1099-1047: The Length Of Britain … Almost

 Over the last 2 months we’ve been very busy … met lots of friends on travels and spent time with family.  We’ve travelled a fair bit:

  • North Devon – twice
  • The Lakes
  • Inverness
  • Farnham, our home from home
  • Bristol
  • Urchfont, Wiltshire

Bristol:  10th – 18th June 2018

We had intended to take a few days wilding, but after loading and cleaning as we left the Aged P’s we felt a bit shattered … we came onto Bristol and got in early than booked at Newhouse Farm CL in Aust that we’ve used before – £12 pn.  Gentle views over the S Gloucester countryside, close to the Severn Bridge that J likes to run over (it was his lunch time run when working at the bridges), good dog walking and close to friends.

Supper in Bristol with friends from our erstwhile wine appreciation society – a group of ‘old socks’ – sorry, ‘old soaks’ wearing old socks!  K met with Thelma – ex-colleague from Cotham School……Stephen and Kay came to lunch at Newhouse Farm CL.

A trip to Bristol Caravans, who have picked up the warranty work after our supplying dealer went broke, to check out the hab door and a small area of floor vinyl de-lamination.

We woke this morning to strong winds. The awning is pitched on very HARD hardstanding, so the pegs were not fully home.  We looked out of the hab door this morning only to discover the awning had largely walked 2 foot to the left.  Clothes on double quick, mallet in hand and storm guys deployed. Fortunately the rain in the night has softened the ground a little so the pegs went in … hope they stay in.

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Storm straps on.

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Our view.

Our little buggers have been exiting the awning under the van … well Oscar … he comes out  to find K.  We’d bought a caravan skirt and fixed it to the van using a Kampa Limpit system.  However, the Limpits don’t stay on.  The question was posed on the wild camping.co.uk forum, and one suggestion was a cheap airbed.  This worked initially keeping them from exiting under the van, but Oscar has now taught Corrie to escape through the sides where the awning has a flappy return to the side.  Currently the pilates mats are ineffectively blocking this exit point.  Suggestions?   The little buggers also managed to switch on the radio (again) and the hazard warning lights when we were out last night.  Oh, and they found their way into the spare sack of dog food this morning … I had to come back for more poo bags on the early walk!

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The air bed barrage. Now being head butted out of the way!

 
We walked on the Prostate Cancer march at Blaise Castle – thanks to all our friends and family, we raised a shedload of ‘smakaroonies’. It affects 1 in 8 men in the UK (official figures – many more unrecorded). 
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Exmoor:  19th – 21st June -2018
 
To Exmoor – meeting with Lin and Bo – Lin gave us generous and invaluable advice whilst we journeyed in Greece and Crete … K had an oft repeated refrain “Lin says ..” – many thanks for that and supper!  Next day we moved a short distance to a farm CL – we were the only occupiers!  Walking lots and instantly fell in love with this gorgeous area – potential home purchase? more anon….. 
 
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Views of a walk down the valley from Exmoor to Porlock.
 
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 Coming into Porlock. 

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Walk along sea marshes to Porlock Weir followed by a pub lunch.

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Farnham:  22nd-  June 2018:  Back at Coxbridge Farm in Farnham
 
Between various eye, ear and sundry appointments, we managed a few meals with family and some friends … even managed to get camping adverse Caroline overnighting in our drop down bed … result.
 
Our Palace … and we still haven’t sorted the Hoodini dogs!  

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J purchased new back up running shoes.   They are getting some serious use with all running he is now doing. It’ll be matching lycra next!

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 Naming no names … someone had a pootiful flushing time at work – a sh***y story! 

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Two of my siblings, Michael and Amelia flew from Dublin to dine with us at Danniellie’s Sicilian restaurant – with Sinead and Shane!  A proper family affair!   Just a shame their flight was 2.5 hrs late … K who was doing the airport run was OK as she went back to the car to read … they spent a large chunk of it in the plane and on the runway!  Air Ryan!!!  

Just on siblings, did you know the word for nieces and nephews is nibblings?

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J ran into Farnham the next morning for a quick hello and goodbye with Amelia.

 Ambleside:  30th June – 5th July – 2018

‘Jezzed’ up to Cumbria (favourite place in England – but north Devon is catching up). Camping and Caravan Club walking meet – about 40 motorhomes and caravans.   This C&CC special interest group is called MAS Mountain Activity Section; we have been assured that is actually a walking and cycling group, no crampons required.    
 
I managed one 7-miler with the walking group, with assistance from ice cream! We did shorter walks another couple of days.  In total 4 walks and 3 different lake swims.  And once you got on a walk you lost the crowds who seem to congregate in and near the towns.  Now K doesn’t like shopping unless it is for camping or outdoor clothes and the sales were on.  I rested in a bar whilst K speed shopped.  We both came away with tops and shirts and a walking skirt (for K!).

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Amazing wild flowers near Windermere.

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The MAS group allowing the cool breeze to dry us out after a steep and long hill climb.  Either that or doing an Angel of the North impression.

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View from the top.  The rugby club, our campsite, is down there.

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Half the stones were washed away a few years ago.

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Elopement anyone?  The only elopement we know of was Delia, one of J’s sisters, who married Liam in Gretna Green. Not because the family would have objected to her choice in man, but she doesn’t like fuss.

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Rydal Water one of our shorter walks.  A swim followed by lunch and a nap.

