Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A week to reach Blighty

So this is the intended most direct route back to the grey skies of Britain and we have chosen a few stopovers from the trusted App 
(Ignore the one near Castellion)

One big drive coming up!

A cursory glance at the weather suggests our first night is going to be a sticky one

A wall of heat greets us when we finally step out the van at Teruel

Bet its not like this back home....

Essential coolant

Next day a Devilish milestone is reached

This is Jaca near the border with France and quite a nice town 

Our last Estrellas for a while

She's got her name in the stitching mags again and submits another photo in search of stardom!

A gift for Emilja & Richard

The Somport Tunnel hoves in to view and after around 8km...

France appears...

Just to re-enforce the point...

An Aire near Pau and a new strategy..
Travel while its hot then rest up a few hours and continue later on

There's a popular theory that even in a 'One horse town' there's always a bar next to a church
Not so in Villeneuve de Marsan. Saturday night spent on a very good free aire suggests that the ample sized town would be at least a little lively
Oh dear, how wrong can you be?
In line with most other villages and towns, the populous retreat behind their hedges in to their shuttered houses and wait for the early morning call to arms to go get fresh bread...
The Spanish would be out en masse at this time breathing life in to their community long in to the evening
Just Sayin'.....

Those dusty things called push bikes are pressed in to action one afternoon at St Denis les Ponts and we do a nice circular route in the heat of the day

Man made rain

A last chance to avail ourselves of the croissant addiction

We finally reach Bergues near to our next morning crossing from Dunkerque

A final chance to buy some overpriced beers
(No nibbles, no tapas)

Ahhhh, the joy of Britain

Having slated our homeland I, hypocritically decide I need a much missed fry up at a gaff in Stowmarket near to the CL where we stay for the next four days

Jeans (Christ what are they?) are donned and we are soon in action at Emilja & Richards' cooking the communal dinner and out exercising Lola

Super fun this...

I have to say we were worried at one stage that she was going to have a thrombo as she never stopped running after the balls we enthusiastically hurled for her

Next day in the lovely village of Woodbridge its 'Nails' time for Emilja whilst the rest of us go get refreshments including obligatory sausage rolls

A grown man with a milk shake?
Hope he puts up a better performance when I find my first real ale pub!

Classic England as we all would like to think it was..
A violin shop in a beautiful town with 'greeters' at the ready

There's one!

But this will do nicely to satiate my palate...

Here's another box ticked at an RV with Richard's Mum & Dad later at the Butt & Oyster at Pin Mill, Ipswich
Lovely views over the estuary and a chance to catch up with Suffolk goings on and of course those Adnams Ales..


Sunday, 23 July 2017

More Casa Rudo

Life slows down considerably at Casa Rudo and what better way to pass a very hot morning than stripping down both toilet cassettes to their component parts and scrubbing the living daylights out of them. As bizarre as this may appear its an essential periodic chore to a full timer or at least to one who tries to pre empt equipment failure with a spot of maintenance

The grim container

And its grubby components...

A trip to Alicante

for a ruby murray...

Saturday mornings see us Max it to nearby Santa Pola and that superb market

Far too hot now for this fayre I'm afraid

Tapas in Elche

This was a really good turning point for Nina..

Buoyed on by my use of the 'Subea' mask she tries it out and discovers the joy of being able to swim several lengths of the pool with her head below the surface
A later trip to Decathlon at Elche saw us getting her one of her own to use hopefully both here and in the sea next year

and rising, trust me....

There now follows some gratuitous pics of tapas created for us by the skilful Dorine one saturday night. Slimmers look away...

Another meal this time in the company of some new arrivals to the site

Gambas a la Dorine

Why not!

A midnight dip with Rudy reveals how light refraction can play strange games with body shapes
I'm fairly sure Rudy wouldn't know who 'Stretch Armstrong' was