Thank you. 

 It always amazes me that when I write something about our adventures some of our readers like it, even more amazing is people we have never met choose to follow our exploits.

 I have zero writing skills and if you met me in person you’d know I write pretty much as I speak, a south London bloke from Croydon with a slightly cockney accent. 

I enjoy it, I like getting our adventures out of my head and into the blog.  As well as it being nice that people like what I write, I then get to explore what they have written as naturally, I’m curious about the liker. When I visit their site, sometimes I learn something, sometimes I laugh, others take me into a new direction researching something I’d never heard of until I’d just read about it. 

This blog, my readers and the WordPress community have opened up a new world to me and I really like it, thank you. 

Where did the sun go ?

So here in the UK summer is no more and we are heading into autumn. I like autumn, it’s a great time to walk and admire the changing scenery, especially from a photography perspective. It’s also at this time of year we light the fire in our front room, start making Sunday roasts and put the garden furniture away for the coming winter.

The weather doesn’t however stop us heading out in the van, one of the things we love doing is driving to a National Trust site, having a wander about and coming back to the van for a brew, our off road bikes usually get an outing or three as well, Peaslake is great in the Autumn.

Since we got back from France our weekends have been pretty full on with van adventures at a minimum, we did a bike ride round Bewl Water and that’s about it.

Nothing much has changed on the van either, it’s running just fine which is great, as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke….

Our next adventure on foreign shores however has been booked.

We are off to Bruges for the Christmas markets and Lollys birthday (picture borrowed from google).


It’s quicker to drive from Croydon to Bruges than it is to drive from Croydon to Manchester so we will be heading and staying there in Bumblebee.

The only concessions I have made for sleeping in the van in lower temperatures are a couple of hot water bottles and a onsie each, oh, and an electric heater that runs off the hook up, can’t be any worse than the Scotland trip.

We will be staying at  site called Camping Memling a short distance out of town, it has favourable reviews on trip advisor and is well priced, we’ll use the bikes to get about and we’ll pack our skates too as there’s a massive ice rink in the town square, I’m proper excited (especially about the beer)and so is Lolly who loves everything Christmas, December can’t come soon enough!