Comments: New adventures

There's always Dorset ...

Posted by Debster on 2 July, 2019 at 9:09 AM

Yes to visiting Debster, no to future permanence there... 'never go back' as they say. If you find any tiny sites (fields on farms ideal), out-of-the way, not near a main road, while you are out and about on your travels, can you let me know of their location, please?

Posted by Blue Witch on 2 July, 2019 at 12:26 PM

I've watched lots of tiny house/camper van/narrow boat videos on YouTube. I don't know what a snail is, but it must be some type of trailer or camper van? Maybe watch some videos and even explore those communities online and ask questions of those who live it. They seem to be very friendly and helpful people, overall.

Personally, I'd say buy a narrowboat, be a live-aboard and cruise your beautiful and extensive canal system. I love the idea myself, and I could live vicariously through you!

Posted by Scoakat on 2 July, 2019 at 10:43 PM

A 'snail' is what I have always called a caravan, Scoakat. As in, slow, holds up the traffic and is generally annoying. However, now that that there is so much road traffic, and speed cameras absolutely everywhere (including a whole new set on the northbound M25 - London orbital motorway), their effect is much less noticeable.

Mr BW has a friend who used to live on a narrowboat up near Manchester. We visited a few years ago now - and stayed on a neighbouring boat. We found it very claustrophobic, and very damp - and it was too low and cramped for us, both being tall.

Google 'Go-Pod' to see what our snail is. It's basically a super-comfy large bed and storage area on wheels, with attached awning so it's just like camping, but without the disadvantages that strike as one ages - ie the hard floor, having to constantly lug loads of stuff in and out of a car into a tent, being cold, having nowhere to charge electronics etc etc.

We have been noticing a huge rise in the cost of short-term/holiday accommodation in the past couple of years - I blame AirBNB - and it is always hard to find somewhere with a large bed (we don't sleep well in a standard 4'6" double) and away from crowds and noise. Plus, because I don't eat meat and can't eat wheat, it is always hard to find somewhere to eat near to any accommodation. And holiday lets never have sharp knives wich drives me mad! Who can cook with blunt knives? One can't, in this day and age, take one's own knives along in one's car!

Hence trying to find a better solution, which this may or may not be... we'll see, but they have great resale value...

Posted by Blue Witch on 3 July, 2019 at 6:51 AM

Wow! I like the look of that Go Pod. Compact and easy for two and ideal for exploring.
There are lots of camping places here in Lincolnshire and some of them positively idyllic. I see quite a few on my travels and today around Wragby, Horncastle and Woodhall Spa area it is very quiet and rural.

This might help

Givie you an idea of what is out there.
You have now given me an idea although I am not a fan of caravans but that looks much better.

Posted by Declan Walsh on 3 July, 2019 at 8:22 PM

Declan - thank you, very useful link, just what I had failed to find. And yes, absolutely and exactly, us too, previously. Please let me know of any more small rural quiet sites you notice.

And, I do blame/thank you for this... you got me thinking about small campers, and then onto van conversions (including DIY), and finally to this.

And also Planarchy NiC and Mrs Planarchy who made me remember just how much we liked 'proper' camping, when we camped outside their polytunnel in Sussex, in our 25 year old little tent, at their silver wedding party, a couple of years ago now. Blogland has a lot to answer for!!!

I'm enjoying finding cheap and/or repurposed/recycled things to equip it with - we pick it up next week. It's also given me a reason/purpose/inspiration for some new crafty projects.

Posted by Blue Witch on 3 July, 2019 at 10:37 PM

You are welcome!
I’ll keep my eye out next week although today was a long and extremely busy crisis day so no chance to look round.
I still look at campervan but I am focused instead on saving to pay off mortgage next year and the. Free myself up for the next adventures.

Posted by delacatto on 5 July, 2019 at 11:02 PM

Paying off the mortgage is definitely the key delcatto.

My money-saving schemes and money-making use of 0% credit cards and lodging the proceeds against an offset mortgage in the early 2000s enabled us to clear the mortgage many years early and so be where we are now.

Sadly, with interest rates as pitifully low as they are (below inflation) now, no-one could/would do that these days.

Posted by Blue Witch on 6 July, 2019 at 8:53 AM

...hehe, heh...sorry! Strangely Mrs. P was just asking me the other day if we should get a snail-let after some friends of ours in the village went off in theirs....

PS: Some really lovely campsites in EnZee.....a Kiwi relative currently staying in the UK was asking us the other day if there were any decent campsites in the UK (they had a not so good glamping experience just near us).

Posted by NiC on 12 July, 2019 at 11:38 AM