Keith on November 25th, 2012

We have made our arrangements for the next journey, just a few checks to carry out.

Booked on a late ferry Saturday 29th December. We intend to spend the night on the outskirts of Calais ready to hit the long road the following morning. This year the bulk of the time will be in Spain, on  a site named Marjal Costa Blanca, near Crevillente. Due to arrive on the 2nd January.

We leave there on the 8th of April to head for our old stamping ground of Casa Rosa, Portugal, to catch up with a few people. On the 16th April we begin the return leg, and the challenging drive along the A66, stopping for a few days at Monfrague in Spain to enjoy the scenery and some spectacular birding.

Ferry booked for 09 – 00 on the 26th April.

Keith on November 25th, 2012

Teal is a very handsome pointer, have a look at his photo,  he belongs to Anthony, Helen and family.

Now and then I get to look after him, sometimes for a day, sometimes longer.

They labour under the misconception that I am doing them a favour, actually it is them that are doing me a favour.

If you do’nt tell them I wont.

 

Keith on October 5th, 2012

The streaks are Gresley A4 Pacific’s, you have heard of Mallard, the fastest steam loco in the world.  The N R M at York have arranged to borrow two of the stable Dominion of Canada, from Canada, and Dwight D Eisenhower from the U S A.  I am pleased to say that they have arrived safely on our sceptred isle.

The plan is to have all  surviving A4  loco’s  on display at the N R M next summer, after some cosmetic work. the yanks put a dent in theirs.  Some people have no respect.

No prizes for guessing who will be there.

Keith on October 3rd, 2012

We visited  Wells, the abbey and gardens.  In the grounds was a collection of swan models constructed from fibre glass.  From what we could gather they were the result of an art project to celebrate the Queens jubilee.  The art work on each swan was designed by individuals or groups and dispersed around the town.  The day we saw them they were being gathered together and prepared for auction.

We could not decide on a joint favourite, Jan favoured the one covered in shells.  Keith, either the dragon or lawyer.

Have you a favourite?

Keith on September 29th, 2012

Priddy is a village between Wells and Cheddar,  the camp site is on the outskirts of the village.  Today they held their annual soap box derby in aid of local charities.  These soap boxes come in a variety of guises their drivers garbed in fancy dress fuelled by alcohol and food,  altogether good fun.  Launched from a ramp built of scaffolding at the top of a steeply sloping field the aim being to complete the course in the fastest time.  They are towed. in convoy, back up the hill behind a tractor.

Finished the day with fish and chips.

Keith on September 27th, 2012

The sun was shining so we decided to go for it.  Jan has said for a long time that she wished to visit Bath, today we made it.

We did the tourist thing and had a wander around. Did not visit the baths, to expensive.  Marks and Sparks is quite nice.  Did I sense a yawn coming on.

From there to Bradford on Avon.  A very pretty town with lots of buildings constructed of warmly coloured Bath stone.

The Kennet and Avon canal runs along the outskirts of the town. Makes for a nice walk along the tow path.

Keith on September 26th, 2012

For those of you that are not familiar with the South West the Mendips is an area of Somerset which includes such iconic places as Cheddar gorge.

At last we have made it to this part of our beautiful country.  The journey was quite good, given the prevailing weather conditions.

Staying on a site Priddy, close the city of Wells. Rural but ideal to visit the surrounding places of interest, if it ever stops raining.

More to follow.

Keep watching.

Keith on September 26th, 2012

Today we visited the S S Great Britain at it’s place of birth, Bristol, we very much enjoyed it. No longer a rusting empty vessel A large part of the interior as been reconstucted including the main galley, first class area, steerage and the engine room, (the onboard toilets are works of art, sanitary ware by Thomas Crapper).  Cannot help but admire the skills and hardwork of those that designed and built the origonal. Even more so those with the vision, dedication and skill to present it as it is today.

See the photos.

Pay a visit if you are in the area.

Keith on April 12th, 2012

We are both volunteers at the Dover transport museum performing many task.  Jan is a really good baker makeing cakes for the tea room, they go down a storm. Coffee and walnut is the most popular. Her fruit cake is also very popular.

 

Keith on April 12th, 2012

We returned home on the 29th March, two weeks ago.  It’s nice to be back, meet family and friends.

Our travel plans, at the moment, are  limited. Walton on Thames next week for a few days.  The great Dorset in August, something we have been attending on a frequent basis since 1976.

Next winter? who knows.

Watch this space.