Tuesday 17 February

We made our annual pilgrimage to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC, via bus and train today and met up with other family outdoor-living enthusiasts.  Thank you Mr Branson – your trains were all running to time, but there weren’t enough seats at rush hour!

This show provides us with an opportunity to compare motor home versus narrowboat design and it is nice to see that leaps in design are being made, but sadly the prices are making the same leap.  There are still too many though that assume you only go away on holiday for a weekend with no clothes, no bedding, and no food and that you always change your footwear into slippers before walking on beige carpets and take off damp clothing before touching the pale velour seating.   Robust is what we want!

At the show we managed to avoid being wooed by a miraculous Dead Sea Salt concoction that alleges to leave your hands smooth and moisturised at all times – all for the amazing show price of £35!  Personally I think Neutrogena’s deep moisture body lotion works just as well at a fraction of the price.  If it’s good enough for Norwegian fishermen then its good enough for me!  We nearly fell for ‘a dog hair removal from fabric’ comb that was impressive but with few fabrics on the boat we decided we could live without it.  We did however treat ourselves to a new tent which is sufficiently tall that you can stand up in it to get dressed – we’ve had enough of struggling to put  trousers on while lying down.

A good day was had by all.

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