On the Road again….

Ok so apologies… it’s been a few months since I last blogged but in my defence there’s just not been much to blog about… Did you know its been 2 yrs since we walked away from our mundane full time wage slave working lives? let me tell you 2 years goes by like a flash, a blink of the eye… The only thing I miss about those days are certain friends & close family members…

We’ve been back in the UK for the past 12 months as most of you were aware, and as lovely as they UK is, the weather is totally unpredictable, and mostly just rains even it seems, in the summer months, prices to do just about anything there are obscene too so this also forced us to obtain a seasonal camp pitch @£13 per night instead of the rip off £35-50 per night obscene summer season camp site rates.  The UK is also such a small Island that by the time you’re our age you’ve seen and been to most places worth visiting within the UK and just end up redoing things….

So we’d stayed around the North Devon area until the 15th September although our pitch was available to us until Oct 29th my feet were itching and I needed to travel because we were getting stuck in a rut & routine of doing just enough to stave off boredom in between the rainy spells, all this whilst each gaining incredible amounts of body weight and becoming duly unfit with me getting more and more irritated by people and life…

So on the next clear day we took our last walk around Wistlandpound reservoir where Toffi got to take her last walk along the top of the wall (she has this thing about walking along the top of walls lately!!!) overlooking the vast amount of water before we set off for further adventures again… Did I mention in the last month or so the water at Wistlandpound has become lovely clean, clear and safe from algae once again after the water company fitted new filter and pumping equipment to rectify the issues, it’s a lovely peaceful flat place to walk and would work for most abilities so if you are in the area its worth a visit (plus we quietly planted a tree there!!!) so that’s 3 trees planted this year… I was hoping to have planted more and still have to order one for Pete as a belated birthday gift so I guess that will be the 4th… not many but I guess it’s still more than most people have planted.

 

Excitedly on September 15th 2019 we started driving, we were heading towards Folkstone, the drive took an astounding 8 hrs just due to the sheer amount of traffic on the road and although there were no accidents or breakdowns, bad driving meant the traffic just randomly kept slowing down at every narrowing causing traffic and bottlenecks to build up in every road along the way, we managed to eventually park up and stay overnight at a busy and somewhat noisy “24hr service stop” service station at a grand price of £22 (just for parking), although to be fair by this time I was so tired that I slept through any noise I guess it helps that I’m such a heavy sleeper, once exhaustion slips in I can sleep almost anywhere (except in a moving vehicle)…

We managed to grab coffees each in the morning before heading to and passing through and under the Channel tunnel where we again got to set foot on French soil, so, yeah yay… we are now well and truly finally back on the road touring again, and that’s the song I had rolling around in my head “on the road again” by Willie Nelson… it so explains our lives at the moment… Once I’d booked that one way tunnel ticket the week before I was buzzing and super excited to soon be off on new adventures!!!

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As mentioned we’d stayed back in the UK since returning last year, this was mainly due to just not knowing what was happening with the whole stupid Brexit malarkey, so back in Feb we’d been forced to plan ahead, after not having been given enough correct info from the government regarding Defra blood titre tests/pet passports, driving permits, green cards etc or how much time it takes to get prepared for these processes, just so you know it took 5+ months and cost £250 to complete Toffi’s titre blood test, thankfully she passed the blood test 1st time so this was without any added complications which would have meant a repeat of the whole process and cost, we’d no choice but to temporarily quit travelling outside the UK for the time being and therefore booked an affordable seasonal pitch hence tying us to the UK until we were sure of what was going on, then March came and went again with much uncertainty still for us left on the table… Lets not go there… all I can say is that “Brexit” is not good for the UK, Europe & definitely not for us adventurers… Brexit has seemingly infected the UK like Rabies infects animals, people foaming at the mouth showing off their sheer hate, arrogance & lack of decent correct knowledge instead showing the world their blatant ignorance.

It really shouldn’t be underestimated my unending and absolute sheer anger and frustration at the whole situation, but perhaps I shall do a whole post on that subject just to make it clear what hoops we had had to jump through to be able to travel back through different countries & have the ability to get to the UK in the event a no deal Brexit happening while we are over here, have no doubt and again don’t underestimate just how complicated it becomes with no free movement for people & vehicles etc restricted traveling abilities, trading, shipping goods, science, meds etc… it is not scaremongering it’s fact… but instead for now I shall let my anger gently simmer and move on with this post…

Ok you may have noticed a lot of content in this blog has been deleted… unfortunately it’s just something that had to be done to clear room for more posts unless of course I wanted to pay an extortionate amount of money every year to wordpress to keep it all up which to be honest I don’t…

So after we crossed over to France on the 16th Sept 2019 we drove for 5 hours and finally arrived safely at our 1st stop Camping De L’Aigrette, We pitched up surprisingly for us with relative ease and settled in, the site facilities are clean, the pitches good with fantastic hedging which ensures privacy, there’s a lovely lake beside the site with ducks & geese, this is also adjacent to a river to walk along too…

We booked for a week but decided to stay 2 weeks just to enjoy the peace & quiet of the site and surrounding areas as we have both decided we will not be rushing too and from sites like the tour of 2017 and will enjoy the freedom and ease of having the car to ferry us about in, so anyway here’s what we’ve been up too so far…

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We wandered several times around the attractive river and lake in Attichy, which is where the campsite is located… 

 

We then visited the bombed out Abbey of “Ourscamp”, the Abbey is located on the Oise river at Chiry and built during the 12th century upon the foundations of an earlier structure built in 641. “Ourscamp” translated to Bears Camp it tells a story of a local Saint who used bears as heavy burden shifters. The Abbey was destroyed in the 1st WW by French resistance fighters who bombed the place to remove the resident German troops who unfortunately for them were using the place as an ammunition store.

The Abbey is used today by blokes dressed in brown coloured robe type clothing according to Pete they’re called Monks!!! Upon entry one of them took a few Euro’s as entry donation and asked us in broken English if we were on “holiday” then proceeded to give us a German tour guide brochure, Hurrah for my German language classes at School!!! The rest of the time we were there, the 3 other monks once they had escorted two older ladies to their cars just lazily lounged around on their mobile phones watching, whilst two employed gardeners cut the grass and tended to the garden… what a life!!!

 

 

We then visited the town of Pierrefonds and admired the Beautiful Chateau that towers well above the small town…

 

Our next stop was to “Armistice Glade” within the Forest of Compiegne the place is very important to the history of World War 1 where papers of surrender and mark the end of war declaring peace were signed in 1918 and the place is also famous for Hitler then using it probably out of sheer irony for the signing of the French surrender papers after the Germans then won the battle of France in June 1940… It’s now a place for quiet contemplation, it’s history should stand as a reminder to us all that peace between all our nations can be a fragile thing and that peace & war is not something that should ever be mocked, taken lightly or even for granted!!! I absolutely loved the monument with the writing of the simple word “Peace” written in multiple languages…

 

After our visit here it was only right that we treated Toffi to a walk where she enjoyed some off lead romping around time through the forest of Compiegne!!

We will move on soon further down into France for further adventures or if you care to keep in the loop of this next travel blog please feel free to register yourself to follow the blog through wordpress link somewhere upon the page this means you will to get any further blog posts via email.

Au revior mon amie… Until next time my friends,

Donna x

Camping De L’Aigrette, Attichy, France,  €12 per night with ACSI discount card but also 7 nights stay for the price of 6… total paid per week €72         GPS N49º24’24” E3º3’11”