On tour at home and abroad with the Sumpners

The view below is Toad Rock, Tunbridge Wells

River Wey Weekend – Friday 29th June to Sun 1st July 2012

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Friday – left home around 3.30 and had an uneventful trip to the C & CC site at East Horsley.

A very friendly welcome and much admiration for our new van! We were soon set up and off to Cobham for a few odds and ends in Waitrose. Paul had work calls to USA to make so I shopped alone. Bought some yummy things – including an intriguing pot of “Balsamic Pearls”.
We were both looking forward to our first night’s sleep in the new van and, as we had a pretty early start, went to bed early.
Saturday – up at 7-ish after a comfy night and in the shower (nice!) and breakfast before packing up our contribution to the day’s picnic – Scotch Eggs and Victoria sandwich (both made on Thursday evening) and hot beverages for the day. The night had been showery and the morning wasn’t looking a whole lot better with threatening grey clouds and a sharp and chilly wind. Great for a day’s boating!
We all (Bruce Mel, Lenny & Evie Carter and Kate, Paul and Holly Hansford)arrived at Farncombe Boathouse, near Catteshall Lock on the River Wey, within a couple of minutes of each other. We paid the damage deposit, picked up life jackets for the littlies and began our briefing. Soon we were on our way towards Guildford. The weather was very kind all day and our picnic would have fed double the crew. A lunch time stop for Pimms went down very well indeed. Stopped at Dapdune Wharf on the way back for a short visit and eventually made our way back to base. And reluctantly handed back the boat.

We drove back in convoy to the campsite so that everyone could come and admire our new acquisition. After a quick cuppa, everyone left us to our own devices and we passed a pleasant evening watching Pacific .

We very much enjoyed our first weekend away in Mr Munch and can’t wait for the next time. Some images from the weekend follow:

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