Saturday, 8 November 2014

November 8th 2014: Devon: A wet start

Monty the Motorhome is drying out after a very wet journey down to Devon.

We are on the Cofton Country Holidays site, just south of Exeter, having come down to Devon for the annual ‘habitation’ service, which is scheduled in at Murviland on Monday (day after tomorrow). We probably would have got this sorted out closer to home, but there is some warranty work to be done - the water pump will be replaced. This has come about after our last trip to France, when the pump packed up completely. A bit of research revealed that other Murvi users had been having similar problems and it now appears that a different type of pump is fitted in all new Murvi’s. So that’s what we’ll be having.

Anyway - back to today.
The rain meant driving conditions were atrocious. At one point on the M5 traffic came almost to a standstill, due to reduced visibility. 
However by the time we got into Devon the skies had cleared and the rest of the day was dry, though still quite overcast.

We stopped briefly in the village of Cockwood, which is on the Exe estuary, but any walking would have been on a very muddy beach. So we pressed on and got settled on the site. 
The place is open all year and is a mix of chalets, static caravans and touring pitches. It is really aimed at the family tourist market, with an indoor leisure centre, bars and evening entertainment - although the latter is limited to the summer season. It is not the sort of place we would choose to come to in mid summer. However at this time of year, despite being quite busy, it is less commercialised and does have a certain charm about it.

The site has it’s own restaurant - Amelia’s Pantry. So, for convenience, our evening meal was taken there. We both went for the soup as a starter and were quite amused when the waitress shuffled over really slowly with the two bowls on a tray and proudly announced it was the first time she had carried two helpings of soup out! She seemed really pleased with herself. It was a really tasty combination of celeriac, apple and cinnamon soup. I then went for traditional fish and chips - good and wholesome, while Ruth chose Thai salmon and stir fry noodles - sounded nice but on arrival the fish was not cooked properly, raw and stone cold in the middle. Lots of apologies and the whole meal was recooked, but it rather took the edge of the meal.

Afterwards we sat and watched ‘Strictly’ on a large flatscreen TV - very impressed with picture quality, before ambling back to the van. The weather has really cleared now and a fullish moon is shining brightly. Unfortunately more rain is forecast though.

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