Showing posts from August, 2010

Southern Hospitality

It was a bit blustery so we changed our minds about the hovercraft;
we’ll go back and have a proper holiday on the Isle of Wight at some time, maybe we’ll leave the boat with someone for a week and have a cycling holiday. What we did do was have a couple of very happy days in Portsmouth. Ann-Marie used to live there when she was in college and made some very firm friends through the local 2CV club. So, on Saturday we turned up outside Fran & Sean’s house. We all went for a meal on Hayling Island, then on Sunday Sean took Dave to the Hollycombe steam collection; a fascinating mixture of everything steam driven from fairground rides to threshing machines.
It’s all run by volunteers and Sean has been involved with it for thirty years or so.
Fran, Ann-Marie and the adorable Phoebe had a girly day in the park, singing and dancing in the rain. Thank you both for everything, it was great to see you and be made to feel so welcome.
On Monday we parked up at one end of Portsmouth sea front

Frankie's 21st

The gearbox is back in the van and is quieter than it ever was. We really are very lucky; it went wrong when we could stop for two weeks in a place where we had access to tools, a big shed and a bloke called Brian. It was going to go bang at some point and it could have been a total nightmare.
We owe thanks to Ann-Marie’s Aunty Wendy & Uncle Dave for having the van up on blocks in their garden and lending us jacks, to Ann-Marie’s Dad Pete for all his help with the mechanics and moral support and to Ann-Marie’s sister Karen for putting us up (or putting up with us!) for two weeks.

Frankie’s 21st was a blast! The fancy dress theme was “B”; we went as a Butcher and a Baker (the candlestick maker was at the party next door.) We were armed with a basket full of bagels, buns, brownies and bread rolls. Banana Lady won the best costume prize and the Birthday Girl made a stunning entrance as a Beauty Queen.
There was a really good turn out and everyone put a lot of imagination and effort i…

Entertaining Folk

For one week a year the seaside town of Sidmouth comes alive with buskers, street entertainers and morris dancers everywhere you look and live music sessions in all the pubs. Our first two days at Sidmouth Folk Week were chilled out and relaxed, drinking in the atmosphere and getting to know the town before Ann-Marie’s first dance spots on the programme. Each evening we both managed to join Herbacious Border; a random collection of dancers who get together to dance Border Morris on the seafront at 6pm.

Wednesday & Thursday started early with a Molly workshop, followed by dancing with Pig Dyke in and around town. Friday was a later start which gave our Pig Dyke friends the opportunity to throw us a farewell party on Ann-Marie’s last day of dancing with the side. The festival ended with a torchlight procession along the seafront, Ann-Marie with Pig Dyke and Dave with Herbacious. At the end of the procession all the torches were extinguished in the sea and there was a fabulous firewo…

Poscard from Cornwall (delayed in the post)

It’s been a while since we updated but we’ve been busy, so here goes.
Our week in Bude was fantastic; it was lovely to get to know Dave’s extended family properly. Ann-Marie’s sister Karen joined us with her family so it made a really good party week. We spent lots of time on the sand and in the surf at Bude and Widemouth beaches.
We did lots of cycling, (Well, it was lots for us, you don’t get 1 in 4 hills in South Lincolnshire!) and a fair bit of walking around local footpaths and the coastal path.
At the beginning of the week there were about 40 of us at the campsite, (as well as our Kon-Tiki the Woods had hired 4 static caravans and there were a couple of tents) so we took the cooking in turns. Thursday was our go; we did mixed kebabs on the BBQ with sweetcorn fritters and roasted cherry tomatoes. That seemed to go down well, but not nearly as well as the chocolate fondue that we did for pudding!
On Friday we rolled up our awning and trundled off with Karen, Andrew, Lauren and Ben t…