Our Uk tour started on September 4th 2010 at 8.30 am. We left Southam and drove direct to West Ayton in NorthYorks to meet Sharon & Andrew who were preparing their new caravan for a trip to thr lakes. Had a cuppa in the caravan and then left for Marion & Daves for an overnight stop. Spent lots of time discussing fishing (Dave & Marion are into Kyak fishing and have some great photos and videos of their exploits) and @ night we ate a sample of Dave's catch, Sea Bass. Breakfasted in the morning and left for Kirkliston, Edinburgh to stay at Mary & Peter's. Had lunch and went to the bowling club for drinks. Met a few old friends, had more drinks and went back to Mary & Peters with a "Jock Pie & Chips". Had haggis for breakfast next morning and then Peter, Mary, David & us went on the bus into Edinburgh to visit the historic city, castle etc. We ate at the 2 Bidges Restraunt but could'nt get my old favorite the Choclate Nougat Wafer. Tuesday morning saw us leaving Kirkliston & driving to Sunny Brae (North of Aberdeen) to Susan & Ian's. The weather was wet so the planned BBQ food was eaten indoors. Marelene & Bill had arrived and we had a great feast and YAY!!! a chocolate nougat wafer with icecream. Wednesday was still overcast so after shopping for provisions (whisky, gin etc) we went to Cruyden Bay where a gale was blowing, but great views. Went into the Killy Arms for a few drams & then back to Susan & Ians for a homemade stew.
Thursday we drove to Marelene & Bills who took us straight out to the Grouse Restraunt for lunch. Then onto a Coopers (making barrels for the Whiskey factories arond that area), had coffe and then back to Huntley where Debbie and the children turned up and we had a long chat about Portugal (Debbie is Portugese)
Friday we drove to Jaqui & Dwains. They live north of Inverness near the end of a Glen, on the edge of a loch, which is reached by a 20 mile long single track road. The scenery is absolutely awesome and we met the 2 latest additions to the family (Deesha & Drayden). We had my old favorite of Salmon, broad beans & parsley sauce for tea (that was the starter) followed by Venison for the main course (locally culled in the glen). The following day after a breakfast of Venison steak & eggs, we walked along the loch to the lodge (2 of the cats came with us)to see where Dwain worked and Jaqui's garden. The views were stunning. We re-fuelled with cider & soup and went off fly fishing & spiining in the loch, no fish were caught but we had great fun in the boat. Supper was a banquet of prawns, mushrooms & lamb all with home grown veg - lovely. On sunday, after a light breakfast we left for Cheshire, but not before the local midges had had a feast on my legs (these midges wear kilts and have very sharp teeth, you could play join the dots on my legs there were so many bites). It was a long trip down but we arrived safely & Rebecca's in Nantwich and went to have a look at the Nursery (where Val used to work) before having a couple of swifts in the local pub.. Rebecca had been practicing her culinary skills and had made some excellent curries for our delight. We headed home to Southam the next day via Go-Camping to buy some kit (we had taken Marion & Dave's advice and decided to camp on the way down to Portugal and use the tent for overnights stops on our tour around Portugal). We picked up the new car on the Wednesday so other than final farewells, leaving parties and packing the car "WE ARE READY TO ROCK & ROLL TO PORTUGAL. "