Harwich and Colchester


It’s the Easter bank holiday weekend so that means off out in the camper. My son and his girlfriend wanted to visit Colchester Zoo. Since mrs P and I have been many times we took the opportunity to visit Colchester and the costal town of Harwich. Both are steeped in history. This time round we needed a campsite to set up base. The camper is really only a two person space, although I have fed six adults on previous trips but its a little too cosy for a fully weekend sleeping 4. So out with the trusty two man pop up tent and sleeping gear. It’s was packed in a jiffy and hit the road and we arrived at the campsite on the outskirts of Colchester late Friday afternoon. Once set up cooked some diner for the four of us we left my son Rhys and Issie to sort out the tent. Mrs P and I headed into the city centre for a walk and to stretch the little tiny legs of the family dog Bunnie. Since it was getting dark there was not much opportunity to get the Fuji X-E1 fired up but it still had some low light moments. The best was to come from Harwich though.

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The town centre was a little too busy for us and little Bunnie and we choose to return, on the way back passing some very grand houses along Lexton road very nice property. (more…)

The quieter side of Alton.


I guess Alton towers theme park in the UK is about as famous at Disney world in Florida. It’s a fantastic theme park and we have been many many time but this time round when the little little Peckham’s and their girl friends and boyfriends whited to go again for the day and ride this years latest new roller coaster called “the smiler” Mrs P and I decided it was time to take a break from the madness and look for a quiet option. While we took time to spend time with the family we booked then into a motel for two nights and we took the VW Camper and headed for the lesser well known but heaped in history small village of Alton. Settlements at Alton can be dated back to the 8th century AD when a fortress was build by the Kind Coelred. On this site now the fortress and castle are long gone but something just as interesting is now in its place.

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Take a journey with us through a rich historical valley or Churnet. (more…)