Thursday, 2 January 2020

An English welcome......

Once again we escaped from Scotland for a motorhome adventure and our expectations were far exceeded!

Our recent week long trip to the Northumberland area was fantastic!

We had previously visited the area 5 years ago....before we had our mh. We only made it down as far as Bamburgh last time, and vowed to come back one day and venture further south from Seahouses.

We had a few options for where to go for our new year trip, but the weather forecast dictated that North East England would be our best bet!

We found the people in Northumberland to be very friendly with no impatience or annoyance towards us mh drivers at all! In fact we found many places to park the mh, during the day as well as wild camp spots!

Some car parks were free and even had mh dedicated spaces. There was so much to see and do, despite being the festive period, many places were open and there was plenty people enjoying the sunny days. Beaches were busy with families and dog walkers....there was a really nice relaxed atmosphere wherever we went.

High points of the weeks were:
Parking at St. Abbs harbour twice (£10 charge)
Walking St Abbs head 4 mile walk and seeing a pod of dolphins just below the lighthouse
People we met on the walk
Walking the length on Bamburgh beach....TJ was so happy...and then so tired at night!
Walking across the tidal causeway to St Mary’s lighthouse....and then going back later to see it when the tide was in
Whitley Bay and Spanish City...which we want to go back to for afternoon tea
We also want to go back to Tynemouth to see the castle and the priory
Amble......loved this place so much! Free parking, so many places to eat, seafood, Sunday market....perfect!
Cresswell beach....quiet park up for the night...stunning sunrise, and then the kind man I met on the beach, who invited us to empty our toilet cassette at his nearby house. Him and his wife were real genuine people....and fellow mh owners!
The castles in Alnwick and Warkworth....both lovely towns
- Sunday lunch at Toby's carvery
- Calamari & chips at Seahouses
- Cooked breakfast at Kayleighs cafe...Amble
Parking up at Yellowcraigs and another stunning sunrise and lovely beach walk
Lastly visiting the Dunbar bear and the Kelpies....both designed by the same person.
- listening to radio 2 every night!

We had 5 wild park ups and one night on a site....which worked out perfectly.

Everywhere we stopped at, there was plenty of places to spend our money....and we were made to feel welcome as was TJ! We will definitely be back.....just maybe not in summer school holidays....I can imagine it gets really busy!


Sunday, 29 December 2019

Why aye man

What a day we had today! We started off with a change of plan...as we often do when we’re away in the mh!

We decided to not go to warkworth beach, we went to the fishing town of Amble instead. It was a lovely morning and there were many people out and about early...lots of families and dog walkers.

There is so much to look at in Amble! There is a sea wall walk, a small beach, loads of places to eat and drink and even a small market that is on every Saturday and Sunday.

It had lovely views across the River Coquet back to Warkworth Castle. We bought a tea/coffee and just enjoyed the sights and relaxed atmosphere.




After that we drove on to check out where we had planned to park up tonight....Cresswell Beach. The spot was perfect and took TJ for a promised run along the beach....he was delighted!


The beach had lots of black sediment which we later found out was coal sediment and remnants of fossilised trees! It was like really coarse black sand!


After that we drove further down the coast....driving along the North Blyth Bar....loads of big boats! Then onto St Mary’s lighthouse near Whitley Bay.
There is a tidal causeway across to the small island and people were enjoying their Sunday afternoon...with lots of kiddies playing in the rock pools. The tide was out so we walked across.


On the rocks down behind the lighthouse, there was many seals, just relaxing. Wonderful!




After that we drove further on through Whitley Bay, Seaton Sluice and Tynemouth. Everywhere was really busy and not many places to park a 6m motorhome. We would like to go back to Tynemouth one day to look at the priory and castle.

As we hadn’t eaten, we decided to go to Toby Carvery for some food! I know it’s just a chain restaurant....but it was truly delicious! The sunset when we came out was spectacular!


On the way back to our park up spot we went back to St Mary’s lighthouse to see it with the tide in....the waves were crashing over where we had previously walked across!

We also went back and stopped at Whitley Bay and walked along the prom. The area has recently been redeveloped and the Spanish City facility is well worth a visit....we went in to use the toilets....it was lovely inside with so many options for eating....nice and classy too....not your usual British seaside fayre.

