If it’s Wednesday then it must be – Luxembourg, no, Belgium, no – The Netherlands. ..?

Well, after the very very hot and humid summer we have had in Spain this year, to have a day of rain, proper northern European rain, was a real treat. It washed off Mr Ben nicely, and cooled us all down. We had planned on heading into Luxembourg city however the nightmare of the actual place had us fooled totally,  and trying to find somewhere to actually park a 7.5m motorhome proved more difficult. Our first challenge that we gave Sean -our Tom Tom,  was to find some fuel. That took about 20 minutes in the end of driving round and round in circles around the business quarter which was full of very funky architecture and a lot of new building going on.
We did find fuel, but by that time were already a little jaded with the whole thing, and were hugely surprised to find that diesel was only 97.5cents a litre.  Yes, you read that correctly!  Needless to say we filled right up. That’s the cheapest we have seen it on our travels ever!
We tried to get through the centre of the city but parking proved unsuccessful,  and the rain had settled in, so we kept driving, heading north towards  Liege, and Maasťricht. We were planning on staying on an aire in Aachen, Germany, but ended up on a free aire at Dilsen Stokken which is in Belgium. Where we are at the moment is a combination of 3 countries  – Belgium,  Germany and the Netherlands,  proving to be a little confusing yesterday when we actually started our day in Luxembourg,and then we were crossing borders every few kilometres.
After all the rain yesterday,  it was wonderful this morning to walk Mutley with the view of the nature reserve we are parked up at.

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On The Road Again!

So, it seems like a bit of a time zone has hit me, and I’m not sure where the last few weeks have gone to since our last trip, but seem to recall them being filled with gigs, baglets and good times with both friend and family. Bruce had an average of a gig every other day over the past 9 weeks, and in the hot but very humid  heat we have had in Spain,  he needed this early break away. I have been bagletting like a thing possessed, and seem to be selling them quicker than I can make them. As of today, I now have a distributor  in England and now France (thanks to one of my regular customers buying some for a friend who lives there, and she has just put in a very nice 1st bulk order)!  The baglets are spreading around nicely.

Anyhow, where are we off to this time I hear you all shouting at me. Well,  we are heading for Dusseldorf to the motorhome show which is the largest in Europe.  We will not be buying another van. We just wanted to see a decent show, as the ones in Spain are terrible, and we enjoyed Paris a couple of years ago, but thought we should see this one as it’s so big.
So, we left home last Sunday, great idea by me – hitting all the traffic heading home into Europe from Spain.  Bruce is very happy driving Mr Ben, just as well as he was in his seat for about 12 hours on Sunday!  It all went very well until we got to into France, just before Montpellier and we hit a massive queue which set us back about 1hr 40 min. 

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Note to self, don’t travel on weekend which is in August! But the upside is that we did leave behind very noisy neighbours as they are on holiday at the moment, but I feared for their lives if I had to stay much longer – I know that this sounds very narky of me, but our urbanisation/estate is just so peaceful that if any noise occurs outside of the norm you hear it, and screaming (and I do mean screaming) kids for 10 hours every day for 3 weeks is enough to test even Mother Teresa

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So, we came up into France,  stopping at one of our regular haunts of Comps,  where Bruce likes to fish – although not this time as it was raining heavily on sunday afternoon, and Monday morning. Then we have travelled north east, past Lyon, stopping for a night between Lyon and Dijon , and then yesterday we blasted up a bit more to Metz.
Metz seemed quite a nice town, very spacious with lovely canals and rivers, and a stunning cathed

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We went in search of wifi, and ended up in a very bizarre shopping mall, which appeared half empty of shops – unusual for France,  by the clientele left a lot to be desired!  There was,  however, a great display of modern sculptures, of which I liked these two the best – made up o

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f toys.

Metz is also the home of the second Pompidou gallery  (other one in Paris), which has flowing lines of architecture, and a beautiful  roof,  I have decided that if we ever built our own house that Bruce can base

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it on this! 

From  Metz we headed north to Dudelange which is just over the border into Luxembourg,  via a very quick visit to the local Ikea  (to buy lights for our new terrace pergola  that Bruce finished,  and it looks great – one of those why didn’t we do this before moments! ).
So last night we spent a night in Luxembourg, another country ticked off for both of us and Mutley as well – who is getting to be a very well travelled pooch.

Catch Up

Ok, I know, I’ve been neglecting you all, but then I have very good reason.  Every normal waking moment is either spent on Baglet production,  or in the shower or pool due to the insane heat we’ve been having. The heatwave finally  has some relief at the moment as we’ve had some rain and the temperature has dropped this evening to a wonderful  25 degrees – much more manageable.

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So, I have been a busy baglet mamma, producing baglets to replace sold stock, and make sure I have enough to enter the festive season- I know that sounds totally crazy, but trust me, at the moment I’m selling them almost as quick as I am making them. This photo is me in the wholesalers choosing new skins. As you can see I have plenty to choose from, and this is only a small section of the warehouse! 

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And here’s 4 of the newest  Baglets,  one already sold…

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I’m still getting up early with Mutley, who really enjoys his cool early walk, and I have to say that the sunrises are so beautiful from our estate looking down the valley, as this photo shows – unusual in that this was the first day with a bit of rain…hence the clouds… most rare!

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Bruce’s gigs are still going very well, summer is the busiest time of year for him, and this one is our local, Bar Citrus,  at the end of our road, with a lovely garden. They do have the most awesome carrot cake which is well worth the visit!!

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I’m now trying to work through my diary as I am back in the UK for a family wedding next weekend,  and then I think I have 2 more weeks until we leave our next motorhome tour – so settle in for regular posts once that starts. Bruce is itching to get away again, although I am trying to keep him occupied by painting the house -the paint company  call the colour Salmon,  I might sue them on their colour blindness! ! it’s peach!! Never mind , it looks much better then dirty white and in the heat is a lot less reflecting. But as we had quite a bit of rain yesterday and some today he couldn’t paint, so decided to take his Hilty to a part of our kitchen terrace instead.

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