Seagulls Flying Backwards Today

The M6

The M6

After a great Christmas we are the road again. Storm Imogen chased us down the M6 and over the channel.

Travel Seat

Travel Seat

Penny’s favourite seat….best used when I’m not driving.

Mrs Miggins on duty

Mrs Miggins on duty

Colin at Port Solent

Colin at Port Solent, ear in wind vane mode

We stopped at Port Solent en route…masses of free motorhome parking…to give the Krays a run before embarking.

Gulls Flying Backwards

Gulls Flying Backwards

It was seriously windy; the seagulls were flying backwards. A large flock of Canada geese were more sensible and had chosen to walk not fly.

The Car Hold

The Car Hold

We boarded the ferry at about 2.30 pm for the six hour crossing and followed this smart old Ford up the ramp.

We went over on the Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Caen route. The ferry was bang on schedule despite the weather. We like this line. Being French the food is always good. We sat in the forward cafeteria, scoffing a guinea fowl casserole avec frites, and watched the waves crashing over the bow.

HMS Victory

HMS Victory

The ferry leaves port past the Historic Dockyard. HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship, is just behind a more modern warship and to it’s left is the building housing the Mary Rose. This was Henry VIII’s flagship, rescued from the Solent mud where she had lain since sinking in 1545.

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior was the first British steam powered warship…they kept the masts in case of engine failure. She never saw action.




After a big wave.

After a big wave.

The decks were closed due to the inclement sea conditions and we spent a while wave watching over lunch. Every so often a particularly large wave rolled the boat and a tremendous crash came from the kitchens; they need to invest in some gimbals. One mega large wave tipped me back out of my chair (no…I hadn’t been drinking…thanks for asking). Rather than helping me up, Mrs Miggins insisted that I hung on while she composed my photograph…never mind that I looked like a prize idiot. Luckily the cafeteria was almost empty.

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel, our ferry loading for the trip back

We parked at Ouistreham aire for the night. There is a good walk on Sword beach for the Krays here.


Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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Posted in - France, - United Kingdom, 2016 Spring, Caen, Lower Normandy, Portsmouth
12 comments on “Seagulls Flying Backwards Today
  1. Liz throup says:

    Bonjour, P&N’, glad you are safely over the Channel. Looked like a thrilling cruise. Have a great time down yonder. We may venture a le Arthur, as we don’t go to Scotland till mid June.
    Love, Liz xx

  2. Chris/ Belgian Beauty (= our motorhome, not me) says:

    Nice to hear you reached the Continent safely! I’ll be following your adventures with great interest! Happy travels!

  3. Peter says:

    After Sunday I thought we were making progress, you are now literally rubbing salt in the wounds, Mrs T would not have got on that ferry. Have a great time.

  4. jandvpalmer says:

    Stormy seas ………. bah! We have just survived an earthquake measuring 5.7 on whatever scale it is. This hit Kaikoura at 1.45pm yesterday but we missed out on all the excitement as we were out on the sea swimming with dolphins. Indeed we would have remained blissfully unaware had we not seen the South Island paper this morning. There was no serious damage but apparently some of the inmates of the backpackers hostel were convinced that they had been sold some dodgy dope. Will send pics soon, Jim and Val

    On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM, Travels with Mavis wrote:

    > Peter and Nia posted: ” After a great Christmas we are the road again. > Storm Imogen chased us down the M6 and over the channel. Penny’s favourite > seat….best used when I’m not driving. We stopped at Port Solent en > route…masses of free motorhome parking” >

  5. Gordon says:

    Amazing that they could serve, and you could eat in those conditions!

  6. steve mears says:

    Hi Guys, where are you heading?

    • Hi Steve…we are currently at Hendaye Plage in SW France. We were thinking Portugal but bad forecast for next few days so will head for Valencia tomorrow. Missus says she will divorce me if I don’t find some sun soon. We will decide on tomorrow night’s site while in transit ..Current plan is to then move SW along med. coast and visit Portugal in a few weeks, when weather is better.

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