Thursday, 12 July 2018


Wow what a week of weather! Typically, we were moaning that it was too hot, and boy was it!! Both our vans had been put on pitches for our arrival and we quickly set about ensuring, power, water, and drainage connected, on our fully serviced pitches. It was also World Cup week, with England playing on the Saturday in the quarter finals and as it turned out, for one more game only in the semi's, losing out to Croatia, a game they really should have won! TV taken outside and connected to extension wire, and BBQ set up in readiness, both games viewed  in perfect weather. Hooray for outdoor living. Friends Mike & Jan (AKA Nerris) had experienced numerous irritating problems with their van, one being a battery problem that needed replacing, and Mike had brought a new one with him. The old one causing a very bad smell and overheating, that on top of their car alarm going off on their previous stay after a moth had been caught in their locked car. It of course didn't awaken moi, with my ear plugs in! The new problem was a dripping overflow from the hot water tank and which had us all flummoxed, and still has. Unbeknown to all four of us, Dornafield is situated very close to a prison, a fact we had been blissfully unaware of, and which of course was/is not a problem. just a tad disconcerting. We discovered a pub called The Pig & Whistle and dined their twice, the first for a Sunday roast, which was excellent.  Our daily routine was to rise, breakfast, and set off late morning to one of Torbays tourist destinations, and Brixham, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Torquay etc had once again the pleasure of our company. The afternoon spent relaxing in the sunshine. Good old Nerris provided a full English breakfast on the Wednesday, a rare treat for me, and much appreciated from my usual bowl of gruel, with stewed fruit. So a great week full of fun and laughter, most of it arising from a small paddling pool purchased, in order that we could all immerse or feet to cool off, like a bunch of school kids. A "promise" of rain had us letting down our inflatable awnings and leaving early, but it never materialised.   

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