Carefree at Carefree

We are back to what we now consider to be our ‘go to home’ namely Carefree Nursery. It is so relaxed here and Frank and his daughter Kay who helps him out are lovely hosts.

We are here until 24th and then off to our work placement for the summer which we are really looking forward to. With that in mind we have been able to test out and add our extension to the motorhome and put it up in the relative privacy of a five van site rather than in full view of a full campsite plus our work colleagues.

No planning permission needed, no Building regulations, just a pump, a mallet and an hour or two later we have more than doubled the size of our living space. Everything suddenly felt more ‘Holiday like’ as it brought back memories of our Caravaning holidays when Ryan was young and the awning that we always put up. A bit of tweaking (as the first time we couldn’t fully open the door back on to its retaining clip) moving it a foot or so forward, and now fully pegged it is soooo relaxing to sit in even when it’s cold outside. Designed for a caravan and not a motorhome we did a lot of checking it out before we took the plunge but are so glad we went BIG (and at 8M long by  3M deep it’s as big as they come) although we didn’t consider the placements of the roof poles so we’re lucky that it worked out right. It even totally unintentionally colour matches the Motorhome and the Smart car.

The aim is to effectively live in the awning throughout the Spring Summer and early Autumn creating a kitchen area in one end, a dining area in the middle and a sitting and T.V watching area at the other end. Our oil filled radiator and electric fan heater will keep us snug towards the end of the season if it turns chilly . We have yet to buy some flat packed rattan seating that we can take it apart again to store in our garage over the winter. We hope that the awning living  will reduce the wear and tear on the motorhome and being able to cook outside will more or less eliminate condensation.

When we met Trevor he took a nice photo of Angie and I outside the Motorhome and smart car. It’s the first photo we have had taken with both of us together and we love it. Thanks Trevor.

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Long Time – No See

It’s been 14 years since we last met and a lot of water has passed under the bridge for both of us but it has been a fantastic reunion with my old walking buddy Trevor and quite amazing that we are both naturally drawn to living in a motorhome/ caravan and enjoying the life outdoors.

Although Trev has been retired for 8 years he has kept himself  massively busy with charity fund raising and lots of long distance walks and in the more recent years has re found his love for cycling and accomplished some inspiring ( frightening for the non-cyclists among us) long distance cycling challenges. He also has a blog

http://purpletraveller.blogspot.co.uk/

He is now living life to the full and loving it in what he calls his pint size hobbit van ‘Eva’ the Eriba.

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Trevor and Ann’s iconic pint size Eriba which they absolutely love.

It just goes to show that one size doesn’t fit all and no matter your preference or how you want to do it, just find something you like and think you will feel comfortable with and it will work for you then go for it.

 

An evening with a few beers on Wednesday and a lovely walk with Trevor to a col in the Dartmore National Park plus an evening with a Chinese take away and we are sort of up to speed with each other’s life events. Trev has vowed to return the journey and come to see us at Theobalds Park when we are working and I’m sure that now we have made contact again we will be following each other a little more closely than in the past 14 years but that wouldn’t be hard would it.

Tomorrow we head for ‘home’; a funny expression that as ‘home’ is where we park it but no matter how far we travel and the fact that we don’t actually own a house anymore, carefree nursery at Titchfield feels like home now and it’s still close to family and friends.

The weekend will see us hopefully add our extension to the van and after 2 weeks of catching up with friends and a few Cuban salsa evenings for me it will up to Theobalds for SEVEN MONTHS!

 

Devizes Surprises

One of the delights in doing what we are now doing is stumbling on new places that we have not visited in all the years that we have holidayed in our caravan or booked holiday cottages. The nature of our transient existence means that we have to move on from time to time. Wiltshire and Somerset were two of those counties that were near enough to NOT really want go to when we lived in Hampshire. Sure we did Cheddar Gorge, Bristol, Bath, Longleat and so on as day trips but there was never enough of a draw to make us want to stay for much longer.

A bit like when we needed to go to Lincoln to have the smart car and towbar fitted Devizes and in particular it’s surrounding area and villages have been an unexpected delight. The walks on the Kennet and Avon canal are a real treat and Lacock, & Castle Combe are both must sees for anyone visiting the area.

 

We wish we had more time to explore as we have not even scratched the surface yet, let alone walked out onto the hills with their chalk horse carvings and stone circles but having to cut our stay short to catch up with my old walking buddy means that we will have to return at some time.
The camping and caravaning club site is right on the canal side, run by Jason and Debbie it’s one of the prettiest we have been on. It must be stunning in the summer.

