FairhavenParked Hetty on the road near the lake with easy access to the shore The Cook busied her self with cleaning and The Driver now The skipper took his boat to the club to rig ..The Cook was going to sail but didn’t have the get up and go this morning as the weather looked indifferent with a bit of drizzle in the air .. She is happy enough getting Hetty Spick and Span again …The Skipper sailed well and was placed second over all and the weather perked up by 2pm giving the Cook the impetous to leave the warmth of Hetty to take a photo
The leaders in the club house !!
Today’s sailing over and a quick trip down the Blackpool Prom heading for Fleetwood for tomorrow’s sailing
Blackpool seems to have smartened up or did it look so because the sun was shining and it was full of tourists
Vintage trams.. Big Dipper ..Tower and Big wheel
Tonight we’re heading for The Mount a pub in Fleetwood for supper with other like minds
Hetty has had an adventure with the Driver .Yes .. Just the two of them with boats … To Milton Keynes ..The Cook couldn’t see the point of a Milton Keynes adventure so stayed home but here is the report from said Driver
Friday ..A long dull drive
Went to the pub
Saturday…sailed..went to the pub
Sunday ..sailed .. drove back home
No photographic evidence
MINI ADVENTURE 2
Radio Controlled Laser sailing at Lytham St Annes on the Fylde coast on Saturday and Fleetwood on Sunday
Sleepy spot Lytham St Annes swimming pool carpark £5 for over night … £8-50 for 24hours …3 days stay only GPS coords (53.7461728, -3.0318169)
Fridays weather at home was again awful as it has been since we arrived back from Hettys European adventures sending The Cook into a depression of epic proportions..Within a week of our return she was planning another adventure to Denmark in early September after reading a report from other adventurers “Heels for Dust ” who are in Scandinavia at the moment and have been to the artists area called SKAGAN on the northern tip of Denmark where the light is so special drawing artists such as Peder Krøyer to paint here
Back to this weekends outing with more planning for Denmark to come in later blogs
The closer to the west coast the brighter it got and the sun came out whilst we strolled around Lytham remembering childhood visits The town has an old fashioned air about it in a very pleasant way ..Gardens along the Prom and a shortened Pier after a fire back in the 70’s .. Slot machines at the entrance to the Pier .. Penny push again bringing back memories The Driver splashes out with a 2 p but didn’t win anything ..
The town is mostly charity shops We love a charity shop and search for treasures The Driver came out with a pair of deck shoes for £6
A pint (The Cook has a sparkling water as she’s on another diet) in the town pub to watch the cricket was our next stop before a walk to the beach huts on the promenade and supper in the local Toby Carvery ..We can recommend it ..
On our return to Hetty sailing friends arrived in their Motorhome and the people in the next van came back with their tiny 2year old girl called India so then there was lots of chatting and bed time was put back a while but slept like a log
Morning came too early as we moved off to Fairhaven lake ..a mile down the road for the sailing event and breakfast
A dull day with an empty beach untill mid afternoon HE went off sailing .. To return 5 hours later ..I read ..not a sitting out day ..nothing much to report .. Didnt see anyone I knew ..took a few photos ..but that night HE got me out of bed to see the shooting stars ..brilliant …a star party on the the beach ..good tunes and shooting stars
A great night was had by one and all at the Squib Prize giving dinner and without any headache / hangover we packed Hetty up ..Thanked our carpark owner for turning a blind eye to our forbidden over night sleep on his land ..
fortunately we have known Griff for 20 years on and off ..and yes the carpark attendant has tried to shift us many times in the past to no avail so I think the blind eye is easier ..saying this we don’t abuse the situation and do buy a weekly parking ticket ..Sadly I can’t add the GPS as its not a valid sleepy spot …Emptied loo at the public toilets by the golf club ..as we use bio washing liquid instead of loo blue its perfectly acceptable.
A very quiet drive to Conwy I suppose as it was Saturday traffic would be heading to the beach not away from it..We had decided to spend the night ..arrived and our parking spot at the marina was occupied by a campervan who even had his leccy wire into the boat park..plugged in..I’m assuming he had a boat as well…if not how cheeky …J went to the pub in the marina to ask if it would be ok to park in their car park ..Yes was the answer as it didn’t belong to them but the Marina so in we went..found a quiet corner…We have eaten in the pub..The Mulberry Inn and had the worst food ever so decided never to darken their doors again..even slated em on trip adviser. My review on trip adviser but a refurbishment has been done..complete makeover ..looking good and I don’t hold grudges long ..After a walk to the beach we did eat there and all was well this time ..
The area around Conwy Marina is a bird sanctury ..an estuary at low tide full of birds and flowers ..boats wending their way up to the harbour and the weather was perfect if a little cloudy
Now off to the Wirrel.. The reason being we needed to find a sleepy spot for an upcoming sailing event ..West Kirby was the destination .. We found a couple of places to park up ..one by a church hall in Newton GPS COORDS 53.368284 -3.154147 and another in a pub car park ..The Cottage Loaf GPS COORDS 53.351516 -3.130882 We asked the landlord and he confirmed we could stay over night if we part took of his hospitality .. perfectly willing to do that ..Another place we had been told was a good over nighter was Wallesy Beach near to New Brighton GPS COORDS 53.434792 -3.073518 Perfect spot
After a wonderful sunset and a very quiet night parked up on the prom ..we woke to a scorcher of a day
Families out for the day
Next stop Crosby beach on Mersey side to have another look at the Gormley Art Instalation “Another Place”
An insight into the creation of this work of art came from a fellow blogger .. I’m sure he wouldn’t be offended if I shared his thoughts on Another Place by Antony Gormley
A family are sleeping on the roof of their car in a tent next to us..you’ve gotta laugh at these resourceful people .. Last year there were two of the surfers who pegged a tent into the Tarmac next to their car ..I think I’d have put my gear in the tent and slept in the car as I used to do back in the early 80’s in my 2CV ..back seat at home and a single mattress thrown in with Great Dane and pot noodles ..off to the lakes …those were the days …
A dull day with soft rain ..The chaps out sailing are lost from view in the mist ..Our first sighting of them was on their return to the moorings after two back to back races ..John and Toby are lying 7 th over all and the hope is they may be able to manage a 5th if their luck holds …A girly chatting day as I caught up on friends news ..We know lots of ppl here as a lot of Burwain SC members headed down to Abersoch in the summer months with their children ..Now retired have houses ..caravans and mobile homes in Abersoch ..spending a lot of the year here ..
