On tour at home and abroad with the Sumpners

The view below is Toad Rock, Tunbridge Wells

Setthorns – for a 50th Birthday party 22 – 24 July

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The party of the year! Hopefully. And it’s in Brockenhurst/Sway, so what better place to stay? We love Setthorns. We decided to pitch up on Friday evening and get ready in a leisurely manner on Saturday morning. Our friends Linda and Anna are staying the night with us tomorrow night and we will share a taxi to and from the venue. But back to tonight. We had the usual drag though to the Forest and got set up. We had selected a select pitch for the first time – complete with picnic bench. I say! It was actually quite difficult to find one but we eventually did. Very busy here this weekend!

We decided that we wanted to buy a couple of china mugs as we are a bit tired of melamine. I know it’s practical and safer, but after 8 years of caravanning, I find I prefer to drink out of china. SO – off we went to Waitrose in Lymington and bought a pair. Mine has birds on and Paul’s has dogs and they are quite large. Very pleased. We had dinner on our return and then spent a pleasant evening reading and chatting, before retiring early, as we were both snooze-ridden.

Such a lovely quiet night. And Paul got up early to go to the barbers in Lymington and left me snoozing. Lucky me. 🙂 When he got back, he walked tired (lazy?) puppy and then we broke our fast. I pottered around getting ready, while we waited for Linda and Anna to arrive. As luck would have it, they got really snarled up in traffic. We had booked a taxi and had to put them back by half an hour.  But they soon arrived and deposited their overnight stuff and off we went.

It was a stunningly gorgeous day. How lucky. The company was great, the food was great, the steel band was great and so was the singer. All in all – it was (you’ve guessed!) GREAT!! Thanks to Kate and Paul for a lovely day at their Joint 50th Birthday. It had started at 1 pm (although we were a bit late) and we did not realise it was scheduled to last all evening as well. But it had been a long day and we left mid-evening as we were all tired. The taxi took us back to the entrance and we picked up the car (which we had left at the entrance) and drove back to the pitch.  We had coffees and got settled down for the night.

Another peaceful one and a hearty brekker to follow. The girls had to be off early, but we had a quiet morning before we set off for home. Another really lovely weekend. Here are a few pics from the party. Did I mention it was great?

Anne, Linda and me

Anne, Linda and me

Lunch

Lunch

Evie

Evie

Lenny and friends

Lenny and friends

Our favourite showbiz couple

Our favourite showbiz couple

Steel band

Steel band

A beautiful sunset

A beautiful sunset

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