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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 10 Jun 2012, 8:01 pm



The six is here , up and having a make over afro and now know why putting her up being such a struggle noticed that she has only one gas strut on each side the previous owners must have removed the others have got two weeks to get her ship shape but with the weather as it is RAINING all internal work being done hoping for a break in the weather so outside can have a good scrub up who say's im happy
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Phoenix on Sun 10 Jun 2012, 9:22 pm

Glad she is back so you can get sorted.


Are you celebrating with lots of
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Esermalda on Mon 11 Jun 2012, 9:03 am

Does your 6 need a lot of tlc? will it be ready in time?
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 12:34 am

does she need work that's a big YES will take some photos tomorrow scratch because I had one trip in her and packed her away last year Sad with a list of things to be done study and being a novice didn't know what to look at or for scratch so the list was purely superficial Embarassed
Then got distracted by Daisy ( my 5 ) As Daisy was out the back and easy access bounce went through her with a fine tooth comb and now know the workings study technical and for glamping (future projects ) bounce
But the 6 flower Dezdemona flower is a beast in comparison and after taking in all the info on this forum found that oh my god affraid after doing investigating Suspect CSI Dandy scratch recon the gas struts failed and that the side was forced shut Evil or Very Mad in turn that had twisted the hinge My friend Very Happy long suffering Tony riveted the other side with me yelling "I'm pushing , watch were your sticking that thing " tourist walking passed they can't see me but poor Tony standing with his rivet gun Embarassed then there is the dip in the floor confused looked underneath all ok Mad unless I rip the laminate floor up but no time for that not in a place if under floor heating would be were the bed on the left hand side is Suspect wear and tear from getting up ??? electric's sorted Tony did it trying to pin , tack and glue all the bits back together.. Kitchen putting back together the right way needs a very good scrub as she looks very grubby roof etc but she will do well and I promised her when I come back she will have a big make over as she has another big trip next year to Spain or Italy

Just booked and overnight spot at Dover so we don't have to drive all night . Going down there on the 27th stay at Black Horse farm on what they call a ferry pitch £19 catch the ferry 10am the next day affraid would it be a good time to say that I DON'T DO BOATS affraid affraid i'm sweating now so will take my crocheting along to distract me put it this way the last time I was on the ferry and was told stop panicking we are safe no sooner that was said the tannoy announced "can we have a minutes silence as the Pen-lee lifeboat has just sunk" pale I rest my case!!see whittling now so will go now before I put you all to sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep







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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Tue 19 Jun 2012, 12:16 am

before you travel abroad this card is used for up to 11 in the camping party it is a third party insurance but foremost to save you giving in your passport when camping can be brought from RAC and the c&cc and cc [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

also if you are a member of the clubs caravan or caravan & camping they do a pre pay credit card and they reward you with points that can be converted to free camping holls
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 2:22 am

affraid still not packed yet .. 5ft pile to my left ( my clothes) to fit into a rucksack it ain't going to work so back to thinning out Crying or Very sad finished upholstering and new curtains then forgot about the bed sides the bar across so I will do that when we come back , and hats off to those who can quilt by sewing machine as I found out that I can't ! Mad I quilt by hand but being in a rush did one by machine bounce because just had a thought scratch to make a travel blanket I will buy a tea towel (picture one) from every place I go to cut the pictures out and sew them onto my quilt I used to do that years ago but had people write on a peace of material in their language then embroider over the writing to keep it permanent and embroider the flag of the country on it.
affraid phoned the kennels just to check the time to take the dogs down on tues ( the day before) but to my horror I booked them on the day we leave and can't taken them in until 10am we are leaving at 8am if I had a brain I'd be dangerous all calm now my sister will take them but makes me feel gutted for them mind you I would have made things worse balling my eyes out Crying or Very sad coz leaving them is still hard did think of taking them with me dog passports etc but me dogs and the ferry I would dread to think what would happen
got 4 nights booked in Belgium sent an email with all details of the Dandy, us dates as you would in the UK and bless got an email back saying ok that was that
as for the space saving vacuum bags well spent 2 hrs trying them verses the Aldi's bags that you roll the air out and they win, got the mini vacuum but that takes ages to suck the air out and got arm ache waiting then tried Aldi's bags quick and easy but decided not to use them as will be taking too much Very Happy
just two days to go packing the Dandy on Tues decided not to take the wardrobe and top box because we will be moving around allot...