Bear Grylls has an island in the bay and turned up to pick up some friends from the beach in his super duper rib ..it’s even got wheels to drive up onto the beach ..most impressive but a point was made by club members as he drove off into the mist he had children on board without life jackets on and as Chief Scout one would have thought he would adhere to the safety rules ..A supper was held in South Carnarvon Yacht Club after sailing with a Spanish theme ..sadly even though the food is delicious weight watcher portions were provided …still hungry John and myself went back to Hetty and Ham and mustard sandwiches were devoured ..and so to bed to fight another day here in The Soch
Perhaps a little retail therapy ..Abersoch has some fine shops and with the weather being inclement perhaps the crowds of people have gone off somewhere else because they are not on the beach
Squib Week in Abersoch seems to be an annual event for us ..He goes sailing with Toby Taylor and I chill usually having driven my Smart4two down in convoy to give us more scope for a bit of wild camping and convenience for John to get to SCYC (South Carnarvonshire Yacht Club) as we camp about 5 miles out… not this year ..exhausted ..I think too much partying (Johns post birthday event )and child minding has blown my energy ..so we hired a small car in Pwhelli after driving here in Hetty on Thursday ..but their insurance won’t cover me to drive it as I’m TOO OLD ..screams ….but I don’t care one way or the other .. I love being here on the beach at Porth Neigwl with the surfers ..
The drive seemed so stress free after the up and up and narrow streets of our last Europe tour …even the main Street in Abersoch held no fear with all the holiday people parking up in ludicrous places ..The sunset as we parked up was another belter …and so to bed after a shop bought pizza and caulslaw ..yum yum .. What a good nights sleep ..so quiet .. No cars whizzing about or drunks walking down the road noisily and the Hymer bed is so much more comfy than ours at home .. Heaven is wild camping ..Friday came and Toby picked J up to go back to Pwhelli to pick up the hire car and then back again to sail the boat over after launching A good breeze got them back to Abersoch in quick sticks ..meanwhile made a curry and I read a whole book ..lovely .. HETTY’S sleepyspot
Classic Hymer arrived .. A big one ..It was Tim and Donna with whom I’d had a conversation with on the classic Hymer Facebook group just the day before ..had a chat and a glass or two .. Next day we had more Hymer people turn up who actually knew us from this blog ..fame at last ..WOW Wall to wall sun shine John had the morning off so a walk on the beach was the order of the day .. Just a couple of people on at 9am .. Perfect ..until the runners started ..a 75 mile race from Pwhelli and back round the Llyn peninsular .. Hells bells I feel tired just writing about it .. We walked for a couple of hours and off he went sailing whilst I sat out to read another book .. OUCH I forgot I hadn’t worn shorts for years .. NO sunscreen on my knees ..a little red to say the least .. He laughed … Good thing I had after sun lotion … Still hummingly hot today .. and very stinging and red … Soft jeans are worn … The day started with a cool wind with cloud but now it’s sunny again but no sitting out without a towel over my very sore knees … Lots of surfers here today
Making a move tomorrow down to Abersoch ..He needs to take the hire car back ..a 8am meet with Toby to take Him back to Pwhelli .. Me I’m having to socialise again ..sighs …up to the car park for the day at SCYC for the late afternoon race and supper in the club .. At least I may get some Wyfy to publish my blog with photos ..fingers crossed ..I complain massively about low or slow Wyfy in Europe well this complaint is about NON NIL Wyfy in Wales ..
1 Does it look ok ,nice to have it to yourself but reassuring if other camper vans are near( not too near)always leave time to move on to your fall back location.
2 Is it free
3 Is it by the sea or mountains with a view
4 Do we need to empty the loo or fill with water ( this usually necessitates some cost) at a camp site or Sosta(sometimes we find this can be free at a sosta or some car parks)we do not need a mains hook up but if it’s included it saves on gas for fridge and hot water.
5 HOW MUCH !!!
6 Does it have wifi and occasionally we need a washing machine (it’s surprising how infrequent this is required , but when it is it can be a big job)
7 If it has a pool it’s a bonus
8 If it has a bar and restaurant this can be a negative point as it attracts holiday makers!
9 When you have permutated all of the above you then park ,level up the camper sort the fridge and get out a beer (if it has power rig the cables if it’s hot and sunny extend the awning)(this can also apply if rain is expected) get out a beer
10 Decide how long you want or need to stay and start planning for the next few days if you have not already done so.
11 If you are on your own by 19:00/dusk re-assess security or the feel of the place
12 Have a fall back location in case you don’t feel happy at your chosen location( this has only happened to us once )when our lovely beach location seemed to become a gay pickup spot.