Flying Flags Update

Flying Flags RV Park in Buellton has had a great amount of changes carried out.

Flying Flags RV park

We stayed at the Flying Flags RV park last week and had such a great time.  There have been so many changes there since we were there last. Dan Baumann who is the Manager has done a great job.  Well done Dan.  Dan by the way is now the deputy Mayor of Buellton.  Good job xx

The staff at the desk are the first people to greet you and their customer service along with free cookies and a great shop carrying some fabulous wine for sale could not be better.

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Lady on Reception

Yum Wine xx

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Plenty of wine available.

Thank you ladies for making our stay a pleasant one.

New Kitchen

They have a brand new kitchen and they cooked some great breakfast for us.  They have a whole menu there and also on the evening we ordered a nice glass of wine too.  Wow! so fabulous.  The chef Matt is a genius cook and we really enjoyed the breakfast he made for us.

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New Kitchen and Matt the Chef

 

New Camp for upmarket tents

When we were here last they had new really upmarket tents that had been put up with luxury living inside.  We only saw one and now they have a whole village of them for rent and to stay in.  Such a fabulous idea and a great place to stay.  I spoke to a lady who had stayed there for the weekend and was really upset at leaving and going home.

This is what she had to say

 

Pictures of the Camping Safari Village

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Safari Village

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Safari Tent

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Inside the Safari Tent

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Outside seating area

At Flying Flags they catered for absolutely everyone.  There are so many options of places to stay in Flying Flags like Luxury wooden huts, your own tents, your own RV, hire an RV or a silver bullet to sleep in.  So many options that just about cover anything anyone wants.

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Plenty of Room for your RV

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Silver Bullet for Rent

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Upmarket cottages for rent

Not only was the accommodation to stay in top-notch but the bathrooms and utilities were the best I have ever seen anywhere.

The swimming pool and jaccuzzi was just amazing and they are even now building another bigger swimming pool on the field.

Adding to the fact that the kids and adults can have a swim there were other added amenities for amusement as A fabulous bowling pitch for avid players of Bocce Ball.  Also great new bar has been incorporated out on the field right next to the Bocce Ball pitch along with a stage for evening entertainment at weekends.  We were lucky enough to have a great night listening to a fabulous band and have a nice pint to boot.  Great friends we had not seen in a long time were with us as well.  Just fabulous to see Darlene Bayer, Dan Baumann and Cathy Vreeland.  Thanks for a great night.

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Bocce Ball

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Bocce Ball pitch

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Bar

There is also a great little children’s park if you have kids that want to go play.

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children’s Park

On our second night there we grabbed a glass of wine and sat around the fire by the reception area and listened to a guy playing guitar who was from Belgium.  You meet so many people when you are camping.  We had yet another great night.

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Camp Fire

We had such a great weekend at Flying Flags that we will definitely be back again soon and just cannot wait.  See you all again soon.

 

Winter – 5 steps for your RV

Are you prepared for the winter nights that are drawing in?

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Winter in Birmingham

This is what we left behind in England.  If we want snow we will go to the mountains to find it otherwise.

No thank you !

At night the temperature has started to drop, the clocks have gone back and it is dark now at 5.30pm.

We have been living in our RV full-time now for 3 years and to be honest have not had much of a problem getting through the winter.  We do have a few tips for you though.

Winter – Get prepared

Throughout the year we tend to use blankets, just sheets or home-made quilts that are in layers so that depending on the temperature we can put on or take off during the night.  Mostly kicking off all but our sheet during the summer .

We live in California so we find that the only time the temperature drops is during the winter months and at night.  That time is coming upon us and we noticed that the temperature dropped just the other night.  When this happens we switch out our blankets and put on our winter duvet.

1.   Duck Down Duvet

We have found the best duvet to have to keep you warm during the winter months is a duck down feather duvet.  It feels so light and yet is so warm.  We have been in freezing conditions in the past and yet we have stayed warm with this duvet.

Check out this video on how best to put you duvet into your duvet cover in a really easy way.  This can be done with just one person.

 

2.   Cover up your pipes outside

If you know that there is going to be some frost then you will need to go outside and insulate your pipes with slip foam rubber insulation.

3.  Cover up all outdoor furniture

You can get covers for you outdoor furniture and grills,  these can easily be taken off if you wish to use your furniture or grill anytime.  By doing this it will prolong the life of the outdoor furniture as frost can make plastic snap and break from the cold.

4.   Electric heaters

The use of electric heaters are great as they create less moisture in your RV.  We have our gas heater set on 60 so if the temperature drops really low at night then it just comes on.  Living in California has great benefits as it doesn’t drop down to that too much.  On our campsite Mountain View RV Park  the electric is included so that is great to use for heating.  If it is not then try to use both your gas and electric and split the cost of the bill.  Last year we needed a new propane tank every week to get us through the winter.

5.   Pull in your Awnings if you go out anywhere

When we went out today we did not pull in our Awning.  the winds picked up and all I could think about while we were out was. Wished we had pulled in our awning.  Get into the habit if you go out as the winds are much stronger in the winter and you may come back to no awning.

As an extra tip Become a Snowbird

What can I say we are snowbirds if you don’t want winter then move south just like the geese,  We are in Southern California and I thought today oh my there is a cloud in the sky it must be winter!

 

 

Southwest Coast

Yanks RV Resort

We have arrived safe and sound at our campsite without any mishaps whatsoever.  We stayed at a fabulous campsite on our way down the 101 from Redwood City, CA called Yanks RV Resort.  We had a massive 100ft spot that we just pulled into and left our truck hooked up for the night.

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Yanks RV Resort

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Our RV at Yanks RV Resort

 

It was a beautiful park which was very clean and well-kept.  We had a nice relaxing stay having a swim and a little time in the Jacuzzi until late, it was just what we needed to relax.

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Yanks RV Resort

As we then the next day carried on down the 101 we stopped off for breakfast a the truck stop in Paso Robles which was just fabulous and had a great breakfast that was really inexpensive.

Southwest Coast – Ventura CA

We carried on straight down the 101 which goes right next to the Southwest Coast in parts and is really beautiful.  We arrived at our site in Ventura in plenty of time to set up at 3pm.  When we went to go pay we were told that our site was no longer going to be $1450 as previously expected but that now it was going to be $1950 instead.  We were flabbergasted and could not believe the increase or the matter of fact way that it was explained to us.  Apparently the site that we were going into was a premium pull thorough site.  When we tried to get into our site it was really small and difficult to maneuver with two big hedges on either side the were right up against the slide outs.  We went back to the office to explain that we couldn’t fit and they gave us another site.  It is a little bigger but not much and is now right opposite the children’s park and right facing the freeway.  We have no choice to stay as there are no other parks in the area within 30 mins of Oxnard and so unless we can come up with another solution we have no choice but to pay $1950 per month for our spot.  We are absolutely disgusted with the price and if anyone has any other ideas for us please let us know.

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Ventura Harbor

After all the places we have visited the Southwest Coast is our favorite.  The very next day we went for a visit to Ventura Harbor which we have been to before but really love.  We had some ice-cream that was gluten-free, dairy free and was made with  pineapple and just delicious.  The harbor is a very quiet and tranquil place and calmed us down no end after feeling very angry.  Peter had two days off work so we headed to the beach at the harbor and spent a day at the beach there.  There really were hardly any people there and we had a very relaxing time.  Peter got a bit burnt from the sun, he did put on lotion but obviously not in all the places he should.  Bless him when he went to work he looked like a lobster.  I think he forgot how the sun on the southwest coast is very strong with no clouds for coverage.

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the Beach at Ventura Harbor

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