Brochure centrefold

Marketing have been cruising round various sites in the programme recently, shooting pictures for the new-look website. Here we have Brian at Château de Boisson, looking like the suave man about reception that he truly is.

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Supercourier!

The family participating in the shoot had a whale of a time and went home with a full set of professional shots as a souvenir.

New team, new wheels

The new courier team at Chalain are bringing fresh ideas to the question of what constitutes suitable on-site transport. Can’t imagine why we didn’t think of issuing everyone with Disney themed scooters before.

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Bikes are so last season, don’t you know.

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Gas bottle change? To the rescue!!

Lots of Canvas experience on Chalain, with Lucy and Robbie switching sides from customer to courier, while Kirsty comes from a committed camping family – her parents were Canvas couriers back in the olden days when it was all about tents, hammocks and drinking red wine out of teapots (don’t ask).

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Slightly Baywatch vibe going on there.

Gardeners’ question time

Confirmation today that courier live emplacements offer a higher standard of living than your Newsblog correspondent’s actual house, with gardens outside every other live mobile. Really, some of us barely have space for a geranium.

Most of our gardeners have gone for the practical vegetable patch approach, though if this is in a bid to supplement wages with home grown produce, you’re probably out of luck – John and Julie at Holiday Marina reckon you’d be lucky to break even once you’ve bought pots, plants and compost. Still, you do get the benefit of fresh organic veggies, with the occasional free-range slug for bonus protein.

Château de Boisson have gone largely for tomatoes as usual, though Heather professes to be a bit disappointed with yield this season, blaming early hot weather.

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Looks like decent tomatoes to me.

Beach Garden have branched out into aubergines and courgettes as well as tomatoes, generating most of the ingredients for a decent ratatouille.

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Impressive aubergines at Beach Garden ….

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….. and the rest of the ratatouille. Nice tomatoes.

The award for Most Productive Allotment has to go to Holiday Marina, where John and Julie have managed a crop of actual potatoes on top of the usual mediterranean veg, as well as at least one melon and what looked like a year’s supply of chillies. They also stand to score for a fine crop of wild blackberries, though the body armour needed to harvest them safely could add substantially to the general gardening overhead.

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Holiday Marina’s market garden

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Nice melons!!! Sorry, childish innuendo.

Meantime, Cat and Kate at Sirene have ditched this practical approach, and gone largely for the hippy wildflower garden vibe, combined with what can only be described as a touch of trailer park chic, using a velour-upholstered massage chair vultured (er sorry, recycled) from the tip next door as a centrepiece.

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Team Sirene – a unique approach to courier horticulture.

Newsblog, meanwhile, hasn’t managed anything more spectacular than a couple of pots of rather meagre geraniums.

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Letting the side down with my mere geraniums

Not the Tour de France

On-site transport is one thing which hasn’t moved on all that much since your Newsblog correspondent first got entangled in the whacky world of camping, back in the jurassic era.

It’s true that modern courier bikes come in fancy colours and boast needless fripperies like gears and actual brake pads, but when you come down to basics it’s still old-fashioned pedal power.

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New steeds for the Argeles ladies. No leaving them outside the tapas bar, mind.

 

Only on the Côte d’Azur

Campers turn up in ever more expensive vehicles in this newfangled world of on-site spas, full-on water parks and multi storey Safari tents. But only at St Tropez would you expect to see a Ferrari in a bag parked outside next door’s mobile.

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Those tailor made wing mirror pockets must make it a bugger to get on and off.

He could have bought a camper and gone on holiday for five years on that sort of money.