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Daisys last big adventure

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What shall we do for the 1.5 months between UK work and Saudi work we asked, I know let’s take Daisy on her last European journey, we can follow our old route down through France and Spain, visit some friends in Portugal and then travel the Spanish and French coast back to my parents.  It was a mile heavy journey and with Daisy not being her fittest, fuel prices being ridiculous and our savings looking lower than they had in ages due to Freddy, maybe we should have been more sensible…. but where’s the fun in that! So, the Ferry from New Haven to Dieppe as normal. We got the morning ferry so it’s meant to be a straight run through to around Le Mans before we stop but we discovered that our route through Rouen is now subjected to an emission zone and without the correct sticker for your vehicle, you can be fined! Knowing our luck, we didn’t want to risk it so took the back roads through the prettier countryside until Daisys brakes started making a horrid noise. Ahh yes, that would be the

The last 7 months in one blog!

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Firstly, apologies for not updating the blog for so long, there are a couple of reasons for that but the main one is we have been that busy up till now, we've not really had the time to keep it updated.  Also, we have not really been doing much fun stuff lately, as most of the summer has been work, work and more work, but it's all worthwhile as we have new adventures to be had very soon! But first a 'brief' summary of what we've been up to since Sadie's last update back when we had arrived back from Sri Lanka, over the summer months and brings us to our current situation and what lies ahead this coming winter. After leaving Sadie's parents, we took 4-5 days leisurely drive up through France and crossed the channel back into England and heading for Maidstone.  I had booked into a SIA Top Up Training course for the first few days in March, I needed to do this asap on returning to the UK as had to get my licence renewal in asap as I would need it and I know wha

Final goodbyes in SL and back to the UK

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Sorry this update to the blog is ridiculously late but in the spirit of completeness I will update it on our final weeks in SL and the journey back to the UK. When we left Bentota we had about 2.5 weeks before we were due to fly back to France and so we'd divided this up into a week back at Unawatuna and then a few days in Hikkaduwa, leaving a large chunk of days where we'd be based in Negombo with easy access to Covid testing for the return flight. We caught the train straight back down to Unawatuna and obviously we'd booked back in with Milinda and Manouta at Coconut Style for our final week, which really felt like we were just coming back to stay at a friends house. The beach road hadn't changed as much this time and really we were just here to say a final farewell to the crazy bunch of people we had been lucky enough to make friends with over the past few months. So after a week of snorkeling, eating in our fav restaurants and a fair bit of drinking we left, again o

Way Up North & Back Down The West Coast

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We already had our tickets that we had booked on our arrival for the train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna, which were for 1 st Class, so didn’t need to get to the station too early this time. Normally we wouldn’t travel that class, but this train was a new service and that’s all that is available, and at 1200 Rs each for the 3-hour journey, the most expensive so far on the trip. But it was a comfortable and pleasant journey, as all the carriages are A/C and the seats were nicely spaced too, if not a little too cold due to the icy cold A/C. Arriving in Jaffna around lunchtime, we got a TukTuk to our accommodation for the next 2 nights, as sadly we had just missed out booking it for all 4 nights, therefore we had to book 2 separate places near each other for a couple of nights at each. First place was called Nallur Residence, where our host Haran kindly greeted us along with other new arrivals, who bizarrely had all came off the same train! There was a family of local tourists from Co