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Day 1 (countdown to leaving 25th July)

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Rocky our 1997 Hymer B584 Nick sitting on the doorstep and Charley enjoying the sunshine with Dotty and Lily

Day 1, We have learnt how to start a blog! It has been a shaky start but we hope to fill this blog over the next year with pictures and updates of our travels to keep our nearest and dearest up to date with where we are and what we do.

 

31/12/16

31/12/16
Damn me!! You know I mentioned the French guy with said German Shepard! Well,,,
Last night ,we were sat with Steve and sandy having a few beers and generally having a lovely time and I went back to the van for something or other ,can’t remember what now! When I strayed about 30 cm off track into the French territory and bang ,the fucking dog bit my arm leaving a hole about the size of a two pence piece! …..do you remember I said ,”if it’s gonna happen to anybody,it will be me?!!” Well there we have proof ! The guy was mortified but that was no conciliation! I have a gaping hole in my arm from a pre seen situation I could of really done without!, so ,,I proceeded to dress him down in front of the rather substantial and concerned crowed gathering! I told him he had no control over his dog to which he replied he had ,so I turned to my two dogs who were by now barking at the commotion and snapped my fingers and said,”sit!” To which they beautifully responded by being immediately silent and sat down!! Ha ha !! Timing!!! Then I said “now, you do that with your dog!!!” Nothing!! He then said “if you come close to the van then he will do this!” I could see the other people kinda going,,well,,yeah,,fair point!! So,,,I hit him with the ace card!”what if I was a child?” Game set and match!!! He had no reply and again,everyone watching switched ,and we all murmuring,yes ,yes!! How fickle people are!! He closed his speech with,,”if there is anything I can do ,please!” I said ,”yeah, you can fuck off!!” Ha ha ha ha!!! I must say ,please excuse my language ,but that situation was a bit extreme and sometimes,extreme reaction (with control) is kinda required! So, In a very drunk state ,we (sandy and Steve,,thank you so much!”)patched up my arm with some sterri strips and dressings, the site owners wanted to call the police and get me to hospital,but I knew if the police became involved,it could only mean one thing for the dog and I don’t want that! I think the public humiliation and dressing down was enough for the French guy,although I wouldn’t want to be him, if or when that happens again to a lesser understanding personality than myself and God help,,if it’s a child!! Wow! Plus I’ve had enough of 9 hr waiting rooms in hospitals! I’m all jabbed up from my recent opp so all good there! His dog was vaccined as he kept saying so all good! Well,, that was eventful,,so,,,,back to Motörhead and beer!! Xx

29/12/16

29/12/16
We’ve been on a different site now for a couple of days in fuseta ! Nice site, plenty of restaurants which I’ll get to in a min,everything within walking distance,ie,supermarkets, beach,shops and bars! So basically ,it’s got everything!
We thought we’d try out one of the restaurants close by so we sat down and was cohersed into have the dish of the day! It was pork with fried potatoes and salad! Ok, we go for that! When it came it looked OK and tbh ,the pork was fine until I got hit with a wall of vinegar they lavishly pored over the salad which seeped under the rest of the dish!! I mean you could tip the plate and it was poring off!! Not best pleased at all and needed a drink to clear my palette,but, in true British style when the lady asked “is everything ok?” We replied ..”lovely ,thank you!!” ….pathetic!
Anyway , we went to see the music night at a local bar agin ,(I previously talked about this when I came over with tony and Dave a few weeks ago!) accompanied by Steve and sandy whom we had met in olhao and had followed us over the day after we had left! Fantastic night and fantastic music yet again! I woke up with a wonky head this morning though ,that seemed to stay with me all day! That not being help by some French burk parking his trailer and buggy about 60 cm from our door which made things quite difficult to get in and out of our van! Along with his quite unfriendly German Shepard which was tied up,but could reach our step! I mean come on ,it not hard to work out is it? So when we tried to get in the van with the dogs you can see our dilemma, he said ,”oh,they will have to become friends” I said “or ,you could move your fucking dog mate!?” Anyway ,I left it at that for now,we see how that goes eh!!
Not sure what to do yet with regards to New Year’s Eve! Should we stay put or move on? Dunno,I’ll let you know!

25/12/16

25/12/16
Thought it was time for a quick update ! So,,we’ve been on this site in olhao for a few weeks now and as much as we’ve enjoyed the hilarity of spending time with some fantastic, badly behaved but warm and so friendly people ,we really do need to move on! I’ve enjoyed our little trips out with tony and Dave into the town and restaurants,even the Chinese where I fell out with the lady serving over a bowl of rice! I can serve my own f*#><$g rice and I don’t want that much!!, she wouldn’t have it!, her,”no ! You have rice!” Me,”I’ll do it!” Her “No , you have rice!” Me ,”I’ll do my own pigging rice!” Her, “No ,you have rice!” Me “Arrrrggghhh!!!”
Any way , we gonna move on tomorrow and get back to some form of “Normality ” and get back to blogging regular like!! Weird how when you’ve been on the move for some time that you get itchy feet even when your enjoying yourselves!
So,,, merry Xmas every one and we’re off for the Xmas meal at the restaurant! I probably won’t be in any fit state after the meal to type let alone make sence!ha ha!!
Hope you all have a great Xmas day!!!

