Wednesday 28 July 2010

We're travelling - relatively.

It really feels like we’re on a journey now. We’ve handed over the keys to our last car so now it’s just us and a van bimbling round the country. Actually “Bimbling” doesn’t quite describe the meticulously planned and precisely executed military operation that we’ve undertaken in the last week.
From Yorkshire we went to Glen and Steve’s near Wisbech for a couple of nights so that Ann-Marie could go to her last practice with Pig Dyke and we could pick the car up. On Tuesday, with Dave in the Kon-Tiki and Ann-Marie in the Berlingo we carried on down to Hoddesden via a timber yard, to see Frankie & Harry and have a look at the house that they’re buying.
 It’s a smashing two bed maisonette with a car port and a roof garden. It’ll be perfect for them and it’s only a 10 minute walk from the Lea & Stort navigation, so we can visit!
We left there on Wednesday and went to Ann-Marie’s sister’s house in Mytchett to drop the car off along with a load of timber we’d been carrying around for the porch that Dave will be building for Karen when we return. We stayed on Ann-Marie’s parent’s driveway in Fleet till Friday. (Two wash loads and an Anniversary meal out. Thank you Carole & Pete, it was lovely!) Then on to Ross on Wye to see John & Camilla, stopping at a spray shop in Stroud to pick up a bike frame for Dave’s sister Kate. We had a walk through Ross and a couple of pints in a very nice pub alongside the river before settling down to a relaxing evening round the BBQ.
On Saturday we joined the rest of the country on the M5, eventually arriving at a beautiful campsite near Bude in Cornwall, where around 40 of Dave’s relatives have gathered from all over the world to celebrate Aunty Margot’s 80th birthday.
We’re having a fantastic time here; able to spend time chatting to people we normally only get to see fleetingly. We’ll be here till Saturday morning when we carry on down Cornwall to Penzance with Anne & Ben and Anne’s bike on board.

Next week it’s Sidmouth folk festival, but at least we’re at the right end of the country for a change.

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