By keef and annie hellinger, Dec 3 2021 15.16 pm This is a retrospective Blog, we were away between 31st January and 14th June 2017. We went to Singapore for 2 weeks with family, C&A for 3 days in Hong Kong at the end of the trip, twas so sad parting at the end of a lovely almost 5 months. MENU Go to 1. Summary 2. Calendars 3. Diary Part 1, Jan-Feb 2017 4. Diary Part2, March 2017 5. Diary Part3, April - June 2017 5a. Audiobooks of the Diaries if you would prefer 6. Campsites
By keef and annie hellinger, Dec 3 2021 14.22 pm This is a retrospective Blog, we were away between 22nd January and 23rd April 2013. 92 glorious days on what we affectionately termed our "3rd holiday of a lifetime" well in print at least. Suggestion use the BIG TRIP maps to scale in and out if you wish Another big trip featuring hired motorhomes but this time including the fabulous wedding of our son Doug and his beautiful bride Phoenix plus in Australia we stayed with our n
By keef & annie, Mar 15 2012 12:00PM Just joined the newly launched website @ the Caravan Club, how about you? It was renamed later than 2012 as the Caravan and Motorhome Club due to the rapid rise in motorhome owners, by 2021 I always call it the Motorhome & Caravan club for obvious reasons, won't be long folks 😉 Where do you stand on Motorhome Vs Caravan, have your say PLEASE in the comments box attached to this blog, feel free and many thanks for your time
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By keef & annie, Jun 15 2012 02:44PM Motorhome trip No3 : Scotland - May 29th – June 11th 2012
NOTTS->ALNWICK->FIFE->ANGUS->KINCARDINE->ABERDEEN->BANFF->MORAY->NAIRN->INVERNESS->ROSS & CROMARTY->SUTHERLAND->CAITHNESS->SUTHERLAND->WESTER ROSS->SKYE&LOCALSH->INVERNESS->ARGYLL&BUTE->NOTTS 1675 miles If you would prefer to listen to the Audiobook click HERE
Oh and we loved every moment of it. Scotland is such a fabulous place , breath taking views, lochs, castles to die for, in
By keef & annie, Jul 29 2013 08:05AM Motorhome trip No10 : July 26th – July 28th 2013
NOTTS->FIELD BARN FARM, CLAPTON ON THE HILL,COTSWOLDS->NOTTS 183 miles
A weekend of mixed weather, incredibly hot Friday and ½ of Saturday but some serious rain in the afternoon and overnight. T’was a case of opening and closing the windows and fly screens ad nauseam.
Had a lovely relaxing weekend away with our pals Pete & Joy on our yearly camping trip with them , this year in the Cotswol
By keef & annie, Oct 13 2013 07:08PM Stroud Hill Park,Pidley, Cambs
Motorhome trip No13 : October 12th – 13th 2013
NOTTS->PIDLEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE ->NOTTS 192 miles
We have been here before a few years back with our dear friends Pete & Joy, but we were in tents then. It did rain then but not as much as this weekend. We left early on Saturday morning and arrived at the site thru some horrendous showers to bright sunshine, so much so that Keef wore his shorts. We sat out for q
By keef and annie hellinger, Oct 18 2014 05:58PM It Pidley-ed down again – Deja Vu
Stroud Hill Park,Pidley, Cambs
Motorhome trip No20 : October 11th – 12th 2014
NOTTS->PIDLEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE ->NOTTS 196 miles
Definitely Déjà vu, same weekend as last year, same torrential downpour only this time we were out for a walk in it, no coats only small brollies. We ended up like wicks, the water slowly rising up thru our clothing to our necks. Tried drying stuff out in the van wit
By keef and annie hellinger, Oct 14 2015 02:23PM Motorhome trip No24 : October 7th – 14th 2015
NOTTS->YORKSHIRE including Holmfirth, Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale,Bronte Country,Settle, Grassington, Wharfdale (Yorkshire Dales) then up to NORTHUMBERLAND Berwick upon Tweed for time with friends then back to YORKSHIRE including Sutton Band Hill (25% steep avoid in future although trusty van OK),Pickering, Rosedale (North York Moors), Scarborough & Castle, Filey , Flamborough Headca
By keef and annie hellinger, Nov 17 2015 12:40PM Motorhome trip No25 : November 13th – 16th 2015
NOTTS->Bletchingdon, Cherwell Oxfordshire, 2 sites Diamond Farm Park and Greenhill Farm plus village visits to Stanton St John, Weston on Green, Kirtlington, Islip, Kidlington (Hmm!) and other Cotswold stone villages ->NOTTS 232 miles
Lovely time initially for the 1st 2 days with our dear friends Pete & Joy at Diamond Farm Caravan park in Bletchington, a private campsite with po
By keef and annie hellinger, Apr 14 2016 08:08AM Motorhome trip No26 : April 11th- 13th 2016
NOTTS->Harbury, Warwickshire plus Royal Leamington Spa & Kenilworth Castle ->NOTTS 134 miles
Having had the van serviced, both habitation and engine, we were keen to try it out locally for a few days to ensure everything was working perfectly in readiness for more major excursions.
