Our friends had said there was a good pub next to the site that served good food. Great we thought. Anyhow we arranged to meet them in the pub, which turned out to be like a sports bar with pool tables, live music etc. Not a quaint little pub that the UK is renowned for. Things went from there. We pulled into the camp site (which was huge) and before we said a word, a little jobsworth came out and said 'I hope you are not sleeping in the van, it's illegal as it has no windows and curtains'. Who knew it was 'illegal', maybe against site or council rules but certainly not against the law of the land! He took a look at Alfie and said 'the dog has to be kept on a lead', fair enough but it was the way he said it. Another couple were due to join us but the lady had only come out of the hospital that morning after having had a reaction to chemotherapy. But the jobsworth explained that as she was now out of hospital we couldn't get the deposit back (we should have lied!) The children in a nearby camper were not allowed to play ball and apparently our BBQ was not the regulatory height off the ground. So many rules for old rebels like us! The final nail in the coffin was the two great big wind turbines each side of the camp, whirring away.
If it had been just Pete and I, we would have told him where to put his deposit and left, but our friends were so keen and we didn't want to upset them, so we laughed it off. We did have a lovely BBQ that evening and played Rummikup, which was a game new to us but we loved it so much I have bought a travel version for us to play. We put the van side-on to the tent and crept into the van under cover of darkness. It was like being in a nest and I had the best night's sleep. We couldn't have slept in the tent as the sound from the turbines was like camping on the runway at Heathrow airport.
We went to a boot sale the next morning and picked up a couple of bargains and then made our escape as soon as we could without being rude. We will not be returning to Kessingland and next time we will pick the site!
Next weekend we are off to Hampshire and staying in the grounds of a seamen's mission. I keep telling Pete that we can book his place while we are there. Will keep you up to date.
Oh and here is a gratuitous picture of a Pete trying to talk Alfie into going for a walk in the rain. Alfie was so comfortable that in the end Pete gave up!