Dogs, Day trips and Eating

Just a few exciting highlights of our life over the last few weeks.

A big day for Ruby. She visited the vet to be neutered/spayed. We have waited 4 years because she always seemed too tiny for the procedure, but we know it had to be done for her own good or so we are advised. It’s not a decision we have taken lightly.

This was the second attempt to get the procedure done as the first time we took her she was sent home because she had an upset tummy.

Thankfully everything went as planned and we picked her up in the afternoon. She was obviously feeling shook up and sorry for herself.

There was no way she was going to wear the plastic neck cone that the vet supplied. We had bought a small inflatable neck collar, but that didn’t suit, so she had to wear a babies all in one vest for a few days until her stitches healed.

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The Extreme knitter hadn’t been feeling very well over the last few days, so a trip out in the campervan was called for to blow the cobwebs away. No work today, so we headed to Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds which is only about 15 mile from home. Broadway Tower is sited on the top of Fish Hill and Puffin chugged her way up to the top without any problems. We didn’t fancy paying the £10 to look around the Tower instead we admired the view across the shires and had a cup of tea in the café. You can reclaim the £2 parking fee in the café if you have a drink there.

We left the tower and drove back down Fish hill to Evesham. It can be a pain in the A**se trying to find somewhere to park a high top camper in Evesham with closed car parks and height barriers. Luckily we found a spot and had a wander around the town. Oh dear, Evesham is becoming a dead town with more and more shops standing empty.

We were getting peckish so we popped into the “Word of Mouth café”. Slightly quirky, with really happy, friendly staff. The food was exceptional and I highly recommend a visit just for the experience and banter.


A few days later another window of opportunity opened for a day trip, so into the camper and we travelled south on the M5 towards Weston Super Mare (we do hit the high spots). On the way down we stopped at the motorway services to let Ruby have a wee and then Puffin wouldn’t start (dead battery). Out came the jump leads and I jumped the power from the leisure battery to fire her up. This wasn’t going to stop our trip out, so onward we went.

Weston is one of those places we visit at least once a year and we always have done for no apparent reason.

The sea was in (this is a very unusual occurrence) and it meant no parking on the beach, which perhaps was a good thing as being stuck on the beach with a camper that wouldn’t start with the tide advancing might have been foolhardy.

We parked on the promenade and wandered up and down the beach as only the British do. Ruby had a good run on the beach playing with any dog she could annoy. Obviously she is fully recovered from her medical ordeal and is back to her normal self.

At the top end of Weston sea front away from the busy part by the pier we found a seaside café called “Cove West” that actually welcomed dogs. In we go, Ruby sat quietly under the table and we devoured fish and chips. Not just any old fish and chips, but a really nicely cooked meal.

On the way back we called into “Battery Megastore” in Tewkesbury and purchased a more powerful starter battery.

Having a campervan from the nineties means that some of the interior fittings can be a little dated. We are gradually changing some things in an attempt to give the old girl a makeover on a budget.

Sticky back plastic better known as Fablon gave a boring cream vinyl side panel a hint of texture and colour all for the outlay of half an hours work and a £2.50 investment. I ought to get a Blue Peter badge for this.


Puffin wooden wall (2)

£2.50 later

puffin wooden wall

We might even get away for a few days next week to try out a new drive away awning.

What exciting lives we lead.



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