I don’t know about you but waking up to these skies from the RV window is a habit I could get used to. Nature at its best. The sun just about to peek over the clouds at La Manga over the Mar Menor from our pitch at Narejos.
So February came and went, beautiful weather. Not even a spot of rain, none! It has been the driest February since their records began. Is this global warming, I don’t know but last summer at home we had the hottest summer for something like 40+ years. I have also been considering how do they cope if they have no regular rain and apparently there are huge desalination plants everywhere here, the tap water is basically from the sea. We tested the water and it is just under the 500 ppm allowed, if you run it through the filter it comes down to 420ppm which is still high. Bottled water comes in at 80ppm so it’s a no brainer really, but all that plastic! When you are buying bottled water you realise how precious it is and that there must be no waste. It also helps you to realise how lucky we are at home in the U.K. that for the most water can be drunk straight from the tap.
We have had a few problems with the RV. The electrics, despite having most of the solar system rewired last year at great cost, isn’t working quite as we had expected. It works but only through the transformer when we should be able to bypass the transformer and, using the inverter, just power the plugs. We’ve had some leakage from the grey water valve which Nick has fixed as best as he can for now, we may need a new valve on our return. We have had the jacks up and down a couple of times and who knows why they don’t lift properly. We had them serviced and our engineer said they worked fine but when they have been down for a week or so they really don’t want to lift. Other than this our home from home has been amazing. We live in this small space for half the year, less this year sadly as we needed to be at home for Christmas, but maybe next year we will be able to come out for six months who knows. it makes us consider getting rid of our house for something smaller. It has made us consider do we really need a large four bedroom Ed house with a big garden? Downsizing needs to be considered which in turn would help finance our winters away. We shall see.
Food wise, well the pantry boxes are down to six. This means that I have repacked the boxes so the six are still full and re listed the contents. It’s been an expensive month for going out and eating again as we had visitors at the end of the month, one of our kids came to stay with a friend and as they are always short of money apart from their flights out it was our treat. Young people eat a lot of food! 😊 so we spent €323.47 on food and beer and wine, €267.80 on eating out and date nights most of which was spent when our visitors came out and €56.40 on a couple of miscellaneous items and a new bed/lounger. All in all actually not that bad. We hired a car for the week our visitors came which cost €50 with insurance. It was hired online from the airport at Murcia, locally they wanted €200 so we know now, do not hire locally! The campsite works out at €7.90 plus €3 for electric hook-up so €305.20 for our camp site fees. €1002.87 for the month we allow about £1000 a month so this is on the high side as part of our travel down and home comes in each months budget. Hopefully March will be below budget it’s all a balance.
We have been eating a variety of foods, lots of fresh vegetables and fruit teamed with fish, chicken and various vegetarian dishes. The fish is awesome although sometimes we are not really sure what we have bought. Huevos Rancheros is a favourite for brunch and I think I’ve mastered a version of Jamie Oliver’s recipe now having tried it out at home a few times. We found a German schnitzel bar run by a lovely couple, my husband said the food was very authentic, if rather unhealthy, he worked in Germany for many years. My kids are pleased to note that after many years we have found the curry sauce that Nick used to bring home, I’ve had to buy them a large bottle each.
Living in the RV is more tricky with visitors but when it’s family it’s easier to cope As you are just glad to see each other and spend some quality time with your family. We spend most of the day and early evening outside now as it has been very warm. We are very thankful for the awning in the afternoons which helps to keep the RV shaded and cool and gives us some shade to sit in with the dogs. Really sure I couldn’t cope out here in the summer it’s glorious to see the sun every day but the heat us northerners are just not made to cope with it.
Washing here has been easier this time. Most times away we use the on board washing machine which means more water and waste to be dealt with, but there is a good laundry on site with four big washing machines and dryers. They cost €3.50 a load. I don’t use the driers. We have a large airer and a couple of small ones which seem to be adequate. Many people though still use the stone sinks on site that come with a washboard, the French mostly, it’s not for me I don’t mind washing a few bits and bobs by hand but not jeans and bed linen which I have seen them doing!
February it has been awesome. Thanks for reading, I hope it’s interesting for you.
Until March! 😊🇬🇧🇪🇸