More A-Z posts and a quick update

Thank you to all those people who are reading my story.  All the A-Z posts link together and tell a part of the story from a different persons perspective.  The links for the latest parts are here





I have a particular fondness for Gloria.  I loved writing about her.  Is there anyone in my story you particularly like or like to hate?  I would love to hear.

Now I’m off on a trip in Edna very soon and I’m not very sure about my internet connection.  I know I’m one post behind on the A-Z posts at the moment, so I will try to do some extra before I go.  If I lack internet access I will still write the posts in my notebook and give you a glut of them when I come back.  I hope you will bear with me on this one.  I should have thought about going away before I started the challenge really, but I jumped in head first.

We have booked a camp site and the little tent has come.  We have tried putting it up in the garden and I attached the guy ropes.  I also took some pictures.  We will try out the new sleeping bags too.   I’m very excited.  So, lots to report on very shortly and I promise to take plenty of pictures.






Tent or Awning?

I have managed to copy my A-Z blog posts and put them under the A-Z page which you can find at the top of my blog.  They are supposed to be posted every day except Sundays during April.  I forgot to do Saturday’s so I did it today.  They won’t be sent automatically any more as they are posted as pages rather than posts.  This was the only way I could keep them separate from the rest of my blog and in the correct order so they can be followed easily.  There’s a link here too  Please keep looking I’ve been encouraged by the number of people who have found them interesting.

Now Edna hasn’t been out on much in the way of adventures recently.  The weather hasn’t been great and the children have had birthday parties to attend, but we’re planning two trips during their Easter holiday.  One at the beginning and one after the Bank Holiday hopefully.  The night time temperatures seem colder than last time we went away, but hopefully the new sleeping bags will save the day or night.

I mentioned before that Edna sleeps 4 people, but with a boy and a girl that gets a bit awkward as they don’t particularly want to share.  The solution is an awning or tent to go with the van.  I have been looking around at camp sites for a couple of years now and the awnings seem to be either small and porch like for a table and chairs and extra storage or massive.  Coming from a camping background I have always fancied a bell tent, so I thought that if I have to get a tent or awning why not get one I really want.  The big down side of a bell tent is drying the canvas, but if I use it with the camper van I can just get it out when it’s warmer or when we need extra space with the four of us.

I was hovering between the 4 metre and the 3 metre, but then I saw the new 3 metre without a centre pole from belltent   It seems big enough to sleep a couple of people or even 3 on a hot night.  I’ve gone for a zipped in ground sheet so I have the option of rolling the sides up if it’s warm or zipping the bottom off if it gets muddy.  I’ve dithered quite a lot about this decision and I’m hoping I’ve made the right one.  I think only time will tell.  Maybe I’ll regret not having an awning that physically attaches to the van, but I just had this vision of me driving off without unattaching it properly, or not being able to park in exactly the same spot when I came back from the day out.  What about anyone else?  Any thoughts on awnings and tents?  Hopefully it will come some time this week.



A-Z Blog Challenge – D is for Drewe

Drewe sipped his tea and watched the doorway oblivious of the people around him.  He was hoping she would be there this evening.  She was absent last week, though her friend had come and partnered Robin.  There was no sign of either of them.

“Come on we need to find someone to play,” Teddy his partner said.

“Let’s just wait, one moment.  Ah!  They’re here.  Can we play Carol and her partner?”

“Sure, yes, if you want to.  If they want to.”  Teddy looked at Drewe’s flushed cheeks and huge grin.  “You do know she’s married don’t you?  You’re not going to do anything silly are you?”

“Who me?”  Drewe’s already flushed face deepened in colour.  He stared into his lap.  “I…I just like her.  She’s nice.  Good company.”

“Come on then, we better go and speak to them before they start a game with someone else.  Just try not to get your heart broken, lover boy.  We’re all getting a bit long in the tooth for that.”

Drewe followed behind but didn’t say anything.

A-Z Blog Challenge – C is for Carol

Carol plumped the cushions up and arranged them along the back of the sofa.

“Nearly done here Bernard.  Would you like a cup of tea?  I’ve time for a bit of a chat.”

“That would be great Carol.  I think there are some biscuits in the cupboards too.”

“There you go, a nice cup of tea and look what I found, chocolate Hobnobs, my favourite.”

Bernard grinned.  “Well if I can’t buy my little sister her favourite biscuits in return for helping me out then what can I do?  Here, help yourself.”

“Oh it’s nothing Bernard.  I like to help.”  Carol savoured the biscuit.  “Evan likes to have a little moan about me coming over, you know what he’s like.  But I’ve told him, Bernard’s my brother and he’s on his own now.  He needs my help.  We’re family.”

