May 30th 206 – 12th June …. Repairs and Seeing People
Bristol for Chardonnay’s visit to the motorhome surgeon
From the Wildcamping.co.uk Rutland meet we stayed on Bristol Marina for 2 nights, courtesy of a friend. Great location, right on the harbourside. Dentist for K (just a filling), picked up my car from Mercedes, who had kindly agreed to do a bumper paint job FOC, and we dropped Chardonnay in for her repairs. These were jobs that Family Leisure Travel in Brislington (Bristol) had not had time to do in April, had not been able to get hold of the parts and to deal with the dreaded damp they had found on her habitation service. We did manage to catch up with quite a few friends in one sitting and had a great meal out.
On one of our morning runs, J spotted a cyclist that had been knocked off her bike at a roundabout … he checked she was OK, whilst I got to control the traffic flow around the roundabout …. oh the power. I was quite disappointed when the Policeman thanked me and told me he could take over! But if I ever need a job, it fair beats teaching!
Surprised to spot this advert! And on a newish truck.
Ash Vale – Home!
Having left Chard in Bristol, we were now homeless. So we moved into our ‘official’ residence. Post comes here. The car and Chard are registered here. Our Brexit Postal Vote came here. We have occupied half the attic with a lot of our stuff. We keep a wash kit here. K’s parents are very long suffering! Whilst here for a week, we managed to catch up with a few people and had a few days out with the Aged P’s.
Al & Mark, Bron & Dave and Gill & Gordon in Kingston
Aged P’s impression of the stone Eagle at The Vyne, National Trust
Maddy Munchkin – this is apple juice, honest.
Lunch out – “Was I sharing the Black Sambucca? Better have one of my own!!!”
A Basingstoke Canalside run … this poor swan had 9 cygnets. Could have been all hers or perhaps it was a cygnet Play Date.
More canal wildlife, which gave me an excuse to pause in my running!
We also managed to squeeze in a tea, and thanks for the homemade scones, with Sharon and Katharine and K had a great fish BBQ with Bev, Mike and Lottie, whilst James met up with his youngest daughter and eldest son in London. The week past in such a blur and we did not manage to do everything we’d planned. I think there may have been 11 loads through the washing machine!
We collected Chard on the Friday …. all repairs completed 🙂 and drove back to Surrey … I followed J in the car and received a phone all from an unknown number – Candida, an ex colleague, had recognised my car as she overtook me on the M4 …. great to have a catchup.
We park Chard at my sister’s house as she has room on the drive. They also fed us and we fed the fire pit! A bit of a later night than planned, but after a long day, we deserved a bevy.
I don’t know how, but we filled the car removing our sacks of washing etc from the Aged P’s house to take over to Chardonnay. Dad came with us to take the car back to its official residence. We arrived at Clare’s and the gate code would not work. Clare, Chris and family all out! Bugger – I’d got frozen foods that needed urgently to go into the freezer. My hero came to the rescue … we lobbed James over the fence (his crown jewels took a bit of a beating whilst he balanced on the top) and he drove Chard down the drive to activate the gates … we then nipped through whilst he reversed several bendy hundred feet.
Feeding Non-stop in the New Forest (Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June)
We’d originally planned to meet Penny, a motorhomer we’d met in Italy and kept in touch with, but she had to work. So J had got in touch with Geoff and Carole, who gave us tea, cucumber sarnies and scones! They are both petrol heads who are celebrating their Ruby Wedding next weekend …. between them they have 3 MGs and two other cars … we both fell in love with this 1993 V8, which was Carole’s new toy …
The pic does not do it justice … it really is a thing of beauty and given their wedding anniversary and the colour, it’s name …. Ruby!
We arrived in New Milton to be fed a BBQ by Frances and Edward … this is the amazing couple we met twice in Sicily and then again in Naples … they, like us, like food, travel and can knock back a glass or two …. no wonder we get on so well! Not only had they offered us their driveway for two nights, but the electric hook up cable was ready and waiting for us. The Sunday plan was to picnic at the town Queen’s Birthday celebration with another couple, but as you know plans do not always get stuck to. We started on the sherry at 11.45. Lunch was leisurely. So leisurely that we did not finish until 10.00 pm …. I think this must have been the longest lunch record for us all! The closest we got to the Queen’s festivities was the program of events that Edward printed off! We did raise a glass to her Majesty.
Would that be the bottle of Benedictine we’re battling through?! Was I posing for the photo, or can’t I sit up straight?
Inspired by Frances and Edward, I too wore red, white and blue. Being Irish, J was absolved.
289 – Monday 13th June: Back on the Road again
The feeding did not stop … we were breakfasted on smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, followed by a choice of three homemade marmalades! I would declare that we will stop this feeding frenzy and get back onto a carefully controlled diet (well for me), but I can’t quite see the end of it yet. We have driven up from the New Forest to Scotland – just over the border to a wild camping next to Gretna. Tomorrow we will visit a good friend of J’s from when he worked in Jordan … I suspect that more good food is to come our way … I have managed to remain tee total tonight.
Whilst it is absolutely brilliant to spend time with friends and family (and I am missing Maddy and the Aged P’s especially), we are both very happy to be back on the road heading for places, scenery and adventures we don’t yet know.
Our nosey neighbours on our overnight pitch.
Completely bummed that I couldn’t meet up with you in the New Forest but need to keep the pennies flowing in to pay for my next European Tour. Looks like you celebrated the Queen’s birthday in style! Hoping to catch up with you somewhere in France in September. I’ll be following you (not stalking!) online in the meantime.
Happy Travels, Penny
Yes – disappointed in this motorhome too. Keep us posted on when you plan to leave the UK.
Great to get a blog again! Interesting as usual! You all look great! Mandy is 18 isn’t she? Anyhow it’s holidays! Pretty girl!
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