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Quote: Originally posted by Simon 1011 on 23/2/2018



The sandpit is still there and you are more than welcome to play in it

ps new book 'A Campsite in France (better than it was before) is available from 1st March





My wife is eagerly awaiting your latest instalment as she has really enjoyed your previous books. Keep up the good work.

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Quote: Originally posted by blueexpo97 on 26/2/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Simon 1011 on 23/2/2018



The sandpit is still there and you are more than welcome to play in it

ps new book 'A Campsite in France (better than it was before) is available from 1st March





My wife is eagerly awaiting your latest instalment as she has really enjoyed your previous books. Keep up the good work.



Well thank your wife for buying my books, the new one is available on the 1st of March


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Quote: Originally posted by blueexpo97 on 26/2/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Simon 1011 on 23/2/2018



The sandpit is still there and you are more than welcome to play in it

ps new book 'A Campsite in France (better than it was before) is available from 1st March




I thought that I would try and brighten the day up, especially if you are at present in the process of becoming snowed in
Just as one enters the campsite there is a large grassy car park to your right and most people would naturally park there and then go and register in the reception building. No problem with that other than the fact that the car park was the only area on the campsite that could not be seen from anywhere else on the place. This of course would either result in people wandering about looking for campsite staff and generally not really getting a good first impression of the place. The Dutchies’ answer to this problem was quite ingenious, one or the other of them (and occasionally both of them) would have to sit in the bar area all day long in order to be able to spot new arrivals. I would be free to do lots of hard work about the campsite but the Dutchies could look suitably exhausted at the end of the day and say, ‘I don’t know what you have managed to do today Simon but we have booked ten pitches out.’ This would be followed by exaggerated yawning and stretching and the statement, ‘We are going for coffee now.’
My cunning solution to this problem, a problem for me but very definitely not for the Dutchies, was to signpost the new arrivals to park further up the campsite in plain view from most areas, this way they could be more efficiently and speedily greeted and registered, thus allowing them to get on with the business of settling into their chosen pitch. If I could prise Elisabeth from her chair in the bar this would allow her to be employed elsewhere.
I had a couple of pieces of white board that could be used for the new signs, all I would have to do was place masking tape, in the shape of a large ‘P’, paint the whole thing blue, peel the tape off and hey presto, the universally recognised parking sign. The only slight problem is that I am totally useless at making a neat job of the letter ‘P’ (or any other letter come to think of it). Elisabeth however is very clever at this sort of thing so I made a rough letter ‘P’ in masking tape and trotted off to find the good lady.
Finding her in the bar, comfortably ensconced with a Dutch language crossword puzzle, I explained that I would like her to neatly cut around the masking tape to make the letter ‘P’, after which I could paint it blue.
‘Would it not be better if I made the letter out of black vinyl?’
‘Well I have already stuck the masking tape on so that would be a bit pointless,’ I replied, once again falling into a cunning Dutchie trap.
‘No, as usual you misunderstand me,’ came her slightly annoyed response, ‘I mean I will make the letter out of vinyl and we can have a black ‘P’ on a white background.’
‘But parking signs are always a white letter on a blue background, why confuse people with a different type of sign?’
‘Ach’ she growled, It is only the English who would be confused, all the Dutch people would be able to work it out.’
As usual when trying to reason with Elisabeth I soon started to lose the will to live. ‘For goodness sake (or words to that effect) make a black P on a white background if it makes you happy.’
‘OK, I will cut the masking tape to shape and you can then paint the sign blue.’
Why does she endlessly argue and then, when I am a gibbering wreck, do exactly as I had asked in the first place?






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She obviously enjoys it, and it brightens up her day to see you in complete and utter frustration.

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Quote: Originally posted by blueexpo97 on 26/2/2018
She obviously enjoys it, and it brightens up her day to see you in complete and utter frustration.



Well I think the following sums up exactly that which you have noticed in the above comment