NOT LONG TO GO



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Helen
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 7:22 am

I love the idea of getting people to write and them embroidering over it I love you the tea towel idea is great too so perhaps you could combine the two for another adventure.

Packing light will make it far easier when moving around ...... don't have that knack or self restraint myself Laughing

I'm so excited for you bounce bounce bounce bounce
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 11:07 pm

Jealous as hell.
Have a cracking time.

Not a jolly driving tune, but still to send you on your way.

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Wed 27 Jun 2012, 8:55 am

Exciting times Caz .......... are you ready bounce bounce bounce

Have a brilliant time it's been a long time planning but your almost on your way now
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 11:01 am



Bon Voyage!
Travel light
keep a map of home
close to your heart
keep your eyes open
for all things wonderful
along the way
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 2:07 pm

Very Happy hi ya i am back best laid plans and reality does not work no matter how well you preempted the trip. my son was very ill on the trip down to Dover which set the mood for him and became home sick and was not happy to tour around so I had 2 options keep going as planned but decided that dragging around an unhappy child will be no holiday for me so not one to throw good money after bad I decided to cut my losses and come home BUT on the up side there is always next year and it their 100yr of the tour so that should be special and now I know what it's like over there all plans for next year start now

Day 1.. suppose to leave at 8am but now way was I ready walk the dogs, make the sandwiches tidy up and perfection can't be rushed we left at 9.30am ,long drive this end to the bridge so slow and boring over the bridge motorway I will admit even though motorways are faster ( with out works and ques which we didn't have on the way down) I hate motorways so boring as a passenger and as the trip unfolded with my son getting ill and having to stop on the hard shoulder every 10 mins was scary as lorry's thunder passed but we arrived to a we manicured site Black Horse Farm , bunnys hopping around [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] we pitched up on our over night spot [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
lovely place clean tidy with long stays and over night pitches facilities were great but the only gripe I have is that there were so many notices by the time you have read all the notices you'd forget what you were there for oh yea loo

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Day2.... the boat trip ( did I ever say I DO NOT LIKE BOATS )my son well but not happy wants to go home... so with knees knocking and my stomach in my throat we drive on affraid legs like jelly we had to climb fights of stairs No was on my hands and knees screaming for oxygen by the time we got to the top deck


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we were off as the other two were tucking into a fried breakfast No I had a tight hold of the table but to be honest it was calm seas and felt like a very quick trip only 2hrs and it ran smoothly back into the car and we were off ... hit by a wall of heat sunny sunny must remember what side of the road we have to be on on the first roundabout that you come to there is a sign that gives you instructions on how to go around and that is it you are on your own confused so more motor way to Belgium (as now i find out that my friend loves motor ways pale) find our site for the first 4 nights a municipal site in Hamoir oh and found that on the road DEVIATION means Detour scratch we were told to pitch anywhere we wanted so we chose a lovely spot 15euro a night with electric and all facility's inclusive.

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lovely place close to the boarders Holland, Germany and Luxembourg missed day one of the tour but we won't go there so day 2 of the stage pitched myself at the side of the road [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I did allot of waiting and will say it was freezing but found it hard to contain my excitement so armed and ready with camera
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Cazz

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Cazz on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 2:55 pm

I'm sorry to hear your plan didn't go according to plan, but like you say it won't be a holiday for you dragging a poorly son about. At least you've been out and about with the 6 now, and know what she's like.

Could you not stay somewhere in her closer to home for the rest of your holiday? See what grief you can cause there? lol!

Next year we expect an itemised itinerary of all your sites and viewing spots.
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 6:25 pm

part two ...while waiting photo'd and video'd anything that moved poor passers by's had no chance all ok until the moment i'd been waiting for camera poised
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the break away so soon the pelaton I nearly got ran over by them but when I got back to camp to check my pictures Evil or Very Mad I was so excited that I forgot to press the button
planned to see the start at Vise and I did with backup plan if I miss the pelaton again my son agreed to take the same video with my phone um yep
well i got the pelaton but while screaming and cheering forgot I was filming and got their heads so my sons video was great oh men in lycra
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 7:06 pm

I've been desperately waiting for your reports.
Gutted for you.
Hope you have got insurance and can get a suitable sicknote for son from doc.
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 7:40 pm

cazz wrote:I'm sorry to hear your plan didn't go according to plan, but like you say it won't be a holiday for you dragging a poorly son about. At least you've been out and about with the 6 now, and know what she's like.

