Blogs from Stourbridge, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge November 11th 2018

Woolly says – One of the places on my list that appeared worthy of a visit seemed to be one that Jo kept avoiding, with no idea as to why I put my ‘don’t mess with me face’ on and insisted that today was the day that we would go there, I mean what could go wrong in a glass museum! The idea of cut glass and my small companion was one that I dreaded, I felt it was time to set some ground rules for the visit. Woolly says – No running, no touching, no getting within five feet of anything fragile …. did she really think I would cause that much chaos!! The Red House Cone is located in an area called Wordsley not far from our former home in Stourbridge. It ... read more
Perfume bottles
Art deco

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge June 30th 2018

Woolly says - The British summer had really arrived and instead of burying the shorts deep into drawers the nation has legs on show along with the slightly less savoury uncovered chest of the odd passing male. As the women worked away I had taken to spending an hour or so a day with the overly large dog, Kobi a mastiff ridgeback cross, that shares with us, his conversation is sparse and usually only in the form of woofs but he's friendly enough and it's quite entertaining to trow pistachio shells at him. With hours to fill each day I had decided to take over the planning of our day trips, having consulted my trusty map and checked out my facts in the Mammoth Book of Everything I was pleased when the women greeted my proposal ... read more
The four stones
Walking round Clent
The monument at Wychbury Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge April 5th 2014

Woolly says – our lives had been settling down nicely, Ian had been feeling a little unwell so we decided to try out the Turkish hospital facilities. Boy do they move fast! As soon as blue books appeared we were whisked away and Ian was plugged onto machines, x rays were underway and before I even had a chance to check out the nurses we were seeing a consultant. He busily showed us the results of the tests declaring that Ian’s heart was fine but he wanted to put a shunt in that afternoon, I got rather confused at this point having seen shunts on the railway lines I couldn’t work out how that would fit into Ian’s chest and hadn’t he just told us that his heart was working well! Like Woolly we felt slightly ... read more
Camera Man at Work
Relaxing after a Hard Day in the Sun
Snapping Away

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge July 17th 2013

It’s been a busy few weeks as we sort through cupboards, check documents, clean everything to within an inch of its life, mow the grass, and all manner of other jobs that have been on the back burner. Ollie is serviced, has had all his fluids checked and he’s sitting on the drive waiting for his final wash and polish before he hits the road again. So what’s next…….. Woolly says – Were off to Turkey!!!! Not just for a holiday but for good. I’m so excited and have packed and repacked my trunk several times with everything I might need. I found lots of new things to buy that I could take at the car boot we had a stall at but Jo wouldn’t let me buy anything pointing out that we were supposed to ... read more
Car Booting
Exmoor ponies

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge June 17th 2013

Woolly says – it seemed like only moments before we were back on the road, still 1200 KM to go and Ollie was off on his mission. France was empty and we were grateful for it being a Sunday, we watched as the landscape flew past, with hot air balloons taking to the early morning skies, an odd dear having breakfast in the fields and the sun slowly rising. I kept seeing names of places we had been and told Zoe tales about them, it seemed to help her sleep! After a fuel up, croissant and the much needed coffee we started to see signs for Calais ….. Woolly says – no ferry this time we were going for a first for me and Ian and using the Chunnel, I wasn’t sure if I would need ... read more
Early morning flight
Waiting to load
Ohhh, fish spotting here I come

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge April 14th 2013

It’s been a funny old week with sadness that after 6000 miles, over £1500 GBP in fuel and seven weeks of travel we have said Goodbye to Georgie…… Woolly says – I was very sad to wave bye bye to Georgie and as I wiped a tear away I tried to find my new seat in Oliver. Oliver joined us on Friday and much in the way that we choose Georgie we climbed in and out of quite a few vehicles, checked their engines, brakes and admired their bodywork, after several train journeys, bus rides and quite a few miles of walking we found HIM!!!! Oliver is a cool green and has loads of space in his Honda CVR 4 x 12 insides, with lots of pockets to store my things in, Ian was overjoyed to ... read more
Golf Anyone!
Hello Oliver
The Wheels keep on rolling!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge April 5th 2013

Woolly says – So very very sad, we were heading for Ghent and were now in Stourbridge!!!!!!! How come…. We set off to visit Brugge on the way to Ghent, Jo was not feeling too well and after four miles on the road with severe winds nearly sending us over we pulled up. We sat for a short while in silence before Ian and I decided that something needed to be done! Contacting Jo’s consultant the decision became easy, get to the ferry. We headed the ten miles through terrible wind conditions to Zeebrugge and booked onto the 6pm crossing. We sat and waited at the port in tears of dismay but knowing that we were being sensible. TWO ferries in less than a week I thought it could be exciting, The Pride of York was ... read more
We'll be back soon
I'll take this bunk
Coming into Hull

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge March 11th 2013

Following the signs for North Wales we were making good progress to rendezvous with Zoe at Porthmadog……. Woolly says – well we were until the Sat Nav took us onto a left turn, as the roads got narrower and narrower Ian and Georgie were not impressed and when we were forced to follow a diversion into even narrower lanes things were not looking good. Sensibly they decided to ignore the Sat Nav and we eventually found our way back onto the A487. We made it with ten minutes to spare!!!!! It was brilliant to see Zoe again, she hasn’t changed at all, even her greeting of ‘Oh god the rat’s still here’ was a joy to my ears and I know that Jo and Ian were delighted to see her again. Pointing Georgie back the way ... read more
A Frozen Pose!!!!
Captain Woolly
Captain and first mate

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge February 4th 2013

Due to the conditions we have had and weather to come it’s time to get away!!! We’re taking the Motorhome to Manchester airport and parking it up for a month and heading to the much sunnier climate of Alyana, Turkey. The plan is to spend some time in Alyana before hiring a car and heading off for a tour round Turkey. If time allows we will jump on a ferry to Cypress!!!! Packed and ready to go, will keep you posted. Woolly says – I’m a very happy Mammoth, have packed my bucket and spade and sun hat. I love flying and just hope there’s a good film to watch on the flight – Ice Age 4 would be great. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge January 6th 2013

An interesting first night on the road. We had arranged to stop on the car park at the Sir John Houblon Pubin Bishop's Stortford. We were made so welcome and had a brilliant meal at a reasonable price. Having decided that we didn't like the fixed rear bed and confined space, we made the move onto the middle beds - yes I did break the bed while trying to put it up - woke up with headaches from sleeping on a slope. Good practice in using the chocks to level the van up. Very warm and cosy and breakfast, although in a confined space was a doodle. Woolly says – I really enjoyed my meal of Sausage and homemade mash a really good option on the children’s menu.... read more

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