The joy of a spontaneous Sunday afternoon…

Today started with a swim, followed by some more sorting out of the van.  Then, having sat out in the sun for an hour or so, we decided to head home.

Once there we decided to go out for a bike ride.  Having checked my sister was actually in we set off – 4 miles later we arrived for a fantastic spontaneous afternoon of drinking.  Very enjoyable it was too 🙂

The bikes made all the uphills and cycling into the wind very easy and we even enjoyed the 3 mile (! – different route) ride home which we had to manage before it got dark (because I couldn’t remember how to turn the lights on…)

Oh well, another great weekend almost over – back to work tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Stats:-

Steps:-                 6,648                                                                                                           Other Exercise:   6 miles cycling

Today’s Stats:-

Steps:- 7,652 (and not quite finished yet…!)                                                               Other Exercise: 40 lengths swimming;   7 miles cycling


Day 1 – Another Rainy Windy Day in France…

Is it the curse of the Philmers or were we just unlucky today?  The day started out fine but by the time we had found the campsite (finally) and were ready to go out, the weather was getting ready to turn (only we didn’t know that when we left, so left without coats, or even a proper warm top in my case..)

Let’s go back to the beginning.  We had a really good crossing, but after a very early night (for which I’m now getting a lot of stick) we were awake by 5.15am.  First off the boat we had to pull over when the SatNav took it’s time to pick up a signal so watched those who knew where they were going sail past us.

We were soon on our way though following the SatNav – which we assumed knew where to take us.  Little did we know it was going in completely the wrong direction and we would have to resort to other methods to find our campsite.  Oh dear 😦

Once we found it though, what a wonderful surprise!  Domaine du Logis is a perfect delight – and when we arrived it was sunny!  It is full of Brits though so sort of feels like we’re at home.


Once set up we set off for Mont St Michel.  (We got lost again on the way…) By the time we arrived it was blowing a hooley!

Once parked we took the free shuttle down to the Mont (it really was too windy to walk all the way), and spent a good few hours exploring.  All as I remembered it and loved it just as much.

A couple of drinks now consumed and I’m about to make us fish finger sandwiches!

Game stats: 1 all (I won Mini-golf, Calv won at pool)

No. of times lost – at least 3

Weather – shocking




First Timer – Let’s get started

This is the post excerpt.

Today I updated my Facebook status:-

Sat here with a glass of cider, in the beautiful sunshine getting excited, and ready, for our upcoming trip – might start work on the blog tonight…!”

So I thought I’d better make a start.

The main reason for starting a blog is our year off travelling around the UK (mostly) in our motorhome in 2017.  Before that (30th May 2016 to be precise) we’re off to France for 5 1/2 weeks.

So I thought I’d get a bit of practice in before next year (bearing in mind I have no idea what I’m doing…)

Currently we’re making sure that everything is in place before we leave.  We’ve spend the past couple of months starting every weekend agreeing that we must get some ‘stuff’ done.  So, here we are with just over 3 weeks to go, and we’ve finally got started!

Okay, so we’ve done a few bits and pieces.  Mainly buying in extra provisions – such as rice and high juice.  Yes, I KNOW they have shops in France but last time we were there we found that it was impossible to find certain items, or when we did they were insanely expensive (for instance, I got a hankering for chocolate spread – no, I don’t know why either – and although we found it, it cost about £4)

Today, Calvin has made a space in the back cupboard to hang a couple of storage containers in – we can keep shoes, loo rolls and other provisions in there.  He’s also modified the bike rack so that we can fit our new bikes on without scratching them.  He really is very useful!

Oh yes, of course, we bought new bikes a few weeks back.  Electric bikes… meaning we can go a little further on them (rather than me always wanting to turn back before Calvin does).  I’d taken a couple of months to finally make the decision to buy.  Calvin decided in 2 minutes flat while I was making a final decision on which bike to buy.  So, we’re looking forward to making good use of them on all those cycle paths & routes in France (particularly in the Pyrenees).

So far we love them (went out for a short 6 mile ride this morning actually before coming over to the van).

Tomorrow we’ll carry on emptying out the cupboards and getting rid of anything that really isn’t needed.  I’ve already filled up 1 cupboard with books, and another with DVDs.

Next week we’ll give the van a good clean, and finalise the modifications to the bike rack.  We will also check if we can get the NOW TV box to work as long as we’ve got WIFI – if anyone knows if this is likely please feel free to share 🙂

Finally I have just 3 weeks left to lose all that weight that I promised I would lose some months ago.  I’ve failed miserably so far, so must try harder!

In my next post I’ll share our route through France.