Saturday, 31 July 2021
Sunday, 25 July 2021
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
After trawling the internet for cottage booking sites I finally found a place that meets our criteria. I actually wanted a place near to our childhood holiday resort of Dawlish Warren. I couldn't find anywhere in that area that suited us but we decided to stick to Devon anyway.
In the end we have booked and paid the deposit for a nice looking place in Brixham in Devon. It has two bedrooms and really importantly when you have a dog, an enclosed garden. The bonus is that it has off road parking for one car. We only have one! So many places are street parking or even council car-parks.
Total the cost for a week is £660 and I paid a third deposit today It's still ten months away so we have plenty of time to refine things about what to do when we are there and of course, getting there.
I think we might have to do the same as friends who live in the same area as us and leave about 5am!
Friday, 16 July 2021
It's a toss up between Suffolk and Devon. Personally I am in favour of Devon. When we went in 2019 it was a long day in the car both days to get to North Devon where we had a cottage.
Next year I will have retired and we will have unlimited time to drive down there. The Juke is automatic and that will make it easier to drive if the traffic builds up. It has stop/start technology as well as auto hand-braking.
I had a look at dog friendly cottages today. Being able to go when we like and not stuck with school holidays means that the rental costs are much lower at the majority of places.
With a dog that likes to control his environment and becomes a little protective of the space, I always look for somewhere with a secure garden, and hopefully he'll be able to settle down. He does like to think that most of the area around our house is his territory and will bark at people he considers invading it. So apartments are definitely out!
I have found a couple in Brixham in Devon. Ideal for us with an enclosed garden and at a nice price, but some of them have no parking or suggest you buy a weekly ticket from the local council.
Many popular seaside places, like Brixham, can be a nightmare for parking, so onsite/off-road would be superb.
Keep on digging.
Thursday, 15 July 2021
Awaycation Tulips 6 marks the end of the planning and the decision to discontinue with this plan. Yep, you read that right. Trip cancelled.
It's is still a long way off but this decision has been a hard one to make. As well as the ongoing and somewhat complicated relationship the UK has with the former "partners" in the EU since Brexit, and the apparent impossibility that Covid will ever be defeated we had a long hard look at plans.
Another reason is that our dog, Reggie, has begun to suffer with what can only be called "separation anxiety". With both of us being at home since March 2020, Claire retired and me working from home online, he is used to us being around.
He follows us everywhere. Anyone that doesn't have animals in the home probably won't understand this can happen, but it is very real.
So, I will have to start looking elsewhere but in UK. I will be retired next year and so we can go whenever we want. Outside school holidays is fantastic after 24 years working in a local authority in the Education IT Support Department to go when I want to go is a boon. Not getting paid though isn't as much fun.