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Happy New Year… Bimbling resolutions…

Anne paddling in the sea in Dorset on New Year's Day

Anne paddling in the sea in Dorset on New Year’s Day

New year 2015 16 paella

Some lovely Spanish warmth at our New Year’s Eve party with friends… well I had to include a food picture!

After a rather grey and damp December, and a brief cold snap we find ourselves in mid-January and wondering when we could do our first Bimble of the year. Boris is having his MOT and Service as I am writing this, so fingers are firmly crossed (which makes typing tricky) that he will be back tonight fully fit and raring to go. We have the capability to camp in cold weather. The Webasto diesel heater is brilliant, and the electric blanket on the bed is even better. Chris has discovered that by using the inverter we can even use the electric blanket to prewarm the bed when we are not on electric hookup, so long as the batteries are well charged up. It has a negligible effect on the charge. We had drained down and cleaned all the tanks in November, and we always bring all the linen and soft furnishings indoors in case of damp, but it has not been a problem so far. So, we are now thinking of restocking the food cupboard, fitting up the bed and trying a short Bimble next week.

We will also review all our memberships and guides. Our top 3 were:

Britstops – we found the Britstops guide really useful last year. It costs just £25 and provided us with lots of free, and very welcoming stopovers in the UK, so we will renew our membership because it seems only fair to recompense the creators for all their hard work.

All the Aires – this series of books are great if you are travelling in Europe and help keep costs down dramatically. 

Camping and Caravanning Club – we have recouped our membership fees by using their discount on cross channel ferries, and making use of the certificated sites. The discounts on club sites also mean we can have one night with lovely showers and washing machines for a very reasonable rate, in the midst of all our free and budget nights. 

So…what are our Bimbling resolutions…. 1. To do at least one Bimble – however short – in every month of 2016! 2. To visit at least 3 new countries or off shore locations this year! 3. To work out how this blog can be better organised to provide a list of resources for readers! Happy New Year everyone x



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