8 June – Off on me adventures again. I leave for Folkestone with Dave and Gloria (branch 4)
29 June – Normally I would take me boat across the channel but it seems we do be on a train. I do see the old part of Luxembourg City
30 June – We arrive in Interlaken, a lovely town between 2 lakes. After putting the awning up we sat by the lake in the sunshine. I rather have a row in the ole Ebeneezer meself.
1 July – Walked around Interlaken and in the centre of town we stopped for a Hot Chocolate. The view from the cafe was the top of the Eiger Mountain covered in snow.
2 July – We went by Cable car up to the Schilthorn for lunch in the revolving restaurant, it do make me a mort bilious. They tell me it was where James Bond’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed. There be some Bonds living near Bucks but they b’aint a relation. The snow outside was really thick but it was lovely and warm in the sunshine. On our way back we visited the Trummelbach-falls which is fed by the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monach and carries 20,000 ltrs per second. It was a hard walk but so worth it.
3 July – We went by train over the Mountains to Luzern. It rained all day but the views from the train were lovely and Luzern with its spectacular bridges covered in flowers made for a good day out.
5 July – We went by 3 trains to Jungfrau going through the Eiger. There are Ice caves with large sculptures, Skiing and all sorts of activities in the snow. We don’t often get snow down ‘ome. Its the highest railway station in Europe 11,300 feet above sea level.
7 July – We went up the Neiderhorn which is one of the Mountains overlooking the Lake Thun where we were staying.
8-9-10 July – We went up the Rothorn, the Niesen and The First all different mountains but wonderful views from them all. Callum rode halfway down the First on a large scooter. It was very fast but exciting.
11 July – We took a circular car ride through the Furka Pass
13 July – We took the Ice Train to the top of lake Thun. The Ice train goes from Interlaken to Berlin. It’s a German high speed train and runs so quiet you can hardly hear it. We came back by Boat. The boat zig zags across the lake back to to Interlaken stopping at small villages along the way.
15 July – Home to the UK
27 July – We are off to Somerset for three weeks visiting Gloria’s family.
8 August – We visited Lytes Cary Manor with lovely gardens.
9 August – Visiting Montacute House again with lovely gardens.
10 August- We took Gloria’s nephew and 2 nieces to Brean Leisure Park all had great fun.
31 August – Leave for the Lake District where we will be for the next 4 weeks.
1 September – Went to Windermere Shopping. We travel to most places by bus, not so scary on the very narrow roads. Though I be used to they.
5 September – Gloria fell down the steps of the Caravan hurting her toe. Then Dave managed to get a trapped nerve in this shoulder so that put paid to many of the walks and no driving for Dave. Thank goodness for our Bus Passes. The next couple of weeks we spent time visiting Beatrix Potter museums and her house at Hill Top Farm. It was interesting to find out that if it wasn’t for the sale of her little books the Lake District would be covered with Forests and houses.
21 September – We took the bus to Keswick where we visited the Pencil Museum. So many different types of pencils. There was one which concealed tiny maps used by Soldiers and Airmen during the war.
23 September – Visited Dove Cottage the Wordsworth Centre at Grasmere and walked around the lovely village of Grasmere.
25 September – Went by car to the Cumbrian Heavy Horse centre. There were Clydesdale, Shire, Ardennes and Suffolk Punches. So very big and beautiful. You can go on lovely rides along the beach and over the Fells but we gave it a miss.
27 September – A last look at Lake Coniston where we were staying and a wave to the Steam Yacht Gondola.