|Our new motorhome and life|
|Stanley cat posing for the camera|
|And enjoying some strokes|
|Doesn't it look fabulous!|
So on Thursday morning after an easy breakfast and plenty of Stanley fuss we went over. As expected nothing really fitted our requirements until we found one van which was absolutely fabulous and didn't seem too big. I immediately fell in love with it as did Jackie, but when I looked at the make it was the Frankia van I had looked at on the website the previous night that we had discounted as being too long at 7.6m. We went in to see the really friend young sales guy, who said he thought the 7.6m length wasn't right and it was 7.08m. He grabbed a tape measure and we went out and measured it at 7.08m. Now my specification was no longer than 7m and preferably nearer 6m, with a width of 2.2m, or as close as we could get to it. This was 7.08m long and 2.3m wide, a bit bigger than we ideally wanted but with a specification of everything we had as our requiremenbts and a lot more besides and with a build quality second to none. We just couldn't resist it, but tore ourselves away to think about it, making arrangements to go back the next day for a test drive on Friday morning before Christine and Simon return in the afternoon. So afternoon and evening was again spent with Stanley, who was quite forgiving of us going out, enjoying the fuss we were giving him as we debated what we thought about our find. It really was just what we were looking for, but a huge amount of money at £45000, but an amount we can afford and expected to pay. Is it the right van for us and are we jumping in too quickly?
On Friday we were up early, cleaning and washing our bed linen and towels, packing the car to be ready to leave when Christine and Simon returned after lunch and then headed out for the test drive, worrying about its size and how difficult it would be to drive. On getting behind the wheel we both realised when each drove, how easy it was, it was not that much different from a car (and maybe easy to forget its size!) We were sold and after they agreed to throw in for free our extras of refillable gas bottles, a solar panel on the roof, a day of their time to show us how everything works, a free evening at a local campsite so we can try everything out on a real camping experience and still go back the next day for extra tuition and time for them to carry out any snagging we find, plus them holding on to it until our preferred collection date of 18th June we went for it, paying them £2000 deposit there and then. How excited we were!
We were back at the house in plenty of time to be there for Christine and Simons return, hear their stories of their holiday, tell them about our new motorhome and say goodbye to Stanley cat. Christine was very impressed when he came over at Jackies call for a final stroke, something he doesn't normally do obviously very satisfying for Jackie. Before they had left on Tuesday they had told us of so many things we should visit whilst there, Wells cathedral, Bath and lovely local walks and we did none of them. We hope they are satisfied with us as housesitters and, if so, maybe we might go there again and this time be tourists!
|Litter picking in Moseley|
|20 bags of rubbish - didn't we do well!|
Tomorrow, Monday, we take Abi to the airport for for her holiday and start the housesit proper, go and see my sister Denise and Paul to catch up with them and try to get some relaxation and strokes in with Sooty cat. It lasts until Thursday when we meet with our friend Corinne to go and look at her house and start work helping her to put it in order to sell, but that's another story - more on that later!
|Back in Hall Green looking after Sooty cat|