A great deal has occurred since our last instalment and we now seem to be hurtling towards our departure date! The local real estate agent organised our first home open last Saturday for fifteen minutes and as a result we had tenants signed up for twelve months by Monday morning! As mentioned in our last post we were expecting to have a stressful wait of 5 – 6 weeks given the slow Perth rental market.
Linda has finally been given a work finish date from the bank of the 12th of March and although sad to be leaving her work colleagues will be extremely glad to start her retirement and commence our adventure. Subsequently, we have booked our flights and leave Perth early on the 15th of March. We loved London during our one and only previous trip so have decided to book accommodation in Paddington for three nights. While in London we hope to catch the ferry down to Greenwich and organise a trip on the new Emirates cable car across the Thames to Docklands and back. We definitely want to visit Westminster Abby again and Linda is keen to do a day trip to the Warner Bros Harry Potter studios (I probably should admit to having some interest also!) We will catch the train up to Banbury and stay at Broughton farm for two nights which will allow us make the purchases required to make the van liveable.
Lewis from Elite motorhomes will introduce us to our new home and hopefully ensure we understand how to manage all of its requirements. I have recently discovered the ‘Motorhome365’ forum and requested some information relating to solar panels and camping clubs. In response I received 35 pieces of useful advice and over 350 views! It is reassuring that, given our very limited motorhome knowledge there are many like minded people genuinely willing to help.
Something we are having difficulty coming to terms with is the fact that when we leave Banbury we have no set destination or time frame! I imagine the weather will dictate our travels to a certain extent? Our very loose travel plan is to explore Oxfordshire and head towards the Cotswolds. Coincidently, my lovely cousin Joanna and her husband Paul from Harrogate will be in the Cotswold area at about the same time. We have only met them both once when they visited Perth last year and we hope to catch up at a pub somewhere for a meal? We will take our time heading down through Bath to the southern coast slowly making our way towards the ferry at Dover. While in Portsmouth we have organised to have the two 120w solar panels installed and visit the Mary Rose. We both greatly enjoy walking and I am sure we will find some great coastal trails along our route?
Less than four weeks to go 😄😄😄😄