Now it’s raining and the ideal driving day as we are off to Devon and Tavistock.

Charming Cotswolds

 

Friday 25th February – Friday 3rd March

The site we are on is a ten minute walk from the stunning village of Broadmarsh
On arriving at the site of Friday we took a longer walking route into the village and stumbled upon The Crown and Trumpet before the village. It was sunny and warm (ish) so we sat and I supped a pint or two and Angie had to force herself to drink two dry white wine spritzers.

The village is a typical Cotswolds village – or so we are told – as it is the first that we have experienced it was hard to say but very pretty. Old Yellow limestone buildings each individual and impressive and most of them very large Manor House like lining the roads around a lush village green with a war memorial in the middle. Lots of curiosity shops bistros and tea rooms yet quiet as its mid February. We are sure it would be heaving in the spring and summer.

Saturday -the weather was not as good so we decided to do a whistle stop tour of some of the other villages in the area by car. Morton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Chipping Camden and Stow-on-the-Wold were the first to be ticked off and each of them vying for the top spot on the ‘pretty scale’ each with their own character and each totally different from the last, yet all of them picture perfect in their own right. Each of them were allowed a cursory wander around but ‘Stow’ as the locals call it won our patronage for lunch today and a cream tea for me was hastily ordered which consisted of egg sandwiches a scone with cream and jam and a slice of carrot cake, Angie trying to be good had an omelet. The drizzling rain meant that Angie had the perfect excuse to go into most of the shops.

Sunday – a good weather forecast stimulated a longish walk to burn off the calories that I added yesterday. Angie decided that the mundane duties of washing our clothes was now definitely needed and as she was doing to be site bound would also have a go at making one of her much loved Sunday roasts in the motorhome. We have been able to cook nearly everything so far but this was the first attempt on roast beef, her famous crispy fluffy roast potatoes, 4 veg, gravy and Yorkshire puddings. Sounded like a plan for me, a long winter walk with Molly followed by a swift warming whiskey and then a prepared Sunday roast and a bottle of one of our reds from France. I use a great app on my phone for planning walks and tracking our progress to make sure I don’t get lost. I headed out to the Broadway Tower at a fast pace to keep away the cold it was a long a arduous climb all the way to the top but the views were stunning. The walk down was equally steep but rewarded with the best roast for months on my return.

Monday – A quick drive to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeare’s birthplace but the weather was awful and we decided to not get out of the car a wander around as most of it was just a big town albeit with some lovely buildings and the river Avon of course. Definitely a place to spend a day when it is not persisting it down, but not today! A longer visit to Morton-in-Marsh as the rain had stopped by the time we got there, a slice of cake and coffee to replace the calories used wandering around the ‘countless’ Nic nac shops! Then on to Chipping Norton.

Tuesday – one of our prettiest days with visits to Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter (they sound horrible but are really stunning) followed by Bourton-on-the-Water which was very quiet with the only visitors being mainly Chinese photographing absolutely everything including shop windows, signs, menus etc – what is it with them?  We then went on to Buford to complete a lot of walking and some great photos taken in some of the loveliest villages we have seen.

Wednesday – started by spending a lazy morning surfing the net and having another go at trying to find a long lost friend and walking buddy. Having tried numerous times in the past by different ways including Facebook, instagram, linked-in and google even ringing an old number and leaving a message but all to no avail we were shocked to find a blog on the net and on opening it there was a picture of Trevor. Unbelievably he is full timing in his caravan and has had some amazing experiences over the last few years. I pinged him an e-mail via his blog but as he had not added a post since December was not sure he would receive it. We then went to Evesham – not great! Enough said! We decided to head out to the local Gin distillery and try to get on a tour but we had missed the last tour of the day and the shop was deserted apart from a few very highly priced bottles of gin. We made a hasty retreat. A further wander around Broadway concluded the day.

