Week 74

Day 505 – Friday 2nd August 2019

Sod my family tree and Reigate, off to the south coast for a couple of days.

First stop Southsea and a trip up the Spinnaker Tower

Of course they’d laid on a marching band to celebrate our arrival

Having been up the TV tower in Berlin I can’t say I was too impressed with the Spinnaker Tower especially as its sole purpose is being a viewing platform but I suppose it’s something crossed off page 74 of my Bucket List.

Nah. Pompey doesn’t look great even from this height

Oh look a boat!

oh look, two more boats!

Julie shows off her flossing skills on the glass floor

The Spinnaker Tower done we had a drink in the Slug & Lettuce. Can’t say I’m too impressed with the locals at Gunwharf; I won’t go into details as I don’t want all my fat readers with very bad tattoos to think I’m judgemental.

Back is Southsea; I love a walk in fountain πŸ˜€

Day 506 – Saturday 3rd August 2019

Up early and off to Brighton. Half the town is closed off for Pride so Doris led us a merry dance over the South Downs before delivering us to Madeira Drive.

Dressed but grumpy for Pride – all dogs like a little bit of arse don’t they but I suppose when you are this size you’re generally on the receiving end!

To the parade…

There were the usual boring earnest activists…

and some other activists letting everyone know exactly what the baby Jesus thought of bum boys

but the people had come to see a show, some noise & colour

… some dancing girls although being Pride you never know which team they started out life batting for

it was good to seeΒ  Sir Cliff has finally come out

and no Pride parade would be complete with a bad trans-Madonna

The parade was so long we popped into Foodilic for a blow out lunch and it was still going on when we came out but you can have too much of a queer thing and we went for a lie down on the beach.

Some lads came and sat next to us doing balloons; surely that’s as embarrassing as sniffing glue

One of out neighbours on Madeira Drive,

Day 507 – Sunday 4th August 2019

Up early and after a stroll on the beach…

7 am and these 2 blokes walked passed me arm in arm. One was carrying a pint the other a latex glove…

Stroll over it was back to Reigate and to the Mill House for Sunday lunch with the worst waitress service ever. I could have eaten a scabby dog by the time my meal arrived.

Back home my new scanner had arrived πŸ˜€

Day 508 – Monday 5th August 2019

A wet start to the day; Reigate is a lovely town but sitting just under the North Downs is suffers a very damp micro climate even in August.

Reigate with the North Downs clouded out.

In the afternoon I recruited my No.1Β  DIY assistant Julie and polished off the last of the odd jobs on the house.

The Gutters part II

Day 509 – Tuesday 6th August 2019

Spent a frustrating morning trying to track down a couple of cousins before going for a walk with Julie…

a Cinnabar Moth caterpillar

a lost baby shrew

Day 510 – Wednesday 7th August 2019

Corr, it me birthday!

Julie bought me a Pie Barm for breakfast; I ate it cold and it was absolutely fabulous πŸ˜€

When I arrived home I found I’d been made a lovely cake πŸ˜€

For lunch we went to Beryl & Peg’s cafe.

Had another breakfast, a full Veggie fry up πŸ˜€

Rounded off the day with Pizza & Chips, some of the cake and a bottle of RosΓ© round at Julie’s; a perfect birthday πŸ˜€

Day 512 – Thursday 8th August 2019

Another mixed day weatherwise, supposed to be a storm on the way. Managed to track down my last 3 missing cousins! πŸ˜€

In the afternoon Julie and I went out for a walk into town.

a slightly battered Gatekeeper

No idea what we are going to do for the rest of the time we are in the UK. Supposed to be going to Manchester.


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Week 73

Day 498 – Friday 26th July 2019

A cool and damp start to the day, so much more comfortable than yesterday.Β Not a lot to do today but it is the 2nd day of the Alps in the Tour de France.

they have proper mountains in France

and it was a cracking bike race

but 2 days after blistering heat had threatened to curtail a stage snow, hail and a mudslide finally did

Day 499 – Saturday 27th July 2019

A wet start to the day and rain is forecast all weekend πŸ™

Cfor is very pleased the heat has gone

I treated myself to a little walk in the local woods

then settled down to watch the final Alps stage of the TdF

the madness of the tour

the winner

Day 500 – Sunday 28th July 2019

A cool start to the day but the at least the forecast rain hasn’t appeared. After lunch Julie and I went for a walk.

