The Norfolk Show

The Norfolk Show was a great weekend with quite a nice setup and for a change the sun was in full attendance, quite differant to Peterbourgh and the mud that I am still trying to eradicate from every nook and cranny!

 

Roast Pork and Potatoes on the Cobb

Roast Pork and Potatoes on the Cobb

The Cobb was the preferred outside cooking tool and the roast pork was divine, ok I used the cooker in the van to do the veg and the other roast dinner essentials! but the pork and roasties Mmmmmmm!

 

Quite a nice pitch

Quite a nice pitch

The pitches were the regulation size but there was plenty of room to put out the awning and the windbreak, I know I said the sun was out but so was Mr Breeze!

Set up and ready to lounge

Set up and ready to lounge

When we pulled up the marshal gave out a gasp and said “where are we going to put you” I said how about on the end, and there we are! The show was in it’s second year and was smaller than we expected but there was lots of trade stuff and other essential purchases and there were lots of vans new and second hand to be viewed. I know we are not in the market to buy another but we both liked a rather large three axle Hymer, but Jean-Luc is our preferred traveling companion.

We had booked tickets for the shuttle bus to Norwich, I have worked there before but Tracey has bever been so we were both looking forward to the trip, however after waiting 90 mins with no real idea as to when the next ” shuttle bus ” would arrive we opted for a refund and another look around the stalls and a rather large three axle Hymer! Mmmmm! Shows are dangerous places, we decided we were still smitten with Jean-Luc and the £125k price tag was not worth the extra sockets and full length mirror we would gain!

So off we are home, a couple of weekends away at Honeybridge and Graffham and then on to Germany and our first European trip in a motorhome!  August is busy!

Scotland 2016

We set off early on Friday from Sutton Scotney in Hampshire, having stayed at a Brit Stop overnight, to drive to Glencoe.

By fortune rather than good planning we missed all of the bad traffic around Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, we arrived at Glencoe in glorious sunshine at around three in the afternoon and by four thirty we were enjoying a barbeque and soaking in the views.

We had stayed at this site before when we took the Savannah up to Skye and the west coast and we had promised to come back and do more than just admire the views, at the time our old dog was willing but not so able so views were ok but walks were limited, and walking in Glencoe is something you must do, the landscape and scenery are just fantastic.

Glencoe in May

Glencoe in May

We had not planned to do very much other than walk and ride our bikes and we did both however we had seen an advert for a fast boat wildlife excursion that looked as if it could be rather good fun and we were not to be proved wrong.

Wildlife Fast Boat Excursion

Wildlife Fast Boat Excursion

The short 3 mile cycle into Ballachuilich is downhill for most of the way into Glencoe village, there is one steep decent through the woods that we both opted to walk down rather than try negotiate the wooden gate at the bottom of the hill, with the aid of gravity it could  have been messy!

Once through the gate the path follows the main road into the village and again along the main road to the Isles of Glencoe Hotel where at the adjacent jetty the boat trip was to start. It is worth noting that opposite the hotel is a well stocked COOP that has all of the essentials plus many of the finer things in life, white puddings to name but one item not available further south.

Fast Boat Excursion - Hermit Crab (Who's Not so Happy)!

Fast Boat Excursion – Hermit Crab (Who’s Not Happy)!

We were not too sure what to expect from the boat trip but once kitted out in our fashionable wet weather gear we soon settled back and watched the scenery pass as Paul the skipper gave a running dialogue of the local area as well as the geology that forms the great glen fault which runs from the east coast to west coast and splits Scotland in two, each pushing in opposite directions.

 

Aviemore Campsite Glenmore

 

Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich

After Glencoe we travelled 80 odd miles north to Aviemore and then onto the Glenmore Caravan and Camping club site on the shores of Loch Morlich. With the Cairngorm mountains as a backdrop the scenery around Loch Morlich is stunning, the white capped mountains for ever keeping watch. There is plenty to do here from full on water sports to gentle strolls along the many paths and trails, the bus stop is outside the campsite gate and Aviemore is only 5 miles down the road.

Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich

We took to cycling around the Loch each morning the quiet of nature is one of the best sounds, small creatures scurry around, birds flit by and time seems to stand still oh and did I mention the view?

 

Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich

We could have spent a lifetime exploring the area around but plans had been made and the next location beckoned.

 

 

 

Peterborough 2016

Our first real trip away in Jean-Luc was to the motorhome show in Peterbourgh, we had done little mileage and this would be a good 400 miles round trip, we like Peterbourgh and have visited the show the last three years. I will say we had been lucky and the weather had favoured the fair weather campers, not 2016 because it rained and I fully expected to sea Noha. We were guided to our camping spot and having enquired if he really wanted me to park there I was told yes that it would be ok, well it bloody well was not ok.

Bloody Mud

 

I put out our traction mats and carefully parked on them, nothing was going to trap me! well I was wrong! again! what made things worse was that we were directed to within three meters of the van if front, I hope they are leaving Sunday was all I said, they weren’t!

Sunday came and so did the patient wait our turn for the tractor to come and tow us out, no shame as very few people were able to move off the site without the aid of these 4×4 monsters.

I was still trying to clear the mud from the underside of Jean Luc in August!