IT'S NEARLY TIME.
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Its nearly Caravan time again,all winter we've waited for this with baited breathe March and opening time.Our caravan is an old Swift Challenger about 22ft long, but still very tidy especially inside.We have had it 3yrs now so we have it how we want it. The site we keep it on is in Berrynarbor, Nr Ilfracombe, N Devon.We have been using this site now for about 14-15yrs,first off in a lge frame tent then a Camper Van, then our first caravan a 14 footer finally our current one.We have seen two previous owners,we now have new ones for this season.The previous owners Brian/Mary and their two boys Tom/Mat had the site for around 12yrs so we were as much friends as Customers.I think this will all change with the new people,it is going to be run purely as a business venture according to the new rules we have received. lot of friends we made around the site will not be able to meet some of these rules so,they may well have to move on,this is a real shame as it had a real community feel.We had really great nights both in the bar and on the fishing lake.With Brian/Mary it was able to be flexible as it was a family concern.I think the biggest problem for quite a few is finding the whole years rent upfront,before, you could pay in three parts as long as you paid 7days before that third expired.Also they no longer store vans on site during the summer, which means some of our old residents have to tow lge vans up to 230 miles away after each holiday trip, even though they will probably be back in less than a month, at the moment they do this 5-6 times a year and get charged a weekly storage fee.At least we're keeping both our neighbors, one of these couples Bryan/Brenda are already mentioned in "Come play with me part 1". He can be one of the clowns of the site, only yesterday his wife Brenda phoned me to say,last night bri was watching telly when he nodded off spilling his drink (a full one)into his lap,the beer was icy cold so he shot up in the air knocking over the chair,well he was'nt a happy bunny cursing all the way up stairs to change his trousers, not helped she said by my roaring with laughter.Any way she thought no more about it.In the morning Bryan came down stairs mumbling and moaning saying he'd had an awful nights sleep,why whatever was the matter Brenda said(worrying sbout his heart condition), Bryan replied I hardly slept a wink "have you ever tried sucking 1/2 a pint of beer out of a pair of trousers?.