New Year and a New Motorhome

No France holidays last autumn due to sitting around waiting for a new motorhome, which arrived just as it was too late to go there, what with everything shutting down.  Although we managed a few trips to Birmingham in it before the end of 2019, it was January this year before we got to go on anything resembling an actual holiday.  Birmingham, Bristol, and Moreton in Marsh made up the itinerary, so not that much of a holiday, but better than nothing.

Of course the weather was rubbish so we took the chance to have another wander around the SS Great Britain, which was free as it was less than a year when we last visited.  A few more pictures, then.

Across the river on the way to the ship

Random store room on Board the SS Great Britain

A tub inside a tub

Slimbridge to Cirencester – 28 May 2019

We wanted to go to Tewksbury but it was full, so booked into the site at Cirencester instead.  Took the most obvious route along the A419, which is an utterly dreadful road.  We won’t be going on that one again.

Cirencester is nice, but on the Wednesday it rained cats and dogs.  Nicer on  Thursday and great pizzas at the campsite for dinner.

St John the Baptist, Cirencester

Bristol to Slimbridge – 24 May 2019

We didn’t want to be travelling too far on a Friday before a bank holiday, especially around the West Country and M5.  We found a campsite at Slimbridge a few miles up the road so we went for it.

Tudor Caravan Park is a very nice site with a pub next door and a cafe across the road.  However, unless you fancy paying lots of money to look at otters, ducks and other similar animals at the local wildlife trust, there is very little to do.

Swans on the canal

Bristol – 18 to 23 May 2019

We went round the SS Great Briton which is a very cool ship.  There is nothing amazing about it in this day and age, but it was built in 1843 and was in service for 90 years.  It was the first of just about everything in anything of this scale – propeller driven, iron hull, and the Cutty Sark, elsewhere in this blog was built at around the same time.

SS Great Britain

Madman up a mast – he paid money to get to do this

Then we went to the flight museum at Flinton, which was a little bit of a let down.  It has a Concorde which is great, but it could do with another hanger with more planes to make it better value.

Concorde

Obviously we also visited the Clifton Suspension bridge:

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Cheltenham – 09 March 2019

Day four in Cheltenham and it has finally stopped raining. It is still freezing and windy but at least the sun is out, so after a few days tramping round the shops, off we go to Gloucester to see the docks:

Gloucester docks basin

Gloucester docks Warehouses

Gloucester docks Signpost

On the subject of the Falkirk Wheel, here it is.

Late evening and it is pouring with rain again.  Tomorrow we head for Birmingham, with high wind warnings and threats of snow and hail.  Great.