Could you not stay somewhere in her closer to home for the rest of your holiday? See what grief you can cause there? lol!

Next year we expect an itemised itinerary of all your sites and viewing spots.

as for the 6 she towed well but found that on left hand bed end has to be taken off and new frame as the metal has twisted and noticed that she had been welded a few times there plus since we re-riveted the side hinge and replaced the gas struts found that the bottom window catch gouged the table when traveling so put a mat down to protect so need to see why . she did well though
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 7:48 pm

Tow Itch wrote: I've been desperately waiting for your reports.
Gutted for you.
Hope you have got insurance and can get a suitable sicknote for son from doc.

didn't think of that will check on that but my biggest gripe was I spent a fortune trying to change over ferry tickets by the third day of trying I exploded at D.F.D.S not that it was their fault as I had book through the caravan club and forever put on hold so had to pay for another ticket £67 to get back that did not make me happy should have seen me having a strop in the middle of a town sq in France had quite funny looks and given a wide birth
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 09 Jul 2012, 9:57 pm

ok we went into a pizza place in town that we stayed at to eat in to cheer my son up to my astonishment was greeted by a Rhodesian ridge-back (dog) then chaos ensued as a woman walked in with her little dog the pizza mans dog was only a year old and wanted to play but not that the little dog agreed so we helped out to control the situation..we ate our pizza and about to leave and the pizza man said to my son " if you want with no obligation you can take him out for a walk " affraid does he not know my history I nervously laughed and off we went so the next day my son was keen to get back to take the dog out affraid went and got the dog and the owner said he walks on the left as I disappear off down the high street shouting at my friend " how do you say heal in French!" off I went at a rate of knots dog happy to great everyone and everything managed to use my body weight to stop him before we lunged across a busy road . Rolling Eyes all together and BOW on a strangle hold just to cross over..half way across when he decided that he hadn't said hello to the grain of dirt on the pavement we had just left after doing a full pirouette to the amazement of the onlookers I stated " dog pizza man's Bow " with a chuckle and a ahh now that explains it look and understanding off they went as I get dragged across the road down and embankment I threw myself down to the ground as the river be it shallow was no my Idea of walking the dog so when He stopped to welcome to a blade of grass i handed a the lead over to my friend and watched him disappear off into the distance with my son in hot pursuit so I rested until they came back red faced and puffing away the dog still on full pelt we took the dog back then the owner then tells us the commands to control him Ha well he did stay on the left of one of us at some time.so after that we went for an ice-cream Delicious and a pack of dogs ran through ..there is no restrictions on dogs in shops..which was a shock.. and the milk is all long life milk ok in coffee but ruins a good cuppa tea did find that food was expensive we shopped in Aldis and lidls for instance and why I noticed but a jar of nuttella chocolate spread was £4 a jar
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Tue 10 Jul 2012, 11:26 am

Welcome home Caz ...... sorry it didn't all go to plan but it's horrible being poorly on holiday and even more horrible when your in another country should things get worse. pale


I don't like boats either, went on one to Santorini and I couldn't walk up the external stairs they seem so high up and it was windy ....... was bad the cocktail bar was up there What a Face and I freaked when we couldn't see land ..... which way do you swim if you can't see where to?

Thanks for taking pictures ........ John once video'd for two weeks and it was only when we got home we realised it was on pause when the red light was showing. Rolling Eyes





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Helen
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 11:48 am

And a Brit has the yellow jersey

Hip Hip Hooray
cheers cheers cheers

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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 2:46 pm

Helen wrote:And a Brit has the yellow jersey

Hip Hip Hooray
cheers cheers cheers


YEA AT LAST AS WE THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT HASN'T WON IT AND TAKEN PART
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Re: Tour De France

Post by jake001 on Sat 15 Dec 2012, 9:54 pm

In 2014 you will be able to see the tour and take your Dandy to God's County at the same time Caz


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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Sat 15 Dec 2012, 10:35 pm

We could all go and organise something to coincide .... that would be an exciting meet Very Happy
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Fri 21 Dec 2012, 12:34 pm


yea looking forward to that
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Re: Tour De France

Post by jake001 on Thu 03 Jan 2013, 11:48 pm

An opportunity for you Caz

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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 1:23 am

I will contact them as soon as thanks for that

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