The good thing about travelling by campervan is that you cart your holiday goods and chattels along with you. Lunch can be a choice of a layby next to a field full of wheat dotted with poppies, or a pub lunch in a garden. Following the sun is the main aim of this couple of weeks. It seems trite to go on and on about the weather, but it is true that in May 2010 Dalamory had 46.77mm (2 inches of rain) whereas this year (2011) it was 390.6 (almost 16 inches.) In other words we have been suffering badly from too much rain and wind. So you can imagine that a few days of sunshine followed by sun and thunder-plumps has seemed idyllic.

So far adventures have included:

  • Walks on an adjacent beach
  • Watching wildlife in the raw – a cygnet snatched by a gull
  • Admiring a cliff of kittiwakes amidst their noise and quarrels
  • Misty going for Day Care and pampering; tea-tree shampoo smells great
  • Adults having a day out at Alnwick Gardens and Castle
  • Putting the warm fleeces away
  • First class steak and warm French wine

And lots more to come no doubt. The Day Care was a particularly good idea. Castles and Gardens tend not to allow dogs other than Assistance Dogs. Misty may consider herself our carer, but she does not have the appropriate uniform. It has been too hot to leave her in the campervan, so a pamper day was the ideal solution. Unfortunately, I am unable to do the photos yet, but will do a holiday compendium at a later day. Cascades ie water fountains and displays, seem to be the next new thing. There is something so soothing about water – both the noise and the display.

Still to do before moving on: more gardens, a bus ride – first for Misty -and a dog-friendly lavender farm. Happy holidays to those still waiting to go.


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