Thursday, 25 August 2016


We should have been somewhere along the coast of Brittany at this point in August but as usual we have swerved our initial plans and gone with a last minute dash to.. Grantham!

We have just moved into a little bungalow that as a result of my DIY frenzy has no facilities available.. At all.  Thus we decided to opt for the motorhome that has hot water, a fridge and a working toilet!

Our departure date for the ferry came and went as we were up to our necks in demolition duties. The weather was too nice and I was sick of smelling of chimney soot. So we grabbed our bags and jumped in Bernie. Once we got her off the drive we sat there wondering where to go.. 10 minutes past... Belvoir!!

On route to the Vale, Mand put a pin in the map and booked us a CL in a little village  called Casthorpe. A lovely little place. After settling in we walked along the Grantham canal to the Rutland Arms for some grub and real ale.

It was a mile and a half. A mile too much for Tink. The pub had just been refurbished and only had crisps on the menu. Two quick pints and a steady walk back for a bbq supper.. carrying Tink or course.

The morning came after a spicy BBQ concoction the night before  , we headed half a mile down the road to Barrowby for a brunch at a Deli we past the day before while lost. 

( A middle aged ) 
"One for the road"

From here we headed to Loughborough to 50 cycles to have a blast on some demo electric bikes. Some of which were unrestricted and technically illegal. We were looking for a bike for Mand that has a little "assistance" so we could get out together.

The first batch...


The Beast. 28mph.. Mand liked this one.

After a couple of hours fun zipping up and down an industrial estate  we headed for a CL I previously went to with Jack and George. Heronbrook in Cotgrave. After taking a detour via Kegworth looking for a pub. Let's just say, non were suitable!

We ended up in the Manvers Arms in Radcliffe on Trent for a lovely bit of grub. Bernie just squeezed into the Carpark. Anyway two glasses of Merlot later we headed for Herobrook.


The following morning we walked another local stretch of the Grantham canal.

Back at the site we got talking to a German couple who had two kids and Three large greyhounds in their motorhome!

They had electric bikes and while talking to them I saw the future. 

These fancy looking carriages are not for kids. They are for the three greyhounds! As we walked back from the canal they whizzed past us with the dogs being towed like royalty!

"Guten Morg!"

I suspect we will be having such a doggy taxi in the near future.. save me carrying Tink everywhere! 

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