Fillerup Picnic SiteAugust 3, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C
Swathes of sandy coloured stubble fill our windscreen view. The grain and straw have been harvested and this isn't the only thing that triggers thoughts of Autumn. We are parked under the shade of a tall oak tree in a layby picnic area. Despite the lack of breeze we occasionally hear the crisp sound of an acorn falling through the canopy, hitting the dry leaves and branches on the way down. Some even land with a loud bang on Martha's roof, making far more noise than they are entitled to, given their small size. The small Plane trees that provide shelter for the picnic tables have had enough of the hot drought too. They have begun to drop their leaves that lay thick on the grass, crackling in a flurry when the odd car drives by.
The day has been focussed on getting jobs done. After three days in the forest dell near Vejle the van batteries are drained, as are our portable power packs. The shady spot was great for keeping cool, but not good for solar charging. Running the air con so frequently when driving diverts a lot of charge that would otherwise be directed to our two 110amp leisure batteries, leaving them sadly lacking. Setting off, we stuck as much as we could on charge, eschewed the air con, except for the occasional blast and hoped that just our side lights would suffice for the Danish law requiring you to drive with lights on at all times.
First port of call was an Aldi that didn't exist and second was a caravan shop that transpired to be just a caravan storage pen. However there was a Rema 1000 supermarket nearby, so all was not lost. We were quite desperate to find a cap for our oven flue after the original came off. The resulting 6cm hole in the roof not only made it difficult to keep the oven alight, but let in what little rain their was. When driving in slow traffic we'd followed a caravan with a 'Vejle Caravans' sticker on it. Vicky had commented that it was local, so we did a search and on finding out it was just 10km away, let Google guide us there. It turned out to be an amazing shop with plastic wine and spirit glasses and even a decanter, all made to look like cut glass. It also had very good plastic imitations of crockery bowls, plates and cups. We were almost disappointed we already had everything set up in the kitchen! We had not dared hope that we'd find a flue cap here, but sure enough, there it was, exactly what we needed! Relief buoyed us up and we made the purchase with wide grins on our faces. Despite having measured it, we still couldn't quite believe our luck, so Vicky climbed on top of the roof and fitted it there and then in the car park. Result! It was perfect!
Next on the jobs list came filling and emptying. Will had found a motorway rest area that provided a service point, but the water was turned off and the toilet emptying backed up. There was enough room for the contents of our cassette, but we still had the problem of clean water; our guage telling us we were at 0%. A 14km drive brought us to the service point on the other side of the motorway but again we found the water had been switched off at the caravan filling point. Looking round, we discovered the unsigned motorhome point, but were dismayed to find the water button had actually been removed. However, water flowed freely from the hose designed to rinse the drain after emptying waste. We've only had one bout of water poisoning in the two years we've been on the road, but it certainly isn't something we want to repeat! We decided to go for it, running the water through first and rinsing the nozzle thoroughly. We hope it will be ok.
From here we travelled a decent distance, giving the batteries a reasonable charge. Will had planned to stay by the sea but it had been another hot one and the site looked very exposed, so we instead opted for the shade of the acorn tree in this picnic area.Read more