driving home

If you live in the U.K., I guess that you just don’t look at the fuel pumps when filling up your car. For those in the U.S. who are complaining about gas prices, let me just remind you that the price scale seems to be that US=Eur=UK only in that a liter can cost about 1,29 in each of the three locations. However, paying 1,29 in Pounds Sterling is a bit more than paying 1,29 E and definitely more than in US$, especially when AFEES is off and I can pay $0.78/liter.

In case you are wondering – I did need to put enough diesel in the tank to make it to Dover and a bit on the other side of the Channel.

The traffic was surprisingly light and we got to Dover around 2 hours after leaving Camberley.

the white cliffs

Unlike the French, the very nice Scottish man at the Ferry booth looked at his watch, checked the computer and offered to let me take the ferry that was currently boarding for no additional price. Saving us a three hour wait till the one for which we had a reservation.

not many taking the FerryDovert

Bailing off in France, we made time across Flanders to Brussels. The sunset was beautiful; my choice was to stop for photos or keep driving. Since it didn’t seem like either passenger was willing to be much help, you are spared some blurry pictures.

Even with a fuel detour in Aachen to the first Esso on our side of the border (coupons, lowers the price a lot. We rolled home listening to various CDs on the player since the radio stations were all full of the usual and I was past tolerance.

I reintroduced the kids to Torfrock (one of their older Vikinger CDs), Julie Silver (Notes from Montana), Urban Tapestry‘s Sushi and High Tea (since we live in Europe, the kids didn’t exactly get all the references, never having seen X-Files – but they certail) and finished up with one of the older Balticon Collections.

Exiting the Autobahn, we were home by 2230.

50 ways

From the Ferry back, and the Beligium rest stop.

the FerryRest Stop - Belgium

have to get it together – put up a page – then I can just send you there….


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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