Thursday – Whilst lazing over our morning coffee in bed (this lifestyle means a lot more lazy slow starts to the day) I started reading Trevor’s blog again and spotted a photo of his site which I recognised. A quick phone call to the manager at The Camping and Caravaning club site in Tavistock confirmed that Trev was indeed there. We changed our plans again and booked in to visit on Wednesday asking him to pass a message on to Trevor of our intent. Really pleased to have found Trevor again after at least 10 years. Thursday is our last touring day of the Cotswolds as Friday is forecast heavy rain all day and Saturday we leave for Devises. First on the list is Bibury, this was no 1 on our hit list as it looked so pretty. The day was a beautiful spring like day and when we arrived at the village there was a group of teenage Chinese girls in front of us in the small car park by the church. We purposely went into the churchyard to get away from their excited squeaking chatter. They followed! Lucky they disappeared as we wandered up to the small green. When we walked down to the small stream and the row of cottages that it is famed for they were there taking picture upon picture upon picture upon picture. I waited and Angie went to look in the small post office and gift shop coming back proudly holding two mouthwatering hot sausage rolls which were the best I have ever tasted. We munched on them by the stream and waited. After a while we decided to walk past the girls who were now taking pictures of themselves in stupid poses in front of the cottages. We walked up the hill and explored the rest of the village. On returning they were still there! There were a few people waiting to take a picture of the cottages without their group in it. We joined them. After a while we decided to walk back to the car and drive back to the spot hoping that they would have moved on. We parked up again and they were still there still taking photos! We waited again and I was just about to go and ask them to “bugger off” when they finally moved to the end I quickly took my shots ( the other people must have just given up and took photos with 5 Chinese girls front and centre) but they were still in the background -you can just see them in one of the attached . After the stunning village of Bibury we did a whistle stop tour of Lechlade and stoped for a pint on The River Thames before driving through so many pretty sandstone villages en route to Highworth, Fairford and Minster Lovell.

We returned home to find an e-mail from Trevor with a phone number – he had obviously been passed my message. I called and after a 10 minute chat over the phone we confirmed that we will see him on Wednesday which we really look forward to and catching up on his travels and experiences.

In conclusion we have truly loved the Cotswolds and have tried to exhaust it without success. It’s a great place to visit whatever the weather or time of year and although it would be stunning in better weather the additional crowds would spoil it especially if they were Chinese!!!!

Bank balance much lighter!

We had a hit list of things that we needed to look at and buy whilst at the NEC Caravan and Motorhome show and within an hour of arriving we had purchased an awning and all of the extras we wanted  and with the savings we made on the “deal” we were able to get a new telly too so no more complaints from other campers on the site due to the noise from our inbuilt speakers. The telly is up and running and a brilliant addition to the van. We look forward to collecting the awning in 2 weeks time and testing it out at carefree nurseries for the first time. It is a whopper at 8m long and 3m wide and although designed for caravans it will fit our motorhome nicely and give us an enormous amount of space and it still goes up in 20mins with the air pump.

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What a huge show and it was really interesting to look at some of the other vans and motorhomes there ( and also re-enforces how much we like our motorhome) as well as everything that any outdoor enthusiast could possibly want. We spent a small fortune and walked 5 miles!

Windy but lovely canal side walk yesterday with a rainbow at the end.

Having braved Storm Doris and survived her wrath unscathed we are now off to the Cotswolds for a week and it’s sunny today.

Job Done!

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Well we have completed our month at Theobalds Park and really enjoyed it despite the cold and the muddy grass the ice and sometimes snow. It was a relaxed way of earning a living and a fantastic taster of what is to come. We now sit at Titchfield Carefree nurseries.

We have about two months to kill before we start in earnest and in the better weather – we hope! We envisage long free afternoons relaxing in the sun with a BBQ after competition of an early shift or lazy mornings with breakfast al fresco before commencing the late shift. 2 Days off each week to explore the delights of London in the summer and 40 hours of work each week for seven months to pay for it.

Between now and then we have a few housekeeping duties to perform.

No 1 – Help our son Ryan settle into his new home. We forced his hand when we decided to do our life change and he accepted the change initially begrudgingly, then happily when he realised the freedom that it gave him. This was followed by a little resentment when the full realisation hit of the cost of living and that it did not feel like home. Later, worry when he was given notice to vacate by the head tenant and then excitement when he realised that he could rent the whole property as the head tenant and make it his own, sub letting the other room. The first week involved renting a van and collecting home making furniture and Chattels from friends family and from our storage garage and setting him up. It looks homely now and he is surrounded by familiar furniture. He finally feels that he is home at last. We also took the opportunity to take all of garden furniture fridge and other homley things up to London in readiness for the season.

