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  • Birthday 29/08/1954

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    Chester le Street
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    Mountain biking, walking, skiing fishing, travel
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    Mazda CX5
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    Bailey Pegasus GT65 Genoa

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  1. Looks fabulous mate. Will give it serious consideration. Loving the closeness to the lake and also the pools.
  2. Seems like sensible advice mate, thanks for that.
  3. Thanks Andy, my oh and I feel its a bit optimistic but if I said what they wanted to do you would be shocked. My gut feeling at the mo is that if the want to go to Italy then we head for there directly i.e. via the South of France tben across to the East. At least that serms doable in 14 nights. Cheers and thanks for the advice.
  4. Thanks Doosan, very interesting and helpful. You suggest that 4 weeks would be necessary to enjoy the trip more and I tend to agree however I think our family have different ideas. Quick question if I may. Did you head directly to Italy by that I mean merely have overnight stops or did you stop for longer en route? Cheers Richard
  5. Thanks Dave sounds good to me - just need to convince my daughter.......
  6. Thanks guys, its what we thought. But our daughter and her family are coming over from Oz and they are spending 4 weeks in Europe. 1 week seeing relatives in this country, then pickingnup the Motorhome and wanting to travel as I mentioned finishing up with a short week with us before going home. TBH they wanted to go further into Italy than I mentioned but we are not keen. I have sent them an itinary which includes 3 nights in the Black Forest and 3 nights in Lake Garda but its still 8 days travelling out of 15 and some of the distances are quite long. They cant seen to understand the difference between driving in Oz and driving in Europe! Thanks for your advice. Richard
  7. Hi a bit off topic I'm afraid but anyway. After we retired early my wife and I always fancied being site wardens so for the first two seasons into our retirement that is what we did. Firstly on a Forest holidays site in Ardgartan near Arrochar in Scotland and the following year on the wonderful Herding Hill campsite at Haltwhistle on Hadrian Wall. We thoroughly enjoyed our life on the campsite but it was very hard work. I guess the best thing about it was the campers. The overwhelming majority were lovely I guess being on holiday would do that. The comments posted tend to be a bit negative etc but to be fair we found that if you were pleasant with the guests they would be pleasant to you. As for the notion that they should be called anything that suggests they only show folks to their pitch clearly people haven't been watching what they do, honestly I could write a book but how about tending the grounds, cleaning the toilets, looking after the shop or cafe or takeaway, being tour advisers for walks pubs dog friendly anything, bus timetables etc. This is not a winge as I said we thoroughly enjoyed it but it is far more than booking folks onto a pitch. Oh at Ardgartan we also had fifteen log cabins to maintain all with hot tubs. Anyway I have the greatest respect for wardens wherever they are.
  8. We are member of both major clubs and have never experienced any problems with any wardens or sites. On CCC sites we have been directed to pitches that we didn't care for and have never had problems changing. Also we use commercial sites and mostly they are happy if you wish it change. I know some sites CCC and commercial are errr....very reluctant to allow you to change but in my experience they are very much the minority. As for the comment about Devizes it is a lovely site and the wardens are extremely helpful and friendly. Frequently stay they en route to Devon and Cornwall.
  9. Hi all, thinking of going to Italy next year from the North East of England. We have been to France numerous times but thinking of venturing further. Looking at stopping in Southern Germany, then across to Lake Garda and down to La Spezia on the Ligurian sea back via Southern France. I have a couple of questions. 1. Thinking about the crossing we were considering Newcastle to Amsterdam but it seems very expensive so possibly Harwich or more likely our usual route through the tunnel. Has anyone any veiws or experience of the Northern ferry crossings? 2. We are going to travel late June into July how busy is Italy likely to be? We have never been to Italy before except to ski so travelling in the summer will be all new any advice would be greatly appreciated. 3. We will be travelling in convoy with a large Motorhome 8.5 metres so we will need to use decent roads any suggestions? 4. Lastly probably the killer we are likely to only have 14 -16 nights so is this road trip/ holiday sensible. We will have 2 eight year olds in th MoHo. Many thanks for your comments. Richard
  10. One main meal plus breakfast. Wine and beer - mostly in the car. We used to take a full weaks shopping but then decided that the weight was a bit too much esp as we now carry the bikes on the A frame and a canopy on the rail so that impacts on what's left of the miserly payload. Since we have reduced what we take we now eat out more and visit local stores and supermarkets.
  11. Bought one at the NEC last year and have only recently had a chance to get away and check it out. Very easy to erect (we have a size 12) but its quite heavy. Lovely inside and so much more space than our porch awnings. Having said that everyone says how easy they are to erect but taking them down is a pain how do folks get all the air out of the tubes? We rolled them but it wasn't easy. I notice that the pump has a deflate option but the valves prevent the air from coming out and if the valve is reversed the rubber seal is trapped and still cannot move. Any suggestions?
  12. Yet too go but its my mates favourite site. Him and his wife (not forgetting the dog) love it. Great walks, great pubs with good beer and food, lovely countryside. We will be going in July.
  13. Omega54

    Mazda CX 5

    Just sold our 2.2 AWD Sport Nav. on a 65 plate. Loved it however we sold it due to too many faults inc, new gearbox, new back brakes (everything discs, pads calipers), new door lock motor, plus a few that I can't remember. We even took out Mazdas extended warranty in December last year when the 3 year warranty ran out. It paid for it's self when the car packed in heading back from the Alps! All the warning lights came on, the engine lost some power but was still driveable. We contacted our dealership - we have a great relationship with then as you would expect who advised to take it to the nearest dealership which happened to be in Lens, France. Anyway they fixed it overnight and we were on our way. It was much more complex than that but I wont bore you with the details! However I think we just had a bad one as everyone I have spoken to loves them and have had few or no problems so we were just unlucky. I loved the car but it had to go. Now have a New Kia Sportage top of the range which is lovely but I have yet to tow with it only got it on Saturday. The Mazda has a great boot, comfortable inside, nice responsive engine and some decent extras so I'm sure you wont be disappointed. Others have given the info you require so I won't repeat it. Have to say though I didn't expect to like the Kia, I think the looks are an aquired taste! But the level of equipment is stunning I can't think of anything it hasn't got. And 7 year warranty. Good luck with the Mazda.
  14. Thanks Alansi, may not be the same but is sounds like its the same engine. So it is really good to know - I know I should have checked out this forum first but looked everywhere else and all reviews seem positive. Thanks again I really appreciate the feedback. Take care Richard
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