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Fishery Creek Caravan Park, Hayling Island

The 2014 camping season has started and the weather for the school Easter holidays was looking good so we loaded up and headed south for an adventure on Hayling Island.
We had chosen Fishery Creek Caravan Park because it was a short walk from the beach and because it runs alongside Fishery Creek with its own slipway and we wanted to use our kayak.

We arrived at approximately 3pm after a very clear run from Reading and we were parked up and pitched (overlooking the creek) shortly after. The weather was gloriously sunny but quite windy, so we decided not to use our sun canopy although we did use our new wind break.
After a bite to eat we went for a walk to and along the beach at Sandy Point and watched the start of sunset before walking back and preparing for an early night.

The next morning we woke early, had a shower in the excellent site facilities, then made breakfast, washed up and unpacked our inflatable kayak.

We were waiting for some friends to arrive (guests are allowed on site if they pay a small fee at the reception) and for the tide to come in before we could use the slipway into the creek so we relaxed with a book in the sun.

Our friends arrived and eventually the tide came in enough so we made our way into the water for a paddle and swim. The creek is very shallow (and muddy) with a reasonable tidal current and after a couple of hours we were ready to get cleaned up and dried.
After another trip to the site showers we fired up the BBQ (first of many this season!) And enjoyed a cool glass of cider as a reward for our wet suited antics.

Our friends headed off early evening so we went for another walk along the beach, returning in the dark, and settled in for our second night.

The next morning breakfast was dealt with and cleaned up and we started packing everything else up ready to leave the site, but the adventure was far from over. We were packed and ready to leave the site at midday, so after an ice cream at the highly recommended ice cream shop at Sandy Point, we headed along to the other end of the Island to an almost deserted beach where we unpacked our kayak once again and took it out onto the open sea.
Although much calmer than the previous days, kayaking on the open sea is a different proposition, with waves, tides and wind to contend with. An exhilarating hour or two later and we were once again dry and packed and having a bite to eat in the local pub before heading back to Reading.

A great trip with fab weather and a good opportunity to fully test our new kayak on open water. We will definitely return!

Dub Aid 3, Charlton Park, Wiltshire



The new VW show season is upon us and locally (ish) that starts with Dub Aid near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

We arrived on site at around 7.30pm, just a few minutes after another club member (andhoops) and proceeded in convoy around the edge of the camping field – apparently too boggy to cross directly to our pitch – where we spotted the Brazilian flag and parked.With most of the country stuck in what appeared to be a never ending winter we left Reading heading West at around with some trepidation and as many warm (and waterproof) clothes as we could find. There would be no hookup at the event site so keeping warm and dry would be critical.

After a brief catchup with fellow Brazilian VW Bay members and a cuppa, we set off on foot toexplore with Wellington boots and thermal socks being put to good use. We

IMG_2722found the entertainment marquee and bar and enjoyed a few pints of mulled cider while listening to some local bands.

It had been raining consistently for most of the day, and although it was much lighter during the early evening, it became much heavier again as we settled in for the night, leaving the event organisers with some tough decisions for the morning.

Saturday morning brought us some blue skies and sun and the ground appeared to be drying out however as so much rain had fallen on Friday and during the night it would need to stay that way for the whole day to make any significant difference. The event organisers were therefore forced into the decision to close the event to day visitors and any new arrivals and hope that things might improve enough for Sunday visitors.

We sorted breakfast and spent the rest of the morning completing several laps of the show arena to look at the few trade stands that had made it in before the gates had closed and generally had a good look around, then with wise words and encouragement we helped our fellow crew members erect their sun canopy – just in time to shelter from more rain showers!


After lunch we attended the charity auction which with better weather would have been the highlight of the day, but with so few people it did well to raise approx £1,100 for Great Ormond Street Hospital – we didn’t bid on anything although we tempted by a large cake!

The skies were once again full of grey clouds so it was looking less and less likely the show would be open on the Sunday, so with a few hours to kill before the Saturday night entertainment would start and having seen everything there was to see, we made the decision to head home while it was still light and while there were still a few blades of grass for grip to get out of the field.

We packed and made our way to the edge of the field, then with a helping hand from the Brazi Bay crew, a toot and a wave and we were on our way. The journey home was no walk in the park either, rain, sleet, snow, driving rain and high winds, we saw just about everything except sun on the way back to Reading.

The event organisers had done a fab job planning and getting everything ready, only for all of their hard work to be undone by the great British weather.

