So, here’s our first update since we went full timing in our Motorhome at the end of October! My last post (not THE last post!) was on the 29th November and I have now realised I didn’t tell you what we are now up to, so here goes!
Back in early October we attended an RVOC rally at Lady Hayes Caravan Site at Frodsham, which is a great site with some lovely Antique shops on site. Anyway, we met up with a lovely couple in their 5th Wheel, Mo & Georgie and, because we were interested in getting a 5th wheel we naturally visited them in their unit to pick their brains! We hit it off instantly with them both and we didn’t stop laughing, in amongst all our questions about their outfit. We spent most of the weekend with them and enjoyed their company as well as their tales of Full Timing for the last 10 years! We think they will be good friends for the future as we have very similar backgrounds and outlook on life.
We learned a lot from them and one thing they introduced us to was winter Site Sitting for the Camping and Caravan Club. We expressed an interest and Mo (short for Maurice) promised to put our name forward as potential ‘sitters’ which entails spending the winter at C&CC sites that close for the winter keeping an eye on the site and dealing with any issues that arise. The bonus being that you get a free pitch for the winter including all electric and facilities, which also includes washing and drying facilities, shower etc. This was an offer we couldn’t refuse and soon after we had been contacted by the area manager, arrangements were being made to put us on a site at the beginning of November.
I am now writing this update from Chipping Norton Camping & Caravanning Club Site in west oxford. We arrived on site on Saturday 4th November and were surprised to see the site almost full!! We got pitched on a hard standing and got chatting to the Site Managers and their Assistants to ascertain the SP for the coming days. The site closes on the 5th and the Managers will be with us until mid week. We also met our co-sitters, which enables either of us to go off site as needed, as there needs to be someone on site 24/7 for security. Once the site Managers left mid week we moved our unit onto the site Managers pitch and now we could set up our awning etc., and get properly organised.
Our pitch is right by the entrance to the site and adjacent to the Reception Block for which we have keys, and where all the ‘facilities’ are. The main toilet block in the middle of the site will be locked and not used for the winter save for us checking regularly that everything is okay. We were briefed about our ‘duties’ whilst we are here and they are far from onerous! The dogs help us ‘keep an eye’ on things as they bark at the slightest disturbance or visitor, so nothing gets past them!
As I write this we have been here for just over 6 weeks. It has been very relaxing and we get on very well with our co-sitter, Dennis, whose partner will be arriving on Christmas Eve. The dogs have free run of the site and they get 3 walks per day. We get up when we wake, usually as the postman calls around 8.30, and we go to bed when we are tired. We get to go off site when we please as long as Dennis is here to mind the shop and we have a good mutual arrangement with each other. The site has 86 pitches so is a ‘medium’ sized site as far as the C&C Club are concerned.
The nearest Town, Chipping Norton, is just over a mile away and has a reasonable Town Centre with quite a few independent shops plus a small Sainsbury’s, and both a Co-Op and an Aldi. We have registered with a GP and there is also a good vets in town too, however further afield within easy striking distance is Bicester and Banbury with Oxford just a bit further away. As yet we haven’t had a chance to go ‘sightseeing’ but it is winter and many of the places worth visiting are closed.
The biggest bonus is that we are able to save money as we have very few expenses both here and at home so we should be able to build up our RV/5th wheel fund quite quickly. We have purchased a few ‘extras’ to make life more comfortable, which include an additional table for the awning, a portable wardrobe and finally an 8’x5’ box trailer which the motorhome will tow and will become our ‘shed on wheels’ for all the ‘extras’ we can now carry!
Next time I will bring you up to date with what we have been doing to entertain ourselves and keep ourselves busy for the past 6+ weeks, which seem to have flown by, and we would like to take the opportunity to wish our friends and relatives a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. See you in 2018!