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Post by Dave 418 on Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:10 pm

Typical uk weather. We have been stuck at home for two weeks whilst the Rienza is made better so we decided to get away for my 65th and now we have storm Dennis on his way. cold
No matter batten down the hatches or wobble off to the pub in the village. Folk night Sunday on site so it won’t be too bad I suppose.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:31 am

Enjoy your birthday Dave, stay warm and dry, monsoon weather here since 4a.m, 
No dog walking this morning, confined to the back garden.
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Post by Dave 418 on Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:05 pm

Thanks Boaby, Didnt seem too bad this morning but muttly struggled a bit. Not a good day for old dogs bones. I have checked the stock of Jura and managements Gin and Tonics so the important things are packed for a bad weather stop in weekend.
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Post by nuevoboy on Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:41 pm

Just a quick report to say that we battled Ciara all the way to Baltic Wharf last Sunday.
A couple of diversions off the M4 but the wind was mostly behind us and had hardly any rain until we came off the M49 into Bristol.
It was sheets of horizontal rain, the likes of which I've never seen before with visibility severely down.
There was a three mile diversion because of the road collapse outside the site but we made it OK.
The site was only around half full, with lots of folk postponing the visits for a few days.
We were tucked in behind the sailing club sheds, so the wind which lasted for a couple of days blew straight up the floating harbour.
Nuevoboy.

One little bonus: we averaged 35.5mpg on the way there thanks to the puff from Ciara!
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:43 am

Dave 418 wrote:Thanks Boaby, Didnt seem too bad this morning but muttly struggled a bit. Not a good day for old dogs bones. I have checked the stock of Jura and managements Gin and Tonics so the important things are packed for a bad weather stop in weekend.
I'm an old dog too.   hugegrins   My old knee bone is Cream crackered. Calm before the storm, dried up, little breeze, milder.
Waiting for Dennis. 

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Post by Dave 418 on Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:53 pm

I think Dennis has arrived in North Norfolk. There has certainly been a bit of rocking and rolling this afternoon. Having said this there are ten motorhomes on the site. A couple of people have chickened out leaving a couple of the serviced pitches free. The site is open to the south west the serviced pitches being the most exposed. The site staff did ask if we wanted to move up there last night. We are back corner on to the wind so we will stay put.
The cafe in the village was busy at lunch time. Lots of people hiding from Dennis I suppose. We did think of busing into Hunstanton but decided not in case we got stuck there.
It isn’t far to the pub for lunch tomorrow and the forecast says Dennis is easing a bit by then. After lunch head into the wind after a good lunch and a pint or two might be another matter.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:29 pm

Its full on here at Moreton-in- Marsh. Walked back from town at 2 and got soaked.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:51 pm

Dennis is coming through, gusts up to 67 mpg on my wee weather station outside.
Horizontal rain, thermal screens strapped down with bungee cords.
Enjoy MM Peter, what's on there?
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Post by Peter Brown on Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:59 pm

ASOC committee meeting today. We had a nice meal in the Swan last night, normally would have gone into town again tonight but not tonight.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:05 pm

Peter Brown wrote:ASOC committee meeting today. We had a nice meal in the Swan last night, normally would have gone into town again tonight but not tonight.
Stay warm and safe.
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Post by Dave 418 on Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:28 pm

It sure was rough last night. The Rienza was really rocking a lot. Both roof vents were rattling at about three this morning. Having the rear legs down must have helped a bit but I dont think it would matter which way we faced the Rienza is a bit slab sided.
With any luck this wind should have died down a bit tomorrow for travelling home. If the wind is still from the south west it will be behind us until we get on to the other side of the wolds.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:39 pm

Yes, a bit wild. Thought we'd had the worst of it by this morning, wind had died and just drizzling at Moreton. Coming north hit heavy rains about Warwick that continued till Stafford but not bad wind. It was dry when we arrived home but started raining about 30 mins later and intermittent since.

Its a cloudless blue sky at the moment but 45 mis ago we have a massive clap of thunder and then violent hail storm that lasted about 10 mins.
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Post by steamdrivenandy on Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:50 pm

We've got clear blue skies now, but up to an hour ago it was pouring down. We didn't hear any thunder and the beardies would've told us if we missed it. Some of the pavements are dry. The first time for about three days.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:05 pm

Still very windy with gusts up to 40+, coastal showers, hopefully Dennis will clear out to sea soon.
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Post by Slaphead on Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:59 pm

I always wrap a poly bag around the gas roof flue outlet on the roof in the winter when the van is unused as many years ago, I noticed signs of water marking the corrugated flue pipe in the wardrobe while lying over the winter.

This morning, while walking by the van, I noticed a tattered poly bag lying in a corner and when I went pick it up and put it in the bin I discovered it contained the top of the gas flue.

The wind here last night was horrendous but never did I concider it might be strong enough to lift of the flue top which is screwed on.  I can only conclude that the poly bag which was taped on gave enough area for the wind to get a grip of.

Despite the horrible weather I got my ladder out, cleaned up both parts of the flue and refitted the top having spread a little silcone sealant around the threads which were still capable of gripping the top thankfully. 

I checked the flue pipe in the wardrobe and found it bone dry.  I think the wind was so strong, no rain was actually falling vertically!

Just to be safe, I always leave a reminder on the gas fire that the flue is covered.

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Post by Peter Brown on Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:34 pm

The seal between the flue and the roof is the weak point that let's water in, particularly with horizontal rain. Sometimes just tighten otherwise replace seal.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:36 am

Dennis has moved out east now, still chilly with a wee bittie breeze, pleased you managed you're minor repair job Dave, take in easy.
Just back in from the beach with Tag.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:40 am

Peter Brown wrote:The seal between the flue and the roof is the weak point that let's water in, particularly with horizontal rain. Sometimes just tighten otherwise replace seal.
Is the Halifax bomber museum still there at MM Peter, I had a great old chat with the old gentleman a few years ago, interesting place.
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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:51 am

Wellington Museum. I've been to MM every year for 15 years and never found it open.
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:30 am

Peter Brown wrote:Wellington Museum.  I've been to MM every year for 15 years and never found it open.
I believe it only opens Sundays 10-4

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:33 am

Peter Brown wrote:Wellington Museum.  I've been to MM every year for 15 years and never found it open.
Thanks for putting me right   up!
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:34 am

Paulmold wrote:
Peter Brown wrote:Wellington Museum.  I've been to MM every year for 15 years and never found it open.
I believe it only opens Sundays 10-4
Thanks Paul.   allthumbz
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Post by rose49f on Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:55 pm

Is the weather getting everyone down. We are surrounded by floods here. Having my hab check next week so after MOT, tax and insurance at the end of the month an expensive month for me. I'm in need of a bit of sun by the sounds of it. fedup
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Post by kaspian on Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:14 pm

Yes , Ive been trying to trace lighting wires and repair the wiring loom issues  in my van for a week now and require the side door open constantly  . You just get set up and down it comes torrential rain , freezing high winds and today heavy sleet showers. You would think it was winter up here! Roll on summer...
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:01 pm

kaspian wrote:Yes , Ive been trying to trace lighting wires and repair the wiring loom issues  in my van for a week now and require the side door open constantly  . You just get set up and down it comes torrential rain , freezing high winds and today heavy sleet showers. You would think it was winter up here! Roll on summer...
Roll on summer, midge time.  up!   Coastal showers most of the day, cooling right down now.
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