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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

The End of Summer and Beyond

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Well yet another month has passed here in Nottingham and with that now being 6 months back here in the UK, it's time for our winter plan to come into action.  But more on that later! Quick update on what we have been up to since I last posted here, starting with Daisy. We finished painting the overhead cupboards and are very pleased with the end result on them, with the nice glittery finish!  We also have 2 speakers above the cab area and they previously just had a plain wood finish, so we decided to finish that with the metallic silver paint we already had, with some of the glitter and got a nice finish with them too. The last bit of painting we were thinking about doing was the front of the fridge, Sadie wasn't sure about it as she wanted to get a custom design painted on there at some point, but for now we just decided to go over the plain wooden effect using the silver metallic paint again. And once that was done it was a case of then deciding to use the glitter effect pain