I’ve been sitting on the door step of our new campervan (motorhome, motorcaravan, RV – choose whichever seems most familiar to you, multi-cultural, me). This is our fourth camper and only No. 2 had a Thinking Step before. We parted with that one 3 years ago. Does that mean I haven’t had a serious think for 3 years?? That’s a worrying thought.
When you get a new camper you have to find out on your first trip what works and what doesn’t. I regret to tell you that this applies whether your camper is brand new or second-hand (pre-used, pre-loved or out of somebody’s barn covered in spiders.) Here is my report. The gas heater gives out too many fumes for my liking and the rubber weather seal has parted company with the door. Finally the hot water tank only holds 10 litres so you’d better be in favour of the Quick Shower. New slogan for environmentalists – Save Water, Get A Motorhome.
At least it works, as does the gas cooker and the gas/electric/12v fridge. Too well. I like ice-cold milk but wheaten bread full of ice crystals was something of a surprise for my greyhound, who generally adores all forms of brown bread. As for frozen melon…well, melon-flavoured ice lolly is a novelty in Ireland.
I wish you could see what I can see from my Thinking Step. I am in Tollymore Forest Park in the foothills of the Mountains of Mourne – that sweep down to the sea, right? The evening sunshine is just about warm enough to let me sit here, in a jumper of course, this is Northern Ireland in April after all, I don’t want frostbite… Most of the trees are still bare and Slieve Donard (the highest peak) still has a cap of snow. See, I told you you’d need a jumper.
Last night this park was full of tents, campervans, caravans and shrieking kids, although I was most impressed how quiet it was after ten o’clock. Now tonight at 7pm on a Sunday night there is only me and half a dozen others who don’t have to be home for work tomorrow. Been there. Done that for 40 years. So now I can sit among the trees and listen to the birds. I suppose I should wash the dishes but I think I’ll just have a cup of tea instead. There’s no rush. I’m in no hurry. I’m so lucky. And that’s my thought for today from the Thinking Step.
Best wishes to you all.
Thoughts from a campervan in the Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland.