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meadowsweet

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About meadowsweet

  • Birthday 29/02/1960

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Worcestershire
  • Interests
    Caravanning, walking, leisurely cycling, dogs, music and wine
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Subaru Tribeca
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Coachman VIP 565
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2014

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  1. Absolutely. Especially now that the former FOC lateral tests are now chargeable. So any UK stats other than those recorded in an NHS setting will be meaningless. Such a contrast to France where masks are mandatory in all indoor settings, and some outdoor such as markets. Indeed we stopped at an outside bar to have a drink. I had my phone on me with ToutCovid, Mr M did not and was told politely "desole"
  2. We don't return to UK until 12 Oct. So we won't need the covid test to leave France. Anyone know if we will have to complete the passenger locator form? We have the day two test order numbers.
  3. The storm was a tad scary. Two months rain in two hours. Lightening flashes every 10 seconds and we were poking the awning with a broom every five minutes as the water was pooling in an alarming manner. Beautiful weather now with mist and heavy dewfall in the mornings. Did a lovely walk in the dordogne countryside today passing through very quiet hamlets with nary a soul to be seen. Roads here are so quiet. Back at caravan resting sore feet and a curry for supper. Just purchased some chassis for one or two pre dinner aperitif kirs.
  4. Yes, usual marketing speak = bullpoo. Hubby could have benefited for another four years. He just qualified for state pension this year and now no triple lock next year suspended "temporarily". Probably stop the winter heating allowance as well.
  5. Had an email from them to say discontinued after 31st December 2021. Have banked with them for 35+ years. And no we don't have a flex plus account.
  6. In the dordogne waiting for thunderstorms to arrive, 3pm apparently and will last a couple of days. At least it should clear away the muggy 31 degree heat. Did 50km bike ride yesterday so having a rest day. Sitting in van enjoying the air con.
  7. Hi We have a halfotds 40 litre mains and 12v electric cool box. We are in France. There was a power outage as we were using too many appliances. We have since upgraded the amps. The fridge now is no longer working. Annoying as we have had it for two years and it hasn't had a great deal of use. We have checked the fuse in the plug, it is not at fault. Not much else to check. I suppose the motor blew and it is kaput. Just wondered if anyone on here had been able to fix one of these?
  8. We are now in the Dordogne and it is very warm, hotter tomorrow 31 degrees forecast, then thunderstorms so I hope that clears some of this very high pressure. We are at camping Maisoneuve at Castelneuf de Chapelle. It hasn't changed a bit since 2019. A number of Dutch, here, few Germans, Belgium and one Spanish van. Only about three British and the site is not busy. We end up pitched to brits who live 7 miles away from us at home. Small world. I find the food prices now similar as British maybe because our prices have increased so we now have parity. We went to a busy outdoor market today and I did not see one person without a mask. Supermarkets the same. The notices say it is mandatory. Shame England can't or won't enforce it. One thing I had forgotten is the lower amps. So we have to turn off the air conditioning if we want to use the oven. Contemplating paying for upgrade, 1.70 euro a day although now we have learned what to synchronise may not bother. Au revoir.
  9. Mmmm. Methinks she would have still charged £130 per pet as it would still have taken the same amount of time. Not much space on those forms either. Would have thought difficult to fill it all in for two pets let alone five! Not a bad hourly rate as it took just over an hour. We supplied most of the answers eg dogs date of birth, microchipping date etc. Take everything with you when you go.
  10. Mmmm. Methinks she would have still charged £130 per pet as it would still have taken the same amount of time. Not much space on those forms either. Would have thought difficult to fill it all in for two pets let alone five! Not a bad hourly rate as it took just over an hour. We supplied most of the answers eg dogs date of birth, microchipping date etc. Take everything with you when you go.
  11. Same experience crossing on the normandie 8.15am yesterday. Left 20 min late. Check in early, waiting to board for ages. I asked at check-in if they could check my declaration and I had filled in the incorrect form. So they gave me the correct one. Flipped through pages of animal health certificates. Apparently I didn't need two certificates both dogs could have gone on one certificate. Luckily everything was in order. At arrival in caen border force checked vaccinations on our phones and stamped our passports which felt rather sad. The ferry was very quiet, plenty of tables in the self service restaurant. Staff stringent about mask wearing. I forgot to put mine on and was told very promptly. Dog walking area on ferry very small area and dogs refused to, "go". They crossed their legs the whole of the journey! Will never stay overnight at Portsmouth Dock again, had very little sleep due to the sound of traffic from the motorway. Was able to park up against wire fence opposite the ship and Castle to eat which is adjacent to the Dock area. Wouldn't recommend the food other than it was hot. Stopped for the night 30 miles from caen at falaise. Municipal camp site with fabulous views of the castle. Delightful campsite, quiet and peaceful beautifully landscaped, we were next to hibiscus and mimosa. Very modern and top of the range facilities and all for asci 16 euros. Church bells and mediaeval buildings. Truly la belle France. Off to dordogne today although probably have an overnight stop.
  12. Fair point but at least at the port you get a knock from the staff. On a site I would be worried about oversleeping or traffic problems etc, plus you end up getting up even earlier to prepare the caravan and be on your way. In fact more likely I would lie away ALL night!
  13. Thanks for suggestions. The Ship and Castle still open and close by to the ferry port. There may be someone already there who would just keep an eye on the caravan and car. Although when we used to go to France via Poole we never had a thought about leaving the caravan when we went for a walk along the beach or into Poole town centre for a bite to eat before bedding down for the night.
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