Happy New Year

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Well, all around the world people have been celebrating the dawn of another year, many of you got there before us! But that doesn't stop us saying...Happy New Year everyone! May you all have a healthy and exciting 2008, filled with laughter and smiles.
We began New Year's Eve with more of that maintenance stuff, we had decided to wash and wax Bree, it was a beautiful day warm and sunny, with hardly any wind for once! Heaven forbid that we should just laze around and enjoy it!
 Now, we've shown you how we've washed him before - in one of those oversized car washes, but this time it was more leisurely with the hose and a sponge! I say leisurely because it seems to be the way to make new friends, it took Malc nearly all day on Saturday to wax Toad as people stopped to chat. This time we had many 'orders' to do other rigs as our neighbours stood and watched. Though we decided quite early on it's not something we would want to do for a living, even if you can charge about $300! With teamwork, Malc putting on and me polishing, we managed to do all of his bottom third, his front and half the back. (Bree not Malc's that is!) He's somewhat larger than a car! (Bree not Malc that is!) It's very disheartening when you can still see more to do than you have already done, despite the fact that you seem to have been working at it for ever. Since both of us are prone to stiff necks we began to wonder if we would be able to move today. But having strolled over to 'test' the hot tub I knew it was the treat we needed to keep those old muscles from seizing up. Whilst soaking in the very hot bubbles, we chatted to a chap who had arrived at the park only a few hours before. No he wasn't a full timer, but since he was going to be away from his 360 acres at home in Iowa for a couple of months, he'd sold off some 'possessions' two of his tractors (he was a collector and proudly reeled off the specs of some of his prized 'veeehicles', though unfortunately this failed to impress us!) he had parted with 64 guns... you get the picture I'm sure.
Anyway when we were suitably soaked and lobster looking we returned to Bree, who disappointingly looked much the same as he did before we started. Then with perfect timing we spoke to home on the stroke of midnight in the UK. Still somewhat lobster coloured, we went to join the other 200 or so happy campers in the rec hall. The tables had been set in silver & black, hats, streamers and various noisy things lay waiting to be brought to life. The buffet done and the group, Country & Western of course, had already begun to play. 

Having a good time is all about the company you share and we were fortunate enough to spend our evening with a great group of people on our table. Gwen who after 20 odd yrs in the air force now drives a school bus at home in Ohio. She travels, driving her 5th wheel and is here til the spring. Heidi & Gunther, on their first RV adventure, having driven down from Toronto, this was only their third rv site. Here we were a mixed bunch with travelling our common denominator; some I know will become 'real new friends'. Midnight brought the champagne and the usual euphoria; the band managed a single chorus of Auld Lang Syne. Not quite like home, but a good time nonetheless.

Today we made the usual New Years Day pilgrimage to the beach... 

  Hello 2008.
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