Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Went away, came back again . . .

Just back from our first trip in Rosie and all things being equal, we've concluded it was a huge success.  Uncharacteristically, last Tuesday (when I was meant to be packing and doing all the pre-holiday prep) I'd written no lists and had no specific plan for getting everything done.  So it is hardly much of a surprise that by the time it was dark the caravan was STILL on the drive, even though by then pretty much everything was packed up.  Management valiantly got up at silly o'clock with me the following morning and we hitched up in the dark enabling Daisy and I to leave by 7.45am - unheard of early morning activity!

A really easy drive saw us pulling into Kielder campsite at 9.40am and finding the place already half-full.  There had been a public star-party the previous weekend and a lot of really keen astronomers had arrived for that and stayed on.   Within a couple of hours we were completely set-up and wandering around catching up with old friends, and making new ones.







Little Miss "I love my safe crate" did not even wait for me to unpack - but I think she was more comfortable later in the day when I had everything set up for her.  She wasn't averse to trying to climb under my sleeping bag either.







Daisy and I had a ridiculously lazy couple of days, in part because the weather was particularly unkind, mostly however because there is something magical about being in a caravan.  My brain goes into Total Relax mode and apart from essential dog walks, the house-keeping of being on a site (how insane to find I love the routine of getting water, emptying waste tanks), and feeding us, I don't want to do anything else but sit around and read.

We got buzzed a couple of times by a Hercules at around 100 feet.  They were doing low flying training above Kielder Water.



On Friday the weather improved and Rob Ince helped me set up the Lunt.  We each managed about 6 seconds of viewing before the sky clouded over again - and that was it for solar observing.



Management arrived on Friday afternoon and set up his own 'scope and we had a great night on Friday observing various distant fuzzy blobs . . .

It's a strange parallel universe where standing around for ages talking about cogs and gears, and listening to see if something was binding is quite normal.  Derek tried patiently to explain all of this setup to me . . . he knows I probably forgot most of what he told me before I got back to the Rosie.







Some of the kit that is set up during the weekend is mind boggling - and I don't have pictures of the REALLY really big telescopes.






Unfortunately that was pretty much it from an astronomy point of view but being at Kielder is so relaxing that it didn't matter.  We had a couple of lovely walks with Daisy, gorgeous food in the caravan, a rubbish meal at The Anglers Arms, and a bit of an impromptu Halloween party in the Warm Room on Sunday night.  I didn't get my big cameras out all weekend, and took relatively few with the compact, just too chilled out to bother!











Another easy tow home on Monday and all that's left to do is a MOUNTAIN of laundry, clean the awning, clean Rosie inside and remove a filthy amount of road muck from the outside, and get ready for another trip.  No idea when that will be but I hope it's not long.









That will do for tonight - maybe the rest of the forest pictures tomorrow?
























15 comments:

  1. Managements telescope links large enough to me. Daisy looks very cosy.

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    1. Thanks Sue, but none of those are Management's scope.

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  2. Ooh that road dirt - urgh, horrible stuff. Himself spent years scrubbing it off our old 'van and when he purchased our present slightly more shiny and a lot newer one, he purchased a front cover (the type that is black and grey and only lashes to the front panel) what a difference it made! The only 'issue' is it reduces the ease of getting in to the front cargo holds but a slight inconvenience we can live with. Looks like Daisy dog loves the lazy way of holidaying - wrapped up warm and chilling :) nice one x

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    1. Thanks Hawthorn. We intend to get a towing cover (the sort you describe) but didn't have time before the holiday. You can get posh ones with zips to allow access to the front locker, but Rosie doesn't have one, so I guess we'll be OK :)

      Daisy dog seems fairly happy with relaxed holidaying!

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  3. Kielder looks beautiful. I'm pleased your time away was a success and am looking forward to seeing the rest of your photographs. Daisy, as ever, is such a sweetheart. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, just put the rest of the Kielder photos up, hope you enjoy them. Even though the weather wasn't the best it is still a lovely place (and this late in the season the midges are few enough not to be a problem).

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  4. Nearly sent a text last night but due to a later than usual committee meeting didn't & here you are. Had been wondering why no posts lately & was hoping you were away in the new van. You have been, so that's great. Pity the weather wasn't more accommodating, especially at night. Looks like you had a lovely time & maybe your next trip can be Whitby or the Dales?(just joking). We may be using ours this month too. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Not sure where/when we will go next, still got to clean up properly from the road muck acquired on this trip :) Whitby is a bit far at this time of year (the clocks have gone back and it's dark far too early).

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    2. All the better for spooks! Sorry, couldn't help that.

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  5. And a good time was had by all!! What a lovely trip you had.

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    1. Thanks Sue, it was lovely, felt like I had been away much longer than five days (in a good way!)

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  6. what a shame about the cloudy skies, glad you had a lovely relax though x

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    1. If you get upset about cloudy skies then astronomy is not the hooby for you!! We had one very good night of observing, and the rest of the time it was lovely to be away in the caravan, relaxing, chatting with friends.

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  7. Looks like you had a great time Jayne ,,, some brilliant looking telescopes around. We managed two sunny days in Galloway as well as arriving in sunshine and only one day of Scotch mist and one day of rain so it was all good.

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    1. There is some astonishing equipment Jill, hard to believe it all gets packed up and comes out of the back of various cars, caravans and motorhomes :)

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