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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin October 6th 2013

Suzy is sitting on the drive, parked up,partially cleaned but waiting for a bit of attention. We have been back now for two weeks and it seems odd to have all this room around us. After a month of living in a shoebox it seems wierd to be home. And it doesnt take long to want to be on the road again. Since we have arrived home we have partially cleaned Suzy but plan a big clean tomorrow. She is grubby from all the dust that was thrown at her. Out will come the carpets for a good hoover, the fridge and the cooker will get a clean and everything will be finally emptied out. Somehow you just dont feel like doing it sometimes. And moving house has taken over our lives with visits to houses ... read more
Inside Coca Castle
Tortilla Patata and coffee
Suzy hiding in the shade

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin June 29th 2013

Suzy has taken root on the drive. She has only moved a few inches and a few feet so that we can get into the garage and get the car out to drive over to Derbyshire twice and to Loughborough in Leicestershire once. She wants to be on the move again and so do we. Well what has happened since we got home. Summer has briefly been and gone. We had wall to wall sunshine which lasted long enough to get the grass cut and to get the endless piles of washing out. Suzy got a Summer clean, her cupboards were emptied and dusted and polished leaving her smelling of beeswax and lavender. Her bedding taken out including the duvets, washed and put on the washing line to either dry or air. The carpets were beaten, ... read more
Cactus flowers on Lokrum Island
Suzy on a campsite near Lake Bled
On the way to Ljubljiana

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin June 4th 2013

Now that Suzy is back on the drive and I am firmly back in work I find myself singing Sweet Dreams are made of these, who am I to disagree, I've travelled the world and the seven seas - Everybody's looking for someone - or in our case something. A song made famous by the fabulous Eurythmics and which sums up the last 5 weeks exactly. Our holiday was made of dreams and will remain as dreams for quite a while. It's now down to the cleaning, the Duvalay sleeping duvets are out, the inners on the line airing in the sun. The outers washed and drying. What fabulous bedding they are. For us - we would never go back to old fashioned sleeping bags. We get the comfort of the memory foam base and the ... read more
Slovenian Railway Museum
Lake Bled
Lake Bled

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin April 10th 2013

Suzy is getting ready for her satelitte dish to be sorted - we hope. Booked in on Friday this week to a guy in Telford who hopefully will sort her out. We are not paying as although the guarantee ran out a few weeks ago we could not and were really not prepared to travel again to Dorset to have it fixed. The company did not want to come up to do it on our drive and they did not want to send us back to RoadPro for the second time in a year. In the end the compromise was made and we are booked in for this week fairly local. We need to empty the van again so that they can get into it to find out why the dish wont come down. Frustrating because ... read more
Serancourt le grande
Serancourt le Grande
Besancon

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin March 24th 2013

30 days to go .................The weather hasnt improved any but plans are picking up on holidays. It's just a month and the final countdown. The shakedown list printed off this morning and when the weather gets better and Kathrein is sorted we can start to pull things out of the van to check them over and put them back. There are so many things to do and it is getting rather exciting. The vans need washing but until the weather clears it seems pointless even trying. Since writing those few words the time has moved on and it is now 26 days to go. The snow has started to melt leaving behind that grey mucky stuff at the side of the road. In places it is still piled high and some of the bungalows at the ... read more
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Rothenburg
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin March 22nd 2013

32 days and counting - Suzy is standing in the snow. The weather has turned nasty. It began to snow last night and we woke up this morning to a heavy covering and a grey leaden sky. The journey to work was fraught to say the least with abandoned cars littering the road making it hazardous for overtaking and difficult for the gritters and the snow ploughs to clear the way. Gwernymynydd Hill was a shambles, drivers out of their cars with shovels trying to dig their way out. Cars left in the middle of the road. In the end I got to work,turned round and came home again. This time last year March was fairly temperate with mild weather and the reservoirs empty.Drought was forecast. What a difference a year makes. The clocks change next ... read more
Sion
The guard sheep - in Rothenburg
Sion reflected in the mirror

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin February 1st 2013

85 days and counting.......................Suzy is still sitting on the drive perhaps a little forlorn waiting for Spring to come and the camping season to begin. Hints of Spring seem just around the corner. The thick snow that lay at her feet last week has finally disappeared and now we are being warned to watch out for floods as the melt water drips slowly into the soil and heads for the rivers and lakes. The pure pristine whiteness that cloaked the hills around the town have gone. No longer can we see miles upon miles of that pure whiteness that only freshly driven snow has. It has a hint of blue and silver about it that shimmers in the cold thin daylight and it stays that way until it becomes mucky and sullied from the tracks of ... read more
Llanrhydd church
Llanrhydd Church

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin January 18th 2013

Suzy is parked in the snow on the drive wrapped up against the cold wind and the driving snow. The snow started early this morning with a bit of windy flurry. As the day progressed her silver screen covered in snow insulating her against the cold and her little rubber boots became hidden by the drift that was accumulating up against her. I think she probably wasn't jealous of the fact that I had to go out to work and leave her on the drive. I know where I would prefer to be. The drive to work had been fairly uneventful in the morning however as the day progressed the snow came down and turned everything into a world of white. Gardens and trees that looked brown yesterday now have a nice white coat. The few ... read more
Aigue Morte
Carcassone 2009
Carcassone 2009

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin January 5th 2013

The Christmas holiday ended with a bit of a whimper. The weather typically unseasonal. That is if you want snow for the festive season. Every day was dull with the inevitable rain. Drizzle some days, stair rods the next. We have seen no sign of snow nor ice for a few weeks now and the temperatures as January 2013 begins are in heady double figures.10 degrees at 8 in the morning. Yes we have had black clouds threatening poor weather but up to now it has not arrived and the sun seems to shine weakly but nevertheless welcome. The weather forecasters led us to believe that 2012 had been the wettest year on record since 2000. And it certainly felt that way as each month seemed as rainy as the one previous. . However, reality actually ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Denbighshire » Ruthin October 16th 2012

Autumn has definately kicked in. The mornings are getting much darker and gloomier and will continue to do so especially when the clocks go back in less than a months time. It is becoming dusky in the evening around 6.30. All colour has gone over in the gardens apart from the remaining hardy roses, dahlias and chrysanthemums. The leaves of the trees are taking on the Autumn colours of bronze, gold, yellow and crimson. And those that have already changed are being blown off like confetti in the wind. The Indian summer we had hoped for is a bit intermittent. When the sun shines it is here but most of the time it is cooler and raining. Shops are beginning to fill up with all things Christmas and the gardens are looking very sad for themselves. ... read more
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