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Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Well it has happened, we have bought our Camper van!!  After almost a year here, we are getting ready for a big adventure.  The van (who we have named Clive)  Is a 1987 Talbot express.  Has four seats a stove top, and oven, fridge and shower.  He came fully loaded with pots and pans and two fold out bikes.
OK so yes we may be a little excited, but it is really great to have a means of transport at your door.  After not having a car since we got here knowing we can jump in Clive and go whee ever we want is great.

We took a trip to the Cotswold area, about 1:30hrs from London.  i have been wanting to go since i saw it on getaway a few years ago ( i know don't say it).  So we set off, with the help of Dave's newest little toy, the sat nav.  The Cotswold area is covered with little quaint villages, all containing chocolate box cottages and little streams.  Just what you think England should look like, some of the buildings looked so old.  It was a great day out of London, and Clive went really well.

Last week we headed off for a little tour around south west England.  We first headed to Bath, named after the roman Baths that have lived there since the 4th century BC.  It was probably one of the best museums i have been to, the baths still work using the same pluming that the Romans made.  The natural spring that water comes from was still hot and looked very inviting, but alas we weren't aloud to go in.  The whole town was really nice, the buildings were lovely and the parks perfect.  We both thought we could live there.  We had afternoon tea at a little bun shop called sally Luna, buns have been made here for ......... well a long time.  I had a cream tea (Devonshire tea) and it was fantastic.

We staying in a caravan park that night, it had a little creek running behind the camper.  Our little Clive though didn't quite stack up to the other vans though.  One of them could have fit Clive inside it and you still would have been able to walk around comfortably!!

There was was a pub in the park and we went for a light tea and a pint.  There wasn't anyone really there, being the off season the bar guy told us.  We had to order tea quick as well, he said, kitchen closes at 9 and the kitchen lady wouldn't be happy to make much at this time.  So i ordered an omelet and Dave asked if they made chips and gravy, "chips ans gravy!" replied the bar guy.  He had to ask the kitchen lady about this and came back and said they could do onion gravy.  He bought out the plates shaking his head muttering chips and gravy.

About 10 minuets later the bar mans friend who had been sitting at the bar with him got a plate of chips and gravy bought out to him!! It was so funny, the kitchen lady i don't think has quite forgiven us yet!

We drove the next day back to bath for a few hours and saw some more sites and headed south to a place called wells.  There is a cathedral there, and it was well worth the visit, it was a really huge and wonderful place.  There wasn't meant to be photos taken but , we sneaked a few.  That afternoon we drove onto a place near Swanage on the Jurassic coast.  The camp site was lovely, set in a Field on top of a hill.  We set up camp and i cook some spag bowl.  It was very handy having a cooker right at my disposal and no setting anything up, just pull up plug him in, and away you go!  Thank god we had a heater as well, it was freezing!

We went for a walk along the cost the next day.  It started out sunny but turned quite cold and windy as the day progressed.  We walked into Swanage a good 5 mile walk, and had fish and chips and a beer.  All in all a nice day.  The bus driver on the way back to the camp site even let us off right at the site, good country hospitality.

We headed to the new forest for a night, Clive still not missing a beat.  It was really beautiful here.  All the trees leaves were changing colours, and there was a mist hanging around most of the time, very romantic.  In the new forest horses, donkeys and pigs all wander freely around.  You could be in the middle of a town and there would be a horse eating away at the grass on the side of the road.  We went for a bike ride through the forest one day, there was no one else there and it was really fun, lots of mud though.  We ran into a couple of pigs, which Dave didn't seem to like very much!

Stopping for lunch that arvo at a wee village we had a nice lunch in the beer garden, with a horse grazing next to us.  It was nice to go camping again, even though it was cold, and in a van.  Not quite Booty Booty or Hat Head, but great all the same.

Now back in London again, winter is on it's way, and it is starting to look a lot like it did when i came here a year ago.  Can't believe it has almost been a year, hope everyone at home is good, miss you all.
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