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Day 6/7 #grandtour13 – Exe Valley Somerset

After my childlike excitement at the Army Tank Museum at Bovington, my “Other Half” felt she needed to calm me down a bit, so we’re currently parked up in the Exe Valley in Somerset. Effectively she’s removed the blue sweets from my Smarties tube!……I’m calm again!

The site we’re staying on is called the Exe Valley Caravan Site:

http://www.exevalleycamping.co.uk 

The site is Adult Only; With approximately 45 pitches, its a mixture of caravans, motorhomes and tents. A really pleasant location near Bridgetown and for this time of the year quite reasonably priced at £21pn.

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We are still in the company of the Ponciau Royal Family, so on arrival, after completing a quick security sweep, the Royal Compound was set up. We now occupy pitch 17 & 18, which I would imagine will be popular for many years after we leave! “The Ponciau Princess Stayed Here”

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The weather over the last two days has been pretty dull, very little sunshine and occasional showers, but the good news is that those lovely people at the BBC Weather Centre forecast sun, sun, sun and 25c temperatures at 1200 midday today. As I type this, I can see through my van window the Princess sucking a lemon and glancing at her watch…..High Stakes BBC guys, you really don’t want a “special” royal visit off her!

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The Ponciau Princess on the phone to the Dir Gen of the BBC, discussing the accuracy of the BBC Weather app and future BBC funding options!

Yesterday we completed a nice walk directly from the campsite, almost all of the route was on public footpaths and bridleways taking us around Coppleham Hill. About 2-3mile in total, the dogs enjoyed it too.

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The rain sweeps across Exmoor from Coppleham Hill

So next up on the #grandtour13 is a move south into Cornwall for a week or so. Tomorrow we split from the royal party and head off to a CL near the town of Launceston. My first time back in Cornwall since I was 8yrs old in 1969 (do the maths), i’m quite excited by the prospect.

That is all.

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Upcoming Weekend – The (Royal) Peak District

The weekends here, so we’re loading up the chucklebus with Sun Factor 50+, Co-op Squash, cheese sandwiches and a few bottles of Watneys Brown Ale. Sartorially I will be mostly wearing a knotted handkerchief, my best black long socks to match my 1970’s Kevin Keegan shorts, topped off with open toed sandals. You’ve guessed it, we’ve been time transported back to 1976 and we’re in the middle of a British heatwave….Yipppeeeee

So tomorrow our Esso Diesel powered British Leyland Van(no collectable football coins as England had failed to qualify for the 78 World Cup) will be taking us to a place called Longnor in the “Royal” Peak District. I say Royal because on this trip I’m proud to say we will be accompanied by local royalty, namely The Princess of Ponciau and her royal consort “Per-Witch”

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I don’t really know much about the camping site other than its “Adults Only” (does that mean keys in the ashtray?). But the ladies did get all excited and started chattering when the Ponciau Princess announced that the site facilities included a….wait for it…….communal microwave oven!!!! I could crush a grape.

The Royal Party will be accommodated in the Royal Tent, near to our commoner motorhome. The Ponciau Princess has already made it clear that our facilities are her facilities! So under instructions from the “Other Half”, I’ve spent the day sprucing up the van, plumping the cushions, straightening the ducks etc, in anticipation of a snap Royal Visit. Then later this afternoon, as expected the Royal Party arrived at our humble home and duly conducted a pre-trip van inspection:

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The urinal’s a bit high Dear?

Having confirmed she was generally satisfied with the van, I invited her to have a run out, which involved a short trip from our humble home to a local Sainsburys (She wouldn’t do Lidl), and a quick spin around the carpark waving at all the onlookers.

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How quaint! Yooo-Hooooo

So we’re all set to go. Best china’s packed, the dogs been briefed to be on his best behaviour, so have I!!!   Review to follow.

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