Mushrooms….

A bit of fun today…….

With Autumn now firmly routed and the chill of winter days not far away the gardens here at Chateau Marconne have taken on a different look.

The lawns are now covered with rusty coloured leaves, the grass has finally stopped growing and everywhere you look there are mushrooms popping up. Encouraged by the damp conditions they are everywhere, at the edge of the pond, covering tree stumps and randomly peeking up out of the lawn.

I took the camera out with me and took some shots, now I need to find out if I can safely eat any of them – of if they will send me off on an Alice in Wonderland adventure!!

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The summer is over…

Like much of Northern Europe we have been experiencing an ‘Indian Summer’ over the last few weeks but within the last few days it has packed its bags and headed back to India.

It is cold – the sort of cold that makes your shoulders shoot up around your ears and has you hugging yourself every time you step outside.

School is nearly out for us and we have only two more weeks of guests until we are free to go.

Bessy arrives back with us next weekend when we go and collect her and bring her up to the Chateau so that we can start to put everything back in her and get ready to head off at the end of the month.

We are taking 6 days to travel down to Southern Spain, stopping for 2 nights near to where we used to live so that we can catch up with some friends.

Everyone is very excited (well me and hubby are) about our imminent departure and the prospect of life back on the road. Molly is ignoring the whole situation at the moment but am sure she will be very vocal about the whole thing once we get going….

So, what was our summer like? Well, it was busy, lots of guests and changeovers to do and the gardens took a lot to keep under control as did the gaggle of ducks we now seem to have. Some of the babies did survive the local cats and since the water rat’s demise the survival rate took a sharp rise upwards. We now have quite a colony of ducks on the pond and they certainly aren’t the quietest of critters but then when you are as cute as they are you don’t have to be.

All in all it has been fun….will we return next year for another season? You will just have to wait and see (meaning we haven’t decided yet!)

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few photo’s from our summer…..

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Big news…..

Our plans when we first set out in Bessie, almost 2 years ago now, was to head for the sun and enjoy a simpler way of life.

We have certainly achieved that and there is no way you would get me to give up caravan living now. But as with all things they grow and evolve as time goes on and we now find ourselves planning for the next stage in our journey.

This will see us return to the UK for 6 – 12 months. Partly this is to plan out where we want to go next – Spain and Portugal have been fun but we both want to go further afield and see some more of Europe but are not sure how this will work yet.

Also living in Bessie for 2 years has been great but there are some alterations that we want to do to her in order to make living in her even better and it will actually be easier (and cheaper) to do these back in Blighty.

Then of course I have my runs next year back home and so it seems that the UK is calling us to be the next stop off on our trip.

So, we head back at the start of September, winding our way back up through Spain and then France. A day trip to Madrid beckons on route and we hope to hit the channel tunnel (not literally) sometime in the second week of September.

Many people have asked if we are still going to be living in Bessie when we get back and the answer is a resounding YES. As I said I can’t imagine living anywhere else now which is a massive surprise to me I can tell you.

It will certainly be a daunting task surviving an English winter in a caravan but I am actually looking forward to it – I know too much Spanish sunshine has addled my brain.

Seriously though, living this way feels very authentic to me, having to survive with limited mod cons almost feels as if I am living the way my ancient ancestors would have.

When you take away all the trappings of material life, of which there are many, you are left with the real fabric of what it is to exist.

The last two years have been the most real of my life and I feel I have found the true essence of myself along the way. Stripping our lives back to the very minimum that we need has been one of the most therapeutic and liberating experiences I have ever had and I am not going to trade that in for anything……

Mind you….ask me that again in the middle of a Norfolk winter when there is snow outside!!