Month: August 2017

  • The sail shade is up!

    The night was long and windy so it was a good thing that I was able to be in my bed at a more reasonable time. The maximum gust was 68km/h at 02:25 but this was accompanied by plenty of other gusts and much creaking and flapping from the awning and sun blockers. I kept…

  • It was dark

    I was awake at 05:00 or not, as the case may be. My clock has a bit of a problem at the moment as one of the segments in the display is not working. The failed segment is the top vertical on the left side of the second digit which means that 05:00 can look…

  • I cleaned!

    Not that the urge took me but it was necessary. Minnie was one of the dogs I decided to let out of the SDC earlier and she has a bit of an incontinence problem. The moment she thinks she’s in trouble, she wees on the floor. I let her out of the compound without shutting…

  • So much quieter…

    With fewer people on the camping it is much quieter now. That said, there are several parents with small children. Not that I’m worried now that the majority have left. The supermarket was pleased to see me today having not visited since last Monday. They probably thought I’d died! I brought back as much as…

  • Guess what? It’s windy for a change!

    Well, actually, at the moment it’s almost still. But it was windy when we went out this morning and for most of the day. I even put on a fleece for the morning walk! I needed it too. Not because it was cold but the wind was strong and made it feel cold. I even…

  • Yes, I think they’ve all gone! WRONG!

    I would like to think that the only tents left in the sector to the north of me belong to the camping and are, therefore, empty. They are being ‘stealth tents’ just to make it look like there are people there. The way a restaurateur might sit with his wife at a table in the…

  • A new addition to the family

    Not another dog but a plant! Sascha, Steffie, Benjamin and Marie are travelling back home today so have had to leave their geraniums behind. It can get a little windy during the winter and it might not rain as much as they need, so I volunteered to plant-sit until they return next. Benjamin carried the…

  • Happy Ninetieth Birthday!

    The decking sleeper returned at 02:48 causing Charlie to bark and me to wake up. I was less than pleased. I was asleep by 22:30 so found it difficult to go back to sleep until 05:00 when it was almost getting up time. Boris lost his ball as he wandered around in the darkness. There…

  • Ninety tomorrow!

    Pretty busy doing not a lot really. Although I have updated the adoption site again but I seem to keep getting sidetracked. Most of the dogs have been out in the compound for some of the time today. There are children and other dogs nearby in the in the camping giving Oskar an excuse to…

  • Rain?

    Xanthipos tried to tell me last night that it was going to rain today. He got out his phone to show me the weather forecast to prove his point. I was surprised that, the man with the weather station, did not know that it was going to be raining in the afternoon. I usually check…

  • Filtered water again

    I was sitting quietly when Antonis showed up bearing a double water filter housing. I may have mentioned that the original filter I brought from UK split a week or so ago. He is busy as usual but managed to find the time to go to the plumbers for me to pick up the filter.…

  • Pea is making the most of it

    I feed Pea in a cage as he was being put under pressure by the others to desert his food. This was more of a problem when he was smaller and newer. Now he is larger although smaller than many of the other dogs. They used to circle around him like hungry vultures until finally…

  • Dark this morning

    Only the bedraggled remains of a moon hung in the sky as we walked along the Promontory. There was just enough light to see, however I’m going to need my torch tomorrow and Boris one of his flashing balls. I didn’t see any cars in the car park as we went out, only one on…

  • Up and down

    Awoken at 01:00 or thereabout due to Italian southerly neighbours returning with nighttime deafness. Seems they are incapable of communicating quietly. They then proceeded to wander around transporting various possessions to other parts of the camping. Why they couldn’t get themselves organised earlier I have no idea. The dogs barked and woke up half the…

  • So many FreeLoaders!