One of the great joys of employing or even working with people of different nationalities is the general cock-ups and misunderstandings that can occur. When I first came to the campsite as the propriétaire nouveau, I arranged to meet Bill and Elisabeth at ‘half eight’ the next morning. At the time I was slightly surprised to see them exchange a look of horror, I just wondered what time they had been accustomed to arising of a morning.
The next day I was outside their chalet at exactly 8.25am, setting a good example to the staff, don’t you know? Well the Dutchies had beaten me to it, ‘where have you been? We have been waiting for an hour for you to appear.’
‘What do mean? It is exactly half past eight.’ I was puzzled.
‘Yes,’ Elisabeth smiled at me in a pitying sort of way, ‘it is half past eight, but you said half eight was the time that we would be meeting.’
By now I was wondering if somebody had slipped some magic mushrooms into my cornflakes as this conversation was becoming increasingly surreal.
The Dutchies loved this. I knew I was being set up but for the life of me I could not see how, so I just went along with it. ‘Ok then, what is the difference between half eight and half past eight?’
‘Sixty minutes.’       
‘An hour is sixty minutes so why is there an hour, or sixty minutes between half eight and half past eight.’ I was beginning to lose the will to live.
The two Dutchies could hardly contain their glee, Elisabeth continued, ‘half eight is half of eight, so what is that?’    
‘Er 4?’ I just love being made to look stupid.
‘No,’ said Elisabeth in her best schoolmarmish tone, ‘it is half past seven, every Dutch person knows that.’
Call me an intolerant xenophobic Brit if you want but as far as I was concerned that was just double Dutch.
This was just the first of many misunderstandings sent to brighten my days.


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Same in Lithuania. A direct translation of half eight is their half to eight. Our half seven.

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Son's German girlfriend uses a similar clock!

... She also says "Five and Twenty past"... just like my mother's mother used to say!!



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2016: 32 nights/8 camps
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2013: 36 nights
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Quote: Originally posted by Simon 1011 on 21/2/2018
I was not trying to deceive anybody , I merely set the scene by referring to the initial finding of the campsite in what I mistakenly thought was an entertaining and possibly interesting manner. I am very sorry if I upset you in anyway, would it be more to your taste if I posted a wiring diagram for the site



Many site owners have used this forum over the years, from: Scarborough, North Wales, Brecon Beacons and so on. The one who owns the Wrexham site was on the forum continually, going on about his site. Some people have short memory or they were not not members at that time
I've just checked, keyboard warrior has only been a member since 2016, doesn't kniw about other site owners who have used the forum much longer. Just let the comments go over your head and ignore, carry on.

I like your story, and to say that you newly own a site.
Why not, just making people aware of changes. Good on you and good luck

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Quote: Originally posted by heath63 on 01/3/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Simon 1011 on 21/2/2018
I was not trying to deceive anybody , I merely set the scene by referring to the initial finding of the campsite in what I mistakenly thought was an entertaining and possibly interesting manner. I am very sorry if I upset you in anyway, would it be more to your taste if I posted a wiring diagram for the site



Many site owners have used this forum over the years, from: Scarborough, North Wales, Brecon Beacons and so on. The one who owns the Wrexham site was on the forum continually, going on about his site. Some people have short memory or they were not not members at that time
I've just checked, keyboard warrior has only been a member since 2016, doesn't kniw about other site owners who have used the forum much longer. Just let the comments go over your head and ignore, carry on.

I like your story, and to say that you newly own a site.
Why not, just making people aware of changes. Good on you and good luck

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Thanks for your kind words


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Quote: Originally posted by heath63 on 01/3/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Simon 1011 on 21/2/2018
I was not trying to deceive anybody , I merely set the scene by referring to the initial finding of the campsite in what I mistakenly thought was an entertaining and possibly interesting manner. I am very sorry if I upset you in anyway, would it be more to your taste if I posted a wiring diagram for the site



Many site owners have used this forum over the years, from: Scarborough, North Wales, Brecon Beacons and so on. The one who owns the Wrexham site was on the forum continually, going on about his site. Some people have short memory or they were not not members at that time
I've just checked, keyboard warrior has only been a member since 2016, doesn't kniw about other site owners who have used the forum much longer. Just let the comments go over your head and ignore, carry on.

I like your story, and to say that you newly own a site.
Why not, just making people aware of changes. Good on you and good luck

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Thanks for taking an interest.I first signed up in 2009 when I paid to advertise my campsite in the Pyrenees and had a user name related to it.I sold the campsite,lost interest in forums and forgot my log in.I re registered as Keyboard Warrior.


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I like the website. I have sound turned off - don't know if that makes a difference.
I also like the look of the campsite. If it wasnt' so close to the house my sister bought as a holiday house I'd definitely visit. Sadly now that we have the house we camp less and get to do exciting things like gardening, painting and getting things repaired. All the things I used to go camping to avoid!

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Quote: Originally posted by Claydoncamper on 24/2/2018
I think I found the way in on Streetview. D28 from the roundabout, turn right for the church. Turn right just after the church and follow the lane past La Mimonerie on the left? Streetview stops just after that but I assume we just carry on down the lane?



Hi, if you get to the roundabout the campsite is clearly signposted. Basically head for Braize and you will see signs along the roadside telling you when to turn right, looking forward to meeting you


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