Milk Thistle


I think this is Chalk Hill Blue

Painted Lady


Day 501 – Monday 29th July 2019

A sunny enough day, to Dorking for a nose about.

The Dorking Cock. Believe it or not a team of knitters used to dress the cock up for things like St Georges day and other events like World Cups but the council used to take it all down for Health & Safety reasons

There’s not a lot in Dorking these days. It used to be quite quaint but like a lot of British high streets it’s under pressure and a lot of it’s antique shops have closed.

To Box Hill to eat lunch

They’ve fixed the stepping stones…

a very brave 4 year old shows Julie how it is done

Day 502 – Tuesday 30th July 2019

The forecast was a bit grim but I had decided today was the day I would tackle the rest of the DIY odds and ends at home. what a fun retirement!

the gutters; I don’t like heights so long ladders are way out of my comfort zone

Day 503 – Wednesday 31st July 2019

Had a Magnum for breakfast πŸ˜€ Spent the day doing my family tree. Found quite a few distant relatives on Facebook.

Day 504 – Thursday 1st August 2019

Waited in all day for an Amazon delivery that never came. That will never happen again.


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Week 72

Day 498 – Friday 19th July 2019

A wet start to the day and there’s more rain forecast – in other words a typical English summer’s day πŸ™Β  What to do?

Leaving Zippy outside Reigate station I dipped deep into my pension pot and bought a couple of return tickets to London…

… to visit the Natural History Museum

The weather was really miserable…

London in July

First stop we popped in to Harrods to have a nose about; it was full of tourists like us.

Harrod’s Food halls

Back in the 80s with their big ostentatious displays Harrod’s Food Halls seemed like fantastic places but now the whole place is just like an upscale deli and it’s a lot less impressive. On to the Natural History Museum.

the Victorians knew how to build impressive buildings without going 136 stories up

Inside I didn’t really like the Natural History Museum…

… it was crowded, well it is free and you are pushed along

I also think we’ve been spoiled by TV programs such as the Blue Planet…

… no one’s impressed with a bunch of dusty old bones these days…

… or a stuffed elephant or two

Thankfully next door they have the wonderful Science Museum

me and Apollo space suit

It wasn’t crowded and was stuffed full wonderful old machines and also everyday technology so you could see the development of ordinary everyday objects, things we have left behind…

this stuff was hot shit 30 odd years ago

an Atari & Texas Instruments


The bizarre…

I have a 1960 model JR32 Gobin teasmaid although it rarely works these days

… they had a working Ping Pong machine, guess who won this game πŸ˜€

On the very top floor they have a collection of flight simulators for between Β£4 & Β£7Β  but the queues were a bit long, I think you’d have to get here first thing in the morning.

Outside the Science Museum the rain had stopped so we walked back to Victoria station. I was surprised how light the traffic in central London was compared to the A25 & A217 through Reigate.

we came across this Lamborghini which according to The Sun is owned by an Instagram millionairess Daria Radionova

who paid a small fortune to have it covered in 2,000,000 Swarovski crystals. Personally I think it looks shit.

Day 499 – Saturday 20th July 2019

The rain was torrential last night and it’s still drizzling with a forecast of thunder and lightning later. This British weather is fabulous isn’t it!

Braving the threat of rain we went to the open day at Reigate Fire Station.

they had a cracking little bike for me

I got to sit in a real fire engine!

and I got to help hand pump the hose of a Victorian 22 man fire engine.

Apparently for an hour’s pumping volunteers were paid a handsome one shilling plus all the free beer they could drink πŸ˜€

a shilling an hour, I was fucked after about 3 minutes but I could see why they got free beer!