Lastly we drove back to our park up spot....relaxed...and listened to the waves crashing on the beach outside. TJ will be desperate to run on the beach again in the morning....but right now he is exhausted!

What3words parkup location /// ripe.scoop.afford

Saturday, 28 December 2019

It's the simple things....

Tonight we are parked up at car park in Warkworth.....it doesn’t really have any spectacular views, we are staying here as free places to park up in Englandshire are few and far between....it was dark by 4pm anyway, so views aren’t really vital.

What this park up spot does offer is space, flat space at that, it’s walking distance to the lovely castled village and also not too far from the beach.... where we plan to go first thing in the morning. It is also free with no restrictions, it’s not overlooked by any houses and is actually a quiet spot...so for tonight, it’s perfect!

Today I started off the day by walking from St Abbs to just above Coldingham beach, along the coastal path. It’s one of the many things I enjoy about being in the mh. I can just jump out of bed in the morning and walk the dog straight away, without worrying about anything else. It is brilliant just having a change of scenery and routine!

After breakfast we drove further south and stopped at Alnwick, another lovely town with a castle.




Once we parked up at our spot in Warkworth, we explored the village. We were back at the mh just as the sun was setting behind the castle.





Tonight I am cooking lamb burgers, with mushrooms and gravy, with mash. We will listen to radio 2 and play yahtzee and top trumps! Again.....its great to have a break from the normal routine of searching the tv channels looking for something decent to watch.

Tomorrow, after we have been to the beach....we are heading further south and hoping to get a Sunday roast dinner somewhere....perfection! It’s the simple things that give the greatest happiness!

#2020smilesbetter
What3words /// claw.wings.handsets

Friday, 27 December 2019

2019 Tough times.... #2020smilesbetter

So my little blog is now a year old!

Saying that, I have been very quiet the second half of this year regards to blog posts. Life events have taken over...specifically relating to jobs. We both no longer work for our local motorhome dealer....we both received threat of redundancy letters on 13th August and life hasn’t been the same since!

I got another job very quickly and then hated it...so ended up jobless anyway! My hubby was forced out of his job due to ‘wrong wording in an advert' and a couple of other very minor misdemeanours  which the business director very cleverly jumped on and dismissed him to avoid any redundancy rumours sticking to her or her business.... we are seeking legal advice. And well that business is just a ticking time bomb really!

This however has not affected our love of everything relating to motorhomes. We have managed to have 40 nights away this year, and in some truly stunning places in Scotland and Wales.

We are currently parked up at St Abbs harbour, where you can park up for £10 a night. The harbour is stunning with rocky views and a lovely fishing village. We have a sheltered spot overlooking the sea and there is also toilets available....which is handy when you’re keen to avoid filling up your toilet cassette too quickly!

We are planning on heading south tomorrow to explore more of the north east England coastline....the forecast is good too!

We are sitting cozy in our mh, listening to the Radio, playing board games and eating xmas choices.....perfection! #2020smilesbetter

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Motorhoming on prescription?

Since we have returned from our fabulous Welsh adventure, life has been somewhat stressful for one reason or another.

I find it particularly hard to cope with stress at times, especially when dealing with others, with emotional issues. I take things very personally and then end up in a downwards spiral of negativity  which ends up with me doubting everything, from my relationships to my abilities.

I wouldn't say I have depression, but I think everyone is on that spectrum of mental wellness somewhere, and its very easy to slide up and down, which is why we should always treat others with respect & kindness....so many people are fighting struggles that you know nothing about!

Recently I have heard about GPs prescribing ‘Nature Prescriptions’ for patients suffering with depression & anxiety. I think this is fantastic.....I'm not sure how it works, but if it encourages and/or enables someone to appreciate the great outdoors, it can only be a positive measure.

This weekend I was feeling pretty low. We had planned a trip away in our Motorhome which I was looking forward to, but was still struggling to raise a smile.....even a bunch of flowers from my eldest son and a visit from my beautiful granddaughter, whilst very appreciated, failed to lift me out of my pit of doom.