So we chose a local one a Caravan club affiliated site at Harbury Fields Farm, not far from Leamingto
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 11 2016 01:08PM Motorhome trip No27 : May 8th- July 8th 2016
NOTTS->Scandinavia ->NOTTS 6140 miles Feel free to use the MENU to find specifics
This was the longest trip so far in our lovely Wendy house of a van, she “dun great” the whole trip…. Up hill, down dale and along the flat!
10 ferries, numerous islands, bridges and tunnels, 61 days, 6 countries, from the fjords to the Russian border, 44 campsites, 6140 miles and a few tanks of dies
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 12 2016 09:44AM The "Talkies" slideshow is below, this covers all our commentary and overwise through out the Scandinavian trip plus we have included what we like to call the Complete slideshow which has verbally an overlay of the Diary as an Audio book. To read the main blog see Blog 100 - Our Scandinavian trip in 2016, where all the slideshows are available including these, thanks for looking Norway on a very calm day, views to die for Note
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 15 2016 02:36PM We have now been to North Island three times and South Island twice on our 2007/8, 2013 and 2017 trips. We camped under canvas in 2007/8 for 55 days plus used motels / car but are probably a little too old now for tenting so in 2013 & 2017 used a Britz hired motorhome. If you would like to see more click below 2007/8 2013 2017 #majortrip #revisited #friends #motorhome #motorhometravels #travelsin2016 #campsites #family
By keef and annie hellinger, Aug 30 2016 07:09AM Motorhome trip No28 : Aug 27-29th 2016
NOTTS->New Lodge Farm,Bulwick, Northamptonshire ->NOTTS 178 miles
250 years plus and 30+ camping years under our belts collectively ;)
A lovely (mixed weather) August bank holiday weekend away with our dear pals Pete & Joy. Our usual yearly camping jaunt this year was made a little more tricky to find a adults only camp site by virtue of leaving it a bit late and it being a very popular
By keef and annie hellinger, Oct 8 2016 08:23AM Motorhome trip No29 : Sept 26th- Oct 6th 2016
NOTTS->Dawlish (Devon) to Fraddon & Bude (Cornwall) & Stonehenge (Wiltshire) ->NOTTS 698 miles
Amazingly good weather for this time of the year in the UK or maybe not, our Motorhome experience tells us that May & September are generally great months to go away weather wise!
Anyhow travelled to the lovely Cofton Country Holiday Park (ACSI site) near Dawlish in Devon where we stayed
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 22 2017 09:39AM Overview
In 2017 we explored Singapore, Australia , the Cook Isles & New Zealand with our dear friends Chris & Allyson. At the end of the trip Annie & I spent time in Singapore / Malaysia with our family and Chris & Allyson visited Hong Kong.
A lot of planning and pre booking went into this adventure to ensure we had a great time. We flew to Singapore for a stop over of 2 days to break the journey down under. We visited East C
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 22 2017 10:04AM In our hired Britz van picked up in Adelaide we did all of the following plus a whole stack more.
Arrived by Indian Pacific Railway to the Adelaide Parklands station, we to BIG4 campsite, C&A started their cricket ground tour. Pool, beach, swimming, relaxing, reading. Adelaide airport, lockers,off to NT for a few days in Alice springs. Glenelg,Oyster bar, sunset walk, Tram, Fringe, Marina pier, Collect the vans, Tanunda, Baros
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 22 2017 10:24AM Travelling in the same Britz van we had in South Australia we saw the following in Victoria and more.
Entered Victoria from South Australia just after Mount Gambier near Portland, Koalas, Non Fish & Chips, Speeding fines, Frightened waitress, "Kind" man who disconnected my electrics, Cape Breakwater, Discovery bay, Petrified forest, Coastal Walkway, Wind farm,Port Fairy, Poor pies, 41st Folk Festival, busy busy, Flagstaff hill
By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 22 2017 10:41AM We carried on in our hired Britz van which we'd picked up in Adelaide and used thru Victoria. We covered all of the following and a lot more.
Entering New South Wales (NSW) from Mallacoota (Victoria), Eden, harbour & whale museum, Old Tom, Ben Boyd , Whale lookout, Twofold bay, Pambula beach, fishing, roos, birds, Rosellas, Brewery (closed), Farm stores, Horse food, Merimbula, Tura beach, Tathra wharf and beach, Catching flath