Thinking About “The Big Trip” Again

So back to thinking about our “Big Holiday”
I’ve had a bit of a re-think about the route. I’m thinking of going the Tolouse route again. We have never been down south via this route and after asking the question on some internet forums it seems that the Tolouse route generally has less traffic and is less hilly and just an easier drive.

Now the decisions start. When we get off the tunnel do we turn right or left?
Left means we are going to head down the A26/A1 and into Paris, across Paris to Orleans then down to Limoges on the A71/A20 and on to Tolouse. Which is probably the most direct route or do we…..

Turn right and go via Abbeyville, Rouen, Le Mans, Tours then cut across via the A85 and pick up the A20? Continue reading “Thinking About “The Big Trip” Again”

A Long Weekend on Anglesey

We spent the May Bank Holiday at Dafarn Rhos in Moelfre on Anglesey.
Lancs & Cheshire D.A. have organised a THS(Temporary Holiday Site) running from 19th May until 11th June.
We joined the rest of the happy campers on Friday 26th after a long hot day at work we then spent around 3 more hours sitting in traffic on the M56 and the A55. Continue reading “A Long Weekend on Anglesey”

Next Trip & Jobs to do.

No camping again for the last few weeks, seems like forever since we were last out in the van. The management has her list of jobs to do and there have been a couple of jobs I wanted to do on the van.

So the next trip is an extended bank holiday weekend on Angelsey. Halys is off on half term that week and it’s also her birthday so I have taken a couple of days off work.

I’ve managed to acquire and install a larger 110Ah battery and removed the broken under cupboard light and installed a strip of LEDs which also extend over the cooker and I have installed a triple 12v socket with usb ports at the front of the van to give some 12v power outlets at the front.

Continue reading “Next Trip & Jobs to do.”

How do I blog?

Some may think it’s an idyllic process sat in or by a caravan in beautiful countryside setting, sipping a glass of wine. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth. For me usually I’m at work waiting. I seem to spend quite a bit of time waiting. It also gives me time to think about what I’m going to write. There is no big plan for our blog when it flows it flows. Continue reading “How do I blog?”

Baked Camembert

Baked Camembert is scrummy and so easy.

You can do it in an oven, on a Cadac, A BBQ just about any heat source.

You can buy a dish with a lid known as a Camembert Baker, strangely enough you place a Camembert in it and put the thing in the oven to bake. But who is going to lug one of those around in their caravan when the weight of everything is an issue. So you can improvise. Continue reading “Baked Camembert”

Steak Night

One of our favourite meals in the caravan or tent for that matter is a nice Juicy steak.

Usually with some nice garlic mushrooms potatoes or even chips (oven chips) or we may cheat and buy some chips from the take away, and usually some nice green beans (harricot vert in France)

We have even been known to venture into some rarer types of steak.
A lot of people pull a face when we tell them that when in France we will often buy a horse steak (Cheval). Horse is not an animal that we eat here in the UK but I really don’t know why it is very tasty and very lean. We eat Beef and Pork here but in some countries the very idea of eating pork is enough to sicken some people.

We went to a food fair in Manchester where there was a stall selling rare meats so we just had to try a few. We purchased, Ostrich, Wild Boar, Kangaroo and Zebra. The most surprising of all of these was Zebra. Very tasty, very tender, and a very unexpected colour. We cooked all of these at a family BBQ and cut small pieces so that all the guests could try. The Zebra went down the best of all closely followed by Horse.

As the saying goes “When in Rome….” well France? We decided that we should try local foods wherever possible so horse was on the menu, Frogs legs in Paris was something else. But that was not in the caravan 😉