4.9.09 Salisbury to Oxford
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Brilliant day! Pleasant rain turned to sunshine by the time we arrived in
The Elliott’s this morning were extremely nice in helping us at 10:50 am, even though the office is closed from 10:30 to noon every day. We hadn’t noticed this little fact, but they kindly reopened to sell us more propane and call ahead to
The Camping and Caravanning Club in
Good Friday and Easter Monday are both official holidays. We signed up for four nights here to hunker down during this busy weekend. Their only available spots were dry camping and we gratefully took one. I suspect they are full now.
We saw a caravan (trailer) come in and the couple disconnected from the car and used a remote control to automatically back the caravan hands-free into it’s pitch (site)! I took pictures that I’ll have to share later. They also have these fresh water systems here with a barrel that rolls to the site with a wire handler and also connects to the caravan with a tube system. Caravans are considered most efficient because a car is used to tow them and then useful for exploration after arriving.
There is a huge camping and outdoor store beside the campground. We have gone there twice today and enjoyed their Easter sales. They were very kind and fixed our first receipt when it was clear by the second visit that we should have purchased their discount card. Wasn’t that nice? We explored all their tents that they have displayed (maybe 50 different types) and Charles is talking about how he is going car-camping in
Charles and Lia went over to the dishwashing area at the shower block (area where they have all the services in the center of the campground). There they used the outdoor big stainless sinks to clean the lunch dishes. There is a chemical disposal point (CDP) there for the porta-potty or cassette toilet on the rig, which looks like a big toilet without a seat (loo). They have two places for “waste water disposal,” which is for the grey water, but it is the first campground where you have to tote your grey water over in a bucket! Jazy and Lia are in the showers now where they have hot water showers without a token (usually bought at the office for a fee). I personally took my first shower of this trip (since June 1), and actually gosh, since I started Motorhoming, this morning so that we didn’t have to worry about grey tank disposal and pulling our laundry out of the shower, etc. Actually, they had a hairdryer in there too, which I really wanted, for 20 p. I bought a 12 volt one today at the camping store.
Jazy and I used our phone card to call
I was able to book
So we finally got it all worked out with everyone agreeing that we could join by phone when we arrive at Crystal Palace, even though we have an address outside the UK, so that we can get our club books and cards at the time, rather than by mail. Whew! A lot of work and long time, but having campgrounds during the school holiday at two
We decided to skip driving to
I hope that was a smart move to book 2 different campgrounds in London, but the Church’s do say that Crystal Palace CG is a must-stay type of place and it is essentially on the way to Abbey Road CG. Both have walks of about a mile to the public transportation, and
We’ve cheered Orla twice in the past 24 hours for the medical kit she prepared for us. First, I needed a Band-Aid for 2 cuts on my hand (don’t ask) and then Lia got the ball out of the bushes tonight and was stung by nettles! Sure enough, Orla had a cream that helped “bee stings and nettle stings.” Hooray! Lia, while high maintenance, rarely complains of pain but she really was hurting from those nettles. I’ll bet next time she convinces Charles to go after that ball! I cannot remember what I stuck in the Behan’s medical kit, but I sure hope it is half as well-done and comprehensive as the nice one we have here. I’ll tell ya, those Behan’s are just the nicest, most gracious people!
Enjoy the full moon tonight! It is a lovely evening in beautiful Oxford, England.