Showing posts from 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…

Steaming around Yorkshire

Ann-Marie finished work last Friday; she's been there for six years and made some very good friends that we'll both miss. It was a day of mixed emotions; she's loved working for the family and  farm but it's the final cord that attached us to "normal" life". We're now both jobless & homeless and we don't know how we ever had time to go to work. We had a terrific time in Keighley with David, Katie, Emma & Matt and their georgeous children. We went on a steam train on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway and walked up the main street (The Hovis Hill). On Saturday evening we were treated to one of Katie's amazing dinners. We've arranged to meet Katie & David in France and we're really looking forward to it. Thank you guys for everything. We're now back in Lincolnshire for a couple of days before heading down to see Ann-Marie's sister in Surrey.

9th Wedding Anniversary

Apparently we’re financially inactive. We don’t know who came up with that one.
Last weekend we were in Ely, one of our favourite places. Not just because of the folk festival, although that was brilliant, but because we feel at home there. Ely manages to mix the grandeur of a Cathedral City with the homeliness of a busy market town and then chucks in an idyllic waterfront for good measure. We had a fantastic time at the festival, all our favourites were there; Harvey Andrews, Les Barker, Colvin Quarmby, The Oysterband and The Woodshed Band. We were surrounded by our bestest friends all weekend and they made us feel really special.
We took Ann-Marie’s car with us to Ely; the chap who was buying it came up from Kent on the train and we did the deal in Tesco’s car park.  Don’t tell them; they’ll want commission.
We went to have a chat with the bank about investments on Monday morning; thank you Kevin, you understood what we wanted and were most helpful. We took the laptop into town and h…

To Wales in a van and don't forget your Nan.

It’ll come as no surprise to learn that it’s been an odd week since we moved out; we’re living in the van so it feels like we should be on holiday, but we’re still working, all-be-it for a short while. Very strange.

It’s been a good week though, Richard and Jill’s wedding was fantastic.
We started off in Wrexham Registry Office and ended up upstairs at the Bridge Inn at Llangollen. In keeping with the Wood party tradition it was very friendly, very loud and very informal, and it had all the usual “Doesn’t he look like…” and “last time I saw you, you… had hair / were this high / were drunk / made a pass at me". There were lots of Ausies there too; including two of Dave’s cousins that he’s never met before. We told them we’ll be coming over in November, so they’ll probably change all the locks when they get back. The entertainment for the evening was provided by ‘Sound of the Sirens’ (Guitar & vocals - 2nd cousin Hannah Wood, Manager & sound mixer - cousin John Wood,). They …

The End Of An Era

On Wednesday morning Dave walked into the estate agent and handed over the keys to No3. We are now officially homeless. We spent our first night as travellers four miles down the road on a very peaceful and quiet camp site. We’re going to be here until the 16th which is when Ann-Marie finishes work. Then we begin our travels for real.
That’s not to say the next two weeks are going to be stationary, oh no; this weekend we’re off to llangollelloggogogg to join in the celebrations surrounding Dave’s cousin Richard’s wedding to the lovely Jill. We’ve been looking forward to it for ages, it’s going to be a brilliant do. Plus we’ll get to catch up with all the Woods, and hopefully get to have a chat with Uncle Michael from Australia about the best way to see as much of Aus as possible in two months.

The weekend after that we’re going to the Ely Folk Festival. This will be our third year at what we reckon is the best festival of the lot. It’s just big enough to have a good atmosphere without…