No 2 on the list- buy an awning to attach to the motorhome. We always expected to have to buy one but the month working re-enforced it massively. Muddy boots and cream carpets do not go together and there is a huge need for outside space and a covered area to chill relax and cook.
Hours of internet searching identified only one real possible and it is a bit smaller than we wanted 3m wide and 4m long but with the additional annex to provide a cooking area and space for the additional fridge and cooking hob, it should fit our round table and 4 chairs a small sofa and table for an outside telly. A bit of carpeting, lighting and a heater and it should be a great and cozy addition to our already cozy van. The chosen one also is an inflatable one that goes up in 5 mins so could come with us when we tour.

A trip to the NEC in Birmingham for the motorhome caravan and camping show is now firmly on the cards on the 22nd February and we have booked into the club site in Birmingham for 4 nights as a base. After that 8 days in the Cotswolds in a Caravaning club site -(the opposition we know, but cheaper than the camping and Caravaning club and always great sites) then on to Devises for 8 nights and then back to what feels like our new home where we are at the moment Carefree Nurseries until we head back to Theobalds again for the spring and summer.

Other things on the to do list- Dentist annual check up, Molly annual vaccination, meet up with friends and family – we struggle to have a day to ourselves before we head off agin – nice really! Gids to Catch up with the salsa gang and get his “hit” of Cuban

Our only disappointment is that we had to leave the amazing weather in Spain. At least it gave us the opportunity to help our son and prepare for the summer season.

So far would we change ANYTHING …. Nope!

A week on!

14th  January 2017

 

 

We have been doing this campsite assistant thing now for 1 week and a day and so far it is a doddle. No pressure and NO targets and it is a job where you just potter around.

So what does it entail? Well the early shift is:-

7am quick check of the toilet and shower block to make sure there are loo rolls ‘a plenty’ and that it’s all clean and presentable. A wander around the park to check all is in order (I take Molly with me) and back in the van for about 7.15. Open the office at 9am and power up the computer then put the kettle on. At about 9.30 do a bit of work which mainly involves moving caravans around and then 10.30 – tea break. 11am clean the toilet and shower blocks till 12.30. Handover and update the late shift what is needed over a cup of tea and biscuits then  Lunch at 1pm till 2pm. Work from 2 till 4pm which is a bit of mowing in the summer but at the moment just doing some edging and soon to start a bit of painting. 4pm finish.

late shift is :- Start at 12.30 with a hand over from the early shift then 1pm – 5pm office work and seeing vans to pitches, grass cutting etc with a break 3-3.30 for tea. At 5 pm the office closes and you return to your van but you remain “on duty” until 8pm or late arrivals and any urgent enquiry. So far it seems to be in the van with a buzzer in case you are needed. 8 pm off duty although a toilet and shower block check around 10.30- 11pm Done!

Evening sunset over the Old Oak Tree

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A large part of the job is just chatting and being nice to the campers. We are enjoying the “job” so much we actually don’t look forward to our days off and that is with it feeling like a commercial site at the moment with rain, snow, cold and boggy muddy ground. Think how we will feel with the warmth of the summer sun on our backs with our own enclosed pitch with an awning and nice firm green grass and a holiday feel about the place. We can’t wait.

Today consisted of a 6k run, back for a shower and a full English breakfast / brunch then a bit of washing and then on to the cinema ( first time for us since Avitar was on) back home for some Paella and then 3 hours of Cuban salsa for me . In at 11pm ready for the 7am start tomorrow. Not too shabby for a day off.

 

 

Our new job!

7th January 2017

Well it’s more of a  ‘bimble about’ rather than a job or that’s what it feels like so far. We are sure it will get a whole lot busier but there is no pressure and it is very relaxed so far. The team here are nice and seem to get on well. Today we were run through the workings of the three different petrol mowers the petrol strimmers and hedge cutters, leaf blowers and the tractor. Angie loved the tractor and took to it like a duck to water rather unexpectedly. I too enjoyed the fun of driving it and cant wait until we use it for a full days work shunting and Manoeuvring vans about and cutting grass. The other power tools look fun too a proper boys toys job. The office work seems easy and even the computer system appears to be logical once we know what buttons to press. For the first month a 33 hour week is strictly enforced and this will increase to 40 hours in the peak season. Our biggest concern is what do we do with our free time as there seems to be a lot of it at the moment and even in peak time this will still only be 8 hours a day for 5 days.I have never worked only 40 hours. There is no travel time either to eat into our time.

