Monday, 25 August 2014

1000+ miles this year !

 The first trip out this year was in April for a friend's 50th in Wiltshire
A 300 mile round trip up the A30, M5 & M4, but she towed like a dream & kept us cosy 
We then squeezed in a trip to the Hay Festival in Wales (see previous post) which was another 300+ mile round trip 
 Next up was our annual mid-July outing to the Larmer Tree Festival in Dorset (250m round trip)
This year apart from our usual gang we had some new Larmer converts
 - my sister & her daughter & a cousin & his two girls. Clearly taken with the Airstream (well I like to think so) 
The weather was generally lovely but there was one biblical downpour 
But it wouldn't be a festival if you didn't have to cater for all weathers ! 

Highlights were Squeeze (above & below Glen Tilbrook), Frank Turner, Stornoway, Public Service Broadcasting, Tom Odell, Gentleman's Dub Club &, of course, Sir Tom Jones 

 The Flying Cloud now has upholstered dinette cushions
 and is starting to feel even more like home
The awning is a temporary fix as we still haven't quite decided what we want but at least this one uses the awning rail 
Sir Tom belting out the hits 
I have to say it was quite some performance...
August 1st saw us hitched-up again (with the first of the boats on the roof) for our usual wild camping destination (which we like to keep under our hats) 
 It wasn't the best of weather to arrive in but
…by morning the sun had returned 
and stayed like that for pretty much the next two weeks 
The churchyard has some great Celtic cross gravestones 
even if getting there is a little impracticable  
but worth it 
A new addition from a local antique shop - a 60s 'Bestlight' 

We even had the good ship Marian in the harbour  
 Old friends 
 new campervans

and evenings round the fire 
Despite having rewired & installed batteries, I haven't got round to reinstalling lights
so we survive quite happily on candle & torch power
Rather stunning high cirrus 
heralded the arrival jun the next day or so of hurricane Bertha 
Luckily the rather dire warnings were overdone for Cornwall as we had high winds but not too much rain
She passed over pretty quickly and the sun returned 

 A new resident in one of the river creeks 
Still haven't had time to work on her polish but hopefully next year  
But luckily she still shines under the right light 

Our backwater - Airstream is the bright shape to the right of centre 
 The local butcher and fishmonger's are excellent !
Still pleased that I kept the shelf/drawer unit across the front. If there's one thing Airstreams often lack its shelf space (except in cupboards) so it nice to have this even if it becomes a repository for pretty much everything !

 I popped down to Prussia Cove (even further west) to visit friends & coincide with the National Trust's firework celebration from St Michael's Mount

Time to leave 
and head back across the Tamar into Devon
and catch up with other friends who camp each year at East Prawle 
high up on the hills above Salcombe. Very different but lovely to be so high with views of the sea all around
Its a busy (but spacious) field, so we soon had visitors drawn to this new shiny object 
the interior end caps went down very well
 Again rather good weather, even with the odd passing shower out to sea.
 Beautiful walking, even if the return leg always ends with a climb
Rock samphire - sadly almost inedible, unlike its delicious marsh cousin 

A canoe trip to Salcombe and my son not quite mastering the portage !

 The local pub, the Pig's Nose, is famous for having excellent music - and for once brilliantly amplified - loud, clear BUT not too loud. 
 The essential ingredients for the first cup of the day
and a read of the weekend papers 
A rare surviving Rood screen (although much restored) at South Pool church with much of its original painting from the 15th century
We forget that churches prior to the Reformation were a riot of colour and images 

 The dinette still needs her table made but the round one suffices for now
 If I say so myself (even if there's still more to do) I'm pretty pleased how she's turned out with very much the feel she must have had in 1953
Heading home - but there's always a last bit of washing up before we hitch-up. Next year we'll have the sinks back in !
Hope you've all had a good summer too.


  1. Thank you Frank. Its been a nice old summer - as has yours I see.


  2. Great pictures Chris, always so inspiring! Best wishes, Mark

  3. Thanks Mark. Kind of you to say so.

    I hope you'll be off in yours next sum mer with pictures to match.