So Earl has been to the plastic surgeons, and thanks to the guys at Skyline Roofs, he is now in possession of a rather good looking colour coded pop top roof, complete with roof bed, roof bars and a 160W solar panel. The fit and finish is superb and the we are so impressed with the product.
Now to take advantage of it, cue a road trip down the M3 and heading for Swanage. As is the case in the UK for this time of year, a lot of campsites don’t take bookings or won’t take anything less than 3 nights, bit of a pain when you only have a weekend free.
Not so the new people at Harman Cross Campsite, a quick phonemail and it was a case of “We’ll fit you in”. There wasn’t much need for ‘fitting’, their rules, camp where you like, don’t infringe on others and sit back and relax and listen to sound of steam! Did I mention they have their own station complete with a steam train running between Swanage and Wareham, what more could you ask for.
I could have asked for a few less downpours, as it was they were full on tropical deluges, but sanctuary was found in ‘The Cabin’ a beach bar at the Northern end of the bay, prosecco, cider or hot chocolate the choice is yours.
Back to the campsite by train (diesel not steam at this time) and the wood burning stove made an appearance again as did the Gin & Tonic and that was us for the night, with the roof up I can stand up, it feels more airy and the solar panel had spent all day charging the leisure battery to power the fridge.
With the sun burning down on Sunday morning and following the obligatory sausage bap, we parked up at Studland bay, it was busy, not Costa del Sol busy, but pretty packed, walking the length of the beach, our bible was brought to an abrupt halt at the sign stating “Beware Naturist beyond this point”, and yes they were, standing, strolling and and generally letting it all hang out. About turn and head back down the beach and thats where we stayed for the rest of the day.
The only downside, the three and half hours to get the 85 miles home.
Next stop Derbyshire with a meet up with Eugene the motor home.