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Published: September 1st 2014
Exactly 2 months since we got home from our last trip to Spain and Portugal and Tandy has been sitting on the drive feeling a little neglected and bored.
We have been anything but as it has been a rather busy summer and mostly glorious sunshine – always good if we chose our times for staying in England well.
Only 2 weeks after getting home we went down to Stratford for a short break meeting up with Denise and Peter on the campsite by the river. Lovely spot complete with entertainment from a family of swans, a boat taxi ride into town down the lovely verdant river Avon and a trip to the theatre.
Back home Bob was pleased to welcome daughter Jane from Thailand, staying in her local, UK, house for the summer. I made a few trips through the traffic cones on the M5 and M6 to Gloucestershire for some quality Nana time with Izzy and George. We had a little birthday party for Bob with all 3 of his children there and the weekend later we had a dinner party. By which time I felt as if I’d done nothing but cook and my earlier
diet of the summer went completely out of the window.
I did of course do something else. Glass, glass and more glass in an attempt to get stocks ready for an expected pre-Christmas rush as last couple of years have been pretty busy once we’ve returned from our September trip. Bob did a lot of cutting too, hedges and lawns and generally kept the garden nice and tidy in the sunshine.
One week before the trip we had a visit from Izzy and George. We had planned a trip to Alton Towers but the day started very wet and cold so we had a change of plan and took them out for the day in Tandy for a Motorhome Expedition. They enjoyed it immensely and we were all a lot drier and warmer in Tandy.
And so to France. Spent yesterday packing everything into Tandy, sorting out the house, garage and bird food and also making arrangements for the hedgehog family I’ve been feeding for the last 2 months. Feeding table now in next door’s garden complete with a pot of mealy worms and hopefully Prickles and Co. will find
We were up at 5.30 am (smallest hedgehog was too) and away by 7. Got to Dover exactly to schedule and caught the P&O 12.55 ferry.
We’ve seen news reports of current problems in Calais with a large number (2000) of hopeful ‘illegal immigrants’ trying to hitch lifts to England, by stowing away, in trucks. Saw them first hand as we drove out of town, hundreds of them lined the approach road accompanied by queues of traffic trying to get into the port and a lot of security, far more than normal. Trucks are currently being advised, if they can, not to use Calais but other ports.
We will make sure we allow extra time for our trip home.
Campsite for the night is Chateau du Gandspette at Eperlecques. We’ve stopped here several times before but not since 2009 as it’s Camping Cheque and most recently we’ve only used Acsi. We decided to buy a few Camping Cheques this time as well which meant we could stay here and it really is a lovely green campsite with lots of trees, birdsong and very entertaining rabbits hopping round all the pitches.
I had reserved a pitch as we know it can be very busy.
Arrived nicely in time for a swim in the heated pool and the sun stayed out long enough so we could eat dinner outside. Then it started to rain so we retreated indoors except for a bunny spotting stroll round the site.
Weather forecast is good especially as we are heading south. Longish drive tomorrow to Verdun so an earlier night than usual will be a good idea.
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