Look what I did!

We have been having a fantastic time this last year. This camper I bought is the best thing I ever did. We’ve been around the UK so much almost every single weekend and had a few week and 2 week holidays in it. I’ve been away more than Jo as she was tired of roaming. I think a bit of friction there although she still loves it.

Anyway, I sold it. On Ebay where I first bought it, and for the same price. the guys who bought it had rung me and travelled all the way from Wales that day. They did try to rip me off with the money, but eagle eyed Jo spotted it and told me so I got the rest back. Anyway, it’s gone now, apparently as accommodation for some guys who worked for them. 

Picture of a motorhome
Elddis Firestorm

But guess what I did? I went and bought a brand new motorhome! 

Elddis 200 Firestorm, bought from Barrons today. I am canny excited! We’re planning a trip already to France. 

Having had the camper for a year we decided we liked it so much that we’d buy a brand new one with all the trimmings lol So this has a full oven with 4 burner hob, fridge, toilet, shower, and of course 2 double beds. It’s brand new and we are both in love with it. We had to haggle like hell to get them to include a gas bottle as normally they don’t. But it has a leisure battery.

Very sadly we did feel ostracised now and again in our old van, which we also loved, but people looked down on us as it was old and worn out. Bastards. 

Anyway we’re going to christen it fairly quickly as we can’t wait to try everything out. Of course the first thing I did was take some pictures 🙂

More Braemar

Two people on camping chairs sitting with drinks in front of a disposable barbecue
Having a picnic

More Braemar. We stayed around here but with very good reason. These aren’t the best photos at all but they give you an idea of what the landscape was like. 

Filled with hot sausage, burger and coffee we just sat there admiring the view of the rolling hills. The mountains are one thing, but the undulating hillsides are another and one isn’t better than another: they’re vastly different. 

It was a bloody cold day, so we had to wrap up even when we were eating our food. The wind was rushing down the valley and coffee went cold in 10 minutes flat. 

Because of this, mother nature made us opt for JD instead for drinks and we spent a lovely night here in our wilderness. 🙂

 

Braemar

So after a mad dash we get to Braemar. The landscape has changed now from rough mountains, to rolling moorland with epic views. You can see for miles and there are abandoned crofts and cottages which despite their ruinous state look so attractive in the landscape.

There’s also deer all over the place. I got to try the night vision on the Sony which  adds a green hue to pictures. It’s no good for photos but it’s great just for seeing things.

We stopped in the heathland to make a barbecue and we saw the end of a rainbow. It was only a couple of hundred metres from us. We tried to reach it but it seemed to keep disappearing. 

I have decided, I want to live the rest of my life in a camper travelling around the world. This is something I need to make happen!

Photos as ever…click on one to see a bigger version, then click on the photo to reduce it again.

Loch Morlich

I’d heard of Aviemore and I knew there was a ski range and a mountain there. So when I saw a sign for it I turned off the main road and headed for it. This is how I have found some of my most fave spots. 

Loch Morlich
Loch Morlich

On the way we found a loch called Morlich so we decided to stop to explore. There was a visitor centre there, sports centre, campsite and shops. So we parked in the gravel car park which was littered with trees and set out to explore. 

We found a little beach where the watersports launched from and we found out that the ‘Heroes of Telemark’ from the second world war had trained here. Apparently to this day people find spent bullets, cartridges and pieces of grenade on the beach. 

This was a pretty place and could easily be walked around in a couple of hours so we decided to stay the night. It was very peaceful with hardly anyone around and we guessed we would get a nice nights sleep and go for walks in the morning.

I am using my Sony DSC-F828 that I bought from Rome airport and I am quite liking taking photos again so some of these shots are repetitive while I practice getting better results.

Here’s a few I took while we were here.

We didn’t fall at Dochart

The Falls of Dochart, at the end of Loch Tay in Stirling, a canny find as we meandered along in the camper. We weren’t looking for anything, just mooching around and we saw the sign for the falls so went to investigate. 

It was April so a cold day and there had been plenty rain recently, so the falls were impressive. The village is quite nice too but we didn’t stay long as it was too cold. 

I took  some photos of course 🙂

Here’s an interesting story. The photos here were taken on a new camera, a Sony DSC 828 which had not at this point been released in the UK and I lusted after the camera. We had just been to Rome and on the journey back I saw it in an airport shop. It was of course expensive being a brand new model so I bought it using my Barclaycard. Now Barclaycard had just started this brand new insurance for all purchases over £100 so I decided to get that as it was free.

Anyway, I bought the camera and on return to Newcastle airport it was stolen from where we sat in the cafe. I informed police immediately and asked them to check CCTV. They gave me a crime number and I reported it to Barclaycard. Barclaycard were brilliant and simply refunded me the cost of the camera under the insurance scheme I had joined ! (Meanwhile I was still chasing CCTV from the airport police)

Anyway the camera did turn up and was returned to me, so I wrote to Barclaycard to explain. They said the case is closed now so forget it. wow. So I got my £700 camera for free. Thanks to the thief who took it originally!

Oddly, a year later Barclaycard stopped that insurance scheme because not enough people were claiming on it so it was classed as non viable. Odd eh?