Wednesday, 27 April 2011

First Trip

Four years of "vanning" hadn't done either wifey or myself any good at all, when it came to our first outing in our recently purchased Swift Challenger 565. Everything was ready for the off, but no matter what we tried the motor mover would not work, meaning we couldnt get the van off our drive! It had of course worked when we picked up the van only a couple of weeks earlier. A word of warning for those that might face this problem, check that when the mains electric is disconnected that the "charger" switch inside the van is switched off first as I am convinced that was the problem, but being a Bank Holiday weekend and with myself being a hopeless DIY person, we were going no where, until our son arrived and some how got it going. But it still remains a mystery to me as to what button he pushed pulled or switched differently to what we had tried for the previous hour!! The journey was uneventful, the site (Lucksall near Hereford) situated on The River Wye (canoes on site available to hire) was delightful, the weather unbelievably hot (thats hot not warm mind you) for April, and our paranoid rescue dog Molly was for the most part, on her best behaviour! Places of interest visited.... Hereford obviously, How Caple Court (gardens), Skenfrfth Castle (great home made cakes purchased in church)  Monmouth (follow the cider signs to purchase Ty Gwyn award winning cider at Whitehouse Farm) from Skenfrifth, & Ludlow. All dog friendly by the way. We are off again tomorrow for a rally at Yeatheridge, organised by wifeys cousin Kim & Brian ably supported by their good friends Jenny & Derek. So its bunting at the ready (although not a big royalist fan myself, more of a Cromwell man!!) to adorn the van for the big event Friday, & fingers crossed that everything will go according to plan. We are very pleased with the van, so far!  Signing off for now and hopefully pictures to accompany next blog.....