Well, look at us! We wanted to get some super-grippy winter tyres for the van, but the local garage here couldn’t supply them – I guess there isn’t much call for winter tyres in Alentejo. So, we ordered them online. From a Portuguese website. In Portuguese!
D’s dad, hereafter to be know as He of Little Faith, was convinced that we had ordered an altogether different kind of rubber – I won’t say what as this is a family-friendly blog, but I’m sure you can guess. But fortunately nothing was lost in translation and the tyres arrived and have been fitted. Hans is now ready for anything we can throw at him, although I don’t think any of us are quite ready to brave a Welsh field after a week of rain again.
Speaking of lost of translation, it has come to our attention that there maybe some confusion about the purpose of the leisure battery we refer to on Home Sweet Wheels. For the uninitiated, the leisure battery in a motorhome is the one that powers lights etc, as opposed to the engine battery which..well, you all know what an engine battery does. We do not, as one reader has suggested (you know who you are!) have a solar panel purely to charge the batteries of a certain leisure ‘accessory’ which I won’t name because, as mentioned before, we are a family-friendly blog.
P.S. Before we are inundated with comments about how well our Portuguese is coming along, we should probably confess to a teeny weeny bit of help when ordering the tyres. In the form of the English version of the website being open alongside the Portuguese one and quite a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between them. Until it got to the point where we had to enter our credit card details, when we were on our own. We think it is quite an achievement.