Monthly Archives: September 2018

Gas It Refillable Gas Bottle Kit

This is a subject that I had been exploring for some time and finally I decided to go with a Gas-it system instead of our Calor Propane bottles which only keep rising in price.

Some would say that this is an expense that is unnecessary but when travelling in Europe, as anyone knows, Calor gas is not available so therefore it’s either go without gas or purchase a bottle/regulator/hose for the country that you are in and this can prove difficult & expensive in itself.

I ordered my kit direct through the Gas-It website – https://www.gasit.co.uk which was easy enough and whilst there was a supply issue, my kit arrived in time for our holiday and I was really surprised how easy it was to fit and it only took around 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

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I now carry my 11kg Gas-It bottle which i still have not refilled since my initial fill up but I’m sure we will be getting ready soon & a 6kg Calor Gas bottle as a back up, just incase.

The easy fill system is just that, easy, and we filled up at a Shell Service Station on the M1 for around £22 (and this was motorway prices)

Overall, we are very happy with this set up and may consider another refillable bottle to add on at some point but for the time being, this is perfect for our needs.

For information – this was my order for my set up.

Product Price Each Quantity Price
100ml Leak Detection Fine Spray Bottle With Spray Nozzle Lock (GI-0093) £2.49 1 £2.49
PREORDER – 11kg Gas Bottle & EASYFIT© Fill System (GI-0020) £159.01 1 £159.01
GAS IT European Fillpoint Adapter Guide (GI-EURO-GUIDE) £0.50 1 £0.50
3 PART EUROPEAN FILL POINT ADAPTER KIT (GI-0011) £18.87 1 £18.87
Gas Bottle Outlet Converter to UK POL ( propane) (GI-ACCS-024) £5.17 1 £5.17
Subtotal £186.03
GAS IT Shipping Services (Courier next working day) £9.75
20% VAT £39.06
Grand Total £234.84

 

2019 “The Big One”

We are getting a little out of our comfort zone and preparing well in advance for our most adventurous trip yet – The Arctic circle…..

Travelling with our autistic 17 year old son, we have begun our preparations now, showing him where we are going, using Youtube as a means of satisfying his curiosity and anxiety about what awaits us and him during this trip and he seems to be quite accepting of the idea at present but it’s early days yet.

The Ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, drive through the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway (Nordkapp), Finland and that’s where we come to a dilemma. Do we use the Finnlines ferry from Helsinki to Germany or do we use a ferry to Sweden,then back the way we travelled outwards – decisions, decisions!

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 11.18.00This will be 4000+ mile journey over 3 weeks and we are really looking forward to challenges that a trip of this magnitude brings.

We will post an update nearer the time.

July & August 2018 Kings Orchard Marina Coventry Canal

Our main problem with weekends, is that we never know where to go. All the seaside places will be busy, as you would expect so we decided to look for something in land and found a gem of a place near Litchfield, just an hours drive away.

An early finish on Friday saw us arrive at the Kings Orchard Marina mid afternoon and we were soon set up on our pitch (hardstanding) on the private campsite section of the marina, worth knowing is that they also have a CL site which is grass standing.

https://www.canalmarinas.com/kings-orchard/kings-orchard-caravan-pitches/

We have, for some years, fancied our own boat on the rivers/canals and this reignited that desire so we will see what the future holds there……

The pitches all have their own water tap, electricity & were very spacious, enough for an awning, chairs/table and BBQ – overall a quiet and very pleasant, little site indeed.

The marina is located on the Coventry canal and a very nice place indeed with a family of swans taking up residence close by.

Relaxing under the awning, nice walks along the towpath, the wildlife, what’s not to enjoy?

The weekend went so quickly so before we departed, we booked again, this time for a long weekend and we wouldn’t have to wait long.

The swans were still around however there was only 1 adult swan so not sure why this was but nice to see the young ones thriving.

This site was very peaceful and definitely one that we would recommend and return to in the future, especially during the summer when everywhere else is leaping with holiday makers.

There’s something calming about the water and this is evident as we did not have any “autistic meltdowns” for the duration.

Perfect!

 

Disneyland Paris and Dover Stopover June 2018

We intend on getting our moneys worth from this years Disneyland Annual Passes as next year brings so much uncertainty and we are yet to see what impact the ridiculous “Brexit” vote has on our ability to freely roam around Europe.

Travelling to/from Dover on this trip, we set sail and a grey & blustery day but what the hell, we were on holiday and the chilly breeze woke us up nicely…….

Disneyland Paris is the main attraction for us, even with 2 teenage sons in tow, we all have a great time and what’s not to like about Disney?

Our usual parking place, far, far away from anyone was perfect and anyone with an autistic child can probably understand our reasons for doing so and we get a really good nights sleep too. The only thing to remember is that at busy times, this area can be used as an overflow car park so be prepared to move a little further down the car park to avoid getting surrounded.

Some more great & special memories being created which will last us a lifetime – priceless.

It wasn’t quite the end of our holiday yet and we took to the roads once more & headed back to the UK & Dover.

