"M" is working today, back just after lunch time. The weather after being dry all week has changed for the worse, rain forecast all day and the same for tomorrow! How boring is that, but as we do not dissolve once wet, we may still go for a walk later on today once we have done the chores of a quick trip to the launderette.
Friday morning had me driving the bus through Salisbury and just as we were approaching Ringwood, a rock flew up from a passing lorry and smashed into the windscreen. Thankfully I was slowing down at the time as I was just about to pull over so only doing around 25mph. I dread to think what would of happened if I was doing 50mph.
The central white bit is the size of a grapefruit with the cracks radiating out around 2 to 3 feet.
It made me jump when it hit, even though I saw it coming!
So that really put paid to our driving for the day, as it was unsafe to carry on in this coach, we limped back to Salisbury where it took us a bit of time to find a replacement coach. We ended up with a rather rough old dog, which I actually enjoyed driving, the gear box was like stirring a bucket of wall paper paste, but at least it had a bit of get up and go when you put your foot down.
I've got my test again next week, fingers crossed once more!
I'm sure you will of all seen and heard about the tragic coach crash with the Belgian kids on board. I know that this easily makes the news, and rightly so, but to then suggest that coach travel is unsafe and that parents are thinking about not letting their kids travel on a coach is a bit much in my opinion.
I wonder how many are seriously injured or die when taken to school in their parents cars everyday across the whole of Europe. I expect that those stats are a little higher than the coach crashes you tend to hear about. But, of course that doesn't make a good news story for prime time TV!
I've been in touch with a few people recently which is always great, I hope all your plans for full timing are shaping up and for those that have just started are enjoying the experience so far.
Don't forget that we are happy to answer any questions you may have on what we do and how we do it. No matter how daft you think your question is, just ask.
It's strange to think that we have been full timing for a year and a half now! Where does the time go? We have done a lot over this time and learnt an awful lot about how simple and easy it is to live like we are. It really isn't difficult at all. So for any of you thinking about it, stop thinking and start doing!