Kombi Sleepover 2012, Anita’s Caravan Park

We attended the inaugural Kombi Sleepover last year and were happy to be 1 of the 13 Brazilian VW Bays to go along, however this year there was a MUCH greater buzz on the owners forum (www.brazilianvwbay.com) which itself had more than doubled in size, to the extent that we were looking at upwards of 30 Brazilian Campers attending!

Early Arrivals @ The Kombi Sleepover

We arrived on site at around 6.30pm and the organisers had already been busy setting up their event shelter and marking out ‘lanes’ to ensure everyone attending had enough space, while leaving room for other activities in the camping field that had been planned for the following day.

Within a few minutes we were pitched, leveled and plugged in with the kettle on and ready to wander round and say hello to everyone. A few more campers arrived while we were chatting and within an hour or so there were 17 Brazilian Kombis parked up – we had already beaten last years number!

Tallulah ready for viewing!

There were no fixed plans for Friday evening but we did give the local pub landlord an early Christmas present, arriving en-mass to watch the Germany/Greece game and have a few drinks.

For once the weather was playing along, so after breakfast we spent the morning tidying and preening Tallulah ready for anyone who wanted to come and take a look. There was a trophy up for grabs for “Star Kombi” voted on by everyone attending, so we then headed off to take a look at all the others.

The field is filling nicely

By 2pm there were more than 30 Kombis parked up, the field looked amazing with all the different colours, and it was time for everyone to enjoy the day with various activities:

  • Tech Workshop
  • Rounders – air-cooled vs water-cooled
  • Kombi Cooking Demo
  • VW Swap Shop and charity auction
  • Hire Company Q&A and pre-dinner drinks – (hosted by Tallulah with Brazilian cocktails!)
  • Kombi Quiz
  • Star Kombi Awards
  • 70s Disco

The day went without a hitch, the weather tried (and failed!) to dampen proceedings early evening, but the revelry continued until well past midnight. There would be some soar heads in the morning….

The campsite takes orders for fresh baked breakfast each morning, just the thing after a late night, which saved some time and allowed everyone to get packed up ready for the final activity before heading home – The Rainbow Kombi Nation photo shoot.

A few needed to leave early so we were left with 29 for the shoot and the results speak for themselves!

The Rainbow Kombi Nation

Everyone is now looking forward to next years event, think we might need a bigger field!

Fforest Fields, Powys, Wales

We were meeting some friends at Fforest Fields camp site on Friday but decided to arrive on Thursday so we could have a good look around and enjoy the wonderful Welsh countryside. All went to plan except for the weather, but wind and rain can’t stop the smiles and fun with Tallulah!!

The rolling hills of mid-Wales

After a stop-over in Cheltenham and a quick re-stock of supplies, we headed NW and crossed the border into Wales near Kington and arrived on site at around 4pm. We received a very warm welcome and were shown to an all-weather pitch – the weather was due to be soggy – with space around it where our friends could pitch their tents.

After sorting ourselves out, leveling Tallulah and plugging her in, we went for a wander in the beautiful surroundings before the wet and windy conditions arrived – expected early evening. As it happened, the rain never really came to much, but it was more than made up for by VERY strong winds. Luckily, our sun canopy had been kept tucked away in it’s bag, but we also opted to lower Tallulah’s roof in the interests of a decent nights sleep.

Feeding time

In the morning we made our normal bacon and eggs breakfast and after a quick tidy up and shower etc we set out on another exploration adventure, this time heading along a marked trail toward the all important ‘pub’. It was a around a mile away cross-country, but we were in no hurry, taking time to explore along the route.

A top-up of fluids in the pub and a chat to the landlord before heading back to the site, just in time for the first of our friends to arrive. The rest of the afternoon and evening was taken up with pitching tents, cooking a meal for 15 and preparing for the following days BIG adventure.

Saturday morning greeted us with brilliant sunshine, and just as well given what some of our friends were about to put themselves through! They were running as a 3 man team in the annual Man vs Horse race in Llanwrtyd Wells, a mere 22 miles cross-country against 300 or so other teams or runners and 50+ horses!

Man vs Horse 2012

Our team finished a very respectable 102nd in around 3 hrs 20 mins and the race was won by a horse. You might think this was to be expected, especially given the heavy going conditions, but the fastest human runner at this years event actually won outright, beating all other humans and horses back in 2004.

After a well deserved rest and some refreshments we all headed back to the site for another group camping meal and enjoyed the evening sun and a few games with the kids.

The following morning was simply a case of packing everything up and  heading out on the long, but very enjoyable drive back to Berkshire.

Tallulah enjoying the evening sun

A great few days, despite the weather, and an amazing experience to watch man and horse doing battle. A great camp site too, with lots of space and things to do as well as great facilities. There’s a better than average chance we will be back at the same time next year!