Thursday, 20 April 2017

Annual Cheddar Visit - Cheddstock 2017

With Easter being a bit later this year our annual trip to Cheddar was delayed until mid April, and it had felt like a long time coming! Last year there were 15 of us, but this year we were down to 6.  It still turned out to be a brilliant long weekend.

We travelled up to Somerset literally at the crack of dawn on the Thursday as Bessy's annual habitation service was due (and I'm pleased to report that she got a clean bill of health again!).  We checked in before 8:30am and spent the morning having breakfast and a wander in Burnham on Sea before returning to pick her up and drive the short distance to Cheddar Bridge Touring Park to pitch up.  We spent the afternoon chilling out on site.  The first of our friends arrived late afternoon so we had a drink with them that evening before returning to site with a yummy Chinese takeaway.  More drinks with them followed later that evening!

On Good Friday we were visited by my auntie and cousin.  We caught up with a brew and cake sat outside before heading into Cheddar for lunch in one of their many tearooms.

That evening our other friends had arrived on site so all six of us had a meal and a few pints in a pub in Cheddar.

On Saturday we all did our own thing, ours was to catch the bus into Weston-Super-Mare for the day.  It was dry (as was the whole weekend!) but nippy.  On arrival we had coffee and an early lunch in a pub sat overlooking the pier before having a wander down to the old pier and back.

That evening we had our traditional get together in the best Indian restaurant in the West, Cheddar Cottage.  A great time was had by all.

On Easter Sunday we visited the local car boot sale (as we always do!) and it was literally heaving!  People everywhere, out and about enjoying the warm sunshine.  I bought some lovely azaleas from the plant man, who we've bought from before.  Mike bought more tools!!!

After the boot sale we had lunch on site and then spent the afternoon wandering around Cheddar, which once again was really busy.  I managed to treat myself (again) to a new bird feeder from the wood carvers shop in the Gorge. 

We ate out in a pub in Cheddar again that evening and then had an early night, ready for our journey home on Easter Monday.  All too soon another Cheddstock was over but we plan to do it all over again in 2018!


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year in Bristol

We only spent 2 nights at home after getting home from St Ives.  We refuelled and repacked Bessy and headed north to Baltic Wharf CC site in Bristol (you have to book VERY early to get a pitch!) for the New Year celebrations.

We were with a different set of friends this time and spent our time wandering around the city via the waterfront, enjoying the pubs (again!) and generally having a great time.  The firework display on NYE was brilliant along the quayside.

I didn't actually use my camera during this trip but did manage to snap the odd shot on my mobile phone.

Happy New Year to you all and here's to another great year of trips and new adventures!


Another Christmas in St Ives

Oh how we were both so looking forward to another Christmas in beautiful St Ives.  December had been an 'interesting' month for us.  We both picked up colds that quickly turned into chest infections (the joys of being 50 eh?!).  Sadly Mike's then turned into pneumonia and he was admitted to Barnstaple hospital just a few weeks before Christmas for a night.  He was monitored and sent home to rest.....and where better to do it?!

This year we had friends with us (their first time staying at Ayr Holiday Park and visiting St Ives and they loved it!).

We spent 4 days enjoying the views, the walks, the town, the pubs, the restaurants, the Boxing Day swim at Porthminster Beach (are they mad?!) and generally the great atmosphere St Ives gives out, very generously!

Christmas lunch was again cooked to perfection (just call me Nigella!) in the camper and demolished at a rate of knots (as always). 

Before we left, we both booked again to do it all over again this coming (!) Christmas!