lunar and I would have problems getting it down the drive without it scraping the ground and damaging it. You said in a previous post "Not sure if this age had 15" wheels but most on single axle have, It would help with your ground clearance. I mentioned a while back on this thread that when I have looked at second hand caravans. many of them look much higher off the ground than others. Someone said that they were all the same size wheels but I found ou
  15. David, whereabouts did you find the two Adria caravans and what does C/F stand for please? I found some brand new Adria Adora and was very impressed but they are far too much money for me to buy.
  16. Shortage of stock certainly is a big problem at the moment. I expect there will be a few people reselling their vans because they don't like the life style especially if we have a wet summer. Some people we knew in the early 1990's bought an ex display model of a 6 berth Avondale and it was very expensive. They went away on holiday with it and then re sold it to the dealer when they came home as they didn't like caravan life. I can't imagine they got back anywhere near the price of what they paid for the caravan!
  17. Thank you for your reply Gary. The ABI 2 berth with an end kitchen and corner washroom sounds a similar design to some of the Lunar Stellar models and if I decide on a two berth, that's the one I will buy. It's similar to what we have at the moment but is wider than our Lunar Clubman so I am hoping the two seats at the front may be slightly wider for sleeping on. The shower on the Stellar is separated by an Acrylic door, the same as in our present Lunar. I am not too worried about the washroom if I find a decent 4 berth. After all, we spend much more time in our beds than hav
  18. I don't know why you keep showing me links to these, Andy. Are you a salesman for the Company? I have no kids to put in the tiny bunks and the 6ft by 4ft bed at the front would be too short for either my husband, two sons or grandson as they are all over 6 ft tall. I cannot see a couple fitting in the 6x4 bed either!
  19. Paul, the Vango air awning with the extension and the fittings such as lights and carpets, cost £1300. We have only used it for 1 week. It fits our current Lunar which is 25 years old but we want to buy something newer as our old caravan needs a lot doing to it now. The foam between the plywood flooring has degraded badly in the kitchen and my husband has bought the stuff to repair it with but has been too ill to do it. He has replaced the wooden frame at the front on one side of the caravan but not done the other side. The hot air heating has packed up so needs some attention. We have
  20. Thanks for your suggestion, Mr Plodd. I have looked at "The Caravan Company" on line but there is nothing suitable at the moment that has not already been sold! It will make a good day out though as Dorset is such a beautiful county. I have been looking at other makes as well as the Bailey Ranger but a lot of them also have the loo cassette door on the awning side. The problem is that the awning blow up pole would not go to the right of the loo cassette door because it needs a straight rail above. It cannot go to the left because of the door stop. I am beginning to wish we had
  21. The Eribas may be well built vans but I am looking for two double beds and a washroom! I am not saying the Eribas are bad; it's just that I don't like them!
  22. Andy, The Lunar Quasar that you mentioned only has a single dinette across the back and not a fixed double bed. As for the Eribas, I hate them. It's not just that they are only a 3 berth van but they are so small, dingy and claustrophobic. I often wonder why people buy them!
  23. Joanie, I have only looked at photos of inside fittings as caravan retail centres are not open until Monday. The nearest place for me to look is Webbs in Salisbury but looking online, they don't have what I want. Most of their caravans are new or 1 or 2 years old. It seems my choices are limited to a 4 berth with a fixed bed and a very tiny loo with a shower over or a two berth that has a decent sized shower and separate loo. The limitations I have are because I need the maximum shipping length to be 6.2 metres but I also need a van that my new awning will fit.
  24. We had our first AZ jab on 6th February at home. The doctor who visited said that he would be back on 8th April to give us our second dose. He didn't turn up which was a pity as my husband had cancelled his back massage at the Cancer Support Group. I rang the surgery to ask why the doctor hadn't visited and was told that they were awaiting a batch of vaccines to be delivered. We just want our second doses to be done as soon as possible and we have no hang ups about having it.
  25. Thanks for your reply, Joanie. The more I think about it, the more I think that I will go for a fixed bed. Unfortunately, if I have a 460/4 model which is slightly shorter than my Lunar, I would have to have a very small loo and shower combined. I am just hoping that it's big enough to shower in as my husband and I are both well built! Earlier in this thread I mentioned that the new air awning we bought was a Vango Varkala 420 connect but I found the paperwork a few days ago and it is a 280 Connect with an annex. If I bought a 460/4 Bailey Ranger that has the fixed bed on t
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