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Travels in a motorhome This blog is written to remind us where we have been and what we have done
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  • Day424

    Walthamstow

    July 22 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We left the Festival Monday morning having waved Liz and Mike off just before we departed.
    We had a long and tedious journey to Walthamstow due to heavy traffic and somebody having stolen a diversion sign which meant we almost returned to where we started after 90 minutes on the road.
    A quiet evening in Lee Valley campsite, followed by a week in Walthamstow with Stew, Em, Magnus and Jemima. Delivery of belated birthday presents to Jemima followed by an early party for Magnus who will be 5 next month.
    Mixed weather from very hot on our arrival to wet and cool then back to hot over the week.
    On Wednesday after a morning trip into the high street for provisions we walked to the City Farm in the afternoon. Magnus vey competent on his new bike. The cafe was shut so ice creams were enjoyed once back home, Jemima very much enjoyed hers.
    Thursday saw us borrow the car for a trip to Winchester for dentist and physio. AN absolute scorcher of a day- temperature in car recorded 46degrees at one point!!!
    On Friday we walked over to LLoyd park where Magnus enjoyed the bmx/skateboard facility and where we noticed the Summer Beach Fair ground.
    In the evening we went into the old village to celebrate our 39th wedding aniversary at The Village for a drink and The Castle for a bite to eat.
    Saturday was party day for Magnus with some friends invited for the afternoon, decibel levels were high.
    On Sunday we chilled, had a great mid day meal then took a walk in the Hackney Marshes. Blackberries were ripe and plentiful.
    On Monday we took M and J to the Summer Beach fair ground where we enjoyed a few hours prior to us returning to our motorhome in mid afternoon.
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  • Day420

    Latitude Festival

    July 18 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We arrived good and early so we could get a pitch as near to the arena as possible. The lay out had changed this year and the Motorhome pitches were the farthest from the Festival which meant we had a 20-25 minute walk to the arena. Good exercise for K in her boot but tiring too.
    We had a bbq with Liz and Mike in the afternoon prior to starting the Festival with an evening trip to see the film of the stage production of War Horse.
    Friday saw us do a mix of the main arena - KOKOKO! a group from Kinshasha started the main music festival with a high energy performance - comedy tent, theatre and the Waterfront stage. We saw a brilliant performance by Blue Boys Entertainment - a hip hop dance group who were quite exceptional. K did the Theatre of Food whilst I watched Nish Kumar and Lucifer (Marcus Brigstock) in the comedy tent. A enjoyed Freya Riding in the BBC tent. whilst K watched Little Wimmin at the theatre We then watched Sadlers Wells perform in the evening - Return to Back, a piece about Mozart's sister living under the shadow of her brother- before returning to the main arena. The day was finished off by George Ezra and his band who were excellent.
    Saturday saw us do separate things until mid afternoon. A spent most of his time in the comedy tent, the highlight being Mark Watson. K watched Birth in the theatre and joined the choir singing group in the Faraway forest. Eventually meeting up we watched The Northern Ballet on the Waterfront stage. Lolly Jones was very funny doing her Fifty Shades of May routine in the cabaret tent. We listened to Stereophonics as we walked back to our pitch for a glass of fizz.
    Sunday started with the Kingdom Choir in the main arena - brilliant and joyful -we left a bit early to go to the theatre to watch a one man play - Daughter of Adam. This was a big mistake. It was clearly designed to test ones bounds of decency, we found it too crude for our taste and exited early, needing something to raise our spirits. We found this on the Waterfront Stage where we watched the finalists of the BBC Young Dancer Competition perform a series of excellent routines. From there to the comedy tent to see Frank Skinner who was quite funny however we preferred Tez Ilyas who preceded him.
    Sigrid and her band were great in the main arena and we finished our festival at the theatre where we watched a Canadian Circus group perform Blizzard which was amazing
    and fully deserved the long standing ovation.
    We took in a couple of Lana Del Reys song in the main arena before returning tired to our van.
    A brilliant weekend once again.
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  • Day419

    Southwold

    July 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We travelled to Southwold in preparation for the Latitude festival.
    After an initial amble around the town we joined our friends in their apartment to enjoy an evening meal. Good fun, fabulous meal and a great start for the weekend festival. Thank you one and all.

