Roll on better weather!!!

It’s been a while and for that I apologise once again, but I seem to be battling my own personal demons in life at present and it seems to be affecting whether there’s any point or if I even want to continue bothering to write this blog or not,  hopefully with a few good walks and some peace and quiet my mental demeanor will improve again soon…  I think it may have had something to do with being back so near to Plymouth for so long and being forced somewhat into overwintering here in the harsh depressing UK weather perhaps a little seasonal affective disorder and just well it’s all getting harder for me mentally for many other differing reasons, I just feel the need to be away from what could be classed as a hometown right now…

 

 

 

We ended up spending just over a month at the last campsite Tregoad in Looe the length of our stop here was not pre-planned or even what we had set out to actually do, but it had happened by accident when Pete was called to London suddenly needing to be there the next day, I panicked at the thought of towing the caravan for 3hrs to our next destination in North Devon on my own and the fact that Looe wasn’t far from family and friends if I had needed them while on my own, I also had use of the swimming pool, spa, lake and dog walks etc so we booked in at Tregoad Park for yet another 15 days to cover until the date Pete would have been due back, it was uncertain but he may have been needing to spend up to 2 weeks in London but it turned out to be just for a few days instead…

Tregoad Park isn’t the prettiest site but it also wasn’t the worst campsite we’d ever stayed on, it was pleasant enough and the staff were really welcoming and lovely, the place was quiet during the weekdays with families and other campers (I’ve humorously nicknamed these guys weekend gypsies…) appearing and making the site a little busier at weekends, there was a swimming pool which helped with my exercise and weight loss regime (yep I am on a diet we will chat about that later!!!) the laundry room at Tregoad has 3 washers and 3 dryers which were brilliant and did the job really well and at a reasonable price, there was also a children’s playground & a great looking clubhouse/bar on site (if that’s your thing, it was closed while we were there but opens in peak seasons), the site has a well stocked shop in reception, plenty of grass next to the summer tent camping area for the kids to run off their energy, along with a dog walking area and also walks to the lakes at the bottom of the valley.

The only real bugbear I had while staying here was the cleanliness mainly within the toilets/showers/washrooms (If I am completely honest the water flow and temperature of the showers were brilliant, lovely and hot) but the shower cubicles were pretty nasty for  you to want to spend any amount of time in, with yucky slimy brown scummy gunk covering the shower floor dividers and stained toilet bowls in the swimming pool facilities!!! I have found many UK campsites to be pretty grubby since being back and this to be honest is totally unacceptable!!!

 

 

 

We were paying the off season price of £16 per night but after chatting with the lady in reception one day she was telling us their peak season prices for the pitch we were on (pitch 35) April onwards would be upwards of £43 per night for just a caravan, ehu, 2 adults and a dog, so children would each be an extra cost taking that price to above £50pn,  we were all pretty gobsmacked at this price, to be fair had I have turned up and found the wash facilities to be that dirty while paying that sort of price trust me I would not have been what you would call a happy camper!!! This campsite is ranked as a 4* Haven holiday site, I must say I am of the opinion that some of these UK campsites really need to up their game if they are intending to charge the price of a hotel room for a campsite pitch up!!!

 

 

 

Well the British weather has been as dismal as ever lately with lots of rain, wind & storms, so getting out and about was a challenge, the dog absolutely hates the rain so there have been lots of duvet days, cuddles and binge watching of TV… p.s if you have a very dark sense of humour Afterlife by Ricky Gervais is a very dark comedy we binged on!!!20190312_102355

We did manage to get out eventually and went to Mount Edgecombe for Toffi’s walkies where we found sheep were grazing amongst a lovely herd of deer near the shelter of some nearby trees…

 

 

 

