The Baddeleys and me in Melbourne
Jenny, Simon, Isobel, George and me
Seem to have spent rather a lot of time out of England recently. Almost as soon as we returned from our lovely motorhome trip to Brittany in September last year, I was packed and off again. Leaving husband Bob with a lot of meals in the freezer, his season ticket for Stoke City and his decorating plans, I abandoned him for 5 weeks while I flew off to Melbourne, Australia to see my daughter, Jenny and granddaughter, Isobel. Got there just in time to meet my new grandson, George Alexander, who was born just 8 hours after I landed.
I flew home again 5 weeks later, after a very busy and lovely time, straight back to the freezing cold of the 2010 winter. The poor garden didn’t stand a chance as by the time I got home it was too late and too cold to do anything with it and all tender plants which I should have taken into the greenhouse are decidedly dead. Once home I had to rush to make lots of stained glass ready to sell for Christmas as this is my busiest time while Bob planned a new year trip to Thailand to make sure we would
A view of Melbourne city centre
miss the worst of the UK winter weather. That plan went rather astray as the snow came so very hard and so early.
We were really pleased with the idea of some hot weather when we left in the middle of January for 3 weeks in Bangkok, visiting Bob’s daughter Jane. When we got back from there, I had just 3 weeks at home and then flew off, on my own again, back to Melbourne for another 3 weeks to see my lovely grandchildren.
I met a friend in town when I got home and she asked “what are you doing in this country” and I was hard pressed to find a valid answer to that !
While I was away Bob planned our next motorhome trip, this time to the French Alps, as this is an area we have long wanted to visit but have only driven past before. I managed, once home, albeit briefly and back to normal again, to get the flower beds roughly sorted out, so they do at least look as if I care. Bob is in charge of hedges, paths and lawns but all flowers, so badly neglected of late, are mine. Have
Lots of snow winter 2010
to admit that, as we left this morning, it was all looking quite pretty thanks to the warm weather of April.
We have already managed to fit in a long weekend over Easter, in the motorhome, in Ruthin, meeting up with sister Liz and husband Graham. Always a good idea to give the van a good run to make sure everything is running smoothly before we use it for a proper trip.
So this morning, having spent the last few days packing the motorhome with food, clothes and the many other things essential to our well-being and entertainment, we got up at 5am, fed the garden birds and their many babies a large meal (and told them to make it last), locked up and set off by 6.15am.
We travel to France via the Dover to Calais ferry as far cheaper than any other route and this time we used the new super size P&O ferry “Pride of Britain”.
A lovely sunny day for an easy drive to Dover, just the usual jams on the M1 where it is being widened, and after a pleasant ferry trip across the channel it was only a short distance to our campsite
Bob in Bangkok
in Licques, half an hour south of Calais.
Wonderful to be able to sit outside in the warm sunshine, especially as the last couple of days in the UK have been horribly windy. In keeping with my recent determination to get fit / swim at every opportunity I spent 15 minutes doing lengths in the covered campsite pool.
Bob has planned a non-motorway route for tomorrow when we head south, next stop, Troyes.
Campsite at Licques is "Pommiers des Trois Pays".
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