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Message posted by Tigermouse on 02/10/2010 at 10:21pm
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Day 1 - Saturday

It was raining as I left home at 5am for my 6-hour drive - that heavy but fine stuff that wets you within minutes. I hate driving in the rain but as I couldn't do anything about it I had to accept it, so turning the radio to my favourite station and with my two dogs settled safely in the back I set off. I was heading for Norfolk, and my favourite site at California, just north of Great Yarmouth. There were two reasons for leaving home so early, the main one being that I was driving over Woodhead Pass and wanted to get that part of the journey over early. For those who don't know, the A628 over Woodhead is a very winding single carriageway road used by a lot of HGVs - get stuck behind one of those and there's absolutely no chance of overtaking for miles (unless you want to risk meeting God a lot sooner than you anticipated) so it made sense to travel early and avoid the worst of the traffic. Also the earlier I set off the earlier I would get to the site and start enjoying my holiday.

An hour and twenty minutes into the journey and with Woodhead Pass behind me, I stopped at a truck stop a mile before the M1 for a much needed brew and a bacon and egg barm. Motorway services don't figure in my travels - the food is expensive crap and the coffee tastes like the sump oil from an old banger. Not that I've ever had to drink sump oil but you get my drift. The coffee at the truck stop was decent and came in a large mug, with a bacon and egg barm the size of a small dustbin lid - I only just about managed to eat it all. After taking the dogs for a short walk along the grass verge I continued my journey via the M1 and A57 to the A1, then the A17 and finally the A47.

My second stop was at the Cheerio Cafe on the A17 near the airfield at RAF Cranwell - the large mug of coffee had taken its toll and I needed the loo. On the outside cafe door there's a notice - "The cafe toilets are for customers' use only" and on the toilet door inside is another notice which has amused me for many years - "No tea - no pee!" Certainly short and to the point. So in order to justify using the loo I purchased a can of Coke and a KitKat, then took the dogs for a walk along the edge of the field behind the cafe car park. I say car park, but it looks more like a lunar landscape with rain-filled potholes the size of small craters - not to be reccommended if your car has a low-slung exhaust or you like to keep your pride and joy clean, although the car park at the front of the cafe is much better. By the time I hit the road again the rain had petered out and it was getting brighter by the minute, and when I reached the A47 and the outskirts of Kings Lynn the sun was almost shining. By my third stop at the Necton Diner just past Swaffham it was positively blazing, and really put me in a holiday mood. "Are you ready for the last leg?" I asked the dogs. "Yip" squeaked Sophie, and "Yap" replied Sugar. Am I mad for talking to the dogs? Are they mad for answering me? Who cares? - I don't!

 

My route to California took me off the A47 at Acle and through several small villages, one of which is Filby - I've never been to that area in August before and I was surprised and amazed to see that almost the whole village from one end to the other was bedecked with flowers. They were everywhere - on bus shelters and lamp posts, outside the village shop, cascading over garden walls, along the roadside and on the village green. The whole place was a riot of colour worthy of a place at the Chelsea Flower Show, and certainly warranted a return with my camera.

I finally arrived at the site - Drewery Caravan and Camp Site - a few minutes after 11am, and after calling in at reception I parked on my pitch and set about putting up the awning. Now for some strange reason, even though the sun was blazing and there was hardly a breath of wind a couple of miles inland, on the site it was blowing a gale worthy of a mention on the BBC Radio shipping forecast. Not very good for erecting an awning but I had to put it up as that was my living space and I couldn't do without it. I have a foolproof method of coping with it in the wind though, and within an hour and a half it was erected, fully guyed and pegged, groundsheet down inside, ehu connected and everything set out. By that time I was feeling rather tired and would have loved a nap, but I can't sleep during the day so I made a brew instead then took the dogs for a walk through the site and onto the beach.

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Oddly enough, it wasn't as windy down on the beach as it was up on the site and it was very pleasant walking along in the sunshine. When I finally made my way back 'home' I called in at the site shop to say Hi to the lady who owns it. She used to work in the cafe on the chalet site just down the road, you wouldn't believe I've known her to talk to for more than twenty years but I still don't know her name! I picked up a couple of magazines while I was in there and after having a sandwich and a brew I spent the evening reading till it was time to take the dogs for their last walk and go to bed.

to be continued...

