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Problems with uploading

March 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

daveyandsam.com will be down for a few days for remedial work.  Having tweaked the code to almost breaking point, I’m having trouble uploading and  viewing the site.  My lack of HTML and php is evident.

Will try my best to have it back up and running efficiently as soon as possible.

Happy anniversary

March 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

Our good friends Chris and Cathy joined us in Symonds Yat on the Sunday afternoon to celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary.  I was his best man all those years ago – it’s hard to imagine, where has the time gone. Since that faithful day they’ve been flat out, literally, producing three beautiful children, Kerys, Jacob and Lucas.

We had a great catch up and consumed lots of alcohol in the process. They both stayed in the hotel opposite the campsite – just as well, Cathy wasn’t really geared for for the camping lark in her red high heels.  She did say that when checking in there were a few laughs, as its mainly a walkers Inn – boots and walking poles everywhere.

This picture was taken not long after they arrived. We had a fire going in the middle to keep us warm, it’s barely visible.


We decided to try out the one and only pub the other side of the river.  Luckily, the river was low enough for the hand pulled ferry to cross.  Turned out, the pub was, shall we say, rather lacking. We swiftly drank up and got the ferry back to our local.


I like this photo.  Cathy isn’t really smoking a cigarette, she doesn’t smoke :-)


We had a beautiful meal followed by more beers.  This is also a lovely photo and a testament to their happy marriage.


Happy anniversary guys and thank you for coming to see us, we had a really enjoyable evening. We are all going camping again during the May Bank Holiday weekend – you’d better buy some walking boots!

Camping update

March 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

Sorry it has taken so long to provide an update on our camping trip in the Forest of Dean last weekend, we’ve been really busy since we came back -more on that later.

I might have mentioned in an earlier post, we stayed for four nights and although the weather was pretty grim throughout, we still had a fantastic time and were both very relaxed on our return to work.

Rather than writing loads of waffle, I’ll give a brief description on each photograph. The entire slideshow is available here.

This is a picture of Symonds Yat East with the rive Wye running through it. There is little more than a canoe hire shop, a couple of pubs and hotels and the campsite we were staying at – everything within walking distance.


We managed a a 10 mile walk on the Saturday and many of the photos below were taken on route. 


Me looking rather fresh 2-mile into the walk.  This is the nearest bridge to the campsite which takes you from East to West.


One of a few waterfalls along the way – I like this picture of Sam, normally she has her head turned long before I can get the camera out of its pouch. It was pretty cold, hence her ear muffs.


Lily, sitting proud among the few tents at our campsites – taken from Symonds Yat West.


In the pub the previous evening a few locals told us of some mining caves in the hills, they are closed to the public, so we entered at our own risk – they were pretty amazing.  The locals had constructed a makeshift shaft with some tow rope.  Sam wouldn’t go down as we only had a small torch, as you can imagine it was pitch black and very cold, the curiosity killed me and I had to go down – not much to see down the shaft I have to say.


That’s it, I could be writing all night, checkout the slideshow linked above.


March 24th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)

As I write this post we are camping in Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean. As many of our friends know, we are avid campers and will do it any in all weathers. With Easter falling very early this year we knew it would be cold, but that is an understatement.  We had booked the campsite for three nights (Fri-Sun) but decided to avoid the traffic and head over Thursday night.  We parked the van in the car park next to the campsite eagerly waiting the site to open in the morning so we could pick a nice spot.  We arrived at 11pm and went for last orders in the pub next door, by this time the wind had risen considerably and we knew we were in for a tough weekend.  Both of us couldn’t sleep a wink worrying that the van would topple into the river Wye.  It got so bad, I got up at 3:45am and moved the van under some trees in the hope they would act as a windshield.  Thankfully, the situation got a little better and we managed to fall asleep for the few remaining hours. 

Yesterday we had a nightmare erecting the awning, it took what should be a 15min job an hour and a half to finish. By this point we were debating whether we had made the right decision to come camping.  With such high winds we didn’t venture out much, we built an open fire in the awning and watched a couple of DVDs.  Last night we went across to the local and exchanged our stories with many other campers who were having a similar experience but were sleeping in tents – they must be mad!

Today we plan on taking a walk to the local caves and later a bike ride around the forest.  It’s 10:30am and were are already on our 5th cup of tea.  Right, off for a wash and off we go.  More stories later.




Happy Birthday Dazza

March 20th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (3 Comments)

To celebrate Darren’s 36th birthday all the neighbours went for a chinese at the China Brasserie in Fairford Leys. The food and service were exceptional as always. 

We congregated at Darren’s first for a few glasses and the exchange of gifts, then off for the meal and a pub afterwards.  It was a great night but Sam and I are feeling a little worse for wear today – not sure how the rest are feeling. I’m writing this post at work as my concentration level is a little lacking for anything else.

Darren will be eagerly checking for this post as he knows that I would deliberately pick the worst photo possible to upload – you look good pal :-).

Thank you all for a great night