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Tour 1 - Home to Exmoor

The Maiden Voyage

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Stocking up a motorhome for the first time is a little like furnishing a new home: you need everything from salt and pepper, through toilet paper, towels, washing up liquid and potato peeler. Luckily (if I can use that word under the circumstances), we have a good supply of everything we need from my late father's house.

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The time has come: Thor's Maiden Voyage. We have a plan, albeit rather loose.

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A good initial test for Thor is the road leading up to the transmitter on the Mendips, a favourite place of mine for excellent views over the rolling countryside and airport beyond.

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The narrow track - thankfully we don't meet any other vehicles

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Not much around, only sheep

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Bristol Airport at Lulsgate in the distance

My very good friend Lyn has provided us with home made bread pudding – David's favourite – on the occasion of our wedding anniversary.

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On the way down the narrow lane, however, we meet a Land Rover with a trailer full if sheep. This small obstacle proves no problem for David – not that I expected it to.

Continuing on our way, we pop into Aldi in Bridgwater to buy some demerara sugar which I forgot to bring from home, before stopping for lunch at the National Trust property called Woodlands Hill.

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Chicken Caesar Salad

Today is out 42nd wedding anniversary and I want to serve a special meal tonight. For dessert we are having milk chocolate, salted caramel and vanilla crème brulée with raspberries, which needs time to set; so I assemble it to the point of adding the sugar and leave it in the fridge before we leave here.

Our planned stop for the night is somewhere on the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor, and we check out a few of the car parks before settling on the one at the very far end of the road.

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There are great views over the north coast of Devon from here.

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The weather is glorious, with Thor acting as a windbreak, meaning we are able to sit outside for a drink. Or three.

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We stay outside until the sun starts going down and it gets a little bit of chill in the air.

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Time to prepare the anniversary feast.

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The table is laid with one of my mum's tablecloths and proper cloth napkins, silver candleholders and a vase with... erm... bramble. I brought the vase, hoping for some wild flowers around, but this was the best David could do.

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Steak, pepper sauce, roast potatoes, mushrooms, tenderstem broccoli, asparagus and sweetcorn, plus some decent red wine.

Time to put the finishing touches on the crème brulée. Everyone packs a blowtorch when going camping, right?

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And so it is time to retire to our first night in Thor. We decide to make up two beds for the night, giving us both plenty of space and no-one has to crawl over the other one to go to the toilet in the night. The beds feel reasonably comfortable, despite the van being parked on a slight slope.

Goodnight.

Posted by Grete Howard 13:35 Archived in England Tagged anniversary camping devon rv campervan thor glamping motorhome camper_van wedding_anniversary national_trust thor_the_geriatruck adventure_before_dementia maiden_voyage mendips lyn's_bread_pudding motor_caravan woodlands_hill creme_brulée exmore holnicote_estate holnicote

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Great ti have a new blog from you to follow, and I'm impressed at the style of celebration meal you managed to produce in what must be a cramped kitchen :)

One comment - I found the cramped over to one side format a bit odd - are you wedded to this template? I do get that the header is very appropriate though!

by ToonSarah

Thanks Sarah, I thought I'd do a separate blog for our travels with the van.

I agree about the layout, it was the header that attracted me. I have now changed it to the same format as the main blog.

by Grete Howard

It's possible to customise the templates to make them wider. Someone told me how and I did it for my main blogs. If you want I can try to find the instructions? I do agree that header is perfect!

by ToonSarah

That would be great Sarah, as I find it quite annoying to have everything squashed to one side.

by Grete Howard

I've had a quick go but I lost the navigation panel in the process. I'm happy to try again when I get back from Euromeet but meanwhile I checked and it was Sander who helped me so he may be able to advise. There's also this guide to customising which may help you figure it out yourself: https://www.travellerspoint.com/community/meta/customizing-your-blog-template/

by ToonSarah

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