The highlight of the afternoon though was Julie trying to get in a fireman’s uniform as fast as possible. The record for the day was 16.9 seconds…

Sadly, for various reasons, most of the pictures I took have been deemed unflattering and out of 20 odd only 3 have passed the censor.

At the beginning; trying to get the boots and trousers on. Julie would dramatically fall forward in a second or two; those pics and all those of the following red faced hilarity have been deemed unflattering

The next pic that passed the censor was at the end!

Finished in 36 seconds

Day 500 – Sunday 21st July 2019

A dry and sunny start to the day.

While cutting through the park on my way to the shops I met a nutter πŸ˜€

I was just walking across the field when he theatrically ran around me then started to follow me about two steps behind. Of course having worked in System Control at NATS for 38 years, I am well used to dealing with strange people.

I stopped and asked him was he trying to be funny and he just repeated my words then repeatedly shouted “I like the look of your knife” and other random things in my face.

I wasn’t particularly intimidated but it struck me he shouldn’t be out in public alone so I got my phone out and rang the police to report a nutter in the park…

… at which point he walked away.

I followed him while describing him to 999 but he didn’t like me following him at all…

he got his car keys out and started to complain to them that I was stalking and harassing him!

Anyway Surrey Police didn’t seem too concerned with this blokes behaviour; I don’t think they attend anything less than a mass stabbing these days. “It’s budget cuts mate init”

Day 501 – Monday 22nd July 2019

Spent the day working on my family tree.

Day 502 – Tuesday 23rd July 2019

A banging hot day. Watched Boris get elected PM on the TV then out for lunch.

my choice of eatery was closed for renovations – nice seat!

So we went to Morrisons & Marks and ate by the lake in Priory Park

The walk home through the countryside was draining in the heat.

The grasses high and dry

Day 503 – Wednesday 24th July 2019

A banging hot day. Took Nelly for an MOT and a quick service then on to the Chalk Hills Bakery.

it was only open!

Goats cheese, tomatoes, rocket and warm bread, a match made in heaven

In the afternoon I sat inside in the dark and watched the Boris Show on TV. He is driving the BBC & other Remainers completely bonkers. Excellent!

I say chaps are you entirely sure I’m supposed to be here?

Day 504 – Thursday 25th July 2019

Going to be an absolute scorcher of a day so up early and stocked up on beer and Magnums for the TdF’s 1st real mountain stage in the Alps.

Today could be a 4 Magnum day

Stage 18 of the TdF was a great bike race up a few mountains including up the Col du Galibier all 2,642m of it. That’s very very nearly twice as high as Ben Nevis!

The riders were pushed to their limits and after 3 magnums so was I πŸ™



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Week 71


Day 491 – Friday 12th July 2019

A beautiful sunny day

waking up to horses, one of the pleasures of sleeping in the New Forest

Idled away the morning before setting off for Poole to buy a ‘residence’ to fit under my awning.

The traffic was no better than yesterday.

I decided to buy the ‘residence’ from a proper dealer rather than from some Herbert over the internet because I may pay a few bob more but it’s guaranteed to fit properly and they are going to show me the best way to put it up and just as importantly how to put it away.

Rose Awnings, they know what they are doing

Thank God the traffic was flowing on the way back to Reigate.

Day 492 – Saturday 13th July 2019

Lovely day and I had a yomp Colley Hill in the morning.

Gatekeeper butterfly

on the way home I couldn’t resist a monster portion of greasy chips from the Sea Salt chippyΒ  Β 7/10 πŸ˜€

In the afternoon Julie and I went on a tour of Reigate Caves.

The caves in Reigate are not really caves, they are old sand mines which have been used for allsorts of purposes since the mining stopped.

The sand under Reigate is very fine like a powder and was used for making high quality glass

They were air raid shelters during the war so no doubt a fair proportion of the 80 year olds born in the town will have been conceived down them πŸ˜‰

our guide

Day 493 – Sunday 14th July 2019

My feet were complaining after all yesterday’s walking on Thursday’s blisters so I spent most of the day doing my family tree.

