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  • Sobby 2711
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    Originally posted by karenw View Post
    Another alternative to a dog is a big, cuddly, free-range house-bunny. These are rapidly growing in popularity, particularly amongst professional couples working long hours and unable to commit to morning, mid-day and evening walkies.

    Large-breed rabbits have many of the characteristics of small dogs - playful, affectionate etc and although they enjoy a walk on a lead and harness, this isn't essential.

    Buns travel well, love to scamper across a beach, are quiet, don't smell and they'll use a litter tray. Could be worth considering for anyone looking for a furry friend but unable to commit to the needs of a dog.

    Not that I'm biased, of course...
    I had a beautiful continental giant rabbit called Jaffa, he was our third dog and our whippets slept on his big fat tummy, it was a very sad day when we found him dead under the trampoline, he was a house rabbit that used the cat flap. All six of us including hubby sat in the louge bawling our heads off, it still brings tears to my eyes talking about him. My husband attends speaker clubs and his talk that week was about Jaffa everyone laughed and cried at the stories about him. I never replaced him, he has a grave stone in the garden, made professionally made for him..

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  • phoenix
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    Originally posted by Tentpeg View Post
    My children have really flown the nest and so camping is increasingly going to be solo for me now. My first experiance trying out a C15 was great from the accomodation etc side but I did find it difficult to adjusting to visiting places on my own & wondered about stratagies.

    At times I really enjoyed it, on the campsite was great for instance. Where I came unstuck was visiting attractions such as National trust properties as normally had the children in tow, it felt a bit strange. Even though generally I like my own company I suppose I felt a bit lonely seeing everybody else in groups and me just on my todd. The other thing was once I ate out in the evening on my own in a pub... that felt weird and not something I would repeat in a hurry.

    I want to carry on camping as it is something I love. I also think that this problem is not confined to camping and is more about adjusting to a new stage in my life. Be interested to hear your responses..... Thanks everybody.
    Go for it, it is daunting at first, i did the same 3 year ago, altought i have not eaten in a pub alone yet, i love the whole experience, getting up when i feel like it, cooking for myself, total freedom..

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  • mari2chris
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    Thank you Tentpeg and Pendel for your messages.
    I have some problems with my lower back and so I've been advised to have a word with Jay Jay re awnings. Hopefully she might also advise me.
    Best wishes
    Maria

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  • pendel
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    Welcome Maria. You must come along to one of our "meets". We do have a good time. Pub for dinner, a ramble or a wander around the local shops, whatever takes your fancy. We have all ages from a 9month baby to some very ancient peeps, a really good mix & lovely people & as Ian said, dogs, cats etc. See you soon .

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  • Tentpeg
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    Most people here go for the movelight awning and seem happy with it... I made a decision to go for the khyam because i thought it would extemily easy to put up and thought it was a bit more stable. However other people swear by their movelites in windy conditions so possibly I have this wrong. Motorhome shows tend to have these out to see or otherwise you can see things on campsites or meets.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your camper, it is what it is all about. It would be lovely if you could join us in Tiverton. There are other solo campers at the meet, quite a few small motorhome owners are solo campers.
    Last edited by Tentpeg; 06-06-2011, 06:17.

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  • mari2chris
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    Hi Tentpeg,
    Good to hear from you. Just got back from 2 days camping - trying out the camper and teaching the dog the rules and it's really made me want to go away again NOW!:so happy:
    I see you're organising a meet near Tiverton in September so I hope I'll be able to get there and meet you all (or some of you).
    I'm trying to decide on a driveaway awning for the Romahome so any info would be much appreciated. I have to be able to put it up on my own so it must be quite light weight. Graham suggested Movelite or Riversway. Do you know anywhere I can see these awnings demonstrated?
    Any advice gratefully received.
    Thanks

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  • Tentpeg
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    Hi there Maria, welcome to the boards. I am learning to lone camp at the moment I actually started this thread and it seems to have hit a real cord. There are singles groups out there but I have not tried any yet.

    Ian is right there are meets around but I think it is a major thing to come on your own for the first time to any meet to meet new people. At least it was to me. It has to be at the right time and feel right to you, we are all different. There are quite a few people that are single on the small motorhome meet, there are also groups that I have not tried just for singles.. the Phoenix Club and the New companions.

    But this board is about sharing experiances and asking questions so welcome.