“I appreciate it Carol, I really do.  But what I like most of all Carol is seeing you.  Now how’s everything else?  Do you still go and play Bridge with your friend?”

“Well, I try to go most weeks but sometimes Evan gets a bit funny you know.  He’s very protective.  It’s only because he loves me.”

“Oh Carol, you love playing Bridge.  You know you do.  You’ve always been a bit of a whizz.  And I bet your friend misses you when you don’t go, doesn’t she?”

“Well, yes…”

“Promise me you’ll go.  Promise me!”

“Well, I’ll try Bernard.  I’ll try.  But sometimes I just don’t want to argue.”  Carol got up and moved the cups and the rest of the biscuits into the kitchen.  She washed the cups up and reached for her coat and bag.

Bernard gave her a big hug.  “Take care Carol.  Now, I will see you next week won’t I.  I have a bit of paperwork I need a hand with, something to do with online payments.  I’ll need your help.”

“Of course.  I’ll ring you during the week.  Bye!”

Carol walked briskly home.  Evan would be waiting.


A-Z Blog Challenge – B is for Bernard

Bernard reached down to pick up the home made card from his granddaughter Alice.  It had fallen off the mantelpiece.  He rested it back against the clock and smiled.  The rest of his birthday cards had long gone, but he didn’t have the heart to throw this one away with the picture Alice had drawn of the two of them, complete with big smiles.  There was a big tree behind them and he wondered if it was supposed to be the woods where they liked to go for a walk, though some days it was more of a shuffle for Bernard, to the nearest bench.  Alice was always so patient though.

Bernard made another cup of tea and sat down.  And then he remembered….  It was Carol’s day to come tomorrow, he better get ready.

Bernard glanced around the living room.  It was far too tidy.  He moved the carefully plumped, symmetrical cushions into a heap at one end of the sofa.  He got his newspapers out of the rack and artfully folded them back into various positions placing them around the room.

“Mmmm!  Not too bad.  Now the kitchen.”

Bernard had already washed up after tea and everything had been wiped and put away.  He had always been fairly neat and tidy, even when Betty was alive, and especially towards the end.  It was nice to feel in control of something.

He made another cup of tea and dripped the tea bag over the surfaces and around the sink before sloshing the drink all over the place and then throwing it away.  He got some food out of the cupboard and left it on the side.  He took some clean plates and cutlery and plonked them on the draining board.  He must remember not to wash up the breakfast things in the morning.  Then he stood back to eye up his now dishevelled kitchen.

“Not bad, not bad.”

A-Z Blog Challenge – A is for Alice

Alice stared out of the window as the rain spattered on the pane.  She rested her forehead against the cool glass, brushing her plaits back over her shoulders.  She sighed.

Alice tried hard to ignore the noises from inside.  The sharp bangs and raised voices intruded.  Her finger traced the path of one raindrop coursing downwards.

“No I won’t!” her brother shouted.  His heavy footsteps resonated on the stairs and she waited for the door to bang.  She peered outwards and upwards looking for the sun.

Her parents hushed voices gradually rose from a soothing wash to an irritating buzz.  Alice ground her teeth waiting for what was coming.  The tree outside stood tall and still.

“Alice!  Alice?”  Alice pulled away from the window and whispered “I hope it stops raining soon.”

VW wave

I will be doing an A-Z Blogging Challenge this April.  I will save all of the posts onto a separate tab at the top of my blog.  I will be writing some fiction posts which will hopefully link together.  Don’t worry, I won’t stop blogging about Edna, but I thought it was time to do some writing in this Camping and Writing blog.  I hope you’ll take a peek.  I’m a little nervous about this.

Now I have a VW Camper Van other Camper Vans, particularly VWs will often wave as we go past or sometimes hoot their horn.  This is lovely and the children think it is great too.  We feel like we’re part of a special club.  However, there are some difficulties with this.  There are a lot of VW vans around.  They seem to fall into three categories –  normal vans, often owned by plumbers or small businesses, people carriers with lots of seats and camper vans.  We are quite new to this though and often it is quite difficult to tell whether first of all a van is a VW and then if it’s a camper rather than a people carrier or tradesman.  This is especially true when one is driving towards you on the opposite side of the road.  You have to make a split decision, do I wave or not.  So the past few weeks has had me waving at quite a few random people who after I have passed I have realised weren’t camper vans.  I am getting better at doing this, though I should remember only to do it in the Camper and not when I’m driving the husband’s car.  I tend to look for the roof now, it seems to be the easiest thing to spot from the front, but just in case, if you’re a plumber in a VW van watch out for me.  I’ll be the one waving enthusiastically in a Camper Van called Edna.