  • Day415

    Stockbridge

    July 13 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Dropped Karen off early in Winchester as she was having a girlie weekend in Cowbridge with Fran, Debi and Maria. A great weekend by all accounts.
    A spent a quiet hour or two in Winchester prior to setting up on this CL near Stockbridge. I did some walking in the area - into Stockbridge on Saturday, returning again on Sunday to walk some of the Test Path to the north of the town.
    On K's return we enjoyed a shoulder of lamb bbq in the evening sunshine.
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  • Day412

    North Baddesley

    July 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    A travelling day to return to Hampshire as we both have appointments to keep on 11th.
    My trip to dentist was followed by trip to hospital for K's physio appointment. K's recovery appears to be going well and the boot was relaxed a bit further - a flat base can be applied in a few days to replace the bug wedge she currently uses.
    Graham and Vivien visited on Friday and after a quick coffee in the sunshine we drove to Romsey where we enjoyed a very nice pub meal in The Three Tuns. Was good to catch up with all their news.
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  • Day409

    Redcar

    July 7 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Three nights on the stray free camping in Redcar as we travelled here to be with Margaret whilst Donald went in for an operation.
    Dropping D off at Northallerton Friarage Hospital on Monday at noon we then visited Thirsk for lunch followed by some retail therapy for the ladies. I wandered off for a walk around the town following the history boards which were on a 3 mile route in the town and surrounding country side.
    Returning to Northallerton we had a couple of hours to kill prior to visiting time - time for another coffee and scone and further browsing.
    We spent an hour with D whilst he recovered from the anesthetic - all seemed to be going okay.
    OnTuesday it was apparent that the operation had been successful and D was allowed home. Nicola, Malcolm et al returning from a holiday in Spain were able to pick him up on their way and he entered the house all smiles. A great result after 11 months of woe.
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  • Day407

    Manchester

    July 5 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    On our way to visit our good friends in Manchester we stopped by LLangollen to have a quick look at the famous Pontcysyllte Aquaduct carrying the LLangollen canal above the River Dee. Another beautiful hot and sunny day, and so lovely walking by the canal.
    The aqueduct is quite a spectacle and a masterpiece of engineering, standing high above the river 130 feet below. Well worth the short detour. With great walking and cycling in the area it is another place for us to return to when K's injury is sorted.
    Then on to Manchester where we enjoyed a fabulous weekend with Gill and Richard. Two great bbqs and the odd glass or two of wine and beer. We even managed to squeeze in a walk around Bramhall Hall before a quick refresher at The Thieves Neck pub. We caught up with each other's news and enjoyed a wonderful Saturday evening singing along to you tube hits from the past. GIll and Karen were dancing until the early hours!!!! not sure how much good it did Karen's leg, but she seemed to survive it all!!!!
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  • Day405

    Shrewsbury

    July 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Shrewsbury is a town I spent a couple of hours in on my End2End cycle ride a few years ago as I needed to get a repair to my bike. I remembered it being a very elegant town with some historic buildings in a very smart town centre bordered by the River Severn.
    We managed to find a site just to the north of the river and 10 minutes walk into the town.
    Shrewsbury is a little gem of a place. We have seen it in glorious sunshine and probably at its best, but it is full of ancient buildings intermingling with old churches, tudor buildings and new arcades - everything was well looked after and pristine.
    The old Castle stands high and is now a military museum, it overlooks a sweeping bend in the river which surrounds the town centre and within the loop lies sports grounds, gardens, very elegant school buildings and meadows.
    One day was spent with retail therapy and the next we spent walking around the river walk and gardens. There is a fabulous fabric/patchwork shop which Karen had googled before our visit. It had such a wide choice of wonderful fabrics- just had to buy some!!!
    The town is full of things to do and to see, and a haven for CAMRA enthusiasts. Our neighbours on the site have spent 10 days here taking it all in whilst sampling the real ales which abound- there seems to be an old pub on every corner.
    We enjoyed an afternoon tea by a riverside cafe in glorious sunshine.
    We resolved to return here at a later date as we have enjoyed the town so much.
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  • Day404

    Travelling day

    July 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We travelled northward via the Welsh Interior which was very beautiful, passing through lovely villages and lush green countryside. We stopped off at Welshpool for a quick look round. It is beside the Montgomery Canal.
    Unless we missed something the canal seemed to be the high spot for viewing although the town centre is quite quaint and we got two massive trays of strawberries in Morrisons at a bargain price.
    We moved quickly on to our destination which was Shrewsbury
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