Day 10 and 11 - Eric and Jill's place - 16th -19th November
Ali and Eric have a whole lot of talking to do. Pictures and artworks from their father.
Eric took me for a nice big walk - which is essential for my inner dog.
Eric is a foodie and it seems we have approximately 4 meals a day which I kinda like.
Eric took us for a whole days outing, we started with a visit to the Angel of the North, which aside from it's magnificent aesthetic is next level engineering. Then there was a drive round town - the old buildings never cease to amaze me. Next stop was the art gallery followed by a walk across the winking eye bridge - Gateshead Millennium Bridge to use its proper name which is another feat of engineering. Another lovely lunch in a fancy cafe by the river Tyne.
I left Ali and Eric to talk about some of the hard stuff while I went to film the winking of the bridge.
Then a drive north to the coast, for some strange reason I feel slightly more grounded when I can see the sea. Temperatures were still just hovering in the lower single digits.
But Eric took me for another brisk walk to a light house overlooking the north sea - I'm sure 3 degrees Celsius in the UK is about 10 degrees colder than 3 degrees Celsius in New Zealand - not sure how that works. Then back home to do some more eating.
The home comforts were a welcome break from the cramped quarters of the campervan and eating home cooked meals were a real treat.
The visit wasn’t nearly long enough for ali who was so happy to meet her long lost brother. They seemed to have things in common, odd things like liking to buy mugs...
Newcastle to Cheltenham drive. Another long haul and the Motorway Service Centres were never more welcome. The landscape looked bleak and flooded and we couldn’t help notice the proliferation of nuclear power plants along the way. We managed to arrive back at Briarfields before darkness overtook us (4:30pm). We had opted for this camping park as it was familiar even though it would mean another 2 hour drive in the morning to drop the campervan off.