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Sunday, 19 September 2010

I'm Back!


Six Selsey seagulls on a lovely litchen covered roof.

I'm back from a lovely holiday - though it didn't go exactly to plan!   We prefer to go on spec to a chosen area and see what caravan accommodation we can book there to use as a touring base.  All the caravan sites from New Romney to Dover were fully booked as The Sun and Mirror newspapers had special offers on that week, (this didn't become apparent for some hours as we don't buy newspapers) -so we eventually ended up in West Sussex  staying at Selsey Bill. Images can be found here
The first night was finally spent at the River Haven Hotel in the historic Cinque port of  Rye, East Sussex - and thank goodness there was secure parking as our car was loaded! - We arrived there at about 9pm after driving over 350 miles.  We were nearly turned away from here too as they had a large wedding party staying,  but happily for us there had been one 'no show'.  We had a very comfortable room, and a truly marvelous full English breakfast eaten in the dining room overlooking the idillic River Rother :o)   (I must apologise for the link as my camera was buried in the rear of the car! )  We used the free WiFi link at the hotel to make further searches and decided to return to last years destination of SELSEY.  Now at this point I should explain that I had taken some perishable food in a 'cooler bag' with an ice pack in, which had melted by this time :o(  So I had a brainwave to buy some cheap bags of frozen peas to pack in with the food to keep it fresh.  It actually worked!  All the food was still in good condition on Monday when we eventually 'arrived' in Selsey.

We could only book a caravan from Monday to Friday, so we spent our second night in a Bed and Breakfast. The Woolpack Inn at Fishbourne. Supposedly an AA 3*** rated, which we found it to be clean but disapointing.

I took this photo last year of a magnificent tree in a garden in Selsey high street.

We saw an amazing site on Monday at Wisborough Green, West Sussex - a hot air balloon gathering where 16 hot air balloons were inflated and taking off right before our eyes on a typical English village green and the field next door – certainly a thing of beauty in lovely surroundings.  I had recovered the camera by now...
Here's the inflation of one of them..

You can just make out the burner at full blast adding the hot air!

Up, up and away.....

Organised chaos!

The hundreds of folk had the most fantastic picnics laid out when we arrived - but I missed out on the photos of this as the camera was still packed!

We visited a dear friend in Emsworth during the week (Really great to see you again James!) - a lovely place too :o)

Looking back up the steep street from the harbour.

Low water at Emsworth

Plenty of touring and shopping - but sadly not many photos.....
I'll post more soon, adding some of my 'finds' of course - but I still have to get organised and take the photos!
Oh, I had a really lovely birthday.  Thank you for your good wishes - they were so nice to read :o) And welcome to my newest followers, you are very welcome :o)

Best wishes to all - I'll post more soon...


George the Lad said...

Hi Auntie Rose nice to see you and Uncle Tev back home, sorry that you ended up somewhere you didn't think you were going, we get that all the time, but thats down to moms map reading! Them balloons looked nice, it looks a pretty place, catch up with you soon
See Yea George xxx

Anonymous said...

I am sorry I missed your birthday. Belated but heartfelt greetings.
Thanks for "taking us along" on your trip. Someday I know I will see a balloon rally in person.
Happy to hear about your frozen pea idea and its success. Looking forward to seeing your treasures.

acorn hollow said...

It looks so lovely I love hot air balloons.
glad your trip ended up wonderful in the end.