Jennifer Jones

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Jennifer Jones

A 60 something who feels that the world is her lobster, that life is worth living and that you only get one shot at it . A whole new world opened up since we bought Suzy. A different view out of the window every day and the chance to see life in all its glory. And then there is Sion our travelling companion. A knowledgeable sheep who with his Sheep Book of Facts keeps us on our toes. He and his bestest, bestest friend Woolly Mammoth search the world for latrines, roofs and manhole covers. What more could you want out of life?



Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Wrexham March 23rd 2015

Ch Ch CH Changes . I found myself singing or at least humming to the song Changes by David Bowie and realised that changes are very much a part of motorhoming life. You soon learn to live with them, accept them for what they are and park them and move on . Over the last few weeks Suzy has reached a time in her life when the MOT (the Ministry of Transport road test for vehicles) had become due. She was three years old and needed her check up. But first taxed her . This is the first year we did not receive through the post the small round tax disc to place in the windscreen. The disc that will never quite come out of the perforations without ripping. The different colour denoting the year tax ... read more
Erddig Gardens
Crackle crackle the smell of woodsmoke
a treasury of old carpentry tools

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Peterborough January 19th 2015

We had one more visit to make and that was going to be Peterborough. To get there our first move was from the site at Cambridge and to drive the hour to Peterborough to our new stop for the night at the Nene Valley Park in a Caravan Club site. It was Saturday the morning was dank and cold and there was a slight frost covering everything from the trees to the grass. Everywhere looked white and glistening in the early morning light. We left the site before most people had risen and left our barrier key in the letter box . The drive was pretty awful and we had not expected much traffic on the road so it was rather a surprise to be stuck in a traffic jam. For mile after mile we crawled ... read more
Peterborough
Inside the cathedral
Another stunning ceiling

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Ely January 19th 2015

Today is Hereward the Wake Day. Today a visit to Ely and the Fens. Another bus trip and yet another cathedral built on the proceeds of wool. The night was cold in Suzy despite having the heating turned up. Still better in the cold in Suzy than at home I say. Any trip away is a bonus even in the bitterly cold of a January day. A little snow fell on the roof but not enough to stick . It was too cold for that. Kathrein has been acting up. She goes up but fails to respond to the command to come on down. Eventually after much trying she does give up, we win and she comes down. For those not familiar with our friend Kathrein she is an all singing, all dancing German satelitte dish ... read more
Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Cambridge January 18th 2015

After our crepes and coffee we walked across the road, nay we snaked and weaved our way between hoards of college students walking, riding their bikes and taking selfies. Heading for Kings College we took our lives in our own hands. Entrance to the front is completely barred unless you are a student, It was a long walk for us plebs and non students around to the tradesmens entrance at the back of the building. Entrance fee is £5.50 for over 65's and £9 for under 65's. I wish all of Europe would make a rule as to what an OAP is. Sometimes it is over 65, other times it is over 60 and occaisionally in France mostly it is not at all. Why cannot everyone abide by the same rule I wonder? Wouldnt it be ... read more
Kings College
Kings College
Kings College

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Cambridge January 15th 2015

Along the path , the gaze of the moon follows you . The tangled branches. there on the snow mark out the signs of your thoughts - Francois Cheng. What makes me write this ? And who is Francoise Cheng ? French poet and philosopher with a chinese background perhaps - not sure I care who he is as the poetry is rather thought provoking and apt as we are deep in the throes of a British winter. Sprinkles of snow fell gently last night initially covering the earth and the trees with a dusting reminiscent of icing sugar almost 4" deep . Through all of this though there are sings of Spring as we have seen the first daffodils in the park and the first of the early lilac flowering crocii. Crocii or Crocuses - ... read more
Cambridge
Cambridge
Cambridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Castleton December 12th 2014

So in the immortal words of the group Slade - So here it is Merry Christmas , everyone having fun, ................we felt it was time to hit the road again . Suzy has been going stir crazy over the last few months. Just like us she wanted to be on the road again. We had being suffering cabin fever stuck inside. OK we have a new Camper stops book to peruse and our 2015 ACSI camping book has arrived but it is not the same sitting and reading at home in front of the Christmas tree rather than sitting and reading inside Suzy and being out and about. After her clean and polish it was time to think where to go. We had to do it . . Just a few days but surely there was ... read more
Castleton
Castleton church
One of the pew ends

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Beeley December 11th 2014

Winter has definately come overnight to this part of Derbyshire. A light dusting of snow has covered the ground and hedgerows. And there is that biting wind. Lead boots are needed to keep your feet grounded as it blows in from the Arctic. The sky is leaden, the clouds grey and overcast blanketing the county with that grey look of winter. We have months of this to look forward to and the chances are it will get colder. It is only the beginning of December a cold old month. January and February will probably be worse. It is the sort of day where you wake, put your nose out of the bed, sniff the air and go back to bed tucked under the duvet. A cup of hot steaming coffee to start the day before snuggling ... read more
The hall
The dining room decorated in the style of a Georgian Christmas
Carving on the furniture in the hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bolsover December 6th 2014

Suzy has been standing forlornly on the drive. It took me until last week to go up and make an effort to clean her after our last trip way back in September/October. Armed with bleach to clean the toilet with, polish to spruce up the shelving, plastic bags to collect rubbish and dusters to polish I set off with the plan to start at the back on the van and clean her ready for our next trip which will be a few days at the Caravan Club site at Castleton in the Peak District the week before Christmas. She felt cold and unused. The thermometre showed 10 degrees celsius which felt pretty damned cold as I opened up the first cupboard filled with books, puzzles and music. A layer of dust was lying on the books ... read more
Sutton Scarsdale
Sutton Scarsdale Hall
Scarsdale Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster October 22nd 2014

Morning hadn't broken when we left home for a day trip to London. Darkness was still upon us and we were very sleepy heads as we had to get up at 4.15. Yawn, Yawn. Not a bit of birdsong at this time of year. They are all snuggled up until the early morning light breaks. And no-one on the road. The usual drive to Chesterfield especially at commuter time as everyone converges on the town for work or school can be long and drawn out. Five miles taking longer than the drive of twelve from Rhuthun to Mold in a morning. Not the usual sort of trip and not a glimpse of Suzy. She was staying on the drive. Glenn was staying at home and I was on my way to the train station at Chesterfield ... read more
Palace of Westminser
Palace of Westminster
Oliver Cromwell statue

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Belper October 19th 2014

Life is slowly returning to normal after four weeks on the road in Suzy. She is parked up - still dirty and in need of a wash. Inside things are still as they were when we came home. Cleaning is long overdue. Autumn is fast approaching. The mists have arrived in the early part of the mornings making it difficult to see a few yards in front of the car. The clocks change next week and with that move the mornings will become slightly lighter for a few weeks but the nights will draw in. House decorating has taken over from travelling but finally today we managed a trip out to a local windmill. A windmill in Derbyshire surely not. In Holland of course you find windmills part of the fabric of the countryside. In Spain ... read more
Heage Windmill
The wonderfully complicated machinery
A piece of wood felled when Henry VIII was King of England




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