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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 15/11/2014 at 8:33am
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Calling Basichendo, repeat, calling Basichendo...

I notice in earlier comments, you mentioned marking your bags with a marker pen, so you know which component is in each bag. Seems more than a good idea to me... but Muckerette has a little doubt behind that beautiful forehead of hers...

Did you use a normal marker, or a permanent marker?
Have you put wet items back in any bags (to transport home before drying, of course), or indeed got any bags wet/damp?
And the main question to which this whole post has been leading to... Have you seen any signs of said marker ink running, or God forbid, transferring from storage bag to canvas, be it tent, awning, or any other component?

Obviously, the same query goes to others, if they too used a marker pen for their bags... but no guessing... I want facts!!

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(Hopefully) Countdown to our first Karsten Kamp... 6 days and counting!
(But would love to get the opportunity for a few more inflations first, as it was still a bit twisty/saggy at the end of our one and only test pitch... Would only be 90% confident all will go well, without another practice to get the tent to "find its own shape"!!)!



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Message posted by loobyloos on 15/11/2014 at 8:44am
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You could always try name tapes that they use for school uniforms.

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 15/11/2014 at 8:54am
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Ordered A new bulb last night.
Not cheap, and maybe a bit gimmicky, but I'm hopeful it will compliment my newly purchased (and as yet unused) centrally positioned Outwell Castor lamp.
The bulb itself is remote controlled, dimmable, warm and cool whites, and will hopefully prove sufficient for all needs, from "slipping into something more comfortable" to reading War and Peace on those long dark winter's eve's! (12W = 100W in old money, apparently?)
There are similar available all over The Bay, including many multicoloured options, with disco mode(!!!) for much less (under a tenner), but I fancied backing Britain on this occasion!


I'll report back here first, on whether it's any good or not, and if it is, I'll give you all a chance to get ahead of the rush, before I let the lesser members know on the general forum!





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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 15/11/2014 at 8:55am
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Quote: Originally posted by loobyloos on 15/11/2014
You could always try name tapes that they use for school uniforms.



You mean "She could always use...."



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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

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Message posted by Basichendo on 15/11/2014 at 3:50pm
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I used a Sharpey waterproof marker.

I only wrote on the tops of the bags (the bits that end up like the end of a cracker).

I wrote things like 350 EA, 300 CA etc

On the little bags I wrote 350 LONG for the lines etc.

Make sense? Yes they've been wet, no they haven't run... But due to where I wrote on them they're not close to canvas anyway.

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 15/11/2014 at 6:18pm
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Cheers Basi.

I really must take a look at these 'ere Sharpies, as I've heard of them but never had the need to try them out? I presume they are better than "Permanent markers"? (which we already have).

Good idea to split and mark all the guys too. Need to sort out separate bags for each size... mine are currently all bagged together, and although they are bundled in sets of each size, it's still a little difficult trying to differentiate which are which!

Thanks again.

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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 19/11/2014 at 1:47pm
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Just booked a pitch half way between T' Leeds and T' Arrogate for this Friday, for two nights.
A bit nervous, in all honesty, as I've only had that one practice pitch, where the pod didn't exactly "find it's own shape", so I may have to pump it up and let it down again two or three times, before I have the confidence to guy it out and furnish it!
It's also forecast rain from 6pm Friday to noon on Saturday... and I haven't weathered it either!
I'm sure I've read more than once that some, if not most, of you have had no water in whatsoever, even when first weathering it, so all I can do is take the risk, and hope for the best!

Planning on everything in the pod, with an empty CA (No groundsheet) and FFW for a porch. There'll be no outside kitchen/dining area, and will rely on just a leccy kettle and a shiny new sandwich toaster (that does excellent omelettes too!!) for eating in.
Just hope we have space for the loungy chairs, once the two campbeds (No climbing over!!) , table and food cupboard is in there, otherwise we'll be sitting on the beds... and this whole plan would have gone to pot! I hope to God my scaled Excel sheet diagrams are somewhere near!!

I can already envisage me perched on a stool inside the CA at 6:30am on Saturday, wifey still in her pit, the smell of coffee in one nostril, wet grass in another, and real canvas in the other!!

