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Saturday, August 1, 2015

We Find God and Cream Teas!

We picked up mother from Milton Keynes yesterday morning, our destination for the next few days was Totnes in Devon. 

It was a pretty crappy drive with very heavy traffic, we turned off the motorway at Bath because it was blocked and for the rest of the journey we went cross country, it was good to be moving but it added a extra couple of hours to the journey.

This is our mooring, it is right in the centre of Totnes, there is no 240 hookup, so it will be interesting to see how well the solar panel works. 

Today we went for  a walk into town, the tide was well and truly out! 

We love Totnes, it is a very alternative town which we both like. 

There is an eclectic mix of shops in the town, no Primark here or any of the old tat you normally see in an English town.

Narnia...the time travellers shop! 

Even I enjoy wondering around the shops here 


Fantastic vintage shop, with not so vintage prices! 

Devon Harp Centre! 

Tea rooms. 

Check out the tea pots. 

Inside the tea shop, no doggies unfortunately, so we couldn't check it out. 

Different. 

They just go on......


and on...


The local church was having its summer fete, so we went inside for afternoon tea, mother freaked out at being in a church and run away to check out more shops. 

Scones jam and cream, and praying that I wouldn't put on too much weight! 

Luverley. 

The Totnes brass band were playing in the corner. 

Back down the hill we go heading back to base. 

Still no water. 

We went for a walk along the river tonight, it is virtually breaking its banks, it must be a very high tide, full moon and all that.

Sunday tomorrow, better find some nice clothes for church.....Amen!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pub Stops.

We traveled down from Bewdley yesterday, we stopped over night at a little village called Turweston, the local pub was in the Britstops book and what a little gem it was.

There was one other motorhome in the carpark, the landlord was super friendly and was soon out telling where the 240 hook up was and water etc if we required it.

The village was delightful, but I forgot my camera when I went walkabout, in the evening we popped in the pub for a few pints of Doombar and a couple of pizzas.

The Stratton Arms, a really nice pub. 


Today we headed towards Luton, but went via Milton Keynes to drop a load of washing off at my mums house, she loves doing our washing


Tonight we are parked up at The Fancott Arms just outside of Luton, once again free 240 v etc.

Tomorrow we will pick up my mother and head off to Devon.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Steamfest

Today was a day of much excitement as we were going for a steam train trip on The Severn Valley Railway.

Its about a mile walk to the station, we even managed to get a prom walk in along the River Severn.

Bewdley is certainly a lovely little town. 

We had a bit of a wait for out train, so Elaine played with the period luggage. 

Whilst I checked out the pissoir. 

Very luxurious. 

And here comes our train. 

Firstly we headed for Kidderminster, they had veggies growing on the platform plus an air raid shelter! 

It is a superb old station. 

The booking office. 

Love the station master checking out his laptop! 

We took the next train to Bridgenorth, which is at the end of the line, the train passes Bewdley safari park, we spotted a rhino.... 

And some elephants. 

We had some locally brewed rail ale on the train, all bought to us by a waiter. 

The line passes some lovely scenery. 

Bridgenorth is another delightful town on the River Severn. 

We had a good wander around for a couple of hours. 

Another first for the dogs, we took them up the cliff railway. 

I cant believe we found such a lovely place just by chance. 

Back at the station I checked out one of the big diesel engines. This one was built in Crewe in 1963 and taken out of service in 1976. 

Bridgenorth station. 

Waiting for our train. 

And here she is 34053 Sir Keith Park, built in 1947, withdrawn from service in 1965 saved from the cutters torch in 1984 with the restoration finished in 2012! 

We had a lovely leisurely trip back to Bewdley. 

We passed no 43106 steaming away, it is the only survivor in its class. 

We finaly got back to the van at about 19.00, it had been a most wonderful day, even Elaine loved it, I'm not joking!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Severn Valley...


We had an undisturbed nights sleep in our deserted field.

After a brief chat we decided to head off to a riverside town, Bewdley sounded good so off we went.

Straightaway we ran into a big jam and were held up for an hour.

Its a lovely little site, basically its in someones garden, but we do have 240, water and an Elsan, pretty cheap too at £12.00 a night.

Elaine was feeling tired after 5 days of running the mothership/catering van so stayed in the van with Bombo whilst me and Sammie went exploring.

Bewdley is a lovely little town.

It sits on the banks of the River Severn 

Very nice 

As an added bonus the Severn Valley Railway passes through the town, so I went off and did some train spotting. 

I wasn't dissapointed. 






After a couple of hours of steam excitement I returned to the van and picked up Elaine, we went for a walk to the closest pub.

The Little Packhorse is a very old and quaint little pub. 

Can I have another pint please. 

Nice sign at the entrance. 

Tomorrow we will take a steam train ride.