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English Heritage. A pleasant couple from Sheffield and a belated Father’s Day dinner

5 Aug

Four of us went to Craven Arms, Shropshire today to visit Stokesay Castle and found the sun. Maintained by English Heritage , we each followed  their very well presented Audio tour. We spent quite a sum at the little gatehouse cafe for coffee and cakes and had a great time !

We had been greeted on the car park by a lovely couple from Sheffield who were interested in the Kampa, so I gave them a swift tour of it. They were looking for a campervan for when they retired shortly. A compact campervan was the order of the day and I hope that our little chat helped! I love it when people approach us.


The visit was just lovely ! We joined English Heritage in March this year but they screwed up the Direct Debit which is still not sorted out yet. Our cards have been accepted at each visit we have made, albeit with some questioning, but we have managed to continue with our visits. Should be sorted out shortly and payment will be made.

On the way back to Staffordshire, we stopped off for an hour’s wander around the shops of Church Stretton before heading for an early dinner at The Lord Cumbermere in Audlem. Very nice it was too ! Recommended !

Altogether a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable Summer day out in the Kampa. The rear seat passengers did not complain about comfort but did say that the view forwards is a little restricted as they sit quite high. I had to drive somewhat less spirited than usual as the rear sofa does not offer as much sideways support as a Recaro bucket seat to which certain persons have become accustomed. LOL. The rear seat belts function just fine though.

After a rather special dinner, we strolled along to the Canal at Audlem but only went as far as the Shroppie Fly pub.

A picturesque end to a super day !


A hot lazy day at Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton.

8 Jul


Today was hot and sunny. We set off early and arrived at the top car park of Carding Mill Valley before all spaces were gone. It was that busy.                                                                                                                                                                                          

We parked, facing the stream. In fact, any closer and we would have dropped down into it ! A short, hot walk, down to the excellent, National Trust tea room and we purchased a delicious lunch of , what I believe mayy be Waitrose sandwiches and cake. I actually had Shropshire bread pudding and very good it was too. Sultana City !

Back at the Kampa, with roof up and ventilated, windows lowered, allowing a slight cooling breeze and we were set up for a comfortable reading and lounging break from it all.

The car park quickly filled to overflowing. Children were laughing and paddling in the stream. Ramblers and mountain bikers were piling past up the paths and the world was at peace.

We settled for almost four hours of reading and then dozing. I was in my favourite position, facing rearwards in the swivelled passenger cab seat. A tiny and very very cute Asian boy kept telling his Dad that I was facing the wrong way. Three or four times , he looked up at me, his little brown eyes shining with laughter and he obviously enjoyed me returning his grin. Later, I woke myself up snoring to hear “neighbours” laughing at my noisy snorts…. How embarrassing !  I felt that we shared in a huge family day out. Just wonderful.