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  1. +1 for Soleil Plage. Very central for all of the Dordogne. Suggest opting for one of the riverside pitches if available, They are a bit more expensive but worth it.
  2. I've been going through the same thought process and am caught in a circle of procrastination. I have a 2015 Discovery that has not put a foot wrong, is really comfortable and of course will lug anything I throw at it. I took out the 5 year service package (a bargain at £600) when bought from new so am now coming up to first service I pay for. But its Euro 5....will I start to get hammered with incremental taxation? What if something nasty goes wrong...will it be expensive? And what's the likely path for residuals - is it going to start nose diving? Whereas I've always bought before I'm
  3. I recall from my (limited) military experience.....well the CCF at school..... that a badge denoting two crossed rifles was awarded for marksman status. Perhaps they will award something akin to crossed syringes for those newly skilled in delivering these sort of shots.
  4. The legislation specifically outlaws a whole host of activities and freedoms that we (ie the democratic electorate) all take for granted and expect in normal times - eg don't gather in groups of more than 2 in a Tier 3 area. But this is emergency legislation and that nettle has been grasped. So I'm still struggling to see why they would shy away from legislating against unnecessary movement from higher tier to lower tier if it was to stop the spread.
  5. Totally agree! Was hoping that the legislation would be stronger on the movement across Tiers so that the club might be encouraged to be more direct to members that they must not come to the club from a Tier 3 area rather than saying it is not for the club to police. They know where people live - they know who are disregarding the guidance.
  6. OK, we are straying into the realms of philosophical debate now. This is clearly short-term legislation (not long term idealist dogma) designed to deal with and limit a specific threat (there is a 14 day review of Tiers so can't get more short term than that). It's a 'here and now' issue - not one related to the theoretical type of society we might wish to move towards. Its about coping with the situation in the type of society that exists around us today.....the good and the bad! Bottom line - I think we both agree that movement across Tiers, although desirable to arrest the spread, is n
  7. So it seems curious that the Government should draft legislation that does provide plenty of direct 'must nots' (the lack of observance of which would create an offence) yet does not seek to do so with regards to the unnecessary movement of individuals from a higher Tier to a lower Tier which could just as easily be prohibited within the legislation. Instead they prefer to simply offer guidance that it is a 'should not' activity. Why would the Government chose not to do that if it believed it was a necessary step to prevent the spread of the virus? Is it because it is thought to be unenfor
  8. Thanks for the link to the actual legislation. I have read through this and can see no direct reference to movement from higher tier to lower tier areas for recreational purposes being specifically prohibited. So although the Guidelines suggest you should not do so, presumably it is technically not an offence per se if not included in the legislation.
  9. I'm unclear about the status of these guidelines within the legislation. Specifically if someone travels from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for recreational purposes are they actually committing an offence? Our golf club is in Tier 2 but is quite close to the border with a Tier 3 area and have a large number of members who reside in the Tier 3 area. The club recently circulated wording provided by England Golf (which is the central admin body): "Golfers from a very high alert area (Tier Three) should avoid travelling outside their locality. Travelling into a very high alert area
  10. Interesting to see that there are a few who are in the 'let's wait and see how the early recipients react before committing' camp. The early vaccinations are evidently going to be with the Pfizer jab but the Oxford/AstraZeneca one (and apparently much cheaper) is just a little behind. So some of those taking the cautious approach may find that they are inadvertently 'pathfinding' (in their eyes at least) anyhow.
  11. Depends if you are looking for a NCC Approved workshop or not. I have needed to to maintain my warranty with NCC approved and have used S&G Caravan services (www.sandgcaravanservices.co.uk) for the last couple of years. Shaun is based down in Lancing but is prepared to travel to East Sussex. Covers all of the stuff prescribed in the annual service and is cheaper than the dealerships. Spotted beginnings of a damp problem on my Coachman enabling me to progress the repair through the dealership. I like being able to have a conversation with a mobile engineer about some of the issues ra
  12. I agree that there has to be an element of common sense. My own quandary arises from the fact that I am Power of Attorney for an elderly aunt who has been in hospital for some time but has just (in the last couple of weeks) been assessed as requiring full time residential nursing dementia care. She had her own home in Hertfordshire and consequently will be self-funding (after the 12 weeks that are paid for by the local authority). With little other assets the house needs to be sold urgently to fund the care (@ £1300 per week). I live 2 1/2 hours drive away in the South East and she has
  13. We are there at the moment. A3078 is absolutely fine for towing although you just need to take care in a few places where the road narrows a bit and there is oncoming traffic. As Moorgate says above, the final run up to the site is 'interesting' in that it is a fairly steepish hill up through narrow rock face for a couple of hundred yards. Hold your nerve, go slowly - looking in your mirrors you will see there is about a foot clearance on either side so its really not a problem. I'm not sure how I would feel about the new, larger wider vans - but they would definitely still get through.
  14. Thanks for the varied and innovative suggestions. Who knew the versatile extent of the humble spud! I have ordered a few proper bungs via e-bay but a combination of duck tape and cloths stuffed into the outlets held the torrent at bay for a little while. We certainly don't drink the water from the onboard taps unless it goes in the kettle and is boiled. Pipes smelling sweet now although were not smelly at all before. Arrived here on site in Dorset today - first night away in the van for 2020. Already rekindled the enthusiasm for the caravanning life.
  15. Given the heights of the kitchen and bathroom sinks relative to the shower tray I think I might be in for a nasty surprise in the shower?
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