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A welcome flurry of jobs

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Howdy, we’ve been kinda busy, which has been unexpected but very welcome. It was helped along by me getting my SIA door supervisor licence and for a change Paul enjoyed some days off on a little campsite just outside of Lancaster. I also got my first vaccine whilst I was there, which meant I was feeling pretty grotty for a couple of days, but we moved to a sea view campsite for the weekend so at least I had a nice view from my sickbed. After the course we wound our way up the west coast and into Scotland and popped in for dinner and drinks with Jane and Willie at Macdonald Mansion, it was such a treat to see them as we hadn’t seen them for a couple of years and with the fire pit, food and drinks we were made to feel very welcome. Daisy was due a service by this time so a few days at Pauls parents in Fife were booked in and I got the chance to meet a couple of Pauls old friends, Kerry and Colin, that had recently moved into a beautiful place in the area. We’d only just picked Daisy

The End of the Wine

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We've now finished working at the winery and after 8 weeks we managed to label approx 92,000 bottles of wine, so I thought it was time to update the blog with the very little that we have been up to in Essex, since Covid is still around for now and the current ongoing restrictions. After our 10 days quarantine where we never really left the van apart from to stretch our legs, fill up with water and empty the toilet, it was good to be let free and the first things we did is visit the launderette and get a kebab on the way home as you do!  One thing about our stay there will never be forgotten though, the Guinea Fowl! There is flock of around 20 of them here, and as nice as they are, they don't half make some noise... it was that bad to start with I ordered more ear plugs, but as time went on, we had gotten used to them! So we finally got to meet the staff here as the quarantine meant we could only stare out of the window at passers by. Lucy who was our contact for the job runs t

Back to Plague Island

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I've been a bit slack keeping this up to date and we are now back in the UK and just about to finish our 10 days quarantine. It feels like months ago we were at our lovely little campsite in Portugal and I don't think we did much in that time except eat and drink but anyway here's a quick recap of the last 7 weeks or so.  Paul had mentioned that we'd been at Bals campsite for a couple of weeks in the last blog, well we actually ended up staying there for 6.5 weeks in total. It was just such a lovely place and life was easy. Gradually the ones we'd made friends with over new year moved off but there was always a core of about 6 vans. Balthazar would do anything he could for you but he didn't come across as the friendliest guy, he rarely smiled, grunted his responses a lot, didn't really speak much English (although I suspect he knew more that he let on), was only on site a couple of hours in the morning and a couple in the evening and mainly hid in his office

Half Our Winter Gone

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Since Sadie last updated the blog nearly 6 weeks ago, I think we've probably put on a stone each as we have just ate and drank our way further south... though we have certainly improved our cooking skills which is great as sometimes it can be hard to think of creative meals to cook in a van.  However I am going to keep this blog fairly short, firstly as we haven't actually done that much in that time, and secondly I don't want to just bore you all with the food we have been cooking as most of it is standard to others and I have put alot of photos on Facebook already!  The first two weeks were spent as Sadie mentioned in and around the Oliveira Do Hospital area, at our little park up with those annoying church bells... and apart from one night away which incorporated a shopping trip to Viseu and a large supermarket to get some unusual ingredients, we stayed there till the 12th December. Weatherwise it hadn't been great in Central Portugal (we even had snow one day!) and

Getting fatter in Portugal

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One of the main reasons to coming back to Portugal is that we know people here so we can catch up with friends and what’s happening on their land as well as enjoy the winter out of the UK. First stop was Leif and Noelia and their two boys so we headed over to Penamacor, as is always the custom when staying in Penamacor you have to have dinner at least once at the Cave and although they don’t do the full menu of the day in the evening anymore it’s still great value for money and a tasty treat. Next we learnt a new route onto their land, the new way although longer is much easier on an old motorhome and we were soon back in our hilltop spot at their Quinta. Nature works hard to reclaim land as quickly as it can and the Quinta has got slightly overgrown in places due to life, corona virus and escaping pigs playing havoc over the past year but it’s still very beautiful and it was nice to be back. The stone house we used to use as a kitchen last time is in need of a new roof and is curren

Escaping the UK

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Another month has passed so here is a blog update on my journey from the UK via Luxembourg to collect Sadie in France, our short time there and then our trip onwards via Andorra & Spain towards Portugal. I didn't mention this in the last blog, but I can't forget to mention the amazing meal I had at a hotel on the way up to Scotland, it was called the  White Swan  which is just off the A1 between Alnwick and Berwick.  I had a 3 course meal, 3 ciders and a G&T and it was under £45 and it was top quality food. Totally recommend this place if anyone is travelling up that route, plus they were happy for me to park Daisy out the back too. Then I had a nice relaxing time at my parents for a few days and I also managed to catch up with a couple of friends who I hadn't seen for around 20 years or so which was great. And I also managed to purchase a drone which was delivered whilst I was there, and the plan was to use this on our travels around to get some nice overhead foota