 

 



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That's excellent Tiger - an interesting lively read accompanied by some great pics! I love those terriers, your set-up looks very welcoming and well-organised, and I bet you have no trouble remembering that reg number.

I'm looking forward to the next instalment

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My set-up is well organised SC - I have no man around to clutter it up! lol. I'll do the next part tomorrow, I need to resize a load of photos first.



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Great read Tigermouse !  North Norfolk is two and a half hours away for me. Quite enough; I do not enjoy long journeys.

 Can I recommend a visit to two  relatively near towns ? Sheringham is a small town with good coast walks that the dogs will enjoy. A bit seaside touristy as you would expect but with a good range of shops. Try the Submarine Cafe near the front where you can sit outside and enjoy the sea view while eating one of their delicious toasted tea cakes. A few miles west and inland is Holt. Rather more up market but a very pleasant place to spend a few hours. What connects these two places ? Why the North Norfolk Railway ofcourse so enjoy a trip with fantastic views behind one of their steam trains. Also both towns have old fashioned second hand bookshops (one of my weaknesses)  with books piled from floor to ceiling so you never know what you will find.

Keep the daily reports coming Tigermouse. I am currently stuck indoors revising for my Open University exam next week so I need a breath of the great outdoors.



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I've been to Sheringham, I think it would have been about three years ago. It struck me as being a miniature version of Cromer in some ways. I do intend to go back again though, probably next year - and I'll certainly try the Submarine Cafe when I do.

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Talking of secondhand bookshops in north Norfolk, Apple Tree, there's a good one in the former railway station building in Wells Next The Sea. It's quite extensive and the owner also runs a small pottery as part of the shop. Recommended for a leisurely browse.

Tiger, don't keep us in suspense too long - what happened next?

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I went to bed and slept till about an hour ago SC! lol My writing brain isn't in gear yet so I'll post some more later

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 morning tigermouse[:D]

 brilliant writeup and pics,that site has now gone into our list of places to go.

 look forward to the next instalment of your epic voyage[:o)]

 we must have crossed over on our way home from up there,as we came down to the  a47 at acle on our way home.left our site at waxham bout 1100 so we must have just missed you coming the other way,would have been good to have a wave as we both wended our ways.

 we are going up to kings lynn next year for easter,so you never know might see each other then if you are over that way.up at burrs in feb.halfterm again 19th feb if the repairs to the van are completed,have to restore the timber etc.at front over the windows and reseal etc.

 you sure are a resilent lady and we admire your determination to live life to the full.

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lovely Tigermouse looking forward to chapter 2

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Great reading Tiger - looking forward to the next installment.

I know the area quite well as I've lived in Kings Lynn for 37 years and at one time owned a static caravan just inland from Sheringham/Cromer (but don't tell my canvas buddies lol!!!)



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Hi I live nr Kings Lynn so have all that on my doorstep but instead head up to the Lakes and Dales as much as possible .

I also am on my own female and have 3 border collies so not dis-similar

glad you enjoyed yourself

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A few people from King's Lynn on here, we have lived here for 50+ years & also have a Border collie, we used to take our children to Waxham Sands but haven't been there for a few years, we do tour a bit around Norfolk but strangely enough head for Wales, Yorkshire or Scotland for holidays. Just a bit flat around here I reckon.
They had the Tour of Britain cycle race here the other week, that was a great event & I hope it's here again next year, well worth seeing. King's Lynn to Gr Yarmouth.

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Nice to meet other people from Norfolk  

May have to pick your brains on motorhomes I see you have one

I'm thinking of buying one,just can't decide on make yet .



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i like the pics and the dogs look nice too.glad you enjoyed it the setup looks great what model is the fridge?

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Enjoyed reading your little adventure and cant wait for chapter 2.

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It's a Campingaz one Delboy - 12/240 volt and it even has a light which comes on when the door is opened, just like a proper household fridge.

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