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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

On the Road

 As this campsite has wifi I can use occasionally
so a short report

I had to go to the NT Campsite in Cumbria 
as the only availability they had was 
beginning of May or middle of August.

The location was stunning with
amazing views.

This is definitely a "walkers" campsite
with lots of people in tents.

Only a few pitches for smaller motorhomes
and campervans because
the access was so narrow, steep and contorted.


Many of the visitors were up early
properly attired for hill walking 
and off all day.


Climbing Scarfell Pike 
was the aim of many
walkers


I found some lovely walks in the valleys.
Even so a walking pole was immensely useful
and there were so steep climbs.


I was fortunate enough to see 
a lamb being born.
Unfortunately because the birth
was so prolonged the lamb was stillborn.



Watching this made me realize
just how lucky I am
how much easier my life is.

Please everyone
Support the Farmers

Saturday, 15 May 2021

A Busy Time of Year

Spring Lambs
Here we are halfway
through the month of May
and no post yet.



Apologies it has been an exceptionally busy time:

Woodlands Caravan Park

  • Visiting campsites for research
  • Restoring accidentally deleted folders



  • Working at the election
  • MOT for the motorhome
  • Renewing driving licence   

           (wanting to keep my class 3
            necessary to drive the motorhome
            requires a medical and eye test)

No time and intermittent wifi to regularly post.

I am off on Monday.
Hopefully the final long haul
Then the writing.
With luck and hard work 
(and so long as Boris does not change his mind)
I will meet the August deadline.

This means there may be fewer posts than usual.

So to brighten up this posts a couple of photos




Thursday, 29 April 2021

Why oh Why!!

It is wonderful to be out in my motorhome
exploring the countryside 
researching new campsites and walks 
for my next walk book.

An unusual campsite


I am currently at a most unusual campsite
in more ways than one.
(Details of this in the next blog).



Whilst at this campsite
I have been joined by other visitors.
Many of them are accompanied by 
their pet dogs.

This is not at all unusual.
Lots of people who go camping take their dogs.

What mystifies me and was evident these past few days
is why so many people do not feel it necessary
to take their dogs for an actual walk when camping.
Yes they exercise their dog;

  • walk it around the camping field
    or one nearby.
  • throw a ball or frisbee
    for it to chase for a short while. 

The poor dogs.
Especially as there are some interesting walks
for dogs nearby. 


I am also mystified by those
who stay for only one night.
(It is understandable if it is for the convenience
of visiting friends or family in the area).

The surrounding vicinity of most campsites 
is unique in some way; historical, cultural, political etc.
It just needs discovering.
This is most easily done on foot
and by talking to the locals.


I have had some amazing experiences
exploring the surrounding area of campsites 
and talking to people.

Having Pearl helps.
She is an amazing introduction.








Tuesday, 20 April 2021

At last We are Off


Not long now.
Pearl and I are off
tomorrow morning
on our first outing of 2021
to continue our research for our next book
another walk book from campsites.



Like everything since the pandemic was declared
this is different to previous excursions.

The biggest difference is that I have booked
many days if not weeks in advance.
I have had to do this because everyone
is holidaying in the UK
for obvious reasons
so unusually everywhere is rapidly
fully becoming booked.

Previously I would only book a pitch
a day or so before I arrived and only
for a couple of days just in case
the campsite was not suitable 
for my book.

So I booked the campsites I wanted to visit
starting from the very day
the government allowed travel.

One campsite prove unsuitable
as I was not prepared to pay £3.00
a night for Pearl!!!!! 
Shame as it looked a lovely place.
I had to spend a great deal of time 
looking for a different one close by.

Then a week before Pearl and I
were due to set off
she came into season.
I did NOT want to be away during this time.  
She finds it uncomfortable
I do not enjoy taking her for walks
especially in strange places.

So I had to change our bookings.
One campsite could not accommodate us;
the other could and the new place
accepted our booking.

We are off tomorrow. Hurray.

I am a bit nervous.
It is such a long time since
I was last out in it.
Reminding myself how things work
and checking that they are in order
is time consuming.
Trying to remember everything is onerous.

This has been a been a very busy week.
In addition to preparing the motorhome
in the usual way; food; water; clothes etc
I have had it washed and polished
and I need a broken hinge repaired.

This is another saga as a new on costs £100.00.
A lot for a hinge I think.
I found a metal company to make a new one.
Organizing the removal of the hinge,
getting it to the centre of town
collecting it and replaced is tricky.

I hope it will be ready this morning
otherwise I have a BIG problem.

I was also hoping to renew
the external markings and
add some additional graphics. to the outside
The company has not got back to me
so this will have to wait now.

I will be glad when I actually set off.
Unfortunately it is rather a long drive.
When I finally arrive I can have a rest

I hope the weather holds.






Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Read of the Month (Apr 2021)

So the vaccine roll out has gone well. 
Over 30 million have received a first dose
and of those over 5 million have received a second.

This time around after the third lockdown 
restrictions are being lifted more slowly.
There is about 5 weeks between each alteration
to allow time for sufficient data to be available 
to monitor changes in the impact
of the virus.

So next week we come to a significant time
for everyone.

At last we can meet up with people in small groups 
but outside only.

We can travel further afield 
for pleasure
.
But not abroad yet.
Having just seen the high rate of infection
in so many other countries
(there seems to be a 3rd wave in progress)
hopefully most people will stay in the UK.


What does this mean for people like me?

I can go out in my motorhome.

I can explore the countryside



For the time being we have to stay outside.
(No socializing inside yet)
We have to sit, talk and walk outside.

