What an eventful couple of days we have had. Leaving the cat, picking up the caravan, towing the caravan in very windy conditions (for the first time), parking the caravan in muddy and wet conditions and finally setting up the caravan in almost divorced conditions!

However here we are, trying to figure out how to work water pumps, casettes toilets, awning, heating controls and stroppy 8 year olds, all at once.

The first day really was a huge challenge, but thankfully our friends at Quex came down to celebrate the beginning of our trip and we managed to squeeze 6 adults and 5 children into the van, along with 4 bottles of fizz and plenty of fun. Thanks Tim for helping Al put up the awning in horrible weather. If it stays standing in these gales tonight I will be even more impressed.

By today what a difference. The sun was shining as we opened the blinds, after a very cosy night. I managed to shower in the heated shower block, whilst listening to my most hated musicians being piped in, Simply Red, almost like sharing a shower with Mick Hucknall himself, eugh! All this whilst trying to wash and keep my hand, head, elbow on the button that turned the water control on and off, very annoying.

Later we had a lovely, yet somewhat breezy walk along the seafront and caught up with plenty of news.

We have now figured out the water, the awning, the water pump, however the heating and the 8 year old still elude us! Maybe by September...

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