Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Different Location...

Monday morning saw us pack up camp and move a few miles north west to a different location.....


Arriving at our new Location
The site that we are now pitched on is a new site...It is only in it's second season and all the reports that I have read about it have been five star so I thought that a visit would be worthwhile.....

Everything about the site looks, as you would expect, brand new.... 
The gravel road around the site looks almost white it is so new.....  
All the shrubs, that will eventually form dividing hedges between each of the various pitches, are still in their early development......
The shower block and all the other facilities really are quite stunning...
Our new pitch...
When we arrived it was a bit windy....we positioned Eva on the pitch and then had something to eat, hoping that the wind would die down a bit before we attempted to erect the awning.

Ahh.... the awning!!
It's great once it is up as it doubles our living space.... It is almost like having a nice conservatory, but putting it up needs a degree in tent and marquee erection.... 
Well not quite, but you get the idea.

I have been around tents all my life....I've put up tents on mountains in storms and gales and all forms of bad weather including snow and torrential rain, but the awning.....that thing is in a different league...

It's not so bad in calm conditions , although all the sections of poles is a bit like a complicated puzzle... a Rubik cube of a nightmare....
I have colour coded the poles with tape and that has made things a bit easier.... 
But....if it is windy!! Well you might as well forget trying.

Anyway...after we had lunch the wind was still blowing strongly....
Like lambs to the slaughter Anne and I still attempted to put the darned thing up.....

It took ages.... I do mean ages!!
Even though this was the third time we had erected it, it took us the longest time yet... I don't dare tell you exactly how long it actually took..I would be too ashamed, but just let me say I was exhausted by the end of it......

However...... it was really worth the effort as the view from our awning shows... We have a great view looking out over the carp filled lake.

One thing I have decided though... 
If the wind is blowing next time, we will not even attempt to try and put the awning up...we will wait until the wind dies down even if we have to wait a day or two.



The Sparkling New Toilet/Shower Block

Worth the effort or not?  The view from our awning. 

4 comments:

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Trevor,
It appears, your efforts to hoist the awning, while difficult, paid off. You got more room and a lovely view. Someday, I would love to hear about where all you have pitched your tent(s).
Take care and have a lot of fun!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Trevor Woodford said...

*Chandra Eswaran*
Yes it was well worth the effort even though the wind made it difficult.
Atlas mountains...Scotland.... Nepal- Himalaya to name just three areas of successful tent erection :-) My thoughts have been on the last area a lot over the past few days following the terrible earthquake....

Steve A said...

Worse yet, an awning in wind gives a good imitation of a broadsail, and might rip itself apart. Your new policy seems at least prudent.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Steve A*
True Steve....Erecting and dismantling are the danger times...
It is surprising how strong a properly erected awning can be if it is properly erected although there is a limit of course....