Sunday, 9 October 2011

Life resumes back home.


Six weeks after an uneventful journey home I thought an update was overdue so ...........

After sorting out mail and related paperwork I set off for the Brecon Beacons to enjoy a long weekend involved with a charity fundraising event held in somewhat wintry conditions whilst Sarah joined friends in sunny Croatia.
I too found good weather too during a brief visit to France joining a friend in his camper on a meander through the centre and along the Dordogne.
Both of us then enjoyed summer's final flurry with a few days in Dolgellau giving us a rare chance to climb Cadair Idris and the Arrans in perfect conditions.

Last week I caught the train to Southampton to collect and drive home our trusty van which had sat patiently in its tin for the 36 day journey via Singapore. After reconnecting the battery it started first time and ran like a watch during the 250 mile trip west - the import procedures including a Custom's X ray went smoothly thanks to the excellent services of JC Shipping and YA Logistics. We now await the results of an MOT next week to determine our next decisions.

In the near future Sarah has plenty of horse riding to look forward to whilst I head to mid Wales to assist in remedial work at a remote bothy in the forests before in late November we both travel to the Lake District for a fortnight.

Christmas will be spent with family before we head to Southern Europe for the rest of the winter with Sarah flying home for Easter whilst I head for the Pyrenees.
As she intends to ride a lot next summer in preparation for a holiday in the saddle in Botswana next autumn I am considering an extended Scottish trip to tackle as many of the 284 Munro's (peaks above 3000') as possible.

Our next major trip will to an extent be determined by which camper we have this time next year - the same old bus will facilitate a trip to the Americas, a newer one will lead to lengthy tours around Europe as the costs of carnets, insurance and so on will be too high in the early years. Either way these will commence in Spring 2013.

Meanwhile some pictures of the last few weeks appear at this link and some irrational locations from when we are out and about should be here

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