Later in the day we went to Tescos car park to I could practice putting up the residence. Day

I can’t keep calling the ‘residence’ the residence so from now on it’ll be known as Chateau Cfor as no doubt he’ll make it his own.

494 – Monday 15th July 2019

An overcast day. Elizabeth and I had a walk up to Reigate Hill.

the ceiling of the Inglis Memorial, I think this is the only sun well see today

Day 495 – Tuesday 16th July 2019

A lovely sunny day but my tooth hurts so I searched round for a dentist to take it out. Appointment made I spent the day sorting out all my paperwork and rearranging the contents of Nelly’s big locker.

Day 496 – Wednesday 17th July 2019

A lovely day.

Turns out I had a gum abscess and associated gum boils!!

the dentist agreed with me that my loose tooth had no long term future

Day 497 – Thursday 18th July 2019

An overcast start to the day. Elizabeth and I went for a walk to Colley Hill.

Reigate in July, shrouded in low cloud. πŸ™

Can’t wait to get back to the Med and some reliable weather.

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Week 70

Day 484 – Friday 5th July 2019

A lovely morning. Took Zippy to Redhill for an MOT and an oil change. Can’t believe it took them ΒΎ hour to change the oil on a 125 so I doubt I’ll be going back to those robbing twats Fins Motorcycles again.

After lunch I went for a walk with Julie but it was only a short walk as her back started playing up and it was also ridiculously hot & humid as well.

Later in the day I went out for a fabulous spin on Zippy into the wilds of Surrey. I ended up near Caterham on the Hill. Get some great views of the London basin around here.

Through the haze and the fading light the City of London on the left and Canary Wharf on the right

Day 485 – Saturday 6th July 2019

A beautiful day and off to Brighton!

It was the Paddle Around The Pier Festival weekend but it looked like it was all happening on Sunday.

After a nosey about a fair we headed for lunch

Bankers Chip shop

It has to be said that Bankers make the best chips in the world by a good way. 12/10 πŸ˜€

We had a wander along the front

Another entry for the Very Fat Man with a Bad Tattoo Contest

The front was heaving

As it was a boiling afternoon we had a lie down on the shingle

I rounded off the day with a vegan chocolate ice cream which was surprisingly nice

Day 486 – Sunday 7th July 2019

A wet start to the day.

Elizabeth starts work at East Surrey Hospital in a couple of weeks and she needs some work clothes so my debit cardΒ I have been recruited in to help.

Can’t believe how crap the women’s clothes shops are in Reigate.

Day 487 – Monday 8th July 2019

An okay start to the day, at least it wasn’t wet. Clothes shopping again with Elizabeth this time in Crawley.

What I find funny is if I am asked for my opinion and I give it I invariably get into trouble!

Had a tray of greasy chips from the Black Sea chippy as a reward for all my efforts

In the afternoon I went for a yomp up Reigate Hill again. Reigate Hill may be 220m high but I start walking up it from about 120m so I’m only really walking 100m up it! Ben Nevis seems even higher now πŸ™

Comma butterflies are easy to photograph cause when they settle on a flower not a lot will move them

Day 488 – Tuesday 9th July 2019

An okay day weatherwise.

To Newlands Corner to eat our butties

a Large White butterfly

Day 489 – Wednesday 10th July 2019

Did something to my back yesterday so watched TV until it was time for my skin cancer appointment.

The doctor I saw said she couldn’t see any sign of BCC, she said it looked like sun damage. I asked a further opinion and that’ll be in 6 weeks time

Day 490 – Thursday 11th July 2019

Up early to travel to Pompey for Elizabeth’s graduation.

Not even 6am and the M25 is fuckin’ closed

Yet another snarl-up

It took me just over 4 hours to do the 70 miles to Southsea pier.

By the time I parked up the day had gone from quite pleasant to unbearably humid and as I was under instructions not to wear shorts and a tee shirt I was damp for the rest of the day.

