Less than a week to go to our Arran adventure and our preparations have continued apace.
On Easter Monday our lovely friend Maggie organised a goodbye party for us with close friends. This was a fabulous day and all down to the hard work of Maggie who provided a sumptuous feast for 14 hungry people.
Live music by Chris and Neil in the blazing sunshine of an unseasonally hot afternoon gave an extra sparkle to the occasion.
The next two younger generations had exhausting fun too. Here they are keeping Lady Edie busy…..or was it the other way round! She certainly seems to be in command!
Maggie, as well as starters and mains of dolmades, spanakopita, mixed olives, Greek salad and moussaka provided no less than 4 desserts including a Victoria Sponge cake and a rich chocolate torte…..all home cooked. She must have been cooking for days! But for the diners the effort was definitely worth it!
On Tuesday we had our very, very dirty van washed at Coney Park where we store our Classic Hymer van by Adam from Clean Bay Marine Valeting Servicehttp://www.cleanbay.co.uk
I was very insistent that he take great care to wash our pop up roof vent…..only to discover that most of the extreme filth was on the inside! While he washed the exterior I cleaned the interior including the walls, windows, doors and floors.
When he had finished, after 4 hours of ceaseless work the van looked so much better and less battered almost new.
This was the second time we have had the Van cleaned by Clean Bay Marine Valeting and it certainly wont be the last.
On Thursday we took the van to a BP petrol station on Kirkstall Road which Gary had espied as selling LPG. The place we used to take it to in Meanwood had stopped trading a few years ago and we had struggled to find somewhere local that was easily accessible.
As ever we approached the self service LPG pump with trepidation. I know everyone will say its easy but we never quite remember how to use it. The loud blaring blast of gas as you undo the nozzle once you have finished always takes me by surprise as at that point we are usually so intent upon disconnecting the ruddy thing correctly. Additionally, the steps 1,2 and 3 of the instructions of how to use it had been ripped off the pump and so we had to try and work it out for ourselves. But we or rather Gary did….quite easily in the end…. my mind seemed to have been blown. Think I have let the caterpillars into my cabbage of a brain again so that it is full of holes!
Anyhow, job done we filled our tank up to 85% for less than thirty quid. That should meet our heating and cooking needs through till October.
Today, Friday has been a day of catching up with little bits that needed doing. So Gary has had his hair cut and met up with a friend at the cricket at Headingley…until miserable weather sent him home.We have also organised an internet shopping delivery of essential items for the van for late on Saturday evening. The nearest shop to us on Arran is 7 miles and either a bike ride or a bus ride away. so we want to be well stocked up for a bit whilst we establish what our work shifts and shopping options might be.
So finally,this weekend we have just our clothes to put into the van, a few last bits and pieces, books, DVD’s and crochet stuff and then somehow manhandle our bikes up to Coney Park and onto the back of the Van so that we are ready for our Grand Depart on Tuesday morning sharp!