We have had a couple of days in Wildhill now, settling into the early morning walks up to Essendon winding back through the hills and dales. Followed by a wonderful breakfast looking over the garden. The rest of the each day has been getting the Hymer ready for the season and a long drive. During the past few months I made a few purchases, having things delivered to Wildhill. We have added LED lighting to some of the fittings as well as a reversing camera compatible to our Garmin GPS monitor. We have also replaced all the small plastic fittings that hold the doors and hatches in place. Most of these were showing their age from the sun and weather. The most complex installation was fitting an external fill point for the LPG system. We did have a couple of refusals to fill our Gasit LPG system in France last year as it required the hatch door to be opened during filling. Anyway with the fitting of an external fill point that issue is negated. I will add some more detail to the ‘Our Hymer’ page in due course.
Then came the big clean up. Nine months of dust and some Spanish grime left from 2014. Nothing a few hours or so of vacuuming and spray n wipe could fix.
We try and catch a day in London before and after our European wandering, so today it’s the Imperial War Museum. We organised ourselves Oyster Cards a couple of years ago (the British version of the Opal card) and just top them up each year as needed. There is no seniors gold opal card here and we are always a bit shocked by the public transport costs. Our fares to Kings Cross return are £18 with another £6 on the tube. However the system is excellent and we arrive at Elephant and Castle Station 35 minutes after departing Potters Bar.
These are the centenary years of the Great War and a special gallery on its history was most impressive. Lots of short movies and pictures all very interactive. Lots of memorabilia of life in the trenches. However is was difficult to take any photos due to the lighting and the number of people moving about.
After a coffee its time to head off in search of lunch. We catch the tube back to London Bridge and walk down through Borough Markets. It’s packed with wonderful looking food stalls and lots of people, we try to get a table but the lines are long and it’s standing room only. So we make our way down to a pub on the Thames for fish n chips and sit for an hour watching the world go by.
We make our way over the Thames to Monument Station, back to Kings Cross. Then the express back to Wildhill.
Anyway sadly our time in Wildhill is over for now and we are off to Dover and the ferry. Be safe.
Michael and Pam