It was clear Tregoad park was thinking along the lines of placing more statics and it also has loads of cute looking wooden glamping huts here also,  there are two areas within the park which were clearly being made ready for more statics, One of these areas was near the entrance and I was impressed by the amount of work the workman had managed to get done in the time while we were camped there, I would have loved to have seen the finished outcome.  We also watched as 3 statics were skillfully delivered to the camp for transporting further up into the campsite, the campsites roads were pretty narrow, uphill and awkward to maneuver with obstructions either side on the roadways up into the site you have to be aware constantly of lamp posts & guttering and roof parts sticking out from the spa conservatory building, just for towing a caravan or driving a larger motorhome in and out here was a weary thing turning one certain corner, let alone delivering huge statics into here!!! Hats off to the driver though, after trying to negotiate that one bad route and then getting stuck between the said lamp post and building, he then had to reverse back down out of that tight situation with the static on the back of his truck and try another route into the park, I am happy to report he did succeed if he hadn’t have been driving I certainly would have gladly handed him a much deserved cold beer!!!…

We were booked to stay at Tregoad Park until the 29th but instead we thought we would leave on the afternoon of the 28th March instead, we foolishly thought we wouldn’t have any rush to get to our next booked stop… After saying goodbye and giving a last really good feed to the “murder” of crows that had become my friends over the weeks and who had started visiting me daily for food, we set off for our next stop in North Devon, we hit a few snags on our way, when It became clear Pete hadn’t done up one of the car caravan mirrors strongly enough and it went flying off luckily causing no one any harm or damage, mirror retrieved a small pit stop to get repair parts and off we set again now over an hour later in time than we originally intended… Its hard trying to time stops when on the road in the UK, in the EU there’s plenty of places you can just park up and waste a couple of hrs and sometimes they have designated space for vehicles to park up and wait entry, but in the UK it’s much more frowned upon so we try to stick rigidly to approved arrival/departure times but when you have to be out of some camps by 10am and not be in the next until after 2pm with just a 2 hr drive in between things can get awkward but even then, the best laid out travel plans can also go awry easily and throw all your good intentions right out the water and then making you late instead!!!

 

Amusingly I was in for a shock a couple of weeks ago… now I was fully aware my clothes were feeling a little tighter and that I may have put on a few pound in the last few months so while visiting my mother I asked if I could quickly use her weighing scales to weigh myself… mmmm… bad mistake!!! This is where I discovered I now weighed the heaviest I have ever weighed in my entire life, and a good 2 stone heavier than my normal weight, at just 5 foot tall I was now weighing in at 10 stone 7lb (translated this equals 147lbs or 66.6kg) I put this down to not having the good weather to enable us to get out exploring/adventuring in & for us to be getting more exercise, instead we have  been generally just slobbing around inside a small space waiting out the bad UK weather systems instead!!! The situation was made so much worse when I needed to go buy a new swimsuit… let me tell you changing room mirrors are certainly not flattering things!!!

So now I really needed to do something about this extra weight I’m carrying and after I drove Pete to Plymouth coach station for his trip to London I then started myself on the potato diet… aiming to have lasted 7 days I lasted just 2 and half days eating these foul horrid cheap white potatoes that I had purchased and to be fair the potato diet I can confirm does actually work but if you try it be prepared to be sick of the sight of potatoes real quick and my advice don’t scrimp, buy nice good tasty potatoes!!! (also please, please be sensible and do not use the potato diet for any longer than 6/7 days in any month period)

Ok so after the 2 and half days on the potato diet I could already notice a slight difference but I knew I now needed to continue being weary of what I was consuming and I really needed to start eating sensibly so since then I have been very good diet wise and have been using an app called “myplate” to keep track of my consumed calories also keeping track of what exercise I am/am not doing, I am allowing myself only 1200 calories a day but allowing more of course so long as I exercise enough off…

I have given up eating any crisps or snacky junk type foods, I am completely banned from the junk food cupboard but I occasionally have a taste of chocolate and by a taste I mean one or two small squares of a cadbury bar of chocolate, I’ve completely stopped all snacking between meals so at this rate my summer body should be ready by 2024….

Enough of the rantings from me now folks, hopefully I will be in a much better frame of mind next time and I’ll tell you all about the amazing site we are now on and I’ll also update you all about how my diets doing, yep I know the excitement right?

take good care…

Donna x