Saturday, 2 April 2011

Prestatyn Day 1

Greetings from Prestatyn, Wales!

Today started out like any other Saturday. Paul woke me up at 5am and we got up, got dressed, and had breakfast. Then he went off with Moira from Barnardo's for a few hours. Barnardo's is a great charity. They take Paul out every fortnight on a Saturday for 3 hours so that I can get some house work done, take a shower, do a quick food shop, and such.

While Paul was off having fun with Moira, I started packing for our week-long holiday. We ended up bringing two overnight bags with enough clothes to last us both the week, my rucksack with my laptop, tablet, and DS (and assorted chargers), and two carrier bags of food. Paul got back home at 12:30pm and our ride to the caravan arrived at 2:30pm.

After returning to the house once to pick up the caravan keys that I had forgotten, we were on our way! We arrived at the caravan park at about 4pm. This is where the day got stressful. The caravan park has installed key card operated barriers at the entrance and exits. I needed the card in order to get in and the woman in reception was hesitant about letting me sign for it. After about five minutes, I finally talked her into giving me the card and we were able to drive into the caravan park and up to the HAFS caravan.

We got out of the car and I went to unlock the door. The keys wouldn't work. Turns out that they were new copies and were not made very well. Allen, the guy who gave us a ride here, went back up to reception to get their spare key. By this time Paul was totally inconsolable and it was nearly 5pm. Too late to go out shopping for food, even if Paul would have been in a good mood.  Luckily, I had the presence of mind to pack enough food to get us through tomorrow morning as a just-in-case thing. So we have plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, uht milk and tea to last us until we can go shopping in town tomorrow.

Here are a few photos of the inside of our caravan. The kitchen and living room/dining room areas are pretty much open plan. There are one and half bathrooms (one with a shower and the other just a sink and toilet) and two bedrooms. Also, one of the sofas unfolds into a double bed. The final photo is of Paul in his room, playing with his special "holiday books." It's a Vtech Bugsby Reading System and Paul loves it!

Tomorrow we go shopping. There is an outdoor market near the train station on Sundays, so we'll probably start there.

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