Monday, 19 April 2021

Some vitamin Sea


Clevedon. Our first long trip out. This was a 160 miles round trip. The closest seaside to us landlocked Cotswoldians.

We didn’t take the motorhome as it is cheaper and greener to go by car. Quicker too. We were there in just under 2 hours. The tide was in which was a treat. We packed a picnic and ate it in the car park.
There were quite a few people strolling along the esplanade. We made our way up to Poets walk where it was quieter. It was hazy. In the distance we could see the Welsh coastline. When the tide is in, it looks further away.

It was very pleasant in the warm sunshine. 
On the way home we decided to ditch the M5 and came took the scenic route. We went up into the hills of South Gloucestershire and the towns Wotton on Edge and Tetbury. We stopped in Cirencester for some bits in Lidl. Then through the  Cotswold water park, Fairford Lechlade and home.  It felt a little strange having such a long journey. Staying local has been our new normal.. It was strangely exciting to go so far in one  day.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Well that was Easter

2 degrees C and we  went on an Easter Monday walk. We drove to the Jubilee gardens in nearby Shipton under Wychwood. We were the only people there. Even the ducks were hiding somewhere out of the icy wind.. A big change from the warm sun on Easter Sunday.

We have had little garden visitors and it has been good to see people sitting in the garden over the weekend. 

We inherited a roll of bamboo screening so Diamond Dave put it up. I did some weeding with my warm coat and hat on.

The solar lights are giving a vague light. Some nothing at all. I ordered some solar rechargeable batteries so I hope I can save them from landfill. The string lights are the problem. They don’t seem to last. The glass globe garden lights have kept going for years.

Today is shopping day for the elderlies. I am no longer doing click and collect. I will go in and out the shops as fast as I can. My mum does a list and I add to it what I know she needs. I don’t want to take her independence away completely. I make light of the things she forgets. I don’t think she will ever shop for herself and Dad again. She is set in her ways and likes things from different shops. I have had to get her out of that habit. I only do one shop per week. It might be Aldi one week or Morrison’s or Asda the following. She’s getting used to it. Asda prices are really good so I don’t get too much opposition.

The Caravan and Motorhome club sites open on the 12 th April. I booked some dates months ago but sadly won’t be going anywhere. The sites are open but the facilities not until May 17 th. Our old van has a shower and water heater but it would be a big task to clean and fill just for the odd night. We have a portable toilet but I would rather use club facilities for the unmentionable  calls of nature. That’s us grounded for a while longer. Some warmer weather would be good but looking at the forecast there is nothing on the way. A big change from this time last year where we were in our summer clothes and wall to wall sunshine everyday. Going out will be worth the wait.