I’ve always liked David Hockney’s paintings. For me his Californian swimming pools always looked so sophisticated and glamorous. I liked that they appeared quite simple but were so vibrant and colourful. I’m not fluent in art appreciation jargon, I just liked them. When I bought my first flat the first print I bought for the wall was Hockney’s Mount Fuji. So I am a bit of a fan, and have noticed that there are a couple of exhibitions I’d like to go and see.
One is of Hockney’s famous Trees, ’25 Trees and other pictures by David Hockney’ This is at Salts Mill, Saltaire, North Yorkshire. The other is ‘Hockney, Printmaker’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Not helpful that they’re at other ends of the country, but I’m sure Wilma, our Hobby 750 Motorhome, will get us to both exhibitions with her usual good humour. ... Read more
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If you’re planning to take your motorhome, campervan or caravan to Europe this year it would be sensible to start thinking about applying for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). I’ve got one and I carry it in my wallet all the time. It’s plastic and the same size as a credit card.
The EHIC allows you to access emergency state healthcare at a reduced cost, or for free in some cases, in any country within the European Ecomomic Area*. It will also cover you if you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires treatment while you’re away and it also covers routine maternity care.
It’s FREE to apply for an EHIC and you can do this online at www.ehic.org.uk , by telephoning the NHS direct on 0300 330 1350 or by downloading an application form and sending it to the National Health Service Business Authority. ... Read more
The Motorhome Show is just around the corner so book your tickets to save yourself a few pounds on the gate price.
It’s on from 13th – 15th September at the Royal Bath and West Showground and promises to be a great day out, or weekend away if you fancy staying on site.
Day tickets are £5.00 in advance or £7.50 on the day (children under 16 free), and dogs are welcome. Day parking is free.
If you’re planning to stay then it £40 for your motorhome and 2 adults from Thursday and £35 from Friday. If the weather’s good then it’s a lively weekend with lots to see at the show and a bar and entertainment on the Friday and Saturday nights.
This was the first motorhome show that I ever went to and it’s a great place to see a wide range of vehicles. ... Read more
The camping, caravanning and motorhoming season is well and truly here now with thousands of people cruising up and down the country and sleeping under the stars, well almost. Soon there’ll be thousands more, once the little ones finish school for the summer.
It’s not necessary to be a member of one of the camping and caravanning clubs but if you are it gives you access to a whole range of certificated locations, and reduced fees at club owned sites.
When we first started motorhoming we joined The Camping and Caravanning Club. After a few months we realised there were one or two sites we liked the look of that were owned by The Caravan Club, so we joined that one too.
Some of you may have seen Martin Dorey’s TV series last summer. It’s not often (almost unheard of) for camping and caravanning to be featured on TV at all, let alone for there to be an entire program dedicated to the joys of campervanning. Martin changed all that with a fun series that charted his one-man journey in his trusty van as he toured up and down the UK, cooking up tasty food along the way on just two rings.
If you missed the series last year, or if you love camper vans, or indeed if you love Martin Dorey, then you’re in luck. The entire series is now available to buy on a 3-disc DVD set. It would make a great gift for a camper van nut, or anyone who loves to road trip in their van.
We only caught one episode last summer as we were off in our own van in Europe for most of the time that the show was on.
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The day of the Blackpool Sands Beach Clean Up finally arrived, and we headed off bright and early to the beach to take part. Our beach clean up is one of over 100 taking place this week, all organised by Marks & Spencer and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The idea is to raise awareness about sea pollution, to do something positive, and to collect information on the amount and types of rubbish on our beaches, for the MCS to use in their research.
Blackpool Sands is in the South Hams area of Devon, close to Dartmouth. It’s a beautiful stretch of coast, and this beach is a stunner. Granted, today the weather didn’t show it to its best advantage, but it was still gorgeous.
I guess about a dozen volunteers turned up, as well as two M&S organisers, who split us up into teams, and sent us off to pick over our own stretch of the beach. ... Read more
OK, I’m the first to admit it, I’m a bit of a mad cat lady. I can’t help myself, and I make cat friends wherever I go. Our travels around France, Spain & Portugal recently gave me ample opportunity for cooing and befriending lots of lovely kitties. Here they all are!
Well, we’ve registered today to do the Marks and Spencers/MCS Big Beach Clean-Up in a few weeks’ time. You should too! It’ll be fun, you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside about actually doing something positive about the state of our beaches, and it will make a tiny, but definite difference.
Marks & Spencers have teamed up with the Marine Conservation Society to organise an annual series of beach cleaning events up and down the country. You can find out what beaches are involved on the MCS website, and then you just register to let them know you’ll be coming along. It’s a couple of hours out of one day, and all you need is a pair of thick gloves, warm clothes and a positive attitude. What could be simpler?
We’ve been touring round Europe for most of the last year, and we’ve been to a fair few beaches…Mediterranean, English Channel, Atlantic Coast…and it truly is shocking how much rubbish there is on almost every beach these days. ... Read more
Ever been on a weekend camping trip, and wished that, well, a little more had actually happened? That you’d had adventures, met interesting new friends and eaten all sorts of tasty stuff that you wouldn’t normally cook at home? Well, maybe, just maybe, Martin Dorey has the answer!
Martin Dorey is the bloke off the TV series, One Man & His Camper Van, and author of a couple of camper van books, including The Camper Van Cook Book. So he knows a thing or two about this camping lark. Evidently, he’s also something of an entrepreneur, and his latest venture is a series of ‘Wild Weekends’ camping in Devon.
The idea is brilliantly simple – take a group of camper van folks off for a weekend in Devon. The clever part is that Martin will ensure that this is no run-of-the-mill weekend, no sirree.
Well, it’s with a little tear in the corner of my eye that I announce that Eugene, our RV, is now officially for sale. I’ll miss her, but we have plans for more travel. Travel that involves mountains and possibly the Arctic Circle, as well as destinations where we can’t actually drive to. So, with heavy hearts, we’re saying goodbye to Eugene. She’s been an absolute blast, and we’re unlikely to ever have a European motorhome again. Once you’ve been bitten by the RV bug, there’s no going back!
Once Eugene is sold, we won’t be without a motorhome, as we’ve already bought Eugene Junior – technically an American RV, but a bit more of a camper than a full-size RV. She still has all the best bits of American RVs, but she’s smaller – hopefully a little easier to take on a hardcore mountain road trip! ... Read more