Wow - here I am, I've just created this blog, my first, ready to tell the story of Chantelle, our beautiful 1963 Bedford Marshall bus that is going to take us on some wonderful adventures. I'm going to write this for fun, for all those people whose eyes lit up when we told them about her, and for anyone else wanting to do the same thing, so we can share what we find out. And maybe because just because I'm so excited about the whole thing !

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

So, we arrived safely at Elvey Farm on Sunday lunchtime, after our late start, and the farm was looking beautiful. Tried to drive Chantelle into the cow shed - disaster, shes an inch or so too tall. So shes sitting in the tractor shed, with her new best friend, the blue tractor, while we think of plan B. Meanwhile, we're planning the move of the new bus to join her.

Took Chantelle on a trip to Suffolk this weekend - what a wonderful county - so beautiful, and some of the best delis I've ever seen ! We collected her from the Salisbury storage on Friday around 11.00, and she drove beautifully on the way up getting there by late afternoon. She was completely well behaved on a great day out to Southwold (the best pier I've ever been too) on Saturday, then, for the first time since we've had her, refused to start on Sunday morning. The battery was just too flat to start her in the very cold weather. A "very nice man" came out and got her going really quickly, and we off down the East side of England to Kent. Now planning on buying a 700amp battery and jump leads for winter starts.