It may not everyones ideal destination but for us, Dover is a place were we feel at home, we are not sure why but it’s just got that certain charm about it and steeped with history

Wherever you look, you get an overwhelming sense of what it must have been like during WW2 and I would recommend the tours of the Dover Castle tunnels which are run by English Heritage with the aid of some very knowledgable volunteers – check out their website for yourself:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Lbv3b6_3QIVQ7bACh0zkwW9EAAYASAAEgIgXvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Lbv3b6_3QIVQ7bACh0zkwW9EAAYASAAEgIgXvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Parking in Dover can sometimes, be very busy but if you don’t mind paying for an hour or so, you can get a good spot on Marine Parade before the rush for a free park after 5pm.

We knew that was it for the summer, unless we got away for a weekend somewhere closer to home but if not, October was not that far away and the ferry from Hull to Zebruggee was already booked – what a nice feeling it was too.

 

 

 

Brugge April 2018

We knew it wouldn’t be long before we were back & after a short drive to Hull, we set sail, once again, for Belgium.

Our Club Cabin was perfect for our needs, giving that little extra space and a more relaxing feel, we think it’s worth the little extra price for a little more peace and quiet away from all those school trips staying on blue deck – not as though there’s anything wrong with school trips, but with 100+ kids, there is noise!

The sunrise view from our cabin was fantastic and set us up for the day – it’s a small thing but what a feeling it gave us.

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Camping Memling was, as usual, perfect and we found ourself in a nice corner of the site which had a nice mix of sun & shade on the hot days that followed.

Another slight accident, I trapped my thumb in the door again when putting the screen cover on – I’ll leave it off next time before I lose a thumb! ouch, it really hurt but at least no one saw me do it.

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This holiday was all about rest & relaxation and we had plenty of that.

Cycling into Brugge each day, along the canals and cobbled streets, just what the doctor ordered.

I even had time to fly my new drone, or attempt to that is……

I think I need a little more practice.

Even the boys were loving it and we found a new friend – personally, it scared the life out of me!

The end came pretty quickly and our last day was spent at the motorhome aire which was pretty busy this time but still excellent for a city centre visit on our last day.

As you can see, plenty of rest & relaxation before returning on the overnight ferry to Hull and back to work, until next time.

Davy Crockett Ranch Feb 2018 – Snowmageddon – “Il Neige”

This isn’t a motorhome blog but wanted to share with you our wonderful trip, in the snow, to DLP’s Davy Crockett Ranch.

There is only one way to describe it – WOW!

As there are no toilet disposal facilities from November to April, and the local “Font bleu” at the Esso petrol station always appears to be out of order, we decided to book our stay at Davy Crockett Ranch which is a short drive from the gates of DLP and our first visit for sometime.

For anyone who has not been, the accommodation is basically a mobile home with a “log cabin” feel. Comfortable, warm and well equipped, you can’t really go wrong and self catering adds to the benefit, for us anyway.

It’s always a risk to go on holiday during the winter and we knew that there was a risk of snow but it was the sheer volume of snow which surprised, not only us, both the whole of the Paris region.

What a winter wonderland!

The parks were transformed and it made this visit a little extra special and we loved it.

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We decided not to travel home whilst the snow was at it’s worst and booked in for one more night and at 100 euros, well worth the money to ensure we were safe on the roads as the snow stopped overnight and the roads began to clear.

We couldn’t believe the difference when we arrived back in Calais for the ferry home, no snow and bright blue skies, making for a nice journey home.

DLP & Brugge Christmas Market December 2017

We never thought that we would get this far but there was a break in the weather and the roads had cleared, so off we went to Hull and hopefully we would see a little more snow whilst in Brugge, just to make it feel a little more like Christmas!

And we were not disappointed…….

 

Although there wasn’t much snow, it was enough to make it feel like magical, despite how cold it was.

Talking of magical, the Christmas Market was in full swing by the time we arrived and we just couldn’t help ourselves and had to have  the usual hot chocolate and bradwurst which always goes down well despite our youngest wearing most of his across his face.

 

This year we decided to use the Ice rink, afterall how difficult could it be?

I am glad that i cannot find the photo’s of this experience as this just shows how much I underestimated my ability in front of hundreds of people – how embarrassing not to mention it makes your legs hurt!

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We will be back next year and I am determined to navigate the circuit without the aid of small childs sliding chair – who am I kidding but at least it will be fun.

The snow cleared quite quickly and we had planned to go to DLP until we needed to return to the UK on Christmas Eve so off we went……

I’m not sure what it is about the drive from Brugge to Paris but this does not seem as tedious as the route from Calais which surprises me as you actually travel on the same roads for the majority of the journey.

It is no real surprise that we took up our usual parking spot in the “unsociable” section of the parking area (right at the back & far away from anoyone else) which is just how we like it & means that in the event of an autistic meltdown, we are well away from  anyone else.

With a mist hanging over the parks, this added to the winter/festive feeling

What a magical time of year and this only gets better as it gets darker……..

Walt Disney Studio’s have seriously upped their game with a new show for the festive season and it was well worth the wait.

 

One final thing before setting off home was a meal at our favourite restaurant, the Silver Spur Steakhouse and disney would not be the same without it (or maybe thats my stomach speaking) with a big thank you to our waiter who took this photo for us.

Once again, things must come to an end, and that was the end of this trip but we look forward, as always, to coming back soon – my attempt at an unhappy face!

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