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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Time Travel

My trip to Scotland in June was so fabulous that another was planned as soon as I got home!  I did not factor in a drought, heatwave and Management's Mum having an accident, so the July visit to more gardens never happened.  Better late than never, I set off three months late for a short break in the Scottish Borders.

Having once towed the caravan to Moffat, I knew the journey in Bill would be simple and speedy but I was surprised to find myself at Dawyck Botanic Gardens by midday on Monday.  Well, it would have been rude not to stop . . .



Dawyck can have a post all to itself later, but suffice it to say even on a damp, grey afternoon it is a captivating place, completely different to Logan Botanic but still wonderful.

Overnight at the Melrose Caravan Club site which was busy, but as clean, quiet and tidy as CMC sites always are.  Management and I have joked that I have become "one of those people" who really like what the CMC offers - piping hot water, clean sites, enough space between pitches, and really caring staff.  I have stayed at a couple of "friendly club" sites and have to conclude I find their "friendliness" an excuse for tepid showers and something of Laissez-faire attitude.





I had a good old mooch around on Tuesday (another post), and realising on Wednesday morning that the cold which Management and I have is just not going away (and the weather was being even more chilly and damp than Monday), I made the decision to come home.   I could have bombed straight down the A7 which would have been quick, direct and sensible.  So I took the interesting route and went back via Dawyck.  Well, it would have been rude not to stop . . .



Only two nights away, and three days - most of which was spent driving.  Ignoring the headache, sneezing and achy limbs I still feel as if I have had a proper break;  there is something wonderful about being away in the van.  When we first got a caravan I knew I'd found something very special - spending a few days with life pared down to, whilst not exactly basics, something much simpler than our usual lifestyle.



I find the campervan the same, if not more so, thanks to the absolute delight of the complete freedom it offers to stop and have a cuppa (pretty much) anywhere I want and need.





17 comments:

  1. Sounds a good break despite the cold.
    Sorry you have found Camping and Caravan Club sites to be not so good. I think both clubs have good and bad. It depends on the managers and the time of year. Our 5 van site was C&CC and people came back so it must have been OK.

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    1. Thanks Sue, my preference for CMC sites is about the "large" sites, not the 5-van sites which tend to be excellent, regardless of which affiliation they have.

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  2. I hope you feel better soon and I'm glad you enjoyed your break away in Bill. I look forward to reading more about your visits to the Gardens.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Both Management and I are doing a fair bit of sneezing and snuffling but it's nothing particularly serious. More blogs coming up . . . 🙂

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  3. We love the smaller size camps, they are friendlier, clean and quiet.

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    1. I agree Marlene, but this doesn't seem to be a region where there is a huge amount of choice.

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  4. I love the simple wisdom written on the mirror. Glad your break was just what you needed, we do still have our 'van, but life has interrupted our caravaning recently.

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    1. Hi m'lovely :) I thought of you when I saw the mirror, I knew you would appreciate it. x

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  5. Pity about the cold & do hope you soon feel better. Looks like a great little trip & love the shape of that tree. We do like being able to get away in the van. I still need to catch up on our holiday blog posts, though we spent a half day yesterday out & about looking for places to go on the car club coffee/cake runs (we've been seconded to lead a few), which ended up quite an adventurous day. Huggles & take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, and ~ I ~ need to catch up on your posts too.

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  6. Even with all the comforts, there truly is just something about being in an RV (caravan) that slows you down and simplifies things. There are times when I do miss ours.

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    1. Oh, I do hope you and Management get rid of those nasty colds. Not fun at all.

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    2. We're fine, thank you, just a little snuffle really.

      You are spot on with how life is simplified in an RV. I like that it makes me really notice what I am doing, how much water I am using.

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  7. Well having finally finished writing up my camping blog I'm now trying to catch up with everyone else. I'm sorry to hear you've got a cold - join the club, I've had a cold and tickly cough for over two weeks now and it just won't go away. It sounds like you feel very much the same about your RV as I do about the tent - camping is such a wonderfully simple life with no stress or worry and I can really slow down and chill out. I think I could quite happily live like that permanently if I had to :)

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  8. I shall enjoy catching up on your latest blogs Eunice, although the next few days I seem to have more to fit in than I have hours!

    Sounds like we have the same irritating germ - about two weeks here. When is your next opportunity to have a break or are you done for the year?

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  9. Camping-wise that's probably it for this year as I've got some pet sitting arrangements coming up soon - also as from today looking after the boss's cat for ten days - but I'll be going over to Ireland (non-camping) for five-and-a-half days at the end of November :)

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    1. Hmm, does cat come to live with you, or are you popping in a couple of times a day (wondering what Poppie & Sophie would make of a visitor?)

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