Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle

Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle

We set off from Forres at 14:20 for Inverness. Tonight we have tickets for the Yamato Drums at the Eden Court Theatre and have decided to stay over in Bertie and then have a few days exploring northwards up the Caithness coast. We drove straight to Invermess, with a quick victualling stop at Lidl in Forres en-route, and filled up with diesel at Morrisons on the way into Inverness. We drove through the middle of Inverness to our planned overnight

Banffshire Coast

Banffshire Coast

We had a few days available before the Peat Bog Faeries gig that we had booked to see at the Universal Hall in Findhorn and we have long wanted to explore the coast as far as Fraserburgh. We had been as far as Bannf on day trisp from Forres but not further. We had 5 days and could get all the way and take our time.We set out from Forres at 12:45 and our first stop was Lidl to stock

Five days north to Forres

Five days north to Forres

We left our house rather later than we had planned. Somehow we always leave too much to do at the last minute! It was just after noon as we headed off under a grey and gloomy sky but the atmosphere onboard was far from gloomy – it is always exciting to set off on another Bertie adventure . We followed the normal, well worn route or rather we intended to do so until we found our usual cut-through from Poringland

Return from Luton and Bury St Edmunds

Return from Luton and Bury St Edmunds

The plan for this trip was to deliver Martin to Luton Airport in good time for him to catch his evening flight back to Inverness. That is a longish, cross-country drive from East Suffolk and the weather was gloomy and rainy. We broke the trip at Elveden on the A11 partly becuase we fancied a leg stretch but alos becuase in all the years we have lived in East Anglia and driven right past this impressive erection we have never

West Suffolk and Kings Lynn

West Suffolk and Kings Lynn

The plan for this short trip was to have a couple of nights in Bury St Edmunds using the offical motorhome parking spaces at Ram Meadow Car Park but we had misjudged it and on arrival these were full and we diverted to Depden Farm Shop a few miles away.They were as helpful and welcoming as ever and lets us squeeze in amongst their recently delivered Christmas tree stock. Next morning we were up betimes and headed back to Bury

Tamworth and Stoneywell

Tamworth and Stoneywell

This short trip was not really planned as a Bertie run but as Eileen needed to take eye drops frequently through the day and those needed to be kept in the fridge it was essential to take Bertie with his fridge! We had already booked two nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Tamworth so in this case Bertie was just transport! We wanted to attend the Annual Meeting of the Debdale Owners which was held at Great Haywood Sports

Greensted Church and Home

Greensted Church and Home

In theory we are not far from home at Thaxted – maybe two hours drive. However the plan for today is to visit Greensted Church near Ongar which is about 20 miles in the wrong direction so it will be a rather roundabout route home today. What we are looking for is the gravestone for Eileen’s great, great grandfather’s brother. Eileen is getting really involved in digging out these relatives from the dim and distant past and she is certainly turning up

Audley End and Thaxted

Audley End and Thaxted

Another driving day today as we want to get to Thaxted car park for tonight so that we can spend some time visiting some family history locations that Eileen is interested in. We also need to top up with LPG as the indicator is down to 1 green light. This indication turned out to be complete bunkum as it suggested the 50litre tank is almost empty when in fact it is still 75% full. We tracked down a good priced

Chasleston House and Ayno Wharf

Chasleston House and Ayno Wharf

The sun shone as we pulled away from Willow Farm and headed north around Bath and Bristol heading for the main road across the Cotswolds. The plan was to cover ground today so we have a good drive to our lunch stop at Chastleton House near Chipping Norton. This route takes us along the top of the Cotswolds through some lovely little towns such as Tetbury, Stow on The Wold and Chipping Norton. Chastleton House was a revelation. I must