Saturday, 16 July 2011

A FEW DAYS AWAY..28th June-7th July

Spotting an advert for a motorhome show in Shrewsbury which included 2 evenings of concerts, 3 nights at the showground with entry to the show for an all-in cost of £40, we headed westward for a few days.
First stop BLADON CHAINS, next to Woodstock and close to Oxford for 3 nights. Walked to Churchill's grave.
Great cycle route round the countryside and canal during which we stumbled on JRR Tolkien's
grave in a cemetary at Wolvercote. Following day we cycled into Oxford along the canal towpath which was v.pleasant.
Then to Shrewsbury. Lots of vans there but show was not large and poorly supported which was a shame as the 2 concerts were excellent and the weekend was great value. Cycled into Shrewsbury on the Sunday and then along the Severn. Bought new digital TV for van.
On Monday we headed for WOLVERLY, on the Shropshire canal nr Kidderminster, via Much Wenlock where I managed to find myself in the very narrow high street and demolish the wing mirror of a badly parked VW Golf whilst inflicting damage to the rear of the van ( this looked worse than it was but will still require some cosmetic repair). The GF hopped out to placate the owner whilst I drove aroune for 20 minutes trying to find the coach park that I had missed on the way in, thus setting up the the scenario in the one-way high street. The lady was was very nice about the whole thing and even drove us round to her local garage who gave us a quote straightaway for £175 which seemed quite reasonable for an electric mirror. The car was booked in for 2 days time and I paid the bill which seemed much better tha involving insurance companies - esp.since the insurance is due for renewal in 3 weeks and I'm shopping around for quotes.
Nice couple of days at Wolvercote; cycled both ways up and down the canal. The Stourport basin where the canal meets the Severn is well worth a visit, having been restored over the past few years. I could still get persuaded to buy a narrow boat.
Back home to have the van MOT'd and serviced. What with the tax, insurance and habitation check due this month it's going to be an expensive time.....
We are now Great Uncle & Aunt as Anna was born on th 4th July to Matt & Beata

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