Today we have managed to get our little camper across the Channel and into France. We were on the 10am ferry and we just made it on even after getting up at 6am after Charlotte decided to wake and feed every two hours during the night.
Our first night in France is in a motel just outside of Rouen in Normandy. We hunted around for a campsite and were unable to find one and with Charlotte screaming in our ears we decided to have a bit of luxury for one night. So we are in a simple but fairly clearn (Narelle keeps finding hairs) motel and had a buffet dinner (two course) which was not too bad concidering the circumstances.
The camper is parked up in the car park with its hitchlock on and we just hope that nothing happens to it tonight – should be fine.
We are off to Saint-Jean-De-Monts on the Atlantic coast. We are catching up with Vicks parents who help run part of the camp site and have offered to help us out with a weeks accomodation and helpful tips on what to see in France.
We have an early start tomorrow as we have another 350Km to go which will take us at least 4 hours given that we need to stop so that Charlotte can have a feed and strech.
This update comes curticy of free WIFI access at the motel as was last nights update at the campsite. Which has been a huge bonus.
Hope you enjoyed the photos that we uploaded.
Dave, Narelle, Charlotte xox
This is going to be the shortest update ever! After leaving Cheltenham a day behind schedule (although, being on hols now we don’t really have a schedule!) – we went to Abergavenny on Fri. Our campsite www.pontkemys.co.uk was fantastic even though it was a mud pit by Monday! Thanks to Nik, Mand, Trace, Katie and Charley from work who came to wave us off! Also, we were joined by Dan and Mels, Scott and Ains, Carl, Vic , Will and Dougie – so so great to spend the weekend with you.
Monday evening saw us pull into Little Satmar Campsite (www.keatfarm.co.uk/touring-parks/) and we are leaving here this morning. After a terrible night with Lottie we are up at 6am to pack up the trusty camper and head to Dover to catch our ferry to Calais this morning.
We have plonked a load of pics on Flickr so click on photos to take a look
Will update again from somewhere in hopefully, a dry spot of France (as opposed to a wet and soggy England!)
PS actually, that ended up farily long – you know me, never short of something to say!!!
This weekend we have been busy catching up with people as will the next three weeks! So as we get closer to our final date we are getting busier and busier with social events (it’s a hard life I know). We managed to fit in Neil and Fran in Bristol and Pat in Didmartin. For a nice change the weather has been a very pleasant 22 degrees. So we enjoyed a nice lunch in the Sun at Pats with Bertie the one eyed cat and Amore (the dog). Make sure that you check out all the photos here.
We have also been busy getting Charlotte onto solids. We have finally given in, after she started to wake 3-4 times a night for feeds. So we started with some Organic Baby Rice with formula milk, and we have now moved onto Potato, Broccoli, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Avocado and Banana with apple to follow in the next couple of days! So far so good, Charlotte hasn’t quite got the nack of eating off a spoon but she does enjoy it and she takes to it with great enthusiasm sometimes we can’t get the food on the spoon quick enough. As a result of starting on solids she is now sleeping so much better and she is developing into a little girl, she now plays a lot more, i s rolling about and can spend more time on her tummy all things that we were worried about – yes I know first time parents and all that…
Today we managed to book our ferry crossing to France from the UK and our camp-site near Dover for two nights before we board the ferry. We are also looking at Abergavenny in Wales for a few nights before we leave.
We have also been upgrading this web site to the latest version of WordPress and also linking in Flickr so that all of our photos are managed there rather than on our site. If you don’t have a Flickr account then I suggest that you do so you can see all of our photos (not all are made public). We also hope to keep the map updated of where the photos are taken as we go around Europe.
Dave, Narelle & Charlotte.
Well we are rapidly approaching the start of our 109 day camping trip! We have three major steps to get there, the first was to sell our stuff, the second was to move out of Kilkenny (our three bed cottage in the cotswolds) and the third is to get the camper ready for our trip.
Well we are pleased to announce that we have sold all of our stuff and we have moved out of Kilkenny! The remaining items of our homely posessions were kindly picked up and paid for by a great guy named Terry. Terry called at the night before we had scheduled our move with Scott and Ains. He came around and without any hesitation agreed to purchase not only the two sofas but the table desk and chair! The last of our lot! The next night he turned up (after working a 15 hour shift) and within 15 minutes all was loaded onto his truck (lorry for those in the UK) we had the cash and he had our stuff, perfect arrangement and couldn’t have happened at a better time.
Last Wednesday (day before our wedding anniversary) the International Removers turned up, packed all of our goods (into 20 boxes) within two hours! Very fast (but not sure about the efficiency as we are no over the initial quote but at least our goods are on the way). They are supposed to be boarding a ship this week to be in Perth by the 17 July! So very fast service.
So we now have one last thing to do and that’s get the camper in order before we hit the road which is now less than three weeks away!