Gone Cuckoo?

Cuckoo ClockDate of Stay: 11th January 2014 Now why, you might well ask, do I have a picture of a cuckoo clock?  What is more, what is it doing in my motorhome?  It’s a bit of a long story but the short version is…

We bought a cuckoo clock in Rudesheim whilst on a GB Privelege Tour in our previous motorhome around 9 years ago.  Said cuckoo clock was loved by everyone in the family especially the grandchildren so when we moved recently I carefully mounted it in pride of place in our new lounge; only to watch it fall off the wall and smash into several pieces.  Now, these clocks are pretty expensive and getting one repaired isn’t easy.  So, how brilliant to find Cuckooland just a couple of hours away near Chester.  Run by two brothers, they have a museum with over 700 Cuckoo Clocks and offer a repair service.

So, I booked into the Caravan Club Site at Chester (of which more later) and met with the charming Roman and Maz Piekarski who might seem a little cuckoo themselves given they have been caring for all those clocks for the last 24 years.  I parked up in the motorhome and produced my ‘box of bits’ to be told they could definitely repair it and it would be about 3 months due to the volume of repair work they had on hand.  Now, it turns out that they themselves used to have an RV and one of their delights was to have a cuckoo clock in the motorhome.  The thing about cuckoo clocks, if you are a fan, is that they are very homely.  Reassuringly ticking away and every half hour making that cuckoo sound unique to each individual clock.  I couldn’t resist.  I impulse purchased a cuckoo clock which they gladly agreed to mount for me and let’s face it, given my last attempt, it seemed a good idea to let them do it.  We found the perfect place, immediately facing the entry door and it is securely mounted.  When travelling I have to simply unhook the weights and the pendulum and pop them in a drawer until we arrive at our next stopover.  Here is another shot, you can see it is to the left of the couch and I am betting that I was the ONLY person on Chester Caravan Club Site with a cuckoo clock on board.

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Cuckooland is only a short drive to or from Chester Caravan Club Site.  If you want to visit Cuckooland it is essential to phone in advance.  They don’t operate any standard hours and open when people want to come or when there is a coach or school trip.
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A Pair of RS's

A Pair of RS’s

The Club Site itself was immaculate as usual.  The wardens were very friendly and as it wasn’t busy I was allowed to pick a pitch.  Imagine my surprise to see I was parked next to an RS Race Cruiser.  You don’t see many RS Motorhomes but unfortunately the owners were out all day and I didn’t get a chance to see them.

The site was easy to find and not far off the motorway.  There is a pub, The Rake, just a few yards up the lane and all in all it is a great location.  I don;t often use the club sites but this one is highly recommended with platy of hard standing and no problem for large motorhomes and RVs.

I enjoyed a quiet night (once I had remembered how to turn off the cuckoo for the evening)!

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