The Manchester Show.

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The show is in full swing!

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

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A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you!

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One of the high spots of the year was a leisurely trundle through the Alps between Lindau on Lake Constance and Salzburg, Austria.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Brighton CAMC site – open all year.

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Spent some time this week at one of my favourite sites. With the Brighton Marina a leisurely 15 minute stroll away and Uber on hand for a trip into Brighton itself, it is hard not to like.

The wonderful weather accompanied me from Crystal Palace and I was able to see the two Airstreams which now join some of the other alternative accommodation available on site – with more types to follow on areas of the site not suited to caravans and motorhome pitches.

There’s a lot of talk at this time of year about winter storage and how to prepare for winter and come through it unscathed without any frozen pipes or frost damaged equipment. It’s an important subject if you are to avoid an unpleasant and unwelcome bill next spring when you start touring again. For my part, my motorhome is in use throughout the winter so I just keep it ticking over on the days it and I are languishing at home. It is on permanent Red Alert to depart at a moment’s notice.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

An oasis that is Crystal Palace CAMC site.

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Stayed this week at Crystal Palace which remains a hugely popular site because you can get into central London so easily and it is a really pleasant site to stay at anyway. It is in the Low Emission Zone so you need to make sure your vehicle does not attract a charge but, that apart, it is a great spot and so very quiet.

I also met wardens @walterswardens which was a great pleasure. They are doing a tour of duty at Crystal Palace and as I follow them on twitter it was good to meet them in person. I have now met @andrewjditton @TheTrudgians and of course @DebLudford so my list of faces matching a twitter handle is growing.

The site – as is well known – is one of the CAMC leased sites and as is equally well known the owners are anxious to develop their whole Crystal Palace property portfolio. The Club has already received a couple of extensions to its lease but the day will come when it finally has to close and I would urge you to visit as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! The Club has over fifty five sites this year open all year and Crystal Palace is one of them.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

The Race To Retirement

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Sightseeing in Auckland

Enjoying life while we can

Here we are snuggled up inside a sleeping bag made for two in a rental campervan of similar size to that of an under stairs cupboard in a standard detached house back in Blighty. Above us is not much more in the way of headroom than an extended arm’s length, before we can reach a very clever wooden pull-out bed base which provides a useful 3rd sleeping space for our adult son, who has joined us for a weekend getaway in The Wairarapa wine region in the South of New Zealand’s North Island.

Feeling blessed with the fact that our adult children still don’t mind tagging along with their middle aged parents and even more so when it involves sharing such a small but well organised space together, really then got us thinking as to why do we actually need much more room than this…

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The New Forest, Black Knowl and Beaulieu.

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A delightful stay in The New Forest this week at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Black Knowl site near Brockenhurst; as you can see, the autumn colours are now well advanced.

A visit to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and a glimpse of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the soon to be opened 50 years Celebration Exhibit. Ian Fleming will always be remembered for James Bond but he wrote the story for his son Caspar with Roald Dahl – and the film’s director Ken Hughes authoring the screenplay. (Blogger David Bird kindly sent me a photo of Chitty towing a caravan so the car is even more famous than you might think!)

A lovely week indeed!

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews