The next chapter of our adventure has begun … finally!
We were initially intending to set off yesterday (Monday 11th) but decided to stay an extra night at the site in Hipperholme and what a good decision that turned out to be!
We awoke to a light dusting of snow on Monday morning – the van would not start, the outlet tap to empty our grey water waste was frozen solid (the tank was full) and the fresh water tap on site was also frozen … and our tank was empty! Many heartfelt thanks go out to Nigel & Dave on site who got the engine going again and to Hilary & Tony for their roast beef & ginger sponge mercy dash!
So, after an emotional Mother’s Day & all our farewells said we’ve eventually set sail. Tonight we’re staying at a lovely small campsite near Baldock in Hertfordshire just off the A1. The drive down’s been a bit hairy in places but it’s been sunshine all the way with occasional icing-sugar snow flurries. The site is heavenly – plentiful hot water, showers, loos and a laundry room! Jane commandeered the washer & dryer whilst John emptied the waste tank & replenished the fresh water before realising the dump valve was open & he was actually just watering the campsite … schoolboy error!
Sybil’s settling into the travelling lifestyle nicely and is enjoying exploring new places and making new friends. She gets belted into the third seat in her basket so she can see out of the front and side windows as we’re roving around.
As it turned out, not setting off until today has probably been a blessing. Our television isn’t wired up to an aerial yet (the Jodrell Bank satellite has been left behind – it was me or the dish) so we were blissfully unaware of the snow & weather chaos in the South East until hearing about it this evening on the radio. We’re still going to set off in the morning & just see how it goes. Along with snow chains, we’ve got plenty of provisions and gear to sit out a siege if needs be!
We’re due to cross the Channel on Wednesday afternoon if there’s a sailing. If not we’ll hunker down & wait it out. Our initial route is Dover to Calais then it’s a short drive to Wimereux near Boulogne-sur-Mer for an overnight stay before heading through Normandy to a site at Mont-St-Michel near Avranches. We’ll be staying here a couple of days to catch our breath then heading south to La Rochelle and onwards towards our destination, Alvor! Watch this space