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Sep 28, 2017 - 'Arry Potter and the Butterbeer Addiction

Watching the ash leaves turn brown and drop from the tree outside the flat's window, the long awaited three month sabbatical felt a lot like it was an excuse to flee another long Edinburgh winter before it arrives. The much awaited climes of Spain beckoned, albeit via the barmy tropics of Northampton and a brief and unwanted stop in the "Home of Football and Shopping" (/Milton Keynes). Between leaving Caledonia and before leaving Blighty we first stopped off to redeem a long overdue birthday present at Harry Potter world. To be fair, it was...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Race Day

Here's something to make you giggle - we selected this evenings accommodation last night looking at the web site for the Walnut Tree Inn. The photos showed a lovely canal boat and so we assumed, wrongly as it turns out, that it was on the side of the canal! The straight line that appeared to be the canal is actually a train line! 3 trains every 5 minutes. The room rattles and shakes and this is the only hotel we've ever been in to supply ear protection - I'm not kidding. Anyway we've had a very nice dinner and we went for a walk to find the...

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Honkers & England

Apr 30, 2016 - A further busy time

We had two days with Tony's sister Linda and husband Kevin and enjoyed a senior Capper get together with Tony's brothers Donald and Phillip along with their partners. We had several visits to Sarah, Martin and Joseph with plenty of cuddles with little Joseph. Have also spent setting up a new laptop and several long walks for Daisy. We intend to get back on the road by the middle of May all being well.

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Apr 13, 2016 - Welcome Joseph George Capper

We are so pleased to become grandparents for the third time. Our first grandson Joseph George Capper was born to Sarah and Martin (their first) at 11.45 am on Wednesday 13 April 2016, weighing a whopping 9lbs. Poor Sarah had a long labour but both mum and son are doing well. We enjoyed are first cuddles with our gorgeous grandson. Welcome to the world Joseph.

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Oct 18, 2015 - Six weeks of doing the rounds!

We had now completed our summer tour so we spent the next six weeks doing the usual rounds of family visits, dental and optician appointments and getting the annual maintenance and service work done on the coach and car. We had fun with our two granddaughters Didi and Evie both growing fast. Didi is now eight and is starting to become a young lady. Evie is now 17 months old and into everything. Life is just one big adventure. Martin and Sarah told us that we will be grandparents for the third time with the new baby (their first) due in...

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Mar 19, 2012 - Pass and Registration

On our way back to Northampton on Saturday we had a text from Martin to say our registration papers had arrived for the motorhome. This meant that the motorhome was now legal to drive in the UK and Europe. We were amused with the number plate as it was was made up of Heather's intial, maiden name initial and her birth date which made it easy to remember. Tony took his HGV E test again and passed so he can now legally tow the car behind the motorhome. We rang Gold RV and they were finalising the work so the motorhome would be ready for...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Insurance sorted out at last and Tony's test

Last week had been a very stressful week for both of us. Tony with his driver training for his HGV E licence and Heather trying to sort out insurance for the motorhome. We also had that Lynne's washing machine didn't seem to be working properly. We hoped this week would be better. After a training session on Saturday morning, Tony was feeling a little bit better about his driving but was still unhappy about the split gearbox (with 16 gears) and was not convinced he would pass his test on the Monday. Monday dawned. His driving test went...

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Mar 4, 2012 - Report from Florida

We are in regular contact with Tony's cousin Susan in Florida- Jenny's new home. The latest report is as follows; "Jenny is doing very well. With it being s bit cooler we have had the doors open & she can go in & out at will. She is getting used to Max now & gets quite animated in the evening when they are playing with Max & likes to join in & play. It is pretty funny. She plays for a few minutes & then has to have a rest & then up & playing again until finally she is done in & just sits & watches. With it being so warm I did give her a bit...

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Feb 29, 2012 - Back in Northampton

We left Southampton on Sunday and headed back to Northampton. This time to house and dog sit for our friend Lynne. We had a few hours at Martin's collecting the post and saying hello to Hazel and Didi who were up for the weekend. Tony started his Driver training for the HGV E licence. He already has the HGV C licence but needed the E in order for us to tow the car. The first day did't go to well but the second day was better. We had received the clearance form needed to register the coach and now only had to sort out the insurance. This is...

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Feb 1, 2012 - Saying hello to our honorary Nomad

The morning was spent sorting out arrangements for Tony to get his E licence and also getting some flour etc for heather to make bread. We then said hello to our friend Lynne our honorary Nomad. We had a lovely lunch together at the local Delpre Abbey before doing some shopping for some new electrical pieces we will need in the coach such as kettle, toaster, hairdryer and minichopper.

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Jan 24, 2008 - An eventful departure from Northampton...

I wake up in high spirits. Today is the day that I take to the sky on the first leg of my journey. The taxi driver takes my suitcase and grunts 'You can tell this has been packed by a woman; it's far too heavy for its size'. I don't let his chauvinist comments dampen my spirits. Nothing like service with a smile. Waiting for the coach to Heathrow, I note that the girl sitting beside me has an identical suitcase. I comment that we should be careful not to mix them up. She replies: 'I hope not, mine has my wedding dress in it...' 'Trust me',...

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Sep 6, 2006 - Rose Narrowboats

We arrived in England much sooner than originally anticipated, but Julia, for her birthday, wanted to cruise the canals on a narrowboat. And the only availability was now (late August). So, after taking the tram in the wrong direction in Berlin and fearing we would miss our flight, we did make it to the airport. Our flight landed in London and we took a bus to Coventry, our home for a few days before picking up the narrowboat. For the first time in our travels, we were in a country where we understood the language, or at least most of it....

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