The past couple of days have been beautiful and hot, well into the high 30’s C, with hardly a breath of wind the humidity has also been high and every little effort brings out the sweat. It was all a bit much for Fran who sat in the shade trying to stay cool, but not really succeeding. Tom & I went for a little bike ride, the first of this trip. Leaving the campers we headed further along the road, we had arrived on, only to find the road ran out after a few hundred metres. As we turned round we heard an English voice and met Mark, an ex-minor from Yorkshire, who has lived in this part of Slovenia for the past three years or so. He bought his house on five acres of land we some outbuildings and has been renovating and improving it ever since. A neighbour, Heidi, also from England, who lives close by was also there and we chatted away for half an hour. Mark offered us a beer, but we said we would go for our ride and return later in the day. We rode back past the campers and cycled a few kilometres along narrow roads running between the farms, then completing a circular ride we returned to the campers. Around 7 pm we walked along to Mark’s house, Heidi was still there and we all enjoyed a super evening chatting and drinking while sat outside in the balmy evening. It was gone eleven when we returned to the campers, it wasn’t long before I was in bed and fast asleep.
Waking once again to a hot and humid day I had a leisurely shower and some breakfast. Sitting outside around midday Mark & Heidi turned up, we picked up where we had left off our conversations the night before. Mark and Heidi needed to go into the local town so Tom & I joined them, Fran was feeling the heat still and relaxed in the camper with air conditioning on full. In town we had a walk round the main square where Tom, Mark & Heidi used the ATM machine at the local bank. Mark had been telling Tom of a gun he had, a starting pistol actually, saying it could fire a small charge which went off with a terrific bang, having tried it, Tom was keen to buy one for some reason, so we went into a local shop to have a look. In the end Tom bought the pistol, two boxes of explosive caps and two hundred charges which looked like mini 12 bore shotgun cartridges. It’s the second gun Tom has bought, both aren’t real guns, but they certainly look real and I think if the police were to see them they would be asking a lot of questions. Quite why Tom wants the guns I’m not sure, he says he wants Fran to have something to scare off anyone who comes to the camper at night, or when Tom isn’t there, but I cannot see the necessity and think they could be more trouble than they are worth.
By mid afternoon the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up, locals said a storm was coming and sure enough within an hour the first flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder had arrived. In the end the storm wasn’t so bad, the rain was quite light and only lasted for an hour or so. Tom & Fran want to move on again so tomorrow we will decide where we will go. We are very close to the Hungarian border so no doubt we will be in Hungary by evening time. Where we will stay I have no idea, but hopefully it will be somewhere quiet and relaxing.
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