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Birthday Bash

May 8th, 2007 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

As many of you know, yesterday was my 33rd birthday (scary) and we had a get together with the neighbours to celebrate. We had to take it a little easy, with it being a school nigh. We went for a meal in a pub just outside of town called the Bottle & Glass, then back to Kim & Tim’s for drinks.

Just a quick thank you for the cards, presents, voicemails and texts; they were all very much appreciated. I got some fantastic presents, all of which will come in handy.

L to R: Darren, Tim K, Tim, Christof, Magdelana, Kim and your truely.

Darren loved this picture, so here goes :-)

As I like to sweap the courtyard on the odd occasion, Darren though a new (wider) brush was needed – get it done in half the time.

A kink resistant hose pipe from Tim K (new on the market apparently). A beautiful leather wallet from Christof and Magdelana and a much needed leatherman from Kim and Tim – for all our camping trips!

Great neighbours. Thank you all for a great night, it was much appreciated .

Having unwrapped all my presents, I threw the paper into the wood burning stove, only for the damn chimney to catch fire…thankfully, and having starved with of oxygen it died down after about 15 mins.

Could have been an expensive night out.

Forest of Dean

May 8th, 2007 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

As it was a bank Holiday and scheduled for reasonable weather, we decided to head for the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Normally we would head for the New Forest, but fancied somewhere different and it was recommended to us several times.

The forest itself was established by William the Conqueror almost a thousand years ago (amazing what you learn from the tourist leaflets) and is pretty breathtaking.

We were there from mid afternoon Friday to Monday lunchtime – semi active but mainly drink’n and eat’n. It was good to get away and we’ll surely be back again before the summer is out.

Pictures: I’m not sure whether I have shown you many pictures of us camping or our setup, so here goes…

We don’t normally erect the awning, but it comes in handy for storing bikes etc. when we stay more than a day or so. Just the usual camping chairs, windbreaker, two-ring stove…bla bla bla

Day 1: arrived at Christchurch around 15:30, an hour to setup, cooked some din dins and off to the local for some Old Speckled Hen…real ale.

Just a videoof the campsite and our setup – cant get the size right.

Day 2: Up at 07:00, as we had to be at the canoe centre for 08:45 and on the water for 09:15. We decided on a half day 7 mile trip from Kern Bridge to Symonds Yat (beautiful spot), where the centre is located. It is standard practice for the centre to drive you upstream (not literally) and you canoe back.

Here is Sammy loading our valuables in to sealed blue bin type thing.

Just some pictures of the views…

May 8th, 2007 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

As we were passing we came across these tepees, so in a mad rush to turn the canoe and paddle upstream, we eventually made it onto the bank. The couple waving to us had hired one for the weekend of course they were more than keen to show us around.

It was fantastic, a Chiminea in the centre and just mats and beds dotted around the fire. They are surprisingly big inside. Sorry, I didn’t have the balls to take a picture as they were so polite…

We stepped off to for a quick chat with the man himself….

After 4 hours, Sammy had enough. Her arms were knackered and had certainly built up a bit of a thirst.

A great pub with a great atmosphere, it was mainly kayakers stopping off for a bite to eat and a pint. We were approx 1.5 miles from our campsite. To the left of the pub (there are several) is a campsite with about 20 pitches – we’ll be staying there next time, right on the river Wye.

Some photos from where we were sitting. A hand pulled ferry taking tourists from West to East Symonds Yat – 80P per crossing, he was making a fortune!

May 8th, 2007 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (2 Comments)

Day 3: Went to a Victorian model village/museum…pure shite, a waste of a 36 mile round trip, £8.70 entrance fee and a waste valuable time on such occasions. It migh look good in this picture, this was the best one…I’ll say no more.

Following the village visit, we headed for sunday lunch in the local. Stayed there for a few hours, went home and had some more beer and headed for the pub again that evening…

Who wants to come camping :-)

The last time we were in Cardiff I bought a 10 litre keg of local beer, it was beautiful and served us well for most of the weekend.