Lovely weekend slightly tarnished today by loosing all my photos from it – either human error or some weird thing happened when I tried to upload them from my phone to dropbox. This has never happened to me before as far as I can recall but I’ve lost phones and wallets before and it’s a feeling akin to that. Never mind though!
Brilliant campsite – Mere Farm Bobbybees caravan and camping campsite in Burton Flemming – near Filey on the East coast of Yorkshire. It has loads of animals to look at – baby rabbits, chicks, turkeys and a dog called George who liked to run off with shoes. It had a book-swap library in the form of an old red telephone box. The toilets and shower block were clean and even though we brought our own, the bacon sizzlers on Sunday morning smelt superb. A great spot for very late summer sun is a bonus. A small farm shop stocked local produce. The half dozen eggs I got were quite remarkable – 5 out of the 6 of them were double yokes! I also picked up a jar of honey collected on site – beautiful. We’d heard somewhere along the line that local honey is good for the immune system and I’d say it helped with Eirene and Jaygo’s hayfever!
Regular readers will know that I’ve got a minimum requirement for a campsite – one that allows fires. Metal fire pits and wood were supplied (at a small cost) but we’d brought our own. Mr Bobbybee is everything a camsite host should be. Firm with a bunch of “drongos” that were shouting their heads off all night – he hoofed them off – yet fair with the price and leaving everyone in peace – a very well kept ship.
Speaking of ships – I turned Clover (a van) into a land ship. I achieved this by installing a barometer and two sails. I erected the sails, along with a pole and guy ropes, to be a superb shelter attached to the side of the van. It passed test a./ keeping the rain off an outside stand area and b./ strong ish winds for the night. Further ship accreditation comes in the form of a wheel, a galley, a captain (me) a 1st Lieutenant (Eirene) and two midshipmen (Felix and Jaygo). Sophie is as yet to receive a formal title.
We’d headed up into that area as good friend of DragonDrop Henry was doing a run and we created ‘base camp’. He got to 80 miles and couldn’t go another step. He made the better decision of stopping then, so that he could run another day before doing himself a mystery. Stirling effort non the less. Henry has just blogged his thoughts from Hardmoors 110 here.