To bring you up to date we left Panama on 12th April and had no incidents or delays but a bloody awful flight (Iberia) tatty and cramped, poor food, poor service. The flight was to London but landed at Madrid so we took the opportunity to drop off here and spend 11 days in our little house in the mountains of Andalucia.
Bar a few heavy showers the weather was wonderful and we managed to get in a few walks and cycle rides. On one occasion to do an off road ride I borrowed a friends spare bike as it had suspension and my old bike doesn't, except the suspension was jammed and the front brake didn't work, net result was that I went over the handle bars and it has taken a month to be able to get out of bed with wincing!
24th April we finally flew back to a wet and windy UK and straight up to Leeds for Chris's mothers 86th birthday, both our girls and grandkids had gone up to so had a really nice family reunion and then headed back south too collect our 'fire damaged' caravan. Turns out the damage is hardly noticeable so the pay out from the insurance and buy back for scrap was definitely a good deal for us. Except!!!! I didn't hook the van up properly and as I turned left to go theough the gate tha van turned right and smashed into the gate post - ouch! A couple of hours and a few metres of Duck tape later we set off thinking that perhaps it was still salvageable after all. 28,000 miles over 11 months through countries with the worst drivers in the world without incident (well except for one day in the US where I managed to demolish both rear fog lights in two seperate incidents - they don't have them in the US so I just threw them away) and I can't even get out of a field with a caravan in tow!
Since then we have had an uneventful couple of weeks behind a pub in Mursley (about 3 miles from our house which is now let) getting up to date with doctors, dentists, opticians etc. purchasing a few essential supplies (like tea bags) and researching flights, car insurance for the next phase.
This weekend we take the caravan to have the duck tape replaced by something a little more permanent and next weekend we have a big familly re-union in the Lake District and then carry on up to Scotland to spend a week with our eldest daughter.
|Goodbye photo with the gang before they ship to Columbia and we fly home, we hope to catch up with Mike and Shanon around October.|
|10 days walking and cycling in the Spoannish mountains|
|Our home for the next few weeks|
|Actually, this is our home in the small camp site behind the pub|
|and these are our neighbours|
|This is Winslow, our home town|
|The Bell Hotel|
|The Church in the middle of Winslow|
|Winslw Market Square, the second window up in the middle was my office for 4 years when I went freelance|
|Believe it or not this is soon to become the high speed east west rail link going through Oxford and Cambridge, with a new station being built in Winslow|
|Addington Church, a very small village a couple of miles from Winslow|
|Addington House, next to the Church|
|I had to take this as I took a photo of the sign entering Winslow Arizona|
|A small Hamlet just outside Winslow|
|Buckingham Gaol. We have lived down the road from here for 25 years and never been to the jail so decided to take the grand kids (milling about in front)|
|Inside the Old Jail|
|A young convict in the excercise yard|
|and another in the stocks|
|As usual I end with a few local animals|