Early Saturday night we set off north in our home away from home, our wonderful Motorhome, and parked up for the night at a spot we have stayed at twice before, Littleferry in Golspie. We had eaten before we left home, so when we got there all we had to do was enjoy our surroundings.

This spot is on the Northeast shore of Loch Fleet which is a Nature Reserve and is abundant in wildlife.  Whilst it doesn’t have the grandiose views of the west coast, it is simply stunning and incredibly peaceful. Whilst we were walking down from where we had parked towards Golspie beach, I could feel myself relaxing and all my stresses floating away.

To be somewhere else, not having to return home that day, and to still have all my home comforts around me was just what I needed.

After a peaceful nights sleep, I woke refreshed at about 8.30am, just threw on some clothes and took the dog for a walk. It was a beautiful morning, and again so peaceful.

After breakfast we headed north to Duncansby Head.....puffins are on my photographic bucket(t) list and I hoped to capture some today.

It was a bit blowy at the top of Scotland but the sun was out and it wasn't too cold. We followed the path along the clifftops until we got to the viewpoint where you can see all down one cliff face.

I was scouring the ledges and crevices for the colourful beaked bird.....all I could see was Guilliemots! But then my eye caught a pair of orange beaks! A pair of puffins in amongst what must have been a thousand Guilliemots & seagulls! The sounds and smells coming from the cliffs were very overpowering....nature at its very best!




After taking several photos, and pointing them out to a delighted American family, we carried on walking until we could see the full beauty of the Duncansby Stacks....which are amazing pillars just off the shore and also home to many more seabirds.



When we got back to our motorhome....we relaxed in our lounge...stress gone completely! At that moment I felt refreshed and ready to face life's ups and downs more positively again.

This is why nature prescriptions should be handed out far quicker than anti-depressants!

We still had another night left before we had to return home. Driving back south we took a turning that I had spotted earlier on whilst driving north. Reiss sands & golf course. At the end of the road we found the most perfect park up spot for the night. Reiss beach is stunning, and with views of  Ackergill Tower, Castle Girnigoe and Noss head lighthouse, we enjoyed yet another evening stroll.






I love it when we discover a new place to park up....it feels like we have just discovered a new country!

Home tomorrow, and a newly focussed, more positive person will be returning.

Hopefully it wont be too long before our next adventure....I wonder if my GP could prescribe it for me!

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Our Welsh adventure.....day 13......farewell Wales!

Sadly our trip has almost come to an end! What an amazing 2 weeks we've had! Wales has far exceeded our expectaions.....and my memories!

Everyone we met has been friendly & helpful....and there has been no problem in finding places to park up.

The last night in Wales was spent near Llangollen...... https://www.searchforsites.co.uk/markerMobile.php?id=35293







Pontcysyllte Aquaduct Car Park in Trevor....just about 5 miles out of Llangollen. The spot was perfect, there were a few other MHs, toilets that opened at 7am.....and even a chemical disposal point! We had no problems staying here and had lovely walks along the canal.....or the aquaduct if you're brave enough.

After we braved the scary aquduct, we drove into Llan (as the locals call it) and actually bought some breakfast....first time we've done that on this trip!



We then walked along the canal to Horseshoe Falls and the start of the canal.
It was a lovely walk.....and a lovely warm day!








We walked past a Motor Museum....we will come back here one day....there is so much to see in the area!


On theway back we stopped at Berwen station to catch a train back to Llan....sadly it was the steam trains day off, but it was still a lovely train ride. It probably would have been better to catch the train to Berwyn...and then walk back to Llan....saves waiting about for the train!



Back in Llan we done some shopping....we bought a few souvenirs and some oggies for our tea that night! An oggie is a type of welsh pasty. I chose lamb & mint and hubby chose welsh rarebit. It was evident from the raging river how much rain had fallen on the previous days!





We then said oursad farewells to Llan....and Wales and drove North via the Horseshoe Pass.


The roads north were quiet and we made it to Scotland before bedtime!

We parked up near Loch Maben, a nice little spot, not too far from the M74. There was a bit of road noise late....and early....it was the rain that woke me at 4am though! Next stop Inverness! (And yes, the oggies were really tasty!)