Les Lobb's Diary
Just got home after a few days in Cornwall. On Monday we travelled to Marazion, where we spent a couple of nights
right next to the sea near St Michaels Mount. A few vans, lots of dog walkers and drizzly weather; twas only £1 for 24
hours - hard standing and rubbish bins, so all we needed really. Yesterday we went along the north coast and looked in
at Gwithian and Hells Mouth, before finding a parking place on the quay at Padstow. We had a walk round in the rain
and bought pasties for our tea; lots of places closed for seasonal refurb. After a brew, we tootled along the coast and
settled in Tintagel for a windy, rainy night.
The wind was gusting pretty strong this morning so we decided to follow the coast road through Boscastle (to test the
clutch!) and head for home, calling in at Exmouth with a view to stopping there for the night if it was OK.
In Exmouth, head of provisions nipped out to get fish-n-chips while I parked the bus near the station and then we drove
to the lifeboat house to eat them. One look at the sea was enough to realise we would not be spending the night there -
waves were topping the sea wall in places and spume was flying about. On the bright side the chips were good, but
after eating them we had a steady trip home.
The diesel heater performed very well, although the last two nights we slept without needing any heating. One or two
little jobs to do before our next trip, but overall a very enjoyable, peaceful few days.
We're both down with the lurgy; Dawn was feeling a
bit rough before we went away and is getting over
Bus - The only thing I used in the bus conversion that
was not new was the main water pump - it's popping
fuses now, so looks as though I'll have to swap it. I've
made a small shelf to fit over the bedroom window to
hold phones, tablets etc while they are charging. (I
suppose it will get filled with girly stuff). I can fit that
when we oik out the water pump.
It was dry this morning, so we had a go at the pump.
To get to it we had to remove Dawn's mattress and the
cupboard drop-in base.
The pump was duff, so we replaced it and changed the
waste water tap/pipe layout while we had the tools
The shelf just needed screwing in place and that was
the morning gone. It is now raining and the
temperature has dropped so just got it done in time.
I mistakenly ate some Daffodil bulbs thinking they were
They are poisonous and I was rushed to Hospital.
The Consultant has told me I'm off the danger list now
and I should be out sometime in the Spring.
Bright sunny day, crocus and mini iris flowering, with daffs
not far behind.
Head of valeting has washed all the Cornish mud off the bus
and I've been 'advised' not to drive on muddy verges.
It's booked in for a service next week and then we can plan
our next sortie - fancy Pembrokeshire, but depends on the
Just taken the bus in for its first full service since we got it. The mechanic has a workshop on the outskirts of the village
so Dawn followed me in the car and we hope to collect the bus later today or tomorrow.
Off to Newton Abbot now to look round Trago Mills, don't know if it's a good idea at half-term week!
Quite peaceful at Trago, praps they didn't want their little darlings getting wet - it poured down.
Collected bus, all done; 2 tyres getting near the limit so its booked in for two new ones tomorrow morning in Tivvy.
Took the bus in just after nine this morning and then we had a stroll
to McDonalds, for a sit down and to taste their culinary delights.
Nuff said, we collected the bus and went to Julie's to pick up a
sheet of ply that was too big for the car and got home just after
The hazard switch has been a bit temperamental lately and the
mechanic put it on his report when doing the service and check-up.
I ordered a new switch, which should be here by the end of the
week and thought no more of it. Got up for a pee in the early hours
and the drive was lit up by flashing orange lights; I must have left
the switch in the on position. Nipped out in my boxers to turn it off,
praying that Mum didn't lock the back door when on one of her
It's been a bright sunny day and some of the summer bedding
seeds, which we sowed in trays, are poking their heads up -
summer's on its way.
We've been using a cool box in the bus, mainly because it 'only
uses 3amp', or so the blurb said - put a meter on it and it's nearer
6amp. This morning we had a measure up and I've just ordered a
Waeco 12v compressor fridge, as an early birthday present for
head of mobile catering.
We got the fridge fitted in and I wired it to a separate
switch so we could turn it on/off without opening it.
Seems the switch was not really necessary, because it
uses so little leccy we leave it on permanently; it
pulled 3amps when first switched on and only cuts in
very rarely, so the panels provide ample even on
cloudy days. The motor/compressor is very quiet and,
unless you listen for it, you wouldn't know it was
Got back yesterday after a few days away, where we
did a round trip covering Somerset Devon and
Gradually ironing out the little niggles, but overall very
pleased with the layout.
The hazard switch arrived from Poland and was a
simple matter of pulling the old one out the dash,
plugging in the new one and pushing it back in place.
I've sent off pics, log book etc to DVLA to change the
details from 'Ambulance' to 'Motor Caravan'; also
getting an LPG chap to check over the gas system
tomorrow, in case Ins co ask for it.
Next Monday we hope to head off to South Wales for a
few days, depending on how Mum is.