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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Derby March 5th 2014

58 days and counting. 8 weeks and the odd day before we head off for our first continental trip of 2014. It has felt a long time coming. Since we moved into our new home at the beginning of December trips have gone on hold and we have concentrated on putting in a new bathroom and are in the middle of completing a new kitchen. Whilst we have wanted to go out for trips to pass the time away the house has taken over and the trips unless essential put on the back burner. How sad is that? Suzy has been standing forlorn in the back garden. Somehow she doesnt feel in our face any more as she no longer sits on our front drive right under our lounge window. Instead she is up on the ... read more
The M1
On the way to Derby
and its the birthday boy

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton February 10th 2014

Back from a wettish weekend walking in the Peak District - fortunately no significant rain when we were walking on the Saturday but rivers still in spate and ground pretty saturated. Given that the UK has just experienced the wettest January on record and February shows every sign of being a repeat of January I guess we can't complain too much about getting a soaking while making the dash from the pub to the Saturday night curry. Notwithstanding this good fortune it still feels like a pretty good time to be leaving the country for a sunny 70F Buenos Aires. I've now taken care of admin and packed so am pretty much ready for the off. Planning to travel light on the basis that 5 months is far too long to anticipate every eventuality and Spanish ... read more
Hoping to Travel Light(ish)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield January 28th 2014

Suzy has been nestling in her parking spot for the last seven weeks. Huddled up against the laurel trees which have sheltered her from the January rain and winds. The weather has been too unkind to think about taking her out and we have been too busy with house repairs and renovations. So she has been somewhat sadly neglected. I hate this time of year and cannot wait for spring to arrive and to get her on the road again. The weather has been mixes. Heavy rain which has flooded the Somerset Levels returning many areas to a landscape Alfred the Great would have recognised. Sleet and yet more driving rain falling like stair rods. Wind and unusually a thunderstorm. Not something we would normally expect at this time of year. And last week a flurry ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield December 29th 2013

Finally after five weeks of moving from site to site Suzy is happy sitting in her new home. She just needs her umbilical cord plugging into the mains to keep her batteries topped up but what with moving that has been sadly forgotten about. It feels strange to see her on the drive finally and in her proper home. She wont be sitting there for long though as its only about five weeks until the nights start to draw out again, spring might have sprung and we may get on the road again. Such a lot of hopes of plans as 2013 drew to a close and 2014 dawned. Who would have thought this time last year that we would have packed up lock, stock and barrel and moved?. Not me nor Sion who felt at ... read more
Through the trees
A glimpse of the gardens
The long path

Time for something completely different For most of my life the concept of caving has been an intriguing yet terrifying prospect. Earlier in the year I purchased a voucher for an outdoor activities day for Gemma and I for £50 instead of £260, among the activities listed was caving, climbing, gorge walking and abseiling. Gemma was keen to try the climbing and I the caving. We'd completely forgotten that we had booked onto it until I received an email earlier this week with consent forms and injury waivers to sign. We arrived at the predetermined meeting point in Calver and I waited for everyone else, we then drove up to Grindleford to a natural rock wall. I was pleasantly surprised as I thought we'd be at a climbing centre. This was just a wall a short ... read more
Terrific fashion sense


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield November 30th 2013

Saturday and the weekend is here. Another weekend of being homeless. Well its now 30 days since we sold our home in North Wales. And what an eventful 30 days it has been. We hadn’t expected to be in Suzy this long. Originally we had hoped to sort the move out that once we moved out of our home we would move into the new one straightaway saving the need for storage and moving our furniture twice. Once to the lockup and once to our new home. We had already lost one home due to the cracks in the side walls and were on house number 2. The hope was that we would only be homeless for one or two weeks. One week in the campsite near to the A55 and the second week at Delamere. ... read more
BarrowHill Round House
Barrow Hill Round House
Barrow Hill Round House

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bakewell November 22nd 2013

Week 4 has arrived. We never thought that we would still be in Suzy and only moving a few hundred yards up the campsite. We were unceremoniously woken from our beauty sleep by the opening and closing of the doors on a Volkswagon camper van parked next door to us. It started at 10.30 at night and continued through to 11.30. What he was doing in the dark we could not fathom. Much peering out of Suzy's windows gave us little clue to his nocturnal wanderings. Cannot understand why people in caravans or small motorhomes seem to forget that noise carries in the quiet of the night. With the idea fixed in our heads he would do much the same the next night we asked to move further up the campsite. Something that was possible as ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield November 21st 2013

Suzy has been hunkered down here at Delamere Camping and Caravan club site for the last four days. We have booked another four as we still have no idea what is happening with our move. Our purchase has stalled due to the unadopted road and emails are flying back and fro between solicitors to try to clarify the position. We are even looking at the vendors having to provide us with an Indemnity policy which would compensate us if we ever had any problems using the road to our new property. Not a situation we want to be in as we have lived on a private road before and it caused no end of misery. It is my last week at work and the new job is looming large just around the corner. The weather is ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield September 30th 2013

Woke up at silly o clock in the morning and quietly tried to put all the bedding away, open cupboards in Suzy to find cups and plates to have our breakfast before I drive to the tunnel for our train home. At 3.15 the sounds from the van sound like thunder claps. It doesnt seem to matter how quietly you try to shut something in the quiet of the early morning it just isnt that quiet. All the site were asleep apart from us. Door opened quietly, electricity disconnected in the complete darkness. A lot of creeping round in the darkness. Guines is one of the few sites were there isnt a barrier which is locked at night. I guess they realise that people want to get off early and cater for that. We left the ... read more
Woodhead Pass
Wood head Pass
Poolsbrook Country Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield August 23rd 2013

After our visit to Hardwick Hall we headed down under the M1 a couple of times to Stainsby Mill. Still Suzy-less we parked up on the small car parking area which mainly meant we left the car on the grass. It was very quiet as most visitors were driving past heading up to the Hall. The building is built in the same mellow stone as the hall and was built by the Chatsworth Estate and served the estate with flour and products for the animals. The best of the white flour produced by the miller was for the estate and the rest the brown stuff for the lesser mortals who had no need for refined flour. The mill is small and intimate and on the ground floor a water mill. The building was built in antiquity ... read more
Stainsby Mill
Stainsby Mill
Stainsby Mill

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