ESCAPE LOCKDOWN

So what do we think of an outing after all this time …

A bad case of brain fog for blogging .. Surprised the Cook can still speak let alone blog after 14 months of lockdown .. but here she goes ..

What are the rules for an away in a Motorhome

Don’t go near ppl .. But.. they are our friends .. keep social distance ..

Birthday and Wedding anniversary usually spent in Europe..

This year The Bull at Broughton near Skipton Yorkshire about 10 miles from home for lunch (Coordinates for sleepy spot 53.956922 -2.082307) .. Our thought was to stay for supper as well and have a sleep over in their carpark which is allowed if eating and asking before parking up .. A take away to eat in Harry perhaps .. Lunch was lovely but so cold eating outside in the marquee which was erected at the rear of the Inn to be Corvid secure ..

We decided to go on to Ribblehead and The Station for supper instead of staying the night at the Bull .. perhaps dark sky for a starry night ..not a chance

Ribblehead sleepy spot (54.207357 -2.362368).

The weather is appalling ..cold rain ..sleet and it’s May 4th .. on arrival no supper ..The Station doesn’t open till the 17th May .. so a pre prepped pasta supper in Harry Hymer and a lovely sleep only to awaken to blue skies and snow top hills and the Viaduct in all her glory..

A lovely Birthday present .

Thanks Mother Nature.. back home to re victual Harry Hymer

Off to Fleetwood for 4 days ..sailing .. (Fleetwood prom sleepy spot 53.924029 -3.034084) The Cook froze to death on her first sail after two years absence .. The driver won every thing ..

The Cook took a photo on a walk at dusk on the prom..one of the best of sky’s ever seen

Harry Hymer was so comfy .. still don’t think he is ours .. too posh for us

So first outing went very well let’s hope for many more ..

And yes more to come but the Cook has run out of mobile phone data .. so you will have to wait for the next episode of Travels with Harry

LOW COUD AND A DASH OF SUNSHINE …. LOCH LOMOND TO FORT WILLIAM

On leaving the borders our mission was to fill up with cheap fuel in Glasgow ..A quick shop and off up to Loch Lomond for our over night stop at Firkin Point again found in Search4sites ..A Scotland Tourist carpark and loo .. GPS. 56.1696528,-4.6778557 …Flat ..but had to move from under the trees .. rain.. trees and a camper van don’t mix .. The rain on the trees drips heavily on to the metal roof and keep one awake grrrrr …

An old oak just behind Hetty

I decided to exceed my normal campervan cooking repertoire and dish up Liver n Onions ..Mash and Veg .. The consensus of opinion was delicious ..So many pans the washer upper complained ..It will be a while before I cook that again

Morning walk along the banks of Lomond with Ben Lomond across the Loch..The clouds trying to clear the peak ..In fact a little sunshine appeared ..

Classic Hymers seem to find each other and one turned up but sadly sounded like a formula 1 as his exhaust had fallen off on the Erskine Bridge and he was parking in this carpark awaiting a replacement . Hetty with new friend

The weather was kind to us as we wandered up through the glens …Autumn colour still on the trees ..

No rain and bits of sun until we reached Glen Coe ..Lunched in the carpark half way down and the rain came down .. Still glorious and stunning as it changed into somber colours as we passed the cairn commemorating The Glen Coe Massacre

GLEN COE

We’re now in Fort William ..In Lidl Carpark ..We asked at the store and were given permission to over night before going on to Ullapool to take the ferry to Stornaway on Lewis Thursday

morning ..

HETTY GOES TO SCOTLAND

VIA FLEETWOOD

At last an off .. Our Autumn travel plans have had to be put back a month and the original destination changed from the French coast and Spain to the Outer Hebrides ..The Western Isles Scotland.. Lots of reasons

1. Hot water boiler in Hetty knackered and a £500+ expense to have a brand new one fitted (Sadly as I write this blog John is on his hands and knees fixing the NEW boiler’s leak !!!)

2.Family ..and cat sitters ..Our trip was in the family diary for first week in September for two months but Family decided to take a holiday in USA ..Family are our cat sitters …sighs (Never have another pet one can not take away in a camper van ) .. New departure date was 2nd October.. No … Nana and GD were needed to pick Ruby (Granddaughter) up after nursery as the other Nana was away as well ..

3. 7th October prep for the off to Scotland and Northern lights with luck …NO… The Northern District RCLaser Championship He says ..sighs .. OK I say ..Packed and off to Fleetwood to sail our Radio Controlled Yachts ..YES and do not scoff ..me as well ..IMG_2748

It rained and rained on the M6 and M55 then a break in the clouds and the sun made an appearance in time for our supper at The Mount Pub over looking beach on a falling tide

Fleetwood is accommodating of Camper-vans as restrictions to park on the prom are nil ..No cost.. just park up and overnight making it one of the most used towns on the north west coast ..Lovely beaches and Fleetwood Market hall is a look back to the 1950’s ..well worth a visit ..

16 Skippers competed for the Northern Championship Cup .. John was 3rd and I wasn’t last .. Well in most of the races I was about 13th but that’s good for me ..IMG_2770.JPG

5pm Sunday 08/10/17 we are off to Scotland ..Autumn colours and sunshine.

Headed for Beattoch ..just over the border and a Pub stopover The Old Stables Inn found in Search4sites ..A web page for finding a sleepy spot en-route ..The pubs allow overnight parking in their car parks as long as you use the pub although we have come across one at Ribblehead where you can park and use the pub or not ..as the landlady said ..

The Old Stables Inn is quiet and flat for parking ..The food is pub grub .. My only complaint is our clothes now stink of cooking fat ..Chip frying .. My Bete Noir ..I hate smells permeating my clothes and hair ..cigarette smoke(xsmoker) has been put to rest now we need to ban chip frying in oil ..(I feel campaign coming on)

John seems to have fix the leaking boiler and the wet carpet is drying on the bike rack ..He’s an amazing fixer of anything broken ..

Off further North and just to decide which port to sail from whether it be Oban to Castlebay Ullapool to Stonaway or on to Skye and sail from Uig to Tarbert