With the weather getting warmer and the days lengthening
there is more opportunity to be outside for longer.
Taking extensive walks across the countryside is 
possible without having to rush.

This too is good for me


I have plenty of time to find fabulous walks.

and discover the
 hidden gems of the 
British country side.



This is why I have decided

This month the Read of the Month will be my book


Wonderful Walks 
from
Dog-friendly
Campsites



  • It suggests places to visit in the UK
  • It gives detailed instructions of 2 walks;
    a short one and an all day one.
Perfect for current restrictions. 

Dogs are optional.
I take mine everywhere with me. 

Buy it here

Monday, 29 March 2021

Photo of the Month (Mar 2021)

I am looking forward to travelling around the UK
researching for my next book 
and taking more photos of 
the amazing countryside.

So this month I have included landscape photos from

Scotland

View from wood over fields

England

V








View from top of hill at Onecote, Staffs







Wales

A lake at Dale Valley 



Sunday, 28 March 2021

Walking for the NHS (part 2)

I am still happy
to attempt to
walk 1000 miles 

Soon I will be off researching
for my next walk book)

 Since my last post the situation has changed.

  1. Though I would like to raise money for NHS staff
    the  practicalities are complex.
  2. The Scottish government have recognized the NHS
    (They have offered a 4% pay rise backdated to December)
  3. A petition has been set up by Matthew Tovey a nurse
    The demand is for a 15% pay rise.
    I think this might be a step too far for the government.
    Anything more than the current 1% is progress.
Show your support for the NHS
Sign the petition
to persuade the government
to increase the pay offer
Claps are not enough👏👏👏

Sign now and share


Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Walking for the NHS




One of the saving graces of lockdown
has been being able to 
walk with Pearl



Like all of us 
I am so grateful that the efforts of our key workers
have enabled me to continue to walk Pearl.

The support for the NHS is huge
as demonstrated by the weekly clap
and is evident everywhere.

I am very saddened to hear that
the government has seen fit to give them a paltry 1%
(MPs got 3.1%)

I rarely go in for sponsorship. 
(The only one I can remember was over 12 years ago.
I walked the Great Wall of China for the Meningitis Trust.
I raised a wonderful £5000) 

I am contemplating doing a similar challenge


Pearl and I are willing to do 
A 1000 mile Countryside Walk





If every adult in the country sponsored me
just 10p a mile
I would raise a huge amount of money 
Then each NHS staff could have a bonus

For those interested in figures and details
I calculate

At 10p a mile from every adult
that would be £100 per person.
With approx 50million people
(50 million x 100)
£5,000, 000,000

I am very aware that many people
who have lost their jobs because of Covid
will not be able to do this.

So
  • Why don't the "wealthy" people contribute more
    (say £1000)
  • Those companies who have done well
    (supermarkets/Amazon etc)
    should also make a significant contribution
    (eg £100 per store)
  • MP's could contribute more
If this were to happen 

each NHS staff member 
1.6 million of them
could receive a bonus of 
£3000.

This would be standard for everyone in the NHS.
Every person's job was vital,
irrespective of their salary.

I would love to know what you think.

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Friday, 5 March 2021

Read of the Month (Mar 2021)


It was World Book Day 
yesterday 
(1st Thursday in March)


Various "book" events are held around the UK.
This is to encourage reading,
especially among children.

This celebration
was instigated in 1995 by
UNESCO 
(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
to promote

  • reading
  • publishing
  • copyright
Why do we celebrate World Book Day in March
and the rest of the world on 23rd April?

To avoid all the other celebrations that occur then
namely, St George's Day, Easter, Shakespeare etc.

Because of the pandemic the theme this year is

"Share a Story"

This month I would like to share 2 books

They are 
  • informative (non-fiction)
  • easy to read
  • connected to radio 

They are however very different.



And Now 
the 
Weather




As it says on the cover 
the book
celebrates our National Obsession

However it is a fascinating account of 
all the different aspects of weather
and how some of them affect the UK.

The second book would be classified 
as a "Table Book"
(It is very large and heavy)
This does not make it any less interesting.


 The Big Book
         of
Classical Music

 


Again there is a clear explanation on 
the book cover.

Each page contains
interesting facts about classical music
that occurred on the same day.

A book to dip into.



 


 




Sunday, 28 February 2021

After Lockdown

Weather is glorious.
Spring tomorrow.







Travel in the motorhome is not allowed
because of Lockdown.
Good news.
We will soon be able to use our motorhome to visit places.

Campsite in Devon


 When I was travelling about
 the south of England last summer 



I discovered a couple of faults:-

  • my fridge was smelling oddly
  • one of the trims on a wheel arch was loose
  • a hinge on the habitation door had snapped

With winter approaching and a lockdown imminent 
I decided to wait until the January to deal with this.

As I discovered the repairs were rather expensive.
However I do now have a new fridge.
Although it has a black generic door 
it still blends in with the décor.


 






The replacement hinge was ridiculously expensive
£100.00
Yes £100.00 just for a hinge.

With the van having to go back
to the rustproofing workshop
for the annual check up
I asked if they could weld the hinge
(they are expert welders).
They kindly agreed.
The van goes into the workshop middle of March.
Again I have to empty it as much as possible
so that it won't be too heavy for the ramp.

When it comes back it will need cleaning and polishing.
Not my favourite job.
(I am going to clean the inside before it goes to the workshop).

Just to loose wheel arch trim to sort.
Hope this will be done next week.

Then Pearl and I can think about going away.


Pearl  would drive it
to her favourite places
if she could