Happy New Year

Okay, huge apologies for not having blogged for absolutely ages. I started the blog with really good intentions but then the more I went away in Edna the less time I seemed to have to write about it and then I had a bit of a back log. Sorry! So, I will definitely blog more often and try not to feel overwhelmed when we’re out and about lots.

Anyway, hope you’re all well. The first year in Edna has come and gone and it’s been brilliant. We still love her to pieces even though we had to pay a little bit of money to get her through her MOT. We didn’t manage to do all the counties in Wales, though we have done a few and intend to do more this year. We went to Scotland in the Summer which was brilliant and have visited relations in Clacton and Hertfordshire. Last year I talked about the horrible hotel we stayed in visiting relations in Hertfordshire and how it was too hot and itchy. Well, the last camping trip of 2014 was again visiting family but we stayed in Edna at a campsite which was brilliant. We hooked up for the first time and ran a little blow heater which comes on and then off again when it heats up to the correct temperature. It was less noisy than the diesel heater and I wasn’t sure how expensive the diesel heating would be to run all night. The diesel heater is louder in the van and also louder outside as it vents out. It was still colder in the roof than the main part of the van, it always will be, but it was warm enough with some good bedding. We’d do it again. Breakfast was a bit harder because we had to wrap up and get some ventilation in whilst we were cooking. The second morning we went out for breakfast. Well, why not. It was cheaper than the budget hotel and much more fun.

So, next year the plans are more of Wales, more visiting friends and relatives and either more Scotland or possibly a trip further afield to Holland or maybe France. We’re hopefully moving house this year so it depends when that happens. We don’t want to go anywhere warm though as my son still burns if it’s too warm. What are anyone elses plans for this year? Last year was a year of firsts for us so this year we get to worry less and benefit from a tiny bit of experience.

I’ve also got a new SatNav for this year. The SatNav app on my phone has really been playing up and Edna kept parkouring off onto B roads so now we’ve got a shiny new toy which will hopefully behave itself. We’ve only used it once so far and my daughter checked with the map the whole way there and back to make sure it wasn’t leading us a merry dance.

Looking Back and Looking Forwards

 

Loch Goil

Loch Goil

Some of the best views I have ever seen were in Lochgoilhead, Scotland this year.  We didn’t camp as there wasn’t a campsite.  We stayed in a holiday cottage.

View from the holiday house.

View from the holiday house.

The place was gorgeous.  Taking a deep breath and staring into the distance continuously, gorgeous.  I spent a lot of time sitting on the porch just looking.

Loch Goil

Loch Goil

The other wonderful thing was that it was so peaceful the sound carried and you could hear the chatter of children in canoes or people in sailing boats calling to each other as they pulled in and moored up.

Loch Goil

Loch Goil

It is a tidal loch so the scene changes as the tide comes in and out and the clouds loom and lighten and the light plays on the water.  Absolutely beautiful.

Loch Goil

Loch Goil

So one of my New Years Resolutions is to look for plenty more gorgeous views that feed the soul.

In terms of writing.  I am a sporadic writer fitting it in between other commitments and this year I haven’t written that much.  I managed 22 000 words during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) whereas last year I managed 50 000 words, but I did get to terms with Scrivener which is useful in a lot of ways.  I started quite a lot of short stories but didn’t complete and edit many of them – my big downfall.  So I would like to try and edit and complete things this year including my two half built (NaNoWriMo) novels.  I’m going to make myself report in and say what I have completed every month both with my writing group and here in my blog.  I won’t bore you to pieces but I work better with deadlines so I’m imposing some on myself.  We’ll see how it works.  I have also learnt this year that I prefer writing longer pieces to short stories. 
Of course, I will also be exploring as many places as possible in my camper van.  Watch this space.  Good luck with your hopes and dreams for the New Year.