Friday, 10 June 2011

West Bay Vintage Rally 11th - 12th June 2011

Well, its been a hectic week, trying to get work completed so that we could head off to the coast! To the West Bay Vintage Rally.

We left our old site at Silverwoods, on Thursday evening and drove the 48 miles which took 1 1/2 hrs to West Bay in Dorset.

Set up then after a couple of quick pints at the van, decided to head into the little village/port of West Bay to sample the local ale.

Our first port of call, was The George a pub right in the centre of the village. Its been recently refurbished to a high standard, but you cant help feeling that the sole has been ripped out of it as well! Its an old pub, that just looks too new! Shame. Some folk call it progress!

We then went into a pub called the The Quarter Deck this is part of the Durbeyfield House Hotel. The bar is a very small, used by many locals, had that lived in look and was much more to our liking, whats more, even though it was late and the kitchen closed, they still managed to sort us out with some much needed grub and at a reasonable price!

From here we ventured over the road to a pub called The West Bay Hotel they have the biggest fish menu I have ever seen, everything from line caught mackerel straight off the beach to lobster! Again, not that expensive either, well worth a visit.

We finally staggered back to the caravan, and woke this morning with a furry tongue and a thick head!

Poached eggs and tea soon revived us and off we set on the 100 mile plus round trip to get the stationary engine. This took us most of the day, as we had to stop off at tescos and a farm shop to buy some meat.

Back here on site it is now chucking it down with rain, which shouldnt be a surprise as it has been forcast. Lets hope it drys out a little and hopefully stops raining all together!

Ive added some pictures, there are a few later on that were back at our old site, but as Ive been slacking recently in getting pictures up have included them now!

Firstly West Bay Vintage Rally

The clouds are looking threatening (Thurs evening)

Our van being that bit longer than most had to be right up into the water reeds, another couple of feet and we would of been in the river!

"M" trying to sell lucky heather and wooden clothes pegs! And of course China dog had to be in the picture!

Silver Woods, looking to the left of our van

Looking to the right

As you can see they pack you in really tight here!

Looking from the front of our van as the sun set behind the firs

Not sure if I have mentioned but both "M" and I have upgraded our phones to iphones, it was cheaper to do it that way then to stay on our existing contracts. I havent upgraded my phone for nearly 5 years, so was looking a bit tatty! You can sure do alot with these phones!

Back here on the rally field, we are waiting for Mr Gulliver to turn up, he is staying in a posh camp site around the corner at £25.00 pn. I hope they are bringing him breakfast in bed and a paper tomorrow morning at that price!

Till later...........


  1. Was obviously a busy didnt post for a few days lol!!

    You are obviously loving living full time..we have a fixed bed caravan..but not sure I could do it..but enjoy reading your blog! I always look forward to reading your next installment lol!

    We are off to Bloxham steam rally end of June...if you are there will come and say Hi


  2. I hope once we have made the leap into full timing that I look as happy and content as 'M'