All too soon, our stay at lovely Slindon campsite came to an end due to their closing for the winter months and we had to leave for our next destination, that being a mere couple of miles down the road, all very rural and bucolic, being as we are in a farm among the sheep, cows and horses, with geese not so far down the road too. It is also a charming location and there is a good dog walk and cycle path on the opposite side of the road, and, although it hasn’t got the beauty of Slindon Estate, it is charming enough and very quiet: I was expecting to be woken up by our woolly neighbours, but they don’t seem to make a noise and there isn’t even a cockerel at dawn, as I had imagined. We also have the advantage of a coin-operated shower and a toilet block, which we didn’t have in Slindon, where one needs to be self contained, and the management is friendly and obliging. With a bit of luck, we shall stay here for the duration of the winter until we can return to Slindon.
The last week at Slindon brought a very welcome visit from our good friends John and July from Bury on their way to France and we enjoyed a lovely sunny day together with a walk to the Folly, the village and the school grounds to admire the panoramic views it affords. We finished the day with a delicious meal at the China Palace restaurant in Arundel, which never disappoints.
John and Julie left very early on Sunday morning in order to embark their ferry from Newhaven and we were busy getting the van ready for departure too, leaving Slindon mid morning.
On Monday morning, I drove into Bognor Regis to meet up with my son and had the most wonderful orange flavoured hot chocolate at the popular London Road Coffee Shop, which I might just become addicted to. As it was a beautiful sunny and warm day, we also went for a walk along the seafront to the pier, which always makes a good photograph.
Back at the farm, we have been very lucky with the weather so far and have enjoyed some stunning sunrises and sunsets from opposite windows and we have spotted some robins and blue tits on the tree by window facing east, so I have already hung our bird feeder on a branch for them.
Continuing experimenting with my new oven, I tackled another British classic recipe last night, Toad in the Hole, and I am delighted to report that it came out just perfect, with the batter crispy and the sausages thoroughly cooked, but still juicy: home bliss!
One of the advantages of this van is a mounted television set and self-adjusting satellite dish, so we have been able to enjoy some TV programmes and keep up with the news, but as we are by a large tree at the moment, the satellite can’t lock onto a signal and we might have to move slightly in order to get a reception. In the meantime, I have bought myself the DVD of the third season of the brilliant Versailles series and I started watching it last night. Can’t wait for next episode!
We’ll be back on the road again in a couple of weeks’ time for our half-term holiday in Lac de Varennes, Sarthe. Where does time go?