Sunday, 27 February 2022

All prepped and ready

 I'm all prepared for the caravan now, only 3 more sleeps!

Yesterday I made 2 fish pies, to join all the other home cooked and portioned up meals in the freezer.  I also made a load of pastry, enough for 2 or 3 pies - I've got diced chicken, bacon, leeks, mushrooms, chopped part cooked sausages, little stuffing balls, cooked chestnuts and cranberry sauce left over from Christmas all for pie fillings.  I'll probably make the pies tomorrow.  We have plenty of veg, fresh and frozen, to go with all the meals.

I've written out lists of everything we're taking to the caravan (provided the car plays ball!) over the course of 3 days, along with lists of stuff to bring out of the caravan to be disposed of each day on our way home (we pass the Council tip on the way back).  We're taking Betty with us each day, as we're expecting to spend several hours there doing the work and we don't like to leave her home alone too long.  She'll be excited to be back at the caravan anyway.

The knee support is working really well, it's got long plastic rods each side of the knee, as well as the big firm elasticated straps that do up by Velcro above and below the kneecap, so it all supports my knee very well.  So 3.5 days of wearing it now (I don't wear it in bed, obviously) and my knee hasn't given way at all.  The pain is still there, but that's not really bothering me, I can cope with that.  I don't really notice it when I'm busy anyway, only when I'm sitting watching TV in the evenings and when I go to bed.

Oh, and I keep forgetting to say Welcome to some new readers and commenters, this is a very down to earth account of our life, warts and all (and with the occasional swear word!).  I hope you find something interesting in my very ordinary and mundane life, are not bored by me continually going on about our lovely old caravan, and aren't upset by some of the things I say!


  1. You ARE well prepared! I just hope the car does its part and doesn't throw a tantrum! Glad the knee support is helping. Us "older" readers love reading about your life, that's why we keep reading. Bored? Never! xx

  2. You certainly are well prepared, I am loving the sound of the pie fillings. Hope the car doesn't let you down.

  3. So good to hear the knee support is helping.

    Sorry if this is none of my business but I was thinking about your car situation. Do you only need a full-size car for setting up and breaking down at the beginning/end of the caravan season? If so, would a very small (less expensive) vehicle work for you the rest of the year and it be cheaper overall to rent a large car/small van when you are moving stuff back & forwards?

    1. No need to apologise, Jayne. I'll explain more about the car in the next post.

  4. Exciting, caravan time has come around so quickly, well it seems quickly to me ... maybe it has dragged a bit more for you.

    I'm glad the knee support is helping. Fingers crossed that the car lasts the first few journeys to the Van and then you can sort something better out.

  5. It's your blog and you can say what you want to (unless illegal, obviously)! :-)

    Sending well behaved car vibes in your direction!

  6. You are so organised with all your preparations; it would be an awful shame if the one thing you can't organise (that dratted car and its bad moods) lets you down. Roll on the time when you can replace it. I'm getting excited to hear from you when you're in your lovely caravan, with those lovely neighbours, relaxing and enjoying Time Out.

  7. It doesn't seem five minutes since you were saying 30+ days! Looking forward to hearing relaxing tales from the van.


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