Month: December 2014

Cartmel village

Meathop Fell, Grange

April 29 – May 1 2013 A short 2-day trip, to Meathop Fell Caravan Club Site, located on a small fell, surrounded by low-lying flat coastal land on three sides, and the River Kent estuary to the south. Very windy on the day we arrived. The brochure ‘Cycling around the Cartmel Peninsular’ published by Cumbria […]


Van Travels

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Low Park Wood, Kendal

2013 April 22 – 24 A short 2-day trip to the ‘Kendal Caravan Club Site’, set in a pleasant woodland glade, adjacent to an attractive river, with plentiful wild flowers and bird life. We arrived at lunch time accompanied by high wind and rain, walked to the Strickland Arms for lunch, to find it was […]

Europe 2013 Tour

The overall aim was to visit western France, the Spanish Pyrenees, sample a short stretch of the Mediterranean coast in Catalonia, then aim to visit friends in Italy (a short drive from the French border) via the South of France. We would then work our way back to the Channel via Eastern France. The idea […]

Poppies growing in the wheat on the Canal du Midi, south of Carcassonne

1. FRANCE – Brittany to Spain

THUR 13 JUNE 2013 Following several days spent on modifications to the van, including security improvements, we were very relieved to receive good news concerning the health of a member of our family, and we immediately started making plans for the first European trip in our van. The following day was a big day for […]

View of L'Escala from beach bar at Empuries

2. SPAIN – Catalonia

SAT 22 JUNE 2013 After leaving Argeles-sur-Mer in the sunshine, we decided against the scenic coastal road south to Spain, mainly to avoid spending too much of a promising day driving, and reluctantly took the A9 motorway (and paid more tolls!). We also decided it would be nice to ‘settle down’ and base ourselves in […]

Our self-converted VW camper in Canada

Where it all started

Shortly after we married in 1977 we emigrated to Canada. Instead of flying we took the Stefan Batory, a modest Polish ship providing a scheduled transatlantic service. Our intention was to drive across Canada from Montreal to Calgary. A visit to the ‘Australian Car Centre’ located under a flyover somewhere in London resulted in the […]

Dee estuary from Wirral Country Park

Wirral Country Park

April 2013 Whilst we bought our van conversion in 2012, followed by a number of modifications, family illness delayed use until 2013. This was our first experience of living in our van on a short 4 day trip, and our first use of the van services, including electric hook-up, waste water system and toilet. After […]