SUNRISE ON THE SITE – One advantage of the early shift

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Shift patterns start with earlies at 7am  and go through till lates finishing at 8pm but most of the time is spent bumbling about chatting to the holiday makers with a list of things to do on the site gradually being worked through when the time allows. The only regular daily activity involves cleaning the shower / toilet washing up block and laundry room. Although it sounds unpleasant it actually is no issue whatsoever and there is very little unpleasantness to it at all.

Tomorrow is our first full day without the manager on site and it’s just us and the other assistant. We will be left to our own devices to get on with what we want to do on the to do list.

We have just over three weeks here to learn everything (or as much as we can) as when we return we will be the most experienced assistants on the site as we have been told that the other three assistants will be newbies as we are presently. Talk about the blind leading the blind!

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It’s a hard life.

Saturday 7th January 2107

Having had no work since 1st October for me and 1st September for Angie we are now fully working again. We’ll sort of. We worked yesterday and now have two days off to recover. So I thought I would take advantage of my new found freedom an update the blog as we have been limited whilst on the road and even the ferry internet did not work!

So we are now at Theobalds Park Camping and Caravaning club site for a month. The team here seem really nice and friendly and the site is ok too although being so close to London it is a workers site more than a holiday site. We sort of expected to have lots of people who wanted to see the sights of London (14 miles to parliament square) and although we are told that there are some of these too the vast number of the occupants are those that live here and work during the week in London, its all experience and I’m sure we will love it anyway.

so an update of the last 8 days is as follows which we have typed daily (when we have had something to add) and now we bundle them all together.

 

31st December An unusual New Years Eve

It’s funny how things change and what this new found freedom has given us. We had so many plans on how to spend this momentous day but what we actually find is it is just ourselves, the two of us and Molly of course on a gravel turning circle outside of a closed Aire (the second in as many days we add ) on the outskirts of an ancient walled medieval town of Donzenac just south of Limoges. Parked up against a no parking sign. We think what the heck we are at the end of a dead end leading to a closed camp site and closed Aire in a quiet and remote village, it is New Year’s Eve and who would worry about us for just one night.

We left our makeshift camp early this morning as we had nothing to keep us there although the temptation to explore the double walled medieval city was strong. We had distance to go and Angie has the start of a cold. Another time we will come back to visit it though I’m sure.

The weather was misty and this turned to heavy pea soup fog quickly. We trudged on to Toulouse and then Montauban and fog just kept getting thicker. The going was testing and slow about 45 miles an hour but was as fast as I felt comfortable pushing forward into the whiteness. The locals however must have possessed a six sense and just knew that there was nothing coming the other way when they overtook us at speed into the white blanket without any lights on at all, totally MAD. We were aiming to just have a short drive today after the stress of yesterday and stop at Cahors but as we topped-out at the peak of the mountain just past Caussade the fog dissipated and we were given stunning blue sky’s and the scenery that we had been missing for much of the way. The whole feel of the journey changed and it became a joy rather than a chore. Just before Cahors we pulled over and looked at another Aire possibility at Souillac and then further on we stopped for a bit to eat and then decided to go on to Donzenac which was even further as the weather and going was so good. It also means that nearly all of tomorrow will be on motorway so we will not worry about the weather.

The road here was twisty but wide and of superb quality and the views over the bends in the road and down into the valleys were amazing. The towns and villages we passed through were stunning especially Cahors, Payrac and Souillac and reminded us a bit of the Lake / Peak District but without the rain. We were told that the area around Limoges was beautiful and so far we have loved it and it’s quite warm too. We have vowed to return to explore more when we have time to do so perhaps in November next year on or way to somewhere hot.

So we sit here with a couple of bottles of red and a cheese board watching Game of thrones in a semi expectant mood for the first time in years. We have the belief that 2017 will be better than much of 2016.

Sometimes you have to take control of destiny rather than just letting life pass you by. The last few months have truly been an eye opener and we don’t regret a minute of it. So far it has been the best thing we have ever done. Next year we have a new job but one that will be a way of life and that we enjoy doing, we will meet new and interesting people, make new friends and go to many new places and countries.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

We hope it is as good for you as we hope and expect it to be for us.

 

1st January 2017 – Long day on the road on New Years Day

We left our free but closed Aire and joined the motorway within 1.5 kilometres. The aim was to make for just south of Poitiers and the journey went well, however it had been snowing quite heavily by the time we got there and the road to the Aire was a thin singe track both there and back plus quite steep from the main road. It was also due to snow tonight. We decided to not risk getting snowed in and pulled into the next lay-by to plan what to do.

