Friday, 29 July 2016

What Have We Been Up To?

It has been a crazy few weeks, just as the end of the school year always is, quite a bit of admin to finalised.  I have also taken on a new role, visiting new learners in their homes, doing the initial interview, risk assessments etc and then finding a teacher to match the learner's needs.  That has been really interesting. I am still only doing a couple of days a week and a lot of the admin can be done from home sitting in my lovely wheelhouse.

Pete has converted his work van into a micro camper van.  We planned on touring the West Country in our tent but we saw some similar campers on Pintrest and thought it was a great idea for an overnight stay somewhere.  We could have bought a kit ready done for about £500 but Pete said 'I'm not paying that!' so out came the tools.  We reckon, including a new futon mattress, that it has cost about £100 all in, so quite a saving.

It actually gives us more room for camping gear too using the van, as my poor little car was packed to the rafters last year.

So we have now left for our holidays.  The first site we stayed on was near Brighton and we had booked and paid for three nights.  At first it had great potential; it had great reviews, was behind a country pub that served wonderful food (and it did, we tried it) and it looked so pretty and well maintained.  Unfortunately it was also under a flight path for Heathrow/Gatwick and on a main road.  For country bumpkins like us, that meant three nights of no sleep.  Also the toilet and showers were not cleaned at all for the three nights, so we won't be going back :(

Now we have found a real gem of a campsite in Wiltshire.  The toilets and showers are beautifully clean, there is no noise (not even from military planes).  We have friends in the area and have managed to wangle ourselves an invite to a BBQ tomorrow afternoon which will be fun.  Look at our views from the front of the tent.

And today the sun has come out, a real bonus!  We do like a quiet life and are quite happy to do a bit of exploring and then back to the tent to BBQ a simple meal and enjoy just lazing around listening to the radio or reading.  More about our trip to follow ......

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

For Pete....

Hello Daddy, I hope you are having a good time in Scotland.  The weather here is fabulous and Mummy has taken me for lots of walks.  I have been swimming too, just what I needed to cool down.  I couldn't sleep the first night you were away, so Mummy gave me your dressing gown and that worked, I slept like a baby.  I think Mummy did too, coz she was snoring away.  She said something about enjoying the bed all to herself, so I snuggled in close and kept her from messing up your side of the bed.

I went to the beauty parlour today and had a haircut and manicure, don't I look gorgeous.  I wanted to look my best for when you come home.  Mummy had a haircut too with Auntie Emily, she was muttering about how it cost three times as much at my hairdressers, but I think I'm worth it.

I have got to go now as we are going to Uncle Rob's for a yummy dinner.  I saw baby Bobby earlier and he was throwing the ball for me.  Everyone got excited that he was calling me dog, strange coz my name's Alfie.

Love and miss you Daddy, come back soon (and Mummy sends hugs and kisses too) xxxxx