Living the Life

Very exciting delivery today, we got some Amazon vouchers for Christmas, finally used them to buy a copy of The Camper Van Coast which has just arrived.

It looks great, lots of new recipies – shame the van is off the road until Thursday (new ball joints, temperature sender, oil leak, steering column bushings, indicator switch, rattly heat shield…), although maybe we can cook on the drive?


Easter Eggs

Our most ambitious trip yet in the van, Beddgelert in Snowdonia for Easter.  We left after work on the Wednesday and kipped in a service station overnight.  The plan was to head to Pwllheli first thing for breakfast, but the road was closed due to snow, which upset the SatNav.

We eventually made it to the peninsular for lunch.  The beach is lovely.  We were a bit nervous about the campsite we’d chosen, Cae Du in Beddgelert,they had a list of rules as long as your arm, including no music at all.  Curiously, while music is banned, televisions are not? In the end it turned out to be a great place to stay – very relaxing, even without any tunes.

We fought with the new Awning and eventually got it up, but couldn’t find a good way to secure it to the van, so we just left it free standing.

We’d planned to do some walking, but the weather wasn’t great.  We got a couple of low level walks in  on the hill behind the campsite.

We also took in the local copper mines, which offer a tour through the workings.

There is still evidence in the hills of the old mine workings as well.

We took the steam train service out to the Snowdon Ranger station and walked back.  We probably should have checked both the map and the time before doing that, it’s about 10 miles back and it was pretty much dark when we made our way out of Beddgelert forest.

Before heading home we crossed the Menai Straights to Anglesey to the RSPB reserve at South Stack.

It’s lovely walking along the coast path, ignore the idiots who ignore the signs!

Rosana getting lovely photos.