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By keef and annie hellinger, Oct 11 2019 05:55AM

Not the Motorhome trip No8 : Oct 4th- 10th 2019


NOTTS->Dorking, London:- Centre, Raynes Park, Clapham, Tooting, Wimbledon and Kent :- Chestfield, Margate, Sandwich, Whitstable, Meopham->NOTTS 397 miles


Left early on the Friday morning for London, M1 closed so used M42 amd M40 to get down to Surrey to visit Mum in her care home, she was bright and cheery and I fed her lunch. Annie packed away all her winter clothing we had delivered. After that we called back in at Mums house to pick up post, eat lunch, and update neighbours. Then it was off to the Travelodge at Raynes Park for our 2 night stay.


Friday evening I went up to meet Chris in London for his 65th birthday. We went to a blues bar in Kingly Street just off Oxford Circus and then after to a Lebanese restaurant.


Saturday was the 3rd White Horse Bent reunion at initially the Windmill on Clapham Common, then the Spice Village Indian restaurant in Tooting and finally the pub at Tooting Bec with Chris, Allyson and Kev, the rest having to get away to various things. Lovely to see David and Cathy over from Canada. Annie got to finally use her new bus pass as we rediscovered the delights of London travel, over ground, underground wombling free bus pass ;0)


Sunday morning after our mega breakfast for the 2nd day at the Travelodge we went to see Mum again via Wimbeldon where Keef took family residents pictures, then onto Kent to stay with Brian and Gina. Had a lovely time with them visiting initially Margate, Turner contemporary and seeing entrants for Turner prize 2019, weird and wonderful! Plus a Earl of Sandwich sandwich in Sandwich. Nice circular walk around Sandwich,a very interesting place. We had a quick walk around Chestfield the next day and finally a quiz walk around Whitstable, all great fun. Loved Ginas home cooking plus a fab Thai meal in Whitstable. The odd laugh thrown in *smile*


On the way back home we called in at Meopham for Keef to sell some old concert programmes and to see Craig and Leanne, all in all a lovely week away.


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By keef and annie hellinger, Jan 13 2019 08:37AM

Not the Motorhome trip No7 : 10th December 2018 – 10th January 2019


NOTTS->Gatwick to Singapore to China to Singapore ->NOTTS 19,346 miles


Spent Christmas and New Year with Doug , Phoenix & Charlie in Singapore and China. Wonderful times and so nice to be able to spend so long with them all.


It should be noted that the concept of Motor homing in Singapore (not big enough, but tent camping is possible in East Coast Park) and China (just culturally so foreign to their nature) is unlikely but who is to say in the future whether or not it will happen. When our daughter-in-laws parents visited us in the UK way back when and I showed her father around our Wendy House he asked if English people lived in them. This trip allowed us the opportunity to repay the visit by spending time with them in their home town of Foshan, Guandong province, China and most welcome they made us too. It is fair to say that language is a barrier but Phoenix and Charlie (as interpreters) and a snazzy app on the iPad meant we could communicate just a little. We loved China, what an opportunity, not somewhere I suggest westerners try without some language skills and WeChatPay and Alipay or a whole stack of cash. Most purchases are via the aforesaid app via your phone!

We were extremely lucky travelling with Norwegian from Gatwick to Changi that we got a Premier economy upgrade, the extra comfort and luxury made the 14+ hours journey to Singapore a whole lot better. Top films in my humble opinion – Hoover by Clint Eastwood (way out), Bad times at the El Grande (way back)

We went to Balalaki Greek Taverna in the historic Tiong Bahru heritage area for Doug’s birthday, and very nice it was too, plus a revisit to Muddy Murphy’s for Xmas dinner, although a new venue this time at the other end of Orchard Road.


We flew out to China the day after Boxing day and spent time in Foshan, Guangzhou and Zhuhai (on the border with Macao). Such an experience, loved every moment. We celebrated Annes’ 65th birthday there at a local village wedding and the Western New Year (clearly not Chinese New Year.. 2019 being the year of the Pig).


We returned to Marine Terrace, Singapore on the 4th and made good use of the pool etc at Nora & Michaels at Cote D’Azur near Parkway Parade before sadly saying our good byes and returning home to a somewhat cooler UK. Singapore was 34c, China sometimes 3c and UK 6c


Among the many highlights in Singapore apart from seeing family were the Q8 at SAM , Singapore Art Museum's spin off for new Artists (the old colonial art museum is currently closed for refurbishment for 3 years), this is located at Bras Basah, The Singapore Heritage Museum, Muddy Murphys in Orchard Road, The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Parkway Parade, the ever wonderful East Coast park, Cote D'azur pools, Tiong Bahru heritage area, Gardens by the bay, Asian civilisation museum, Cavenagh bridge area of the Singapore river and the Paranakan Museum and restaurant in Armenian Street.