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  • Ian.C.S
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    Originally posted by mari2chris View Post
    Hi Ian,
    Thanks for the welcome. Yes, I am female. My name is actually Maria and I'm from Llandysul, between Newcastle Emlyn and Lampeter in mid/west Wales. Would love to attend a meet, quite tired of camping on my own. I guess if I keep a look out on the forum I'll be able to find the date and venue of the next one. Do I have to book with someone first?
    Maria
    Hello Maria,
    Jayjay is going to Beddgelert,next week.You can send her a question on this forum if you are interested.A meet is being arranged for the South West,see the thread below,let Tentpeg know if you want to go and book independantly with the site,another meet is being planned for early Sept in Polstead,see the Fancy Meeting Up section.There will be more.There is a meet in the cotswolds at Greenhill Farm if that interests you, so plenty to begin with.
    If you are going somewhere,tell us where and when and you may well get company
    There are other groups too,are you in the Roma club? they have a lot of rallys,contact Niloc on the thread above.
    Carry on camping,Nationwide Campers have a lot of meets and appear on this forum and some of us go to their meets. Lastly quite a few of us are also members of New Companions,a group for people who camp solo,they have meets all over the country.
    You have a lot to do.I look forward to meeting you.
    Ian
    Last edited by Ian.C.S; 05-06-2011, 20:42.

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  • mari2chris
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    Solo camping

    Hi Ian,
    Thanks for the welcome. Yes, I am female. My name is actually Maria and I'm from Llandysul, between Newcastle Emlyn and Lampeter in mid/west Wales. Would love to attend a meet, quite tired of camping on my own. I guess if I keep a look out on the forum I'll be able to find the date and venue of the next one. Do I have to book with someone first?
    Maria

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  • Ian.C.S
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    Originally posted by mari2chris View Post
    Most interesting read - the opinions on solo camping. I have just bought my very first campervan - a c15 romahome. Prior to this I camped in my little three man tent.
    I've often thought how nice it would be to have a solo camping section of a club and may be there is one here. I'd love to meet up with 'singles' for a chat, meal or drink, or just a game of cards. Yes, I agree that it can be a little intimidating eating in a pub on your own, especially, funnily enough, if you're female. I tend to eat outside where my dog can lie beside me then if I start talking to myself, people think I'm talking to the dog!
    I like the idea of a newspaper - a good shield to peer over the top to watch the world go by!
    And talking of being on my own - does anyone have any suggestions on an a lightweight awning (to fit my romahome) that I could put and take down on my own?? I would be very grateful for any information.
    I have a steel framed awning but it really needs two people to handle it so it's up for sale. No curtains, so very cheep cheep. Anyone interested?
    Hi,
    why not come and join us on a meet,lots of us are solo,with dogs,cats,rabbits,etc etc.
    there is a lot of information about awnings on this forum,most folk have a movelite or riversway or something similar
    anyway,welcome to the SMHC family.
    Ian
    p.s you dont say where abouts in the UK you are,it helps to know the area,also your forum name gives no clue to gender, I assume I am talking to one of the girls,sorry if I have got it wrong.
    Last edited by Ian.C.S; 05-06-2011, 17:31.

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  • mari2chris
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    Solo camping - senior member

    Most interesting read - the opinions on solo camping. I have just bought my very first campervan - a c15 romahome. Prior to this I camped in my little three man tent.
    I've often thought how nice it would be to have a solo camping section of a club and may be there is one here. I'd love to meet up with 'singles' for a chat, meal or drink, or just a game of cards. Yes, I agree that it can be a little intimidating eating in a pub on your own, especially, funnily enough, if you're female. I tend to eat outside where my dog can lie beside me then if I start talking to myself, people think I'm talking to the dog!
    I like the idea of a newspaper - a good shield to peer over the top to watch the world go by!
    And talking of being on my own - does anyone have any suggestions on an a lightweight awning (to fit my romahome) that I could put and take down on my own?? I would be very grateful for any information.
    I have a steel framed awning but it really needs two people to handle it so it's up for sale. No curtains, so very cheep cheep. Anyone interested?

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  • gadgetman
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    Reading some of the comments here makes my blood boil, is this progress, very very sad, what's it going to be like in twenty five years on, I hate to think, I wont be arround thank God I'm one of the old School with fond memories of the year gone by.

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  • denimmaterial
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    Eating alone in pubs

    Hi everybody,
    Just a quick personal tip. I don't camp alone, but my job used to involve travelling around and I often had lunch in a local pub. Initially I used to be bothered by men wanting to sit with me etc etc, but I soon found the solution. Open a pink Financial Times and your space is your own! Try it.

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  • pendel
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    I agree Robin. I know someone who is currently in prison, serving 12 yrs for sexually abusing his own daughters when they were young. They kept quiet about it untill their mum had died as they didnt want to break her heart. They are both in their 40's now. He will proberly die in prison as he is in his 60's. Its not just single people who are a risk and it is usually someone they know well.

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  • Robin
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    It makes me very angry when I read about things like this. Who on earth thinks a single person is more likely to be a pervert than a partnered person.

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