It’s beginning to feel real now…:)

I’ve now begun my final month at work (my last day is 2nd December), and the fact that I’m about to take a year off is becoming very real.  Actually it’s 13 months due to my work pattern for the last few months.- so I have plenty of time to prepare.

So now we’re starting to get ready.  The ferry tickets to Spain are booked and paid for – we leave on 18th January.  Continue reading “It’s beginning to feel real now…:)”


The van has a week in Sixpenny Handley – without us!

Our friends, Barry & Gill, are going to look after the van for us for a week next year when we go to Ibiza for a wedding.

When their dog, Trixie, broke her leg a few weeks ago they couldn’t keep to their original holiday plans.  So we thought that maybe they could get some practice in!

We took the van to a site we use regularly (Church Farm in Sixpenny Handley, just beyond Fordingbridge) and they followed us in their car.  Continue reading “The van has a week in Sixpenny Handley – without us!”

A short break in Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is definitely worth a visit. Lovely walking (if you don’t mind a few hills!)

Probably our last trip away this year before next year.  We’re making the most of my last few days before my teaching kicks off for the next few months.

We stayed at Orchard Farm on Wednesday evening, and set off just after rush hour on Thursday morning.  We were staying at, what appears to be, a fairly new campsite just a couple of miles from Symonds Yat.

After setting up we headed out to Symonds Yat – we decided not to walk as it seemed to be further that we had initially thought.  We followed the walk down to the river from the top of the rock – it’s actually quite difficult walking down as it was really quite steep in places.  Continue reading “A short break in Symonds Yat”

Day 38 – The Last Post

A fitting title for this, my last post, as we spent our last day visiting the D-Day beaches in Normandy.  So also a very sobering day.  After all, if it wasn’t for such sacrifices we probably wouldn’t have been able to do what we’ve just done for almost 6 weeks.

As we drove through Bayeux on our way to Point du Hoc we noticed signs for the British Cemetery but decided to keep going and visit at the end of the day.  Little did we realise that it would be another 10 hours before we started heading back to the van, and we would be a long way from Bayeux by then! Continue reading “Day 38 – The Last Post”

Days 36-38, 5th-7th July. Paris & Versailles

We came back to Paris because we missed out on Versailles last time.  They’ve had floods here as well – the campsite is right on the Seine, near to the Racecourse (I was hoping to maybe take in a meet but it’s under major refurbishment – cranes everywhere!).  It’s also within sight of the Eiffel Tower which we never noticed last time we were here!

The reason we noticed this time was because we went out on our bikes on the 1st evening.  It looked like there was a proper cycle track on the other bank of the river in Suresnes; so off we set over the bridge to find it was on the other side of a busy road.  Continue reading “Days 36-38, 5th-7th July. Paris & Versailles”

Days 31 to 35, to 4th July – Relaxing & exploring Tournos


It was quite a long stint today up to Chalon sur Saone and a 4 night stay at Chateau D’Eperviere (a site that we’ve stayed at previously).  We’re mainly intending to relax here, as we need it!

This site has suffered 4 floods this year, 1 very recently, which meant that we couldn’t have the type of pitch that we prefer (on grass rather than a hardstanding).  We parked up so that we could get the sun in the morning and shade in the evening, but unfortunately this meant that we were facing our neighbours (not usually a massive problem) which they were clearly not happy with when they returned to their van – they proceeded to peg their towels up to create a barrier.  They even pegged the towels together to be sure!  Continue reading “Days 31 to 35, to 4th July – Relaxing & exploring Tournos”

Day 30, 29th June – The Ardeche – an unexpected bonus

I’m sorry, I know I’m behind (in fact I’m writing this at home 😦 )

As I have lots of other things to do this evening I’m afraid  I haven’t got time to actually write, so I thought I’d get some photos uploaded – now that we have proper WiFi!!

I will then revisit when time allows to fill in the gaps.

This day was our unexpected bonus in that we were expecting to move on to Chalon after just the 1 night, but once we’d arrived we realised we needed to stay for 1 more night.

See pics below (hopefully they offer their own explanation).

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