13/12/16

13/12/16
Ha ha ha!! Sorry we have blogged for a few days!(blogged? Is that a word?) but to be frank,we’ve been having too much fun,and we’ve just not got round to it! We walked the dogs extensively ,had numerous meals out with tony and Dave,one night I made home made beef burgers with prime cut beef minced then garlic and herbs mashed in and then on the bbq, and serve! Then we decided to go a little more extravagant and make some beer can bacon burgers! Which is basically a beer can pushed down into the patty and moulded around the tin till half way up,place a couple of strips of bacon around the base ,remove the can to leave a pocket ,fill with diced onion,peppers and cheese,then top off with small cuts of bacon!! Leave on the bbq for an hour or so at three hundred degree! Listen to me!! I sound like delia smith!! Ha ha!! Any way ,they were bloody lovely !! We met a traveler would been robbed and shouted at her assailant who had a knife ,and talked him round to the point of tears and got all her stuff back,then gave him some money!!????? Hmm,,,I hear you thinking!! Me too!!!
We went to the market in olhao and sniffed around there for a bit then ,due to the excessive Steve Erwin comments I keep getting ,I went to get my hair cut,so back to spikey nick ! Got thrashed at pool by tony, he’s bloody good,but then I’m bloody crap!, ha ha!! So,,,all in all, having a really chilled out time and enjoying every min! We have also booked ourselves in for Xmas dinner at the restaurant so we’ll be here till at least then !!xx

05/12/16

05/12/16
So, we’ve been on this site quite a while now and three days ago ,our daughter Charley and her fella Callum flew out to see us! The time we spent together was excellent albeit stuck inside the bloody van due to the first really bad weather we’ve had on the trip so far!!, Sod’s law eh! Fantastic to see them though!!! Dave drove me over to faro airport to pick them up ! THANKS DAVE!!! A we all spent some nice evenings in restaurants and bars,and had a lovely time walking the dogs in sideways rain!! Ha ha! Just like being at home again! Today we’re dropping them off at faro ,then onwards to ….umm,, well I don’t know yet!! Do you know, that the beauty of what we are doing! You don’t have to be anywhere and don’t have to rush to be there! So we’re currently sat in rocky waiting for Chaz and cal to arrive, then we will walk the dogs,ect…… Weathers looking promising today! Bloody typical , on the day they go home ha!!
We dropped them off at the airport in faro, I say dropped them but it was more like open the door and OUT!!! Like a regimented parachute drop!!, go,go,go!!, due to not being able to find a suitable parking space and having to park in the bus stop and of course ,along came a bus!!
So after a very quick goodbye ,we headed to olhao!
Beautiful campsite and reasonably cheap! Met up with Dave and tony ,had a couple of beers and then as it got dark,took the dogs for a walk! Well,,we got lost!! I mean, this was a big site! And every corner looked the same as the last! But when we’d past the same few camper vans for the second time we were starting to wonder if we’d ever get back to rocky! Kicker is ,we’d walk past rocky twice,she was only 20 metres away both times!! Doh!!! Never mind! We got back and crashed out for the night,ready for the washing and cleaning jobs tomorrow !

28/11/16

28/11/16
Nearly killed someone today!
We set a clothes line up between Tony’s van and ours as it was a hot,sunny day! Generally people use the gap between our vans as a short cut and Whilst sat there enjoying a couple of beers ,a lady came bombing through on her push bike and guess what height the clothes line was!!yup, neck height! Ha ha!, I thought she’d seen it and was going to duck but alas,at the last sec I saw she hadn’t and was heading for a very painful result!!! Whoa,whoa,whoa!!!!! She got to the point where she was bent over backwards still sat on her bike like some kinda weird yoga move/position!! Well,,,,open ya bloody eyes!!! I was thinking maybe we could set up a few more traps!!! Mwwaahhhaaaahhaahha!!! That’s about the highlight from the last few days apart from the couple of restaurants we went to which were nice! Oh,, insurance people said their not gonna pay up!! No surprise there then!!! What is the point in paying and following their instructions if they won’t play ball!? They ever said at the bottom of the letter “we understand you will be disappointed blaa blaa!!” But that’s like ,without even discussing it with us,saying,,get stuffed!!

25/11/16

25/11/16
Ahhh, that was a good nights sleep!! Ok,,,let’s go!!, c,d,w,b,w, hang on! It feels like lively man may make an appearance !!! But Katy said “no! It’s too early for him to come back as yet!” Hmm, maybe he has another friend called”not quite so lively man!!?” Doesn’t really work does it? Went shopping today as we’ve decided to stay here for a while and got some electric hook up so we can chill and relax !! Also ,Charley my daughter and Callum her boyfriend (the drummer from one of the bands I’m in !) are coming to see us for three days next Friday !! Will be great to see them! Have you ever had that moment when you didn’t realise you miss someone until they say they’re coming to see you ,then you get all excited ?? No? Just me again then! I can’t wait! Found a noodle bar btw ! I luuuuuuv da noodles!! Ha ha!!