Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Lead up to Christmas

With the Graduation behind us we fling ourselves head first in to the maelstrom that is Christmas shopping and preparations
Its a busy period for us as we've my Mum to visit as much as we can in between social engagements which bring us much cheer…

The 'In Laws' join us for two nights on the farm for the Graduation festivities

Richard & Katie do us proud one sunday morning up at the B & B providing us with traditional tucker
The best UK breakfast we've had for a long time…
(Nick and his 'Foreman' are exempt from consideration)

All those calories need burning off so we take immediately to the local hills and visit Scotland Nurseries up the road in Tansley

New phone, new Selfie..

These are the recent additions to David & Richards livestock 
Aka Irene & Gemini

A return trip to Pat & Jane's for more merriment ensues one tues night and we are back where we left off in the summer in France
They take delivery of their new car just after we arrive and Pat says "I'll take a look at it tomorrow", lets get off down the town" What a host!

We don't get any further than the first pub which is cosy and served great food

Silliness soon takes over as we try several brews...

Back at Chez Cathcart Pat grabs himself some tiddly girls

My beer, his book and another one ticked off
We stay the night in their spare room instead of upside down like last time in the van and its so much more comfortable…
We aim to hook up again in the New Year so my liver is in training…

Not a selfie..

Most days we have to use the van as our taxi to get about which proves to be a real pain. We just can't get parked near to towns as the christmas shoppers have filled the car parks and the UK is simply not motorhome friendly like the rest of Europe
This just galvanises our plan to return in the summer with the van then spend next Christmas in the sun of Greece or Sicily
Its cold, its windy, its wet and above all, its avoidable
Thank goodness we have really great chums that brighten our visit

For the third time in a week this lovely fire at the pub greets us and we spend a very enjoyable afternoon with Daz (Ruben) and his girlfriend Toni
Alas no photos as its the first time we've met Toni who turns out to be lovely and a perfect match for Daz. They are both 'more than interested' in touring Europe in a few years like us numpties and its great to see such enthusiasm
We really hope you realise your dream and look forward to our next RV

Technicoloured flashing 'Morley'

Our road crew in festive mood..

So we are ready now. No more shopping or stress (hopefully) and look forward to spending a traditional Christmas Eve 
The day itself will be spent with the 'kids'
Merry Christmas Everyone!