Published: March 19th 2013March 19th 2013
A few busy days as we caught up with friends, washed everything we could wash (no it wasn’t my fault that Woolly ended up in the washing machine!!!!)….
Woolly says – I was playing hide and seek!!!!! Not at tall keen on the indignity of having to be re-stuffed – Thank you Auntie Becky for helping Jo with the operation. I’ve had a great time (other than already mentioned!), seeing friends, having a game of pool or two, skateboarding up and down the path, annoying Georgie by jumping all over her and annoying Jo as she tries to knit me a scarf!!!!! I’m sure the holes will be fine! With everything filled, cleaned and stored, we’re back on the road again. This time we are leaving Sat Nav behind and taking Tom Tom with us, Tom apparently knows his way round Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and parts of Turkey so he should be great to have with us. We are heading South now, the plan being to head to Dulverton (Ian’s Mum and Sister), then into Cornwall, skirting through Winchester and into Bishops Stortford (Jo’s Aunt and Uncle) before heading to the ferry for the 1st
April, I’m not
looking forward to the ferry, Zoe told me all about being sea sick and how I will have to find my sea legs – I only have paws!! I’ve checked through my I Spy book and I should get tonnes ticked off, so exciting, I also need to practice my French!!!!
It’s been great to see friends, but we are all yearning to head back to the open road again, Georgie is looking fit and well rested, we still need to wash and shampoo her but have decided this will be easier with a jet wash so we have promised her a real treat of a wax and polish as well! Although we seem to be organising this part of the journey through Woolly’s I Spy book, it would be great to hear of any places we can visit on route and report back on.
Woolly says – Oh yes please let us know if there is anywhere we can check out, ok folks let’s get this show on the road ………..
A slightly delayed start to the day when Ian found that Georgie’s hose has some holes in it, having
chopped some off and used tape to cover others she was finally full and we waved a tearful goodbye to Dave and Squiggle (the cat).
Woolly says – I’d been ready for hours and hours so it was great to finally get under way. Heading onto the M5 we found our first problem of the day, indicator bulb had gone at the rear of Georgie, we made a stop off at the services and once Ian and Jo had unearthed our HUGE supply of bulbs we found that we had no orange ones (unlike cars our Georgie has clear Perspex covers on her indicators with ORANGE bulbs – most strange), using one that we had and making a note to find orange bulbs asap we motored back onto the motorway. Our first stop of the day was to be at Chedworth Roman Villa, located approximately 9 miles from Cirencester. What we soon found out that the access road was bad, REALLY bad for Georgie and Ian, with branches scraping us and many areas that were impassable for two vehicles we ploughed on and on and on, finally seeing the car park signs we headed for the coach
parking (we have to be realistic!). With one coach already parked up poor Georgie was parked into the side of the road with not an inch to spare. Casting our gloom away we headed into the National Trust property and flashed our membership cards and headed through to the covered area that protects the incredible mosaic floors that were discovered in 1864. Showing the baths (yes MORE Roman Baths), far more fully than seen in Turkey it was possible to imagine the steam and the soapy smell that would have been there in the far distant times. Chedworth Roman Villa would have been built in the 4th
century and would have been a highly luxurious country house with under floor heating and both indoor and outdoor baths. With good labelling we were able to follow the route of the house with the grand dining room, the water shrine (TADPOLES) and a variety of other rooms including a LOO!!!!! It was worth a visit but I was a little disappointed that it was so small in comparison to the Roman ruins we have seen before.
I have to agree with Woolly here, it really is a spot on
the landscape compared to the likes of Perge or Phasalis, but worth the time going, just not in a motorhome!
Woolly says – finally finding the motorway again and normal sized roads we made a pit stop at an Asda superstore – really good as we can park Georgie easily and the fuel area is big enough to fit us in. Having stocked up on chocolate buttons and pistachio’s for me and a couple of bits for Jo and Ian, we headed to Clevedon for our overnight stop. Booked through our camping and caravanning membership book, we were greeted by a very helpful lady and then found ourselves in a muddy field – here’s hoping we can get off it!!!!!!
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