Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Caravan Day!!

 Well, the car didn't get partly fixed yesterday.....because the part (some kind of sensor switch) that husband had ordered from Fiat turned out to be the wrong part ๐Ÿ˜’.  Not husband's fault, he went on what a mechanic had told him he needed, and gave the relevant information, all the car's details including registration, to the man from Fiat in Exeter (where the car was originally sold).  The guy said he knew what was needed and said they'd have to source the part direct from the factory (in Italy, presumably) as they didn't have any in stock.  Anyway, for whatever reason, the part delivered wasn't the part required when the garage took the car apart to fit it.  So we're no further forward.  Husband has been in touch with the same Fiat guy, who is on the case and is supposedly going to ring back this morning.

But we're GOING TO THE CARAVAN anyway!  Well, attempting to - the garage yesterday said the car is still drivable.  We're all ready to pack the car up with all the bits we're taking over today, we know it's likely the car will go into limp mode 'x' amount of times on the journey, so we'll have to stop, switch off and then on again (just like a computer, seems to be the standard answer for everything ๐Ÿ˜‚).  We'll set off about 10 am, after the early morning rush is over, so that the roads are slightly less busy and we don't annoy too many motorists behind us ๐Ÿ˜œ.  Ironically, husband said the car behaved itself and drove absolutely fine on the way home from the garage yesterday, not going into limp at all.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason for when it suddenly goes limp, just when it feels like it, seemingly.

Anyway, enough of that boring stuff.  In fact, I don't think I'm going to mention the car stuff again as I'm fed up to the back teeth with it - until or unless it's finally fixed and/or we get rid of it.

Today we're taking over a chest of drawers, 3 rugs, the fleece blanket which will be used as curtain linings (I've cut out one already to use as a template).  Some new kitchen equipment.  A fleece blanket to go on my bed so Betty can nap on there whilst we're doing any noisy work - she doesn't like banging noises or drills etc.  The Vax cleaner (I'm expecting a few cobwebs!!  And there'll be plenty of dust).  Some tools that husband needs, he has some in the caravan but can't remember what, luckily he's got plenty of extras here.  A few other small bits and pieces, including lunch and snacks for both us and Betty!  Oh I cannot wait to see the caravan again, and the garden which should be full of Spring bulbs - that's if the squirrels haven't dug them all up!  And yes I will take LOTS of photos ๐Ÿ˜

So, once we've had a good look round (and kissed/stroked everything ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚) and unloaded the car, I'll be vaxxing all the dust and cobwebs away first.  Then we'll be taking apart husband's metal bed and standing it upright against the bedroom wall - we'll need the space in that bedroom to put all the new furniture when we take it over in a day or 2.  All the cushions off the old sofa will be loaded in the car to take to the tip.  We'll assess the wooden framework of the sofa to see what parts we can take out and which bits at the back need to be left to maintain the structural integrity.  I think that'll probably be enough for today - I dare say we'll also be having a catch up with the park owners and any other van neighbours who might be around.  Our lovely neighbours Charlie and Jean aren't coming until the end of the month, when hopefully the weather will be a bit nicer (it's currently raining yet again, but is forecast to stop around 10 am).

Can you tell I'm a wee bit excited?! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


  1. Fantastic that the car is 'safe to drive' and that you can go today after looking forward to it for so very long. Have a wonderful time getting it all ship-shape again. I'm so happy for you!

  2. Just a tiny, little bit excited! I do hope the car behaves itself, so you can get there asap. I don't need to say enjoy yourself - of course you will! xx

  3. Don’t you dare skip blogging tomorrow and fill us in…lol…just kidding…I am so excited for you…

  4. Happy Caravan Day.

    I never found much dust or any cobwebs when I went back to the Van after the 3 month closed season. All it ever took was emptying the water out of the dehumidifier pots and a quick wipe round with a fresh smelling cloth with all the windows and the door open for an hour. I hope you find something similar.

  5. You have every right to be excited, you've waited right through the cold miserable winter and now you can enjoy spring in your home from home.

  6. I suspect that we, your readers/followers are just as excited as you to know that you are going to the caravan and there will be photos. YIPPEEEE! And . . . . I have a feeling that we shall have sunshine from Friday. Fingers crossed, eh?

  7. How wonderful that you get to start moving back into the caravan. Looking forward to the photos.

    God bless.


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