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Jaydug

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Epsom, Surrey
  • Interests
    Caravanning, DIY
  • Towcar
    Citroen C5-X7
  • Caravan
    Avondale Rialto

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  1. Not at the moment it isn't. Storm Gloria kicked off from there.
  2. And I'm another 150 miles SW of you. We caught the edge of storm Gloria giving us a dull day on Sunday, followed by a wet Monday. Today we've had it dry with sun in and out and a chilly breeze.
  3. That's true! But you know the Spanish Highway Authorities. They're out with the gritting lorries even before the roads see snow. .................... Generally.
  4. I prefer to take a chance with the Portsmouth ferry. I haven't driven through France for the last nine winters. Here's why! This was my last journey.
  5. My crossing was at the end of November and it too was late. The sailing should have been at 08.45. It finally left the berth at around 04.00 the following morning. Not that I'm complaining. It could have been worse. I could have been facing a drive through France. There were several sailings towards the end of December that were cancelled. One - on the 17th December was notified on the website as "Cancelled and no available transfers until after Christmas".
  6. Thank you Bill - appreciated all the same!
  7. Don't assume that the rear bumper will have to be cut. My last three cars haven't needed cutting - only in one case was an under-tray removed.
  8. No sooner was daughter, Jenny back home after spending Christmas week in Spain, than she was packing to fly out again, together with her sister and partner. This time to help me celebrate my birthday. They don’t normally come for the 6th of January but as this one ended in a nought, they considered it special. In fact it was my 90th. So on Saturday, I headed along the A7 to Malaga Airport to collect them. Although they were to be here for only three nights, they had been able to book the same lovely apartment they rented for Christmas Week in 2018. Having left them to settle in, I returned at 7pm so that we could drive to Nerja for dinner at Mirasol. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 Sunday was a lovely day with just a few white, fleecy clouds. Both girls like walking, so we did the short drive up the hills to the closest of the White Villages – Frigiliana. The village is divided into two parts, the older and more picturesque part was built during the Arab occupation of Spain. It’s built on the side of a mountain, so many of the winding, narrow streets are not only steep, but also stepped. At the top is the site of an Arab Castle, very much ruined after the Moors were driven out in 1569. I drove my visitors to the far end of the village and left them to walk up, and through the lanes, having arranged a meeting point for later in the morning. Meanwhile I parked on the other side of the village and unloaded my bike. Cars are forbidden in the streets however, scooters and bicycles are allowed so I set off through the lanes.. The first building I stopped at was the Palacio de los Condes de Frigiliana. It was built in the late 16th century for the Manrique de Lara family. The family planted sugar cane plantations and established a sugar mill. From the frontage of the building there are lovely views across the slopes to the coast. Also there were signs of the beginning of Spring. I rode up through the village finally stopping at Plaza de la Iglesia to see the Church of San Antonio de Padua. The inscription on the facade states that it was completed in 1676. After we’d met up back at the car, we drove the few miles down to Burriana Beach where we parked, then carried our chairs and mats to the beach. Burriana is probably the most popular of all the Nerja beaches, the attraction no doubt being the bars and beach-side restaurants. After an enjoyable picnic lunch by the sea, I left the visitors and returned to El Pino. The family did the walk back to their apartment via the prom and local beaches. At five, we returned to Nerja not only for dinner but also to celebrate the Fiesta of the Three Kings. Fiestas take place at many towns and villages on the eve of the sixth of January because for some families, the 6th is the most important day of the Christmas period. We watched the procession forming up, and as they set off on their journey around the town, we went to have dinner at the Bamboo Restaurant. We were just in time to catch the setting sun. With dinner finished we then went along to the Balcon where the kings and their concubines were preparing to take part in the Christmas pageant. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 Monday was my big day! But we decided to take advantage of the sunshine and get out. So first I drove up into the hills to show my daughter and partner the view at Lake Viñuela. Then we climbed on up to another White Village at Alcaucin. We stopped alongside the Fuente de los Cinco Caños – The fountain of the five pipes. This is believed to be of Arab origin and even during the longest periods of drought, the streams of water have never been known to dry up. The water is reputed to have health benefits so it’s common to see people arriving by car with half a dozen or so eight litre containers to fill up and take home. There’s also a local legend that if an unattached man should drink from the centre pipe, he will marry a young lady from the village before the year is over. Maybe…………… but it never works for me! I left my visitors to stroll through the village, and meanwhile I drove through the narrow streets to find a car park. Soon we met up and decided we were all feeling the chill. After all, we were at 1700 feet. We climbed aboard and headed for the beach at Torre del Mar and a late picnic lunch. In the early evening we returned to the apartment where I blew out the candles then opened some presents and cards. We rounded off a lovely day by driving to the Promenade at Torrox to have dinner at La Blanca Paloma. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 The inevitable sad day on Tuesday. By ten o'clock I was at the apartment to load up luggage and passengers and drive to Malaga Airport. As usual, we left with enough time to make a short visit to Torremolinos Promenade for a stroll and a coffee before driving to the concourse for some sad farewells. Within the hour I was back at El Pino with jobs to do. So what’s first? Lets start with the Christmas Lights. The festivities are over! 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 This blog may be seen with several more pictures HERE
  9. Shame! They should have felt under the steering wheel.. By the time the AX had developed into the Saxo it had found a more conventional hiding place.
  10. Just to put this urban myth in perspective….………………… For the past thirty years I’ve continuously used Citroens as tow-cars. I currently have my fourth one here in Spain. In addition, we have three other Citroens and a Peugeot in the family fleet, two of which we’ve owned for over 20 years. In that time, we’ve had electrical trouble with a malfunctioning starter motor, an alternator, a broken electric window winder, and an ignition transponder aerial – plus several bulb failures. So do I think French cars generally have poor reliability with electrics. I don’t think so! No more that any other make.
  11. Here's one at a reasonable price:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-ALKO-48mm-Jockey-Wheel-With-Pneumatic-Tyre-Wheel-For-Caravan-Trailer/382707796821?hash=item591b298b55:g:WA8AAOSwKtVWuxZg I don't know whether your fitting is within the A-frame or outside, but because the pneumatic wheel has a larger diameter, it may hang a bit lower than your present one. Check that it won't hit speed humps. I have found a pneumatic tyre to be a great improvement over the solid type, especially when driven over gravel and other loose surfaces.
  12. And between the two is a journey of 400 miles. does anyone have recommendations for sites in this area? A question for Mr. Plodd.....
  13. Some models of Citroen's C5 have electronic handbrakes and for the DIY mechanic, the simple job of replacing rear brake pads becomes a nightmare. The handbrake has to be deactivated using a diagnostic machine to make sure that it doesn't come on whilst doing the job. Once the new pads are in place, the brake needs to be re-calibrated via the diagnostics. Thank goodness I have a manual handbrake.
  14. You're right! This forum is helpful. And here's a piece of advice: -- Don't post the same question more than once. Either one is likely to get lost and quickly sink to the bottom. Which is probably why you didn't see my reply where I advised on a route, how far it was, where to stop overnight, and also gave you a recommendation for a site. As regards using Google, I've used three sites on my present Spanish tour which I've never used before , and they were all found by using Google. And finally; Andy's comment "Either way, in August it’s gonna cost !" is valid. If at all possible, avoid August. Not only will the temperatures be unbearably hot, but a 400 Euro site fee at another time of the year will cost in excess of a 1000 in August
  15. The C5-X7 has a choice in the menu to select either a digital speedo or an analogue type. Also in the lighting menu there's a slider which changes the dashboard lighting from almost zero to very bright. Once the car is moving the change functions are disabled.
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