1618-1634: Work – Chores and Busy with Friends and Family
Monday 10th – Wednesday 26th August 2020
Do you remember the BT advert with penguins? Chop chop work work busy busy bang bang . That’s how it’s been with us since we landed back in the UK. It was all so busy, I had to set up a 3 column spreadsheet so I could keep track! And now catching up with the blog.
With a stupid o’clock crossing, we parked up for the rest of the night close to Folkestone and then drove round the M25 to the Aged Ps in Ash Vale. Maddy and I (and the laundry) alighted from Jez and I picked up the car … leaving the laundry in the machine, dropped Maddy at her home and drove around to join J at Coxbridge Farm, the CL (5 pitch site) we regularly use.
A bit squished!
Obligatory pic of M25 traffic, at least it wasn’t as bad as normal and the sun was shining. A stop at Cobham Services was a reality Covid check after a more relaxed France.
Here for a few days only and the weather was glorious. And I spent it in the stuffy and even hotter attic … I’d been warned not to add to the volume of our stuff there and as we will be emptying the van into the attic, garage and shed, pruning was needed! Over the 5 years of on the road, we have swelled the contents … items we’ve picked up as they seemed like a good idea and others that we have carried around and not sufficiently used … they all made it into the attic. As soon as I descended from the stuffy and sweaty roof, the weather turned …. it seemed to move into Autumn pretty rapidly.
During this period we did some socialising and chores. Our Fiat airbag warning light was resolved (new innards!), and we combined this with 2 nights on Frances and Edward’s driveway. Niece Zozo had an 18th birthday family Garden Party and we combined this with a side trip to see Ian, Jimmy, Mel and Ruth and Brian in Rustington. Michelle and Craig joined us outside the van, for an American supper … I’ve done their prawn and smoked salmon starter for others as it was so good. An overnight to a soulless Club site in Bladon, Oxford, to see ancient Uni friends for supper. Met up with another old Uni friend, just as ancient, for supper in Lydney. A very boozy lunch with Caroline – isn’t it great when off spring can act as chauffeur?! E Bikes are serviced … Maddy drove me to collect them one by one and I cycled them back to Ash Vale. The car has had the air con fixed, as we will need this with taking the car to Crete. Maddy also dragged me a number of times to her gym … we did legs, arms and cardio over 4 days, so every part of me ached.
New labelled bottles formal my sauces … thanks David and Karen for the link.
Our Coxbridge view … and the new ex-racehorse.
Always love a pic of one of the Severn Bridges where J worked, whilst we had 2 nights in Aust.
Oscar is often ambitious when it comes to sticks.
Lydney Harbour where we overnighted after meeting Sarah, ex Uni.
Getting comfy on a trip … we’re using trellis to keep them off now!
Our view of Southampton – the Solent … overnighting here before the trip to Fiat.
Our first British breakfast whilst Jez in with Fiat – It may have been with plastic cutlery and on polystyrene trays, but yummy.
Walking in the New Forest before going to Frances and Edward.
We saw lots of the wild New Forest Ponies …
… and CO2 got mucky!
Corrie nesting in Frances and Edward’s flower bed …
… and she ousted Bevan from his bed at Bron’s.
Weather OK one night for BBQ with Maddy. It was supposed to be confit duck, but we couldn’t open the tin … a quick trip to Waitrose for provisions.
A walk before Zozo’s 18th birthday party with views of Arundel castle.
And Oscar found another big stick … or log.
Corrie and Doris hoping for cake!
Walk on Climping Beach after the party. New tradition to each collect a shell each beach walk for Clare and Chris’ new house.
Ian had passed a load of Nicky’s photos to Ruth … she’d sorted some out … this was the truck Nicky and I hitched a lift back from S Spain in … we had to stow away on the freighter!
On the medical front, J has had another blood test … PSA still effectively 0. Specsavers have lifted a chunk of £s for new glasses. And I have had a hip Xray … not significantly showing signs of arthritis, which is good, but an old injury may be causing problems … will have to wait for a clinic appointment … initial telephone consult just as we cross over to Europe … may need to get this looked at in Crete. J also paid the GP to do the medical form for his post 70 C1 license … despite the government announcing that all expired licenses are valid for additional months, we don’t believe that this covers overseas … and currently think that I will have to do all the driving to and in Crete … ho hum. Of course, no way of getting any idea of when the license may (or even further medical test) arrive.