    I discovered why Pea was a little noisy during the night when I nearly watered the couple who had set up their air beds against the wooden fence on the other side of Boris’ compound. I suppose it must be sheltered there. It looks as though they are staying another night as their stuff is…

  • Yesterday’s wind today

    Having prepared for strong winds yesterday and nothing really happened, the wind is making up for it today. At least I feel more justified taking the effort to strike the awning. The strongest gust today so far is 62km/h which is around 40mph in old money. It has started to get more blowy recently and,…

  • Happy Assumption of BVM

    The Holiday is nearly over. There are fewer cars in the car park where Dave, Obi and I have just walked although a small car packed to the brim appeared to have just arrived as we returned. This morning it was still however the forecast was for strong winds today. There were fishermen out at…

  • It pays to do some research

    I’ve been watching the value of the GB Pound fall for the past year or so. Once upon a time it was costing something like £640 to buy €900. It seemed like a good idea to me. Recently I’m now paying 90p for €1 making that same €900 cost £810: £170 more for the same…

  • More wind?

    Just for a change the wind is coming from the west so affects me less as I’m protected by the storeroom on that side. It began last night and it was warm too. I sat outside in my chair waiting for Pea to pee and fell asleep. The next thing I knew Pea was barking…

  • Dr Finlay’s Casebook (1962-71)

    The country medical practice set in the fictional town of Tannochbrae, Scotland in the late 1920’s. Dr Finlay, Bill Simpson and Dr Cameron, Andrew Cruikshank, lived with their housekeeper, Janet MacPherson, Barbara Mullen. Together they recorded 191 episodes as well as some adapted radio broadcasts of the series which ran on TV from 16 August…

  • Yet another windy night

    Rock-n-roll again last night. It was a good decision to take down the awning yesterday evening, otherwise things could have been different this morning. The walk was windy, as expected, and I even let them all off the lead due to the lack of FreeLoader vehicles in the car park. Minnie disappeared but was at…

  • No wind today!

    First prize to the person who can spot the point the anemometer bearings seized up. (Clue: it has been windy all day) You can also see where I climbed up onto the storeroom roof to take down the anemometer and lubricate the bearings. The weather station has been operational since June 2014, which is just…

  • An interesting early walk

    It was blowing hard when the alarm sounded. At least I didn’t have to creep around trying to be totally silent. Remembering to untangle all the leads from the day before is always helpful as I fumble around in the obscurity attaching the dogs. Nothing like tracking down and untangling all the leads when one…

  • Why we have systems

    The removals appear to have helped. Until 05:20 when Pea let loose a barrage of barking followed by the sound of a cat or similar, racing over Janne’s new rear decking. No point in going back to sleep as the alarm would soon sound. Slightly different marshalling arrangements today as Pea (see additional photos in…

  • Moving house

    I was up and down like the proverbial undergarments in the night. It was hot at bedtime so I decided to sleep outside. The dogs were twitchy and there are tents quite near to the north fence. Not as close as the French children but, in some way, noisier. Snoring is the problem. I think…

  • Erica and Janne have left

    Another quite hot day with a maximum temperature of around 40C (104F). It was nearly 30C when we went out at 05:40 this morning so it wasn’t a very energetic walk as you might imagine. It is starting to be a little darker in the mornings so it’s possible we may review our departure time…

  • Definitely busier

    I saw Mikhalis showing a couple a camping spot behind T2 and near to Janne and Erica’s caravan. I was chatting to Erica as she handed me a bottle of Manolis’ wine which was presumably left behind following the birthday festivities. Our combined negative waves appear to have worked since they are not camped in…

  • More wind!

    Last night was very windy with the van rocking around like a ship on a rough sea. The east sun blocker is still down as I don’t have sufficient cords to keep it in position at present. Bad planning on my part but they were not delivered originally and the company, despite my requests, somehow…

  • Rest day

    Following all the installation activity of yesterday’s water-in-the-van project, I needed to have a little rest today. All that crawling about in the dust under the van was fun whilst it lasted but one can have enough of a good thing. Today started off completely calm with no wind whatsoever. Getting the dogs up was…

  • It only took nearly four years…

    But at last, I have running water inside the van! Ursula brought me lots of gas and plumbing bits last September when they came with the car. I have used most of that now. The gas bits I used immediately as I needed to upgrade some of the systems on the van before winter. Then…

  • It were a good do

    Staggering back, just after midnight, having gorged myself on various different types of vegetable and tap water, I shut up the barking dogs. I felt that other people on the camping might like to have some sleep. Not only were my dogs barking but also Georgia’s as she was having a parallel birthday do. I…