Among the many highlights of our time in China I would list shop and chop house establishments, Starry Four Seasons Hotel, Lingnan quarter, Lion dancing, old orange peel, turtle soup, Zumiao museum, firecrackers, Titian village family wedding, Annies 65th, Nanfeng ancient kiln, Ming & Qing pottery, the Canton or Pearl river, Guangzhou south station (so busy), High speed trains, Yuwenquan hot springs resort, Macao boat trip, MGM studios (Macao),Tea, Dim Sum, cantonese food, deep fried scorpion, gooses intestines, worms, beef knuckle, Hong kong-zhuhai-macao bridge, Cold and Warmth, Rickshaws, Paw-Paw & Gong-Gong, straw hats, Air B&B, Chen Clan academy, Starbucks, Guandong museum, Fans & western trade historically, Canton Tower, young chinese girls wanting their photo with me (what an ego boost ;) ), Buddha in many forms, chinese weighing scales, crocodile and goat, buttons and zips.


Looking forward to the next family meet up, “missing you already”

Longer term 2020 Beijing for 600th anniversary of the Forbidden city but hopefully also before then!


If you wish to see the SLIDESHOWS CLICK HERE, thanks



So Guangzhou, China
So Guangzhou, China


Near Tiong Bahru Heritage area , Singapore
Near Tiong Bahru Heritage area , Singapore

Chinese New Years
Chinese New Years


By keef and annie hellinger, Jan 3 2017 08:04AM

Lovely time spent with our immediate family. The Singapore Division were over from 19th Dec to 3rd Jan so we had a fab time initially taking Charlie to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire, then besides Xmas & Boxing day dinner we had a visit to the santa special steam train in Leicestershire. The grand daughters both got a pressie from Santa


Want to see the SLIDESHOWs one of which is a talkie


Enjoy


Family fun
Family fun



By keef and annie hellinger, Jan 6 2016 07:19AM

Not The Motorhome trip No6 : December 15th 2015 – January 4th 2016


NOTTS->TINTERN, WALES->NOTTS c 1500 miles (including ferrying services & days out)


Lovely time with all our family with the Singapore Hellingers over to celebrate Christmas and New Year and my Mum up from Surrey and Phoenix’s cousin from Leeds and the L’boro Hellingers and Leanne’s dad Bill.


Grandaughter Charlie is such a delight…. Monkey, bear, byeee, hi, bovvered,ohh-oh… walking and talking, smiling etc and oh that front door bell with Mozart’s rondo alla turka…. Hehe


Such memories: West park , Wollaton & Bradgate park drone flying, Dougs’ 32nd at La Rock, Sunday lunch at Kniveton, walk around Ashbourne, Santa, Pepper & George, Food, Gas cooker down, lunch @ C&L’s, Stockings , pressies, Xmas & Kids music, a lovely week away at Tintern Abbey cottage, The abbey, the anchor, the rose & crown, road to Offa’s dyke, rain, fog, floods, raglan castle, Chepstow, Monmouth, Gwent hospital, Heathrow, M1,M25,M48,M4,M5,M42… family, love, fun


Want to see the SLIDESHOWS


Xmas & New Year fun with the Hellingers
Xmas & New Year fun with the Hellingers


4 Generations of Hellingers
4 Generations of Hellingers

By keef and annie hellinger, Aug 30 2015 10:41AM

Not The Motorhome trip No5 : August 22nd – 29th 2015


NOTTS->ROSE FARM, FROSTENDEN, SUFFOLK & About->NOTTS 485 miles approx


Didn’t take the motor home as this was our 4th annual family holiday with Craig, Leanne, Bill & Lady dog and had the most wonderful time, weather mixed but some very sunny hot days , lots of beach time plus a 7.8 mile walk between Walberswick and Southwold which surprised us and made us proud and knackered in equal measures!


Visited Southwold, Walberswick,Dunwich,Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Caister point , Fox @ Shadingfield, Anchor Inn Walberswick, Icecream parlour in a very wet Aldeburgh for salted caramel/ Belgian choc and dime bar mix (tee hee), Fish & chip lunch Southwold and the saltings way.


Loved the cottage, beautiful views, fruit bushes, cockerel and chickens to feed (naan bread a particular favourite), great company, jigsaws, ale and spirits, world champ athletics and Indian railways on TV and Lady entertaining us ;)


Will definitely bring the campervan back to this area, spied a good one near Bampton and if we could stand it the site outside the Shadingfield Fox although it looked mega – naff!


Anyone else have any Motorhome / RV experiences of this wonderful area of Suffolk they would like to share? If so leave a comment on this blog and we will get back to you, regards Keef & Annie


Note:


1) If you want to see our previous family holidays in a cottage click KESWICK for the 1st and, CERIDIGION for the 2nd and BELLINGHAM for the 3rd


2) The Index shows ALL blogs already published or you can find Blogs about a specific subject by hitting the search button and typing the word.


115 Photos available in the SLIDESHOW