After running the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall for 17 years, Graham King, his partner Kerriann Godwin, and their Chihuahua Yorkie cross Hugo are spending their retirement traveling around Europe in their beloved Hymer 508 motorhome, 'Dickie'.
When at home I think the less time spent in supermarkets the
better, but I have to admit that when travelling through Europe supermarkets
have a strange fascination. Trying to decipher the contents of jar and tins,
looking at the wondrous creatures displayed on the fish counter and spotting
the rare boxes of PG tips are amongst the most enjoyable activities that can be
undertaken in foreign supermarkets. Having said that they seem to be very well
hidden in Holland – we drove for two days without knowingly passing one. Yesterday,
however, we eventually spotted a Lidl and managed to catch the slip road and park
Dickie without any problems – and would you believe it…..next door was another supermarket!
We have arrived in Harlingen on the North West coast of
Holland which we reached by driving over, what looked like on the map, a
particularly terrifying bridge over an extremely wide stretch of water.
turned out to be less scary than it looked and was rather fun. It’s still
pouring and Graham has insisted I wear an entire plastic jumpsuit arrangement
as we walk into town…to protect the jeans and over-frock from excessive
dampness. I now look like a giant pink and black Michelin Man and will not be
popping into any frock shops as I may be arrested for crimes against fashion.
Call the Fashion Police!
We are parked up by the harbour and every so often the bridge
is raised to allow the beautiful Dutch barges and other vessels to go through.
Dickie watching Dutch Barge
Dickie in Docks
There is a race on for rowing boats (which look a bit like gigs) on Friday so
we are staying for that. Harlingen is hosting the Tall Ships race for 2014 in
July so that should be an amazing event….it’s a very attractive city with a
long sailing history. We even found a house with a window full of witches – not
sure if that has anything to do with sailing but we’re off to the museum today
so we may find out.