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Two weeks on the road – our journey so far

We first holidayed in Scotland a couple of years ago, when we spent a two weeks travelling on the West Coast of Scotland, primarily on the isles of Sky and Mull. We fell in love with the country during those two weeks and vowed that we’d come back and spend more time here. That’s part of the reason the first few months of our big adventure is being spent up here. The second reason is that we want to try our van out in the UK before we go abroad, […]

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Travels on Orkney

When we arrived at John o’Groats, it was about 2.30 in the afternoon. We aren’t too interested in the general tourist stuff, so other than an opportunity for a great selfie, there wasn’t a lot to hold us there. We hadn’t planned much past John o’Groats, so back in Elton the van we set about planning the next part of our journey. We were actually a bit surprised to realise there was a ferry terminal in Gills Bay just a few miles down the road, that could take us across […]

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Homeward Bound

Dear Blog We’re sorry we’ve been having so much fun we haven’t updated you for ages. Were sorry we’ve put more effort into living our dream, than we have into writing up the stories of our adventures. We’re sorry we’ve been so lazy and hedonistic! It’s actually been about eight weeks since we posted our last blog post, when we were on the Orkney Isles. Since then we’ve travelled right across the North Coast of Scotland, down the West Coast, and across to the beautiful Outer Hebrides – “The Western Isles”. […]

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Holidays, Holidays…

Its been five weeks since our last blog post, four weeks since we left our house, and four weeks we’ve now been resident in our new “home on the road”….well, almost! We’ve been parked up at mum and dad’s for the past couple of weeks and mum wouldn’t dream of letting us sleep on the drive! We’re desperate to start our life on the road proper, but – poor us – we’ve had all sorts of holidays in the way before we can make our final getaway. Retired life can […]

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Our life on the road begins

Our new life has started, and what an adventure we’ve got planned. The places we’ll go, the things we’ll see, the freedom to travel and go wherever we fancy. What started as a bit of dream just six months ago passed its biggest milestone when we handed over our keys and drove away from our house on Sunday. We’ve still got a few weeks before we really hit the road and start our adventure; we’ve got a couple of weeks around Cambridge while Carol finishes off at work, some family […]

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The final countdown has begun…we’re off in 6 days

As we sit here in the lounge at home, in our comfy(!) garden chairs, and peruse the chaos around us, the reality has finally hit. It is happening, we’ve rented out our house, we’re leaving in less than a week !! It’s been a fast moving, and incredibly frustrating couple of weeks!  A week ago, we were still in limbo and being increasingly frustrated by prospective tenants. We had a lovely Welsh couple come round, adored the house, said they wanted it, then disappeared. They were quickly followed by a single guy, […]

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Our 1st trip to the Weighbridge

We took our motorhome Elton for his first “test” weigh-in at the Weighbridge today. It’s important that we don’t overload the van; if we’re stopped by the police and taken to a weighbridge for testing and we’re overweight, we’d be fined, AND  we’d have to lose all excess weight before they’d allow us to leave the weigh station and continue our journey. Potentially that would mean having to leave some of our possessions – or Carol  – behind (don’t worry fishing tackle, you’re safe). We’ve heard of many motorhomers being tested and […]

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A New Year, and time’s moving so fast.

Happy New Year everybody, we hope 2017 brings happiness and health to you and all of your family. As we lay in bed on New Years day talking about the year ahead, we reflected on the fundamental change that we’re about to take in the way we live. We’re conditioned from an early age to build a stable home and fill it with better and nicer stuff;  this year we’re throwing that conformity out of the window and taking our lives in a completely new direction. We’ll still have a home, albeit […]

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He’s arrived – It’s a boy!

Ladies and Gentlemen………Introducing “Elton“, our new Carado T449 Motorhome. He weighed in at 7.4m long,  rated at 3.850 tons …….and he’s just beautiful After what seems an endless wait, but in reality was only about eight weeks, we finally picked up our new Motorhome from CamperUK in Lincoln today. We’ve had such a fun day today going over the whole van with the engineers, seeing how everything works, and tonight we’ve come down to CamperUK’s own leisure park where we’re trying out all the gadgets and making sure we’re happy […]

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