Early Spring visits

21 Mar

Although I have not been posting a great deal on the Blog in recent times it does not mean that we have been idling away our early springtime. We have been doing the usual (enjoyable !) round robin of day tours to our favourite destinations in Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.

This is Church Stretton, Shropshire above in early spring sunshine. We brought home some traditional “Salop” faggots which remind me of haggis without the oats. I added some oregano for a little “Continental” pizzaz ! Cheap, filling and tasty trad food of my childhood.

We have been enjoying many runs out to Market Drayton too. We have extended our lunchs to include Sundays as well as market day mid-week. The home cooked food at The Crown is so good that we have friends competing to join us ! Despite the added calories from pub lunches, I am at my lightest for a very long time indeed. My exercise bike regime is paying off and we feel fit enough to book a French holiday in the Loire Valley which will involve a lot of cycling. A new friend and his partner will be coming along in their RV. More about this trip later. After a lot of thought, we have booked both the Campervan and Caravan on this trip, the extra cost being  justified for us by the extra storage space and comfort factor. 

We have booked a pre- France trip to Portsmouth to celebrate a family event and will be checking out an overnight ( solo) stopover for the ferry to Caen later in the spring.

Got the MOT test very shortly and a minor service for an extra oil change and why not ? LOL. I shall NOT be using my usual national, family run, group of service centres due to recent disappointment in service level which has continued for a while. Again, expect a posting about the small, family owned little back street garage who have won me over.

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