Unlike me (and those who know me will agree with this) I decided to just plot the easiest route to Caen into Margret and wing it! We thought we would just find a Aire-de-repose en-route and pitch up for the night.

We decided that with the inclement weather it would be better to get onto the motorway network just north of Rennes. At least they will keep the motorways open and free from snow if it snowed here too. As we plowed onwards the surrounding countryside became more and more fairytale like initially crystalline trees sat on top of lush green grass and then gradually the grass became feathered with white until full winter scene set in but with a weird slightly pink hue to it. It was a truly magical scene and particularly when the road cut through the woods or the traditional national roads were lined with the trees either side. We were so glad that we could drive through it but also glad that we could get out the other side.

We are now in the first autoroute Aire to the north east of Rennes. Having just finished a bowl of fresh Salmon vegetable and pesto spaghetti we contemplate what tomorrow holds for us.With the homeward journey almost complete we have two days to kill and only 156k to drive. Le Mont St Michelle may be an option but it depends on Angie’s Cold and the weather.

It seems strange that on Friday we were in shorts and T shirts and yet with only 3 days driving by road we are now amongst snow and freezing weather.

2nd January 2017 Le Mont Saint Michelle

We woke early as the motorway Aire woke early.

After a remarkably quiet night with only one transit van turning up at about 1.30am that woke Molly who barked that subsequently woke Angie who then subsequently woke me telling me that there was someone outside. There was! It was a bloke trying to get some kip in his transit van before going on his way at 6am. We only had 45 mins of driving today as we decided to go to Le Mont St Michelle and found a great looking Aire just 5k away from it. Having had no nightly charges since leaving Spain we decided that we would splash out the €12.50 needed for the pitch fee water internet electricity hook up and waste. When we arrived the Aire was brilliant and one that we will remember for the future. Easy roads there and back to the motorway wide entrance large pitches and only a short drive, walk or cycle away from the iconic island.

We pitched up un hooked and quickly drove to the mount and were directed to the parking area. It was so different than I had remembered from when I visited with my parents but that was about 40 years ago. Then you parked on the causeway. Now probably due to the huge amount of visitors and popularity of the place there are huge car parks with a free shuttle bus to the mount. The push me – pull you type bus turned up with a driver seat at each end so it did not need to turn around on the causeway. The sign said that you could walk to the island in 40 mins and as we had Molly (and the bus was crammed and the next not due for 20 mins) we decided to walk and let Molly let off steam.

The mount was all dressed for Christmas and it must look amazing when it gets dark. It was packed through the central streets which were heaving with Chinese taking pictures of everything including the bar, the menus at the bar, the person taking the picture of the menus at the bar, and the person taking a picture of the person taking a picture of the menus at the bar. Molly got photographed so many times and we were concerned that she might have been being photographed as the main course!!!

After climbing what seemed to be a thousand steps we decided that some refreshment was needed. We squeezed past the telephoto lenses of the Chinese and found a bar that looked suitably dog friendly. I popped in and in my best pigeon French asked if we could bring in our little dog (petite Chen). The friendly black and huge French waiter said he only allowed large dogs in then laughed and dragged us in. Seafood spaghetti for me and tuna Nicose (is that how you spell it) for Angie, and a bottle of red – Nice!

We also walked back to the car as the queues for the shuttle bus were massive and the first bus was already full and another 50 Chinese waited for the next in 20 mins and it was freezing. We decided that a walk would at least keep us warm – perhaps.

Once home, because that’s what our motorhome is – home! We tucked ourselves in and settled down for the night.

3rd January Homeward bound

The last long drive in France until November 2017 brings us to Caen. It was only a two hour drive so we left late which gave me the opportunity to do something that I had not done for ages. I went for a run. The Aire was right on a cycle way that the French love so much. It was freezing at 9am but I decided to run anyway. Molly was a mad dog in the frost bouncing and bounding about like a puppy. The 3k run to the village was stunning with a gorgeous sunrise and a winter scene everywhere I looked. As I drew nearer to Le Mont St Michelle an orange glow surrounded it and the mist lurked in the background. It was a truly enchanting scene.

 

Two hours after leaving the Aire we arrived at the next one. De-ja-vu or what! but at least we won’t have to worry about an alarm clock in the morning.

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We catch the 8.30 tomorrow and will be woken at 6.30 by the Mont st Michelle arriving to take us home.

A quick stock up on some cheep wine and our European adventure is over!