Thursday, 22 June 2017

HIGH MEADOW FARM & PUZZLE WOOD!

A Trip down south to Wales took us to a lovely cl : High meadow farm.
We also took it upon ourselves to sneak into mystical wood used in the latest StarWars film!




Monday, 17 April 2017

WHAPLODE WEEKENDER


We headed Lincoln way on Sat afternoon for three nights of peace and quiet, washed down with plenty of Merlot and Baileys. We booked into a CL in Sutton St James, just outside of Whaplode.
We tried to book the Bluebell Field CL but with it being a Bank Holiday weekend and me leaving it until the last minutes.. It was full! So I got out my trusty 'offline' Maps.me app on my phone ( thanks Pete ) and looked for another CL close by. We found Homefields Farm Park and it was available! Bingo!

Maps.Me showing CLs, Wildcamping, Pubstops, Taps, Toilets and National Trust venues..
Im sooo middle aged! 

We took the bikes for the first time, It was a job and a half getting them in the garage at the back of the van with everything else we thought we needed to bring.. but we... I managed.

Hopefully Farm Park was great. An electric barrier on entry. Open views, hard standing pitches and your own fresh/grey water/electric hookup!


I title ride to Long Sutton for an early Brekky and some supplies.

The roads in Lincoln are amazing for quick bike-rides, I think we cycled for an hour and climbed a total of 9 feet! 
I like Yellow!

South Holland Drain.. apparently.

(A) Abducted by little green men?
(B) Nasty accident?
(C) Wee stop!

Always time for a little work in the van!

Now should we head home tomorrow or should we venture into Derbyshire.. Lets see what happens as we pass Kirkby!

"I had a woof-erly time, I slept, ate, slept, walked, slept and while they went for bike rides I guarded the van ( while sleeping )






Thursday, 23 March 2017

SUDBURY HALL



Upon leaving Ilam I followed the Sat-Nav to Sudbury Hall, hoping the car park would be ig enough for the van. Half an hour later I arrived, the carpark was truly massive and I parked up in a quiet corner.

Tink, is getting old and nowadays only has about twenty minutes walk in her at the best of times. So I decided to carry her from the carpark to the hall so she could have a nice walk around the grounds. Its about 5 minutes walk and shes getting heavier. Anyway I got her there, put her down and took this photo :


I looked back and Tink was full squat in-between all  the visitors taking a woopsey!
I know its natural but Tink has this thing about an audience, she loves one! So I whipped out a bag, cleaned up, trying not to look anyone in the eye and then attempted to walk on with Tink.

Nope.. Tinks brakes were fully engaged, she was going nowhere.. apart from back to the van... being carried again like royalty. SO back to the Hall.. this time being able to look folk in the eye!



The property has a toy museum and the hall itself which the owners handed over to the trust when they could not afford the death duty they incurred fifty years ago. They literally walked out and everything they left is still on display, just as it was.

Now your talking I was draw the the toys of my era.

The museum was full of very interesting toys from hundreds of years ago. Dusty dolls or a Spectrum +3.. The force was strong!

Croggy anyone?



IN THE HALL
The Long Gallery

A fancy stairwell

Lovely gardens

The hall.. although you can't tell,  the East side has only 2 floors ( the windows give it away ), but the West side has three floors in the same space. Some of the windows aren't windows some are at foot level on the inside and some are way up high! But from the outside all looks symmetrical.