Monday, 31 August 2015

Time to get going

The time has come to set sail again for foreign lands. In reality this is Mainland Europe and is accessed this time via Stenaline's excellent Harwich-Hook of Holland service

A last reminder of all things British as we stay on a golf course of all places close to Emilja & Richard in Ipswich ready for the ferry
This was The Swan at Westerfield we sneaked in to amid awful rain showers and killing time before our evening RVs with the pair at the marina

A very early start and being completely shattered from a very hectic two months back in the UK, I can only manage this departing view of Blighty as we settle back and relax on the 6.5 hr crossing

We arrive safely and soon find ourselves amongst the Rotterdam rush hour but locate a lovely spot on a Yachthaven early evening. This is breakfast next day after a very big sleep

The next 4 nights are spent at De Haar camperstop site near De Heurne, a favourite of ours and a chance to get those wheels rolling again after a huge two month break from regular exercise

Oops! Not far on this ride and we are holed up in the local market at Dinxperlo

The local 'Nuts' man who gladly sold us several bags of goodies

Mobile coffee shop

Back at the van and we are getting acquainted with our new trappings, slowly adjusting to a new routine

The little red dot is us and we are caught between two very different air masses. For us this means a few glorious days of high temperatures but nights of violent thunderstorms giving the best light shows we've seen in ages
So, little sleep and long lie-ins next day are the norm…

One of these days sees us taking a trip on 'Fozz' to the nearby Obelink store 

This is vast to say the least and we are there for four hours and still don't manage to see it all

Cheap and cheerful windbreak for the burner but effective

A local visitor moos agreement 

A ride in to Bocholt next day and we are saddle sore...

The border street in Dinxperlo, NL where its Dutch on the left and German am rechts...

Just to avoid any unecessary confusion

The flowers here are so cheap...

Its warm so refreshment is required...

That night the moon graces the late evening, soon to be replaced by those thunderstorms…

Having spent the day sweltering by the van its time to break out Fozz and visit the Rhine away in Rees
The history is something, the Allies practically wiped the place out on 16 Feb 1945

Proper 'Amber Nectar'

Ha Ha, caught me….

Guess what, time to visit a brewery next …..