Think I'll go for just one narrow door open, watching the rain bounce back up off the lush green grass outside, but sheltered enough to keep myself nice and dry... or shall I keep the doors shut, and open up the two large front door windows? Decisions, decisions!

Wish me luck, folks... and I'll bring some pics back, of course!


Countdown to our first Karsten Kamp... 2 days and counting!


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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 19/11/2014 at 9:17pm
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Just going back to that earlier brief discussion re the curved awning poles being spiked through eyelets in a tab at ground level...
Just noticed From 8:17 of this vid a caption states "flapje is vervallen, gebruik nu de bijgeleverde grondplaten. Zie schriftelijke handleiding 5.4".

Google translate has that down as "flap has expired, now using the supplied brackets. See written manual 5.4"

Item 5.4 in the manual that came with my new tent includes "...the tip of the stick in a metal ground plate. Possibly you can use the included pegs for securing*"
"*This step has changed since the adjustment of the awning".

So, in essence... I do believe, between us, we guessed right!

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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

Message posted by PlanetWilson on 19/11/2014 at 9:18pm
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Where is the site Mucker? I'm from Harrogate I might know it...

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Good luck Mucker, hope the first proper camp goes well.

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Thanks DK. :-)

PW, it's Glenfield Caravan Park, at Bardsey.
Looks more aimed at 'vans, of course, but they do accept tents... on grass, thankfully, and seems to have quality ablutions block which is also heated. Not to be sniffed at at this time of year!

Not been to Harrogate for many years, and besides, there's not an abundance of sites offering all these positives, within a couple of hours of Down Town Derby, once October is out of the way!

Even my beloved Beech Croft Farm puts tent's on hardstanding at this time of year (Tent field gets closed in winter, to protect the grass) which in fairness, we have quite enjoyed in the past... but after Basichendo's unfortunate experience, I'm determined to stay on grass from here on in!!


Oh... Muckerette came home this evening with the unfortunate news that her boss has begged and pleaded with her to change next weeks shifts... as a "really big favour"... so instead of being back at work on Monday, she's now won't be due back until Tuesday.
As I can pretty much come and go as I please, the first job on arrival Friday lunchtime is to request an extension of our booking from two nights to three!! Woohoo

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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 19/11/2014

I can already envisage me perched on a stool inside the CA at 6:30am on Saturday, wifey still in her pit, the smell of coffee in one nostril, wet grass in another, and real canvas in the other!!




Dude, how many nostrils do you have...?

Enjoy!

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I hope you have a wonderful time and that your Karsten is everything you hoped. We need lots of pictures

Once I have paid for three piece suite reupholstery, new front door including frame which has two windows, new carpet landing, stairs, hall, living room and dning room I may be able to start saving for my Karsten. Personally I would buy the Karsten first but don't think I can get that past hubby

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For a moment there, Basi, I had the horrifying thought that nobody was actually reading my posts!! Thankyou... and well done on passing the test!



Purple, I suspect I'll have to go above and beyond, looking at the forecast, but pics you shall have... but be warned, they may be a tad shaky, as one hand will be permanently holding up a brolly, by the looks of it!


I strongly suspect at this stage, that this will be the last trip of the year, as December is looking a bit busy to say the least. If that's the case, we will end up camping 2 nights less than we managed last year... which pains me immensely, tbh!

Still, chins up (yes, Basi, I do have more than one!)... the numbers may be down, but from here on in, the quality should be increased!   






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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 23 nights

Message posted by CrankyMammy on 20/11/2014 at 10:54pm
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Hi Mucker
Have a fantastic break, hope that the weather is kind and your beams take shape,
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My brain is completely addled at the moment - just too much of too much.
I cannot remember who gave me the link to CPC for electrical goods but I want to say a very big thank you for sharing it.

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I have bought so many bits from them; ranging from ceiling roses to a wedding present. (My friend loves penguins and I got her an led one, I just did not want to give only vouchers, which was the only thing on their wedding list.)
Kids have picked out what they want from the catalogue but I don't fancy their chances of getting a ride on battery car, guitar and amp and new telly!
Delivery is super fast, last order arrived the morning after and I had placed the order late at night.
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