~does bad luck come in three's?~


in the space of two months i have had swine flu, my nan passed away from this world and now pippin has major engine problems...

as you might have guessed we are home!

here's the 'three'...
we made it eight miles into our journey on friday when the camper started to overheat, stopped to cool him down then decided to carry onto to simon and the new radiator, stopping every 8-10 miles.
well it didn't work, we travelled a further 5 miles, swampy noticed a puff of white smoke from the exhaust, so i suggested we pull off the main road and find somewhere safe to park up and then call out the AA.

then we had a decision to make...do we get trailered to simon's then make our way to the harvest moon gathering with our new radiator?

well after swampy spoke with simon on the phone it was decided the white smoke indicated something seriously wrong with the engine~swampy wanted to get trailered to the harvest moon gathering and then trailered home again on sunday~i thought we should get trailered straight home from where we could talk to simon again and allow swampy time to arrange how he was going to get up to vanfest. i could also think of nothing more depressing than getting trailered there and spend the weekend knowing we would have to get trailered home, it would have totally ruined my weekend. in the end it was agreed we would have to go home.

the AA man arrived and spent some time running the engine etc~luckily for me we had stopped in a forestry commission car park and was able to take cody for a walk through the woods~which was wonderful, the smell of the tree's, damp earth and bracken was amazing and it really helped sweep away sad, negative feelings.

well, it was decided we were close enough to home to drive it slowly, rather than wait two hours for a trailer and the AA man said he would follow us 'just in case'! well we made it home with four 'cool down' stop-offs and as he was following us the AA man confirmed what was thought~something indeed was wrong with the engine.

swampy was able to arrange to get up to the malverns on monday~simon (another simon) is sending someone down to pick him up and he will take our three man tent to sleep in. i have opted to stay home, for two reasons really~firstly i really don't want to sleep in a tent and also i have my final essay to cobble together and write up and so being 'home alone' i will have the peace and quite to get it done.

so there you are...home again, home again, jiggity jig...