Unpredictability - Good for your health

Our modern life is based on organising an environment free from the unexpected. The house needs to be as stable and reliable as possible. The job as safe as possible. Nothing should break down. Nothing but what we predict, should occur.
This is the life of the zoo animal. Let's explore the life of the Nomad. Let's live the life of the Nomad.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas alone in the van

Merry Christmas Everyone

Every second year I have the kids for Christmas, but it wasn't my turn this year.  I had a few invites to spend Christmas with friends, but given the way my emotions work, I decided it would be far more pleasant to spend Christmas alone.  So I drove to Kloofs camping site in Bexhill.  I have been here before and it is a very beautiful place indeed.
Kloofs Camping site
When I arrived the reception office was unmanned, but there was a telephone.  Following the instructions I got through to the warden who wished me Merry Christmas and told me to just drive around and choose whatever pitch I fancied.  Ah. the joys of camping mid-winter in freezing temperatures when everyone else prefers bricks and a central heating.  I found a nice pitch with an impressive view of a field.  I am really starting to enjoy these very bad pics I get from my phone camera (was hoping someone would get me a decent camera for Christmas).

So I settled in for a relaxing Christmas day in my van all alone.  Now you might think I missed out on a decent Christmas roast because of this.  Well, nothing could be further from the truth as I prepared thoroughly for this day.  For dinner I had a traditional Beef meal.  The Birds Eye variety with homestyle gravy, potatoes, yorkshire pudding and garden vegetables.  This grand meal only cost me two quid from the local Londis store down the road.  Seven minutes in the microwave and no dishes to wash up. 

This rather impressive meal was followed by a packet of doritos with chargrilled red pepper humous dip.  Having finished this magnificent feast I really pushed the boat out and had a few chocolates from the Quality Street selection I bought my friend a few weeks ago - she left them in the van.

Having satisfied my appetite I sat down for the evening's entertainment.  I watched the following DVDs in the following order.

1) Into the Wild - about a guy that dies in an abandoned bus in Alaska.  I read the book by Jon Krakauer, which is brilliant, and the movie is very good also.  Worth watching.
2) National Lampoons Vacation - hillarious.
3) National Lampoons European Vacation - even funnier.
4) Fifty Dead Men Walking - I read the book last year and that was a good read.  The movie wasn't so good.  I only watched half of it.

Well today is boxing day and a sad day for me since it is the birthday of my ex girlfriend who passed away last year with the disease of alcoholism.  Poor Anne, who couldn't control the drinking - she would have loved  this van.  She would have happily lived in this van.


  1. Enjoying your blog. Best wishes for 2011.


  2. Thanks G. Best wishes to yourself also in 2011.

  3. Very sorry to read about Anne; RIP - a senseless death. So, a rather peaceful Christmas for you it would appear! Glad to hear you have a few ammenities for personal amusement! Will look forward to where 2011 takes you (and us) :)

  4. Thanks Dawn. Anne's death was senseless indeed. I am excited about 2011. I think it will be great.