The weeks pass by quickly at Dethick and after having Max serviced and gathering added essentials for our next trip we are ready for the off
Wait a minute, there's a spanner in the works
After having received assurances that our rental tenants are staying put for another year we are informed they 'may' be moving out
Our plan for the next week is to go visit Emilja & Richard in Stowmarket, do a decorating & tiling job for them, then catch the nearby ferry.
Best get on with the short term plan then while we wait to see what happens on the rental front
(The issue here is that our house will need a total interior makeover if the tenants up sticks and we are almost on the ferry!)
The Makeover Team
The finished kitchen (hall, stairs & landing too) for which Emilja & Richard were extremely grateful
An evening at the local Presso was a real bonus...thankyou both
After a tiring but very pleasant week spent with them and using a nearby CL its time to grab a Traditional English at Richard's brother's cafe in town
This shot means we've left the UK via Harwich as planned BUT...
We have confirmation we need new tenants so the plan is made to return late October to access the house and get the job done
Initially this seems a bummer but it needs to be done at some stage soon and means we can then dismiss any worries about the state of the house for a few years
So our month's jaunt in to Holland & Germany lands us predictably at Vianen with some interesting waterway lighting
Its from here we visit..
A small sample of the local transport
Its a lovely city and awash with outdoor terraces and cafes and soon we are refreshing ourselves
The local 'Bin Men'
La Trappe Dubbel
Next day we move on to Milsbeek next to the Reichwald forest on the German border
A long walk through the huge forest brings us out at Kranenburg
A cycle ride next day passes the British Cemetery in the Reichwald
A beautifully maintained place this is
Almost home and we discover a dutch bar with a twist
There are more animals running free here than customers but the La Trappe Dubbel went down well and we bought the glass from the host
Big and very noisy