Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Camping Monmar Post 1

Tuesday 8th  -  Tuesday 15th January 2019 🌞🌞🌞🌞 🌞🌞🌞-  lovely sunny days but cold frosty nights❄❄❄!!
Motorhome Miles 160 and 🚴🚴 miles about 60
Parking Co-ordinates 39.8085, -0.12743

After a lot of πŸ‘‹goodbyes πŸ‘‹ and aurevoirs we left Marjal Camping as planned on Tuesday morning, and although we'd got about 160 miles to travel, our first concern was for refuelling.  Our LPG gas tank is of the refillable kind and we'd been a bit concerned that our one full tank might not have lasted for the 6 weeks that we'd been at Marjal but we only managed to squeeze 12.5 litres in, so in actual fact we could have stayed much longer!  And we were also delighted with our total fuel bill for T4rdis2!  Our pitch had been inclusive of 4 kwh of electric a day but if we used more than that we had to pay - our bill came to just 7 quid!  Gas was another 7 quid and for diesel we were charged the extortionate price of just £1.02/litre πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ !

Anyway, once all that was dealt with our route took us along the free A31 motorway out of Mercia and as we went, although it was bright and sunny, the temperature dropped to a shivery 4 degrees, and in places there was low cloud and mist shrouding the surrounding countryside.  And the countryside - well for the first part of our journey it was mostly given over to grape vines and pomegranate orchards but as we neared Castellon the more familiar huge orange groves took over. 

One of many castles that we spotted along our way
We arrived at our destination in the early afternoon and as soon as our our feet touched the floor we were being greeted with hugs and excited 'hellos' from friends we'd made the previous year, so although we'll miss our mates back at Marjal I'm sure we're going to enjoy the next 6 weeks at Monmar!  And already one of those weeks has flown by, and we've passed it with

 a couple of bike rides,

Can you spot Wally scrumping oranges?
Some of which have been with friends - Our Moncofa Cycling Mates - Liz and Jack
a couple of walks and explorations of the beautiful Med Coast and the nearby town of Moncofa

An ugly iron statue that pays tribute to James I
of Aragon who was partially responsible for
the founding of the town of Moncofa

'Mum and her new Mate doing Karaoke!
(If your reading Sharon does this
remind you of anything πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)
And we've also been out to play for a couple of evenings as well! On Friday it was quiz night which our team won, and Saturday - well that turned into quite a party!   The Rally had organised a meal in the sites bar/club room, and after we'd all been fed and watered with liberal quantities of wine the karaoke took over and John had the following WhatsApp  conversation with our kidsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Adam: Mum stop😱!
John: Sorry Adam I can't seem to control her once she gets GOING
Ben: Adam at least shes doing it in another country!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†
John: And she's having a good time
Adam: Is anybody else though
Ben: Her mate looks like she isπŸ˜†
John: Yes most of them are now joining in
Sarah: Gooooooo Mum Gooooooo. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ
John: Your mother is karaoke queen tonightπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Our brilliant night finished around midnight, so as you might imagine, we needed a bit of a lie in on Sunday morning, and the rest of that day more or less followed in the same very lazy veinπŸ’€πŸ˜΄πŸ’€!

So that brings us once more to Monday which was the day I should have posted this blog - but by then I was having a little problem with my bike brakes - or lack of them - so a bike merchant had to be found!  In the end we found 3 but none of them stocked the brake blocks we needed so Monday morning had really turned out to be a bit of a wild πŸ₯(that's meant to be a goose) chase! 

But while we'd been out (once again in the company of Jack and Liz) we'd decided to spend our afternoon being social, and to part-take of the wine we'd won at Friday's quiz!  Then of course one glass turned into several, and before we knew it 7pm had arrived.  And that would have been fine except as we were returning to our van a couple of our other friends called us over for a farewell drink prior to their departure on Tuesday morning!   Therefore, by the time we got home it was nearly 9pm and we still hadn't had any tea, so obviously after all that there was clearly no time left for blog writing!  But hey ho we're in slow paced Spain and what doesn't get done today can always wait till tomorrow or even the next day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Did I tell you our new hobby is fishing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - that's tonight's tea!

Bye for now πŸ˜™

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