So – what’s been happening ? …. sadly not much !

Eventually an update !

This year so far has not seen us use Zygie much.  Problems with the repair garage, which incidentally have not been fully resolved, and some major family health issues ,which are still ongoing and will be for some time, has seen him mostly square wheeled inside at the farm. Even The Boys have not gone unscathed with Whiskey having a costly operation on his leg (thank goodness for Pet Plan) which meant numerous visits to the specialist vets, Southern Counties Vets in Ringwood. Continue reading


Great Customer Service – I think not!

Customer Service

So Tuesday 27th March came and I got the train to the garage in Portsmouth to pick up Zygie – all seemed ok to go – they said they had checked everything and it all worked. So come Thursday and thought I would put rear bed down, guess what, yes, not working. Thought I would just check out water boiler and heater, guess what not working!  Fully trained workshop oh yeh…..

Thats a whole holiday w/e away knackered………

Kaz in touch with the garage on Tuesday!

Pick up day at last!

Pick Up Day – Monday 22 Jan 2018

At long last today has arrived for Zygie to go off to the Southdowns Motorhome Centre in Portsmouth to have its rear end sorted.  As soon as we got to the farm I got Zygie out into the open for the first time in weeks.  Although the sun was shining the farm yard was really wet and muddy but The Boys and I trundled off for a walk.

The drivers, Chris and Levi, (Little and Large) arrived just as we got back.  Anticipating the wet day they had come prepared with paper mats for the foot well. 

With their trade plates fitted and with a final check inside they were off.


Lets hope normal travelling service will be resumed soon – probably in 4 weeks so watch this space!


Zygie Update

November – Zygie Update

Nearly 3 months have passed since I last added to our summer blog! Since our return I have managed to sort out the repairs to Zygie.  Well actually there has been lots of correspondence between Allianz (our insurers), the repair garage (Southdown Motorhome Centre, Portsmouth) and us.  After a visit to the garage who checked over the body of Zygie they then had to collate the parts required and the prices from Burstner Repair Centre in Germany.  This took over a month to complete and then sent off to the insurers who then had to send an assessor, another month!  He actually agreed to the £11,500 bill.  So we are now waiting for the garage to obtain the parts which will be another month or so.  They require Zygie for a month so it will be the New Year before we are all up and running again!!!!  So at the moment Zygie is quietly waiting at the farm and is on SORN.  I am in the mean time making and fitting various bits and pieces to the interior. repairs and .  What can I say but “Its a pain”…….

The Boys above helping to empty Zygie ready for the Off Day to the garage.


French Holiday 2017 – Week Four


Week 4   Monday 14 August – Monday 21 August

Monday – farm – Domaine de la Fuie – Vendeuvre du Poitou 86380  GPS : N46.71140 E0.28472

Today was rather a flat boring drive, although nicely sunny, following the D950 for most of the way.  We now know that Kaz had used up all our French allowed internet while working on school stuff.  Neither of us realised that she had been live streaming whilst working.  So nil wi-fi but thank you McDonald’s! who saved the day.  Having parked up next to a McD we were able to download (upload? 625MgB) my photos to the cloud and thus free up my phone to take more.

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French Holiday 2017 – Week Three

Week 3  Monday 7 August  – Sunday 13 August

Monday – Vineyard – Le Maine Giraud – Champagne Vigny 16250 (GPS : N45.49654  E0.02905)

After leaving the campsite at Confolens we had to drive around the town as the main road through it had just closed due to the music festival taking place.          

Just had to include these before moving on today. On the left are some mushroomy things that popped up overnight.  On the right is a couple that arrived and over two hours managed to erect this, was very entertaining.

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French Holidays 2017 – Week Two

Week 2 Monday 31 July – Sunday 6 August

Monday – Duck Farm – Canards Gras du Cebron (79600) – Champeau – (GPS:N46.80319 W0.18513)

On our way to our nights stop we talked about how many ducks there might be, would it be noisy or smelly, what could we buy etc.  However when we got here it was a bit of an under statement as the place was out in the middle of no where and only a unit.  Parked up on the forecourt there were no ducks to look at or watch and just the road mender for company – they left at 4pm but were back at 7.30am!

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French Holiday 2017 – Week One

Week 1   Monday 24 July – Sunday 30 July

After our disastrous encounter on the motorway with the Polish French vehicle combination we were really pleased to arrive here for our first night.  What then follows are photos of our first week of stopovers in France.

Monday – Pub – The Flying Horse Inn – Ashford – (BS 147)  (location)

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All in a dogs day and week!

Weeks 1 and 2

I am not used to putting paw to keyboard so the following is assisted more ably by T for the story so far……

Whisky and I are not used to keeping a diary or needing to know the days of the week.  Time is governed by eating, sleeping and walks.

Both of us love Zygie, our travelling home. T has had us both up at the farm, where Z is kept, lots of times over the last month or so doing his “thing.  Z has now got new rearranged shelves and wardrobes, a router for the wifi has been fitted, well loads of little techie things that are far too much for me to get my brain cell around.  Anyway every time we went up there we both had a long walk so that was really what we wanted. Continue reading

Ooops – what a way to start a holiday!

Monday 24 July 2017  M26  – Tuesday 25 July Vimoutiers France

Ok so I barked, once and loudly.  Well so would you if a few maps of France had fallen onto your nose.  I had been having a quiet doze next to my brother, Brandy, when it all kicked off.  The lolling motion of Zygie, the family motorhome, seemed to have stopped quickly followed by a loud bang from behind and the floor jumped upwards underneath me.  I saw T jump out with his phone in hand and putting on a bright yellow jacket thing.  K swore and then turned round to calm us both down.  Both, I should say just me.  My brother still dozing in shock with glazed eyes had not moved. Gosh I wish I knew what he was on cos it seems great but he keeps his supplier a secret!. Continue reading