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Doggy run up only at the C&CC temporary site.  Right next to the posts!

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Overlooking Thirlmere Lake.  Same formula … walk, swim, eat and sleep. 

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Bus into Keswick.  A first for Corrie.

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Walking part way around Derwent Water.  No swim today.

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Goodness knows how Corrie found mud with all this dry weather.

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Wonder what it’s worth?  Although probably many of the coins are now out of circulation.

Stunning Scotland Meeting Friends:  6th – 10th June 2018
 
Cumbria to Scotland – we’re getting around!  Met Dan ‘the man’ on the shores of Loch Lomond for food and chats……  Thanks, Dan for the advice on visiting Sardinia – sometime…
 
On northwards to Brin near Inverness for the next motorhome meet – hosted by lovely Margaret and Angus. Old friends and new – lots of good food and vino. And another loch swim for K.  Saturday night – Emma played the Scottish Harp beautifully. New arrival Jim produced his guitar and said he hadn’t played for years…  He subsequently played like Bob Dylan!  I strummed some background chords….   We all had some sharpshooting practice…..in my youth, my father took my air gun away after neighbours complained that their chimney pots were mysteriously disappearing……. (This was in Hazel Hill Amelia.)  
 
South to see Margaret and Shirley’s new apartment in Melrose – luxury – and huge spaciousness……they gave us a lovely supper too despite only just being moved in – thanks, ladies…
 
Journey from hell to get down to Farnham on 10th June.  90 min delay on M6 so a detour via Leeds to the M1.  Having been so wowed by Margaret and Shirley’s new apartment and mellow Melrose, we could have considered the Borders as a potential house purchase.  10 hours driving was no joke.

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Short Stay in Farnham:  11th-13th July  2018
 
Simon came to visit for the day – we drove to Ash Vale and he and I ran 4 miles along the Basingstoke canal – when did we last run together – xx years ago – maybe Swindon cross-country when he was 13??   Wow!  He’s running well and I’m fitter than I have been for 2+ years….. Lunch at Jez and Simon returned to London by train. He and Ai  are off to Hungary for a dragon boat racing international.
 
The following day, we had a “Persian Bbq with the Baker gang, 9 of us in the awning!  Quite a hoot with the teens and 20’s bringing us up to speed with what ‘doing bits’ means.
 
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House Hunting in N Devon:  14th – 18th July 2018
 
Having sold Acer Crescent, we’re on the trail of a home in north Devon, having fallen in love with the area!  12 houses to view in 3 days – quite a schedule…  after a second viewing in Coombe Martin – no contest – Tithe Barn House it will be – offer accepted – Yippee!!!  The main house dates back to 1500s – time of Marlowe, his employee Shakespeare and good Queen Bess…. 
 
While I rested my bones, K walked along Woolacombe and Westward Ho beaches.  We both walked up around Ilfracombe, and fell into a bar until we realised the car park ticket was about to expire!  OK, the sun is shining beautifully, but even in winter the place will be gorgeous – family and friends are welcome – youze can dress in Elizabethan style if you wish – I will dust off my codpiece!  EBay for a chastity belt for K? 

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Walk from Ilfracombe.

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Looking down to Ilfracombe.

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Resting whilst listening to a band.

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View from the bar!

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Woolacombe beach goes on and on.

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Our New House!

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Ours in the far part of the semi.

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OSCAR and CORRIE’S DIARY

Oscar here, fellow campers!  How about this, then?  I have owned my pets for 2 golden years!  They are still a work in progress but coming along nicely…..  I remember the day they came to fetch me in Solihull (August 2016).  Since then, I’ve dragged them around Europe – including Greece – where Corrie found us in Ancient Corinth. Now, I have 3 pets to train – but I’m Spaniel enough for that!  Mind you, Corrie almost threw a Spaniel in the works – James and Katherine always said there would only be 1 dog in the family!  But she’s really ok and well-mannered – she even follows me when I bash my way out of the awning (regularly) – they don’t call me Oscar Houdini for nothing…  Here’s to the next 20 years – James is lasting well for a bloke in his eighth decade!  K is a young posh potty, anyway….   Corrie is only a little ‘chiseler’……

Corrie here, pets….. the above whippersnapper thinks he’s a gifted Lothario in charge of everything….  He doesn’t even get a sniff – well, maybe a quick bumsniff – nothing else – I’m saving my self for Mr Right……perhaps Mr Geek, no, Greek.  Now, I need to do some training – otherwise things get a bit sloppy around here!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “1099-1047: The Length Of Britain … Almost

  1. Not sure that you received my last post/reply – I am a bit Neanderthal when it comes to this kind of thing.
    So pleased to see you “posting” again. I have been wholly remiss in maintaining my own website (and things have been occurring) but I will improve. I will be resuming further travels within the next few weeks.
    Stay well (and keep posting).
    All the best
    Dave

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  2. Hi Corrie, just ignore O and he will be fine… I showed him who’s boss! Love Kensey… ps.. tell your owners, all that talk of lovely places to buy a house, and where do they finally make a decision… only old Blighty..! I’ve got a bit of kennel cough at the moment, but we must get our humans to catch up soon. Granny has finally sold her house hopefully, but she does have a proper job at the moment so maybe sometime in September? I think we are going to live in the van for a while at a campsite near Taunton, so you have to pass us on your way to north Devon. See you soon xxx

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