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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Today I have been mostly . . .

Messing around.  Whilst my hands recover from too much pond weeding I have been tidying my study and the horrendous paper and scanning backlog has improved a little.





Today we were going to go out for the annual "we really ought to get some new clothes" shopping trip but it was so cold and miserable early on that neither of us were in the mood to buy cotton shirts and anything remotely resembling summer.   Instead I puttered around, and the grey cell flitted around all the trips I want to make in Bill.  But the grey cell is easily distracted and confused, and I realised I needed to be able to visualise my ideas as a whole.  So out came a couple of Caravan Club maps which I never use.



I have never blogged about a daft idea which was conceived last year.   I'm somewhat addicted to, and in complete awe of, various blogs written by the determined folk who are walking around the entire coast of this country.  I know I am never, ever going to undertake such a massive enterprise but I could drive it . . .

In a tiny, tiny way I started last year but did not get very far (although there are some draft posts hidden away, and even a label!)    Management is so supportive, bless him.  Everytime I look at a map and go "gulp, that's a long way, I can't do it" he says "YES YOU CAN".  So for once I am going to believe him;  2019 might just be the year it happens!




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  1. That trip of yours would be my dream holiday! I've said for ages that if we came into LOTS of money, I'd buy a motor home and travel around the UK coastline all in one long holiday. I'm not one for posh hotels - much rather do my own thing.

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    1. Well, it is not going to be one long trip. It will be a few days, then back home, then next time drive back to where I left off and carry on. I may be seeing a lot of the M6 and M1 this year :-)

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  2. Far from it being a daft idea I think it would be a great thing to do if you break it down into manageable chunks, and with Bill you'll be in a much better position than you would if you were actually walking it. I look forward to seeing your posts and photos in the near future :) Incidentally, my mobile dog kennel passed its mot yesterday (yippee!) and if you look at my last post the final photo will make you smile :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, the most successful/least stressful coast walks seem to need two people - one doing the walking and a 'sherpa' to do drop offs and pick ups. I know you read Ruth Livingstone's blog (much of this idea is her fault!) and I am in awe of how she manages to organise it all when she's on her own.

      Great news about your MOT, and I have all my best blogs to catch up on so have not seen your photos yet. xx

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  3. What a fantastic idea. I've always fancied walking the South West coast path, but driving sounds much more civilised. Looking forward to your adventure.

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    1. SW Coast Path would be a terrific walk - but it's a serious undertaking.

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  4. What a fantastic idea, Jayne. You could do a meet and greet with us all along the way. X

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    1. A few meet ups is exactly what I have in mind Jules. If you look closely at the map you might see some strategically placed 'orange stickers' which are the first set of 'meet & greets' I am hoping to do.

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  5. Oh, I hope you carry on with your plans. For years, my husband and I put off trips we dreamed about ... for reasons I now know were just minor issues ... and then one day I was a widow, and "we" couldn't do any of those things that had sounded so wonderful. I can't wait for pics and tales of your adventures. DO while you CAN!!
    All the usual regards from Texas-

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    1. Oh Barb, I am so sorry to read this. But you are absolutely right, it is too easy to find reasons not to do things.

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    1. Thanks Sue, with the relaxed "not-a-plan" I'm aiming for, I can't really fail :-)

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  7. Dear Jayne
    That sounds like a great idea - good luck!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Cheers Ellie, should be interesting . . . and get me to places that otherwise I might not visit.

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  8. It's really nice, to have a dream. Really nice.

    Best of luck to you, to live your dream!!!

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    1. Thanks Wisp, I just need to get on with it :-) That's one of the reasons I blogged about it now, because it was months ago when I had the idea and nothing has happened.

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  9. You must do it Jayne, plan it well, then do it! It's not a daft idea at all, it's a brilliant idea. You know I live on the coast, I think I spy an orange sticker on your map, I'll have the kettle on :)

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    1. {{giggle}} Yes, Eileen, you ~are~ one of those orange stickers! I don't want to over-plan this; I want the flexibility to pull over somewhere that feels good and stay for hours, or be able to keep driving if I don't like somewhere. But I do realise I shall have to have a little structure so you know when to get the tea bags out :-)

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  10. Brilliant plan, when you get to hampshire let me know.

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    1. Thanks m'dear. Current thinking is that when I do part of the south coast I'll "turn left at Southampton" to head back north but take a couple of days to revisit places I liked from our time down there.

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  11. Ah, the best laid plans. Some come to fruition, some don't, but I certainly hope yours do & maybe a little in August???? Take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan, the only person stopping me getting on with this is me . . .

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  12. Oh, yes you can!! After a few days on the road, the whole mindset changes and its marvelous. Do it!

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    1. Oh, Amen to that! Actually, it doesn't take me a few days, usually just 24 hours is enough to switch fully into "van mode" 😊

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  13. Yes YOU CAN! It is something on my bucket list - I plan to do it entirely (as best possible) stay off motorways and just follow the coast - bliss xx
    Just think of the amazing scenery and stories you would accumulate x

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    1. Yes, stay on the backroads. For most of the time we travelled full time, we avoided interstate highways. Was wonderful.

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    2. Thanks Kate, there will be motorways - but only to get too and from the coast sections as quickly as possible. And there will be getting off motorways because (conveniently) many of them pass near to people I am going to stop and visit!!

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    3. ooh - just looked at the map again and suspect (hope) one of those yellow blocks is meeeeeee!!

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  14. Do it! Even if you don’t manage to finish it you will have wonderful memories.

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    1. Cheers Eileen, I am sure I will fin ish - just not sure how long it will take!

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  15. What a fun way to vacation! Can't wait to see how you plot your trip out!

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    1. That's easy Patty - hit the coast nearest to home and head south, then keep going. As long as the weater is on my right I should be OK, the "plot" is no more detailed than that.

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    2. Weater??? What is this weater thing? I am sure I meant WATER !

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