It was a mile and a half to Portsmouth Guildhall and after wearing nothing but lovely trainers for the last few years I discovered wearing my days posh shoes was a bit of a mistake πŸ™

Elizabeth has worked her socks off for 4 years and she thoroughly deserves her 1st class degree in Pharmacy

I am getting a Residence for my awning in Poole tomorrow so on the way I popped over to Brockenhurst to see Paul Humphreys.

Yet more fuckin traffic jams, this time on the A31. To think some twat got paid for designing this balls up.

Paul seems in very good spirits considering his condition although I did need Dawn to translate for me.

I decided to stay in Brockenhurst for the night and rounded the day off with a fabulous curry πŸ˜€

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Week 69

Day 477 – Friday 28th June 2019

A gloriously sunny day. Had a walk into town

It’s easy to forget what a beautiful place Priory Park is

With no breeze at all it was a mega hot in the afternoon so I hid behind the curtains and binge-watched Escape to the Chateau DIY; I wouldn’t mind owning a little hovel somewhere in Europe one day especially if I got to mess about on a JCB πŸ˜€

Day 478 – Saturday 29th June 2019

Fabulously sunny morning and it’s supposed to be a real scorcher this afternoon.

We went to Godstone for a walk

The duck pond on The Green at Godstone

It was banging hot and it made me think we should be in Antibes and I should be in the Med cooling off!

It doesn’t matter how hot it gets, pigs are always hungry

We found some shade to eat our butties at St Nicholas Church in Church Town.

So quiet and peaceful, I bet this place hasn’t changed that much in the last 100 years

Day 479 – Sunday 30th June 2019

A bit cooler today. If I’m going to walk up Ben Nevis this summer I really should get in shape so I went for a morning walk up Reigate Hill

a ringlet butterfly

Day 480 – Monday 1st July 2019

Beautiful sunny day. To the top of Reigate Hill with Elizabeth

Not Elizabeth!

Β Day 481 – Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Another beautiful sunny day. To the top of Reigate Hill with Elizabeth again.

that’s Elizabeth

Popped into the doctors on my way home. It turns out I have a very mild form of skin cancer called BCC, basel cell carcinoma, on me nose. Google says it can be cured in almost every case. I have to have it treated though. I hope I’m not going to be stuck in the UK waiting for a hospital appointment.

Day 482 – Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Lovely morning. The NHS rang me up before 9am about an appointment for my BCC! The good news is at least they expect me to live until next Wednesday πŸ˜‰

Went up Reigate Hill again. Not really feeling the climb now so I will do it twice tomorrow.

In the afternoon I went for a lovely walk with Julie to Reigate Heath

This Comma butterfly doesn’t look much with its wings upright

but its a real beauty with its wings unfurled

a Meadow Brown

Day 483 – Thursday 4th July 2019

A lovely day so I stepped up my training for Ben Nevis. Went up Reigate Hill twice and it knackered me which is slightly worrying as Reigate Hill is about 220m and Ben fucking Nevis is 1,345m!

a Marbled White


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Week 68

Day 470 – Friday 21st June 2019

A lovely sunny morning and off to Brighton for the day.

After a spot of shopping and after eating far too much at Foodilic we went down to the front to see the sights.

The Palace Pier

Had a nice relaxing little lie down on the beach.

a well known chip thief

It being a sunny day lots of people were indulging in the great British tradition of drinking pints of lager in the sun…

… and showing off their bad tattoos

Thankfully the further west along the front you go the more you leave the tack behind.


The West Pier

They are having a paddle around the pier day in early July; I just need to find something to paddle! πŸ˜€

Day 471 – Saturday 22nd June 2019

A cracking start to the day and we set off for London…

we got slightly lost on the way…

but made it in the end…

Buckingham Palace from St James’ Park

You know me I am not one for a lot of fuss but they seemed to have rolled out the carpet for us…

with horses

and a marching band!

The place was absolutely mobbed.

the palace itself though is a bit dull

The Victoria Memorial with Winged Victory atop

I keep hearing Sadiq Khan saying due to police cuts there aren’t enough coppers to stop knife crime. maybe it’s a question of getting your priorities right…

The royal stuff over we set off for the South Bank to find something to eat.

Horse Guards Parade

Julie makes a friend

Through Horse Guards Parade we came to The Mall

Street of Shame

They’re going to need a lot more than this to keep Boris out!

On to the South bank

the usual characters

and ‘entertainment

As a vegetarian eating out in mainland Europe is always a bit of a nightmare but it’s never a problem in London and there was plenty of vegetarian grub on offer today πŸ˜€

they were a bit tight with the chips though

No day out is ever complete without an ice cream

Day 472 – Sunday 23rd June 2019

An okay day. Didn’t do much after yesterday’s exertions, had lunch at the Mill House with Darren & Lucy.

Day 473 – Monday 24th June 2019

A humid start to the day. Picked off a couple of things from my To Do List. Come the afternoon I had an overwhelming urge to have a bag of chips and a Magnum πŸ˜€ Had to walk bloody miles to find an chippy that was open.

Cfor seems to be enjoying his time at home

Day 474 – Tuesday 25th June 2019

A wet start to the day. It is gloriously sunny in the South of France; I am never ever coming back to the UK in June ever again.

Spent half the day trying to fix a dribble in Julie’s toilet.

Had a bag of chips as compensation 7/10

Day 475 – Wednesday 26th June 2019

An overcast start to the day. Finally fixed Julie’s toilet!

The sun came out in the afternoon so I went for a spin on Zippy.

Ended up at Box Hill

The hairpin at Pinehurst Care Home… almost as famous as Loews!

Zippy at Rykers.

Day 476 – Thursday 27th June 2019

A beautiful sunny day…

off to Richmond Park on Zippy

We had lunch by Pen Ponds

then on to King Henry’s Mount

With the aid of the telescope you can see St Paul’s Cathedral 10 miles away to the east

It’s impossible to take a photo of St Paul’s as seen through the telescope with a Samsung J5 but this from an information board is what it looks like.

You don’t need a telescope to see Heathrow control tower

I’m hoping this weather keeps up!

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Week 67

Day 463 – Friday 14th June 2019

Another rainy day in Surrey

Wellies in June? πŸ™

Day 464 – Saturday 15th June 2019

To Walsall

to see Julie’s Mum

Walsall, Garden City of the Midlands πŸ˜‰

Day 465 – Sunday 16th June 2019

I set off for a leg stretch up Reigate Hill but before I even got there it started to absolutely piss down and I got soaked wet through.

Day 466 – Monday 17th June 2019

Fuckin’ ‘ell it’s not raining!Β I went for a walk into Reigate and then up Reigate Hill.

these wooden wingtips are the memorial to a Flying Fortress which crashed into Reigate Hill on the way home from a bombing mission in 1945

Of the 9 American crew the eldest was just 24 years old. These days I doubt most 24 year olds could wire up a plug.

The Inglis memorial at the top of Colley Hill. You’d imagine Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis was a big brave war hero but in actual fact he was just rich and he built this memorial to himself Originally it was a drinking fountain for horses.

View from the top of Colley Hill looking towards Leith Hill.

Day 467 – Tuesday 18th June 2019

It started off bright but soon turned wet.

Went to Crawley…

Day 468 – Wednesday 19th June 2019

A mixed day. Went to IKEA.

IKEA’s lighting department, oh the excitement!

Day 469 – Thursday 20th June 2019

A dry day. After lunch we went to Box Hill

I love Box Hill’s chalk meadows

It’s that time of year, Purple Spotted Orchid

I have to say I have found the weather these past two weeks very testing but when it doesn’t rain there can’t be many places on earth as beautiful as the English countryside in summer.

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Week 66

Day 456 – Friday 7th June 2019

A wet start to the week. Looking forward to tackling my To Do List for the next week or so πŸ™ Got very wet walking into town.

Priory Park, Reigate, in the rain.

Day 457 – Saturday 8th June 2019

Got absolutely pissed wet through again coming back from Screwfix. On the plus side I’ve nearly finished all the odd jobs around the house πŸ˜€

Reigate High Street in the rain

Some good news; I weighed myself and after 8 months of far too much RosΓ©, far too many cakes, too much ice cream and shedloads of roast potatoes I haven’t put on any weight at allΒ  πŸ™‚ My book The Smug Git Diet will be out in time for Christmas πŸ˜€

Day 458 – Sunday 9th June 2019

A bright start to the day!!!!!

Reigate without the rain!

Finished all the work on the house and started sorting out all the storage in Nelly.

Day 459 – Monday 10th June 2019

While it’s sunny in Praia da Luz and 25Β°c in Antibes it’s another very wet day in Reigate with the Met Office issuing an amber warning for the South East.

it’s June and the River Mole has burst its banks

Day 460 – Tuesday 11th June 2019

Hooray the rain has stopped! Went for a walk in the countryside

I can think of no finer place to walk than an an overgrown English footpath in June

all the sights to be seen

Priory Park lake

Reservoir Ducks

Day 461 – Wednesday 12th June 2019

It was a dry start to the day butt absolutely bucketed down in the afternoon. Pottered about the house a lot and watched some TV.

Day 462 – Thursday 13th June 2019

A dryish day. I thought my To Do List would take weeks and weeks but I’m coming to the end ofΒ  it already so I’m hoping the weather will improve and I can get out and about. Otherwise I’m going to go mad hanging around Reigate.

I think Cfor is missing the adventure too!

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Week 65

Day 449 – Friday 31st May 2019

A banging hot day and time to make our way back to England. Packed up and drove the 3 hours to Avignon. We used toll roads because the N roads and the D roads to Aix-en-Provence are an absolute pain in the arse; Β£30 well spent.

It was 28Β°c when we arrived at the site in Avignon so the aircon went on straight away. Bliss πŸ˜€ Cfor was quickly out of the door for an explore. He has a routine for new sites. The fat boy barrels down the steps, gives the place a quick one two then goes under the vanΒ  while he gets his bearings.

Cfor absolutely loves rolling around in dirt; look at his eyes, there must be something primeval going on.

Later we walked the short distance into Avignon, it was still very hot at 5pm.

Avignon is a beautiful old French town on the banks of the Rhone and has a beautiful town square and a lovely little park towards the train station.

Le Pont d’Avignon with the Papal Palace in the background

Day 450 – Saturday 1st June 2019

Another banging hot day. Used N & D roads to get to Macon, took slightly over 6 hours to do about 200 miles.

You get a good look at the French countryside on the N & D roads

It was 28Β°c again when we arrived in Macon.

Found a shady spot to pitch up and put the aircon on again.

Another day, some new dirt to roll in – Cfor made himself right at home.

Day 451 – Sunday 2nd June 2019

Hotter than banging today. It would have taken 6Β½ hours to make today’s journey on N & D roads so we took the toll road all the way to Chalons-en-Champagne.Β  With just a 100 yards or so to campsite Doris decided to send us round a housing estate! Brilliant.

The actual town of Chalons-en-Champagne looked fabulous as we drove by it but as it’s 32Β°c outside I’m sticking close to the aircon. Looking forward to some Reigate rain πŸ˜€

Cfor made himself at home, in the middle of the road.

Day 452 – Monday 3rd June 2019

An overcast day πŸ˜€ Took the toll roads to Comines near the Belgium border.

Stopping at the snail farm again

Day 453 – Tuesday 4th June 2019

A bright start to the day. Made our way to Cite Europe just outside Calais.

Cfor wanted to explore the car park, Julie had kittens

Day 454 – Wednesday 5th June 2019

Up early and to the ferry.

Adios Calais


I’ve been waiting a long long time for some proper chips πŸ˜€

Chips eaten it was time to start my to do list; I was still mowing the lawn at nearly 10pm

Day 455 – Thursday 6th June 2019

A bright day so I carried on with the garden. After a couple of hours cutting hedges I reckoned I deserved another portion of chips!

Full of grease & carbs I soon finished the garden πŸ˜€

Only another 8